Board of Trustees

The Phoenix Network Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring the overall success of all Phoenix schools. Like all charter school Boards, our Trustees ensure that each school within the Network is

  1. Faithful to the terms of its charter,
  2. Creating programs that provide students with academic success, and
  3. Maintaining viability as an organization

In addition to meeting quarterly as a group, the Board has developed subcommittees to advance particular aspects of the Network and schools’ successes.

  • John Connors

    Chair

    Founder & CEO of Boathouse Group Inc.

    A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, John Connors founded Boathouse Group Inc., an independent marketing and communications agency in Waltham, MA, in 2001. Starting his career at Hill Holliday, John worked there until its sale in 1998. Soon after, John joined Interpublic as the CEO of Zentropy Partners, where he led the roll up of 13 separate Internet service businesses across six countries. In 2001, after seeing the global agency business and riding the Internet bubble while working for the largest agency in the world, John decided to start his company and build his family in Boston. John currently lives in Westwood, MA, with his wife and their three children.

  • Colette L. Stanzler

    Vice Chair

    MBA, MPA, Board Vice Chair, Director of Social Impact Research (SIR) at Root Cause

    Colette is part of the founding team of SIR responsible for developing and refining the research methodology and leading the development of report products and services. Prior to her current position, Colette had more than seven years of experience in product development and internal strategy consulting experience at financial service firms, most recently as a Vice President in Equity Research at Deutsche Bank. As a graduate student, she focused on business strategy and social sector entrepreneurship, specifically how to measure organizational effectiveness to improve social impact. Colette has served on the boards of both nonprofit and for-profit organizations and consulted numerous others. She holds an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. from the University of Rochester.

  • Patrick Monkiewicz

    Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer

    Vice President of Finance at Kayem Foods

    Patrick is a senior executive responsible for directing and managing the organization's overall financial policies. He maintains banking relationships and reports financials to the board of directors. He oversees all financial functions including accounting, budgets, cash, credit, insurance, tax, treasury, legal and contracts. He designs and coordinates a wide variety of accounting and statistical data and reports. He is involved with creating and executing the company’s overall strategic plans working with all departments of the organization. He also manages a staff of customer service representatives and ensures that customers are retained, satisfied, and that their needs are fulfilled. He is responsible for designing and implementing improved process or operational policies and recommends changes to products or services to fulfill customer needs. He also manages all planning, operational, technical support, and administrative aspects of the integrated information technology services for Kayem Foods, Inc. He oversees and coordinates such activities as network administration, system design and support, applications development, user support, and computer operations. He has lead the implementation of an ERP computer system which encompasses areas such as receiving, shop floor controls, warehousing, finance, sales and marketing. As a 4th generation family member in a family owned and operated business, Patrick has worked in just about every department including IT, sales, marketing, production and distribution. Patrick earned a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Bentley College. Patrick also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern University. He resides in Danvers with his wife Jessica and son Luke.

  • Kathy McHugh

    Clerk

    Executive Director, Cabot Family Charitable Trust

    The Executive Director of the Cabot Family Charitable Trust since 2008, Kathy originally trained as a lawyer, receiving her JD from Northeastern, and practiced for many years before turning to philanthropy in 1992. She served as the Program Director for the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust for 12 years and the Co-Director of Development for MassINC for 5 years before joining the Cabot Family Charitable Trust. The former chair of the Associated Grant Makers board and Boston Education Funders group, Kathy is a current member of the EdVestors board. She is also a trustee and vice chair of the board of Northeastern University, where she received an honorary degree. Kathy lives in Charlestown with her husband James McHugh.

  • Joan Gallant

    Joan earned her BA from Providence College in 1994 and her JD from St. John’s University in 1999. After graduating from St. John’s University, she worked in both the corporate and the trust estates departments as an attorney at Dunnington, Bartholow and Miller, LLP in New York City. In 2001 Joan joined the Robin Hood Foundation of New York where she launched and managed the Archer Legacy, their planned giving program, as well as managed Robin Hood’s individual giving department. Currently, Joan resides in Newton and is at home raising her three children.

  • Trisha Pérez-Kennealy

    Owner & CEO of Artistry Catering & Events, Artistry Kitchen, and The Inn at Hastings Park

    Trisha Pérez Kennealy is the owner and general manager of The Inn at Hastings Park and its restaurant Artistry on the Green in Lexington, MA. The Inn was recognized by Travel + Leisure as one of the top 100 hotels in the world and the restaurant has received many accolades including Best of Boston honors. Trisha is passionate about serving as an ambassador for the best of what Massachusetts has to offer and is proud that her and her team have welcomed guests from across the United States as well as over forty countries. She is also committed to supporting education at all levels in Massachusetts and in addition to her work at Phoenix serves on the Board of Advisors for the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University as well as the Schlesinger Library College at the Radcliffe Institute.

  • Devin Sullivan

    Director of Institutional Services at Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation

    Devin’s primary responsibility is raising equity for the Intercontinental private real estate funds and hedge funds. In addition, he serves as the lead for 50+ of the firm’s institutional investors located around the United States. Prior to joining Intercontinental in 2002, Devin was an Associate with State Street Global Advisors. Devin began his career at Brown Brothers Harriman after earning his B.A. in Government from Hamilton College in 1996. He now resides in Concord with his wife and three kids.

  • Greg Susco

    President and COO at Telamon Insurance & Financial Network

    Prior to his current position, Greg was a Vice President at Telemon. Greg takes pride in crafting the exact coverage his clients need, helping them manage risk and control costs to reduce unnecessary insurance expenses. After launching his career in the sales field, Greg joined Telamon as a senior sales executive in 2002. He was named IT Director in 2003 and subsequently developed, directed and managed to execution a five-year IT strategy. As Vice President from 2004 to 2012, Greg focused on strategy, helping Telamon provide clients with a single-source solution customized for their unique insurance needs. In 2012 he purchased a majority interest in Telamon and assumed his current role as President and COO. Greg is also a member of the Boston chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Vermont. He lives in Needham, Mass., with his wife and two kids.

  • Jed Webber

    Webber Restaurant Group

    Jed started his career in management consulting, working for both The Wilkerson Group and Booz Allen and Hamilton before earning his MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. In 2004, he, his siblings, and wife Asia founded the Webber Restaurant Group on his family's 500 acre farm in Groton, MA by opening the Gibbet Hill Grill. Today, Webber Restaurant Group consists of four restaurants, five exclusive private event venues, an offsite catering company, and a working farm that provides all the businesses with fresh, local, sustainably grown produce and meat. It is widely considered the preeminent farm to table restaurant group in Massachusetts.