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


    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


    Executive Director, Cabot Family Charitable Trust

    The Executive Director of the Cabot Family Charitable Trust for the past 9 years, 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 Director of Program Development for MassINC for 5 years before joining the Cabot Family Charitable Trust in 2008. The former chair of the Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts 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.

  • Sally W. Currier

    Sally Currier is an independent education management professional who is deeply dedicated to youth, education, and social justice work. In addition to serving on Phoenix’s Board of Trustees, she serves on the Board of Directors for Inversant (formerly Families United for Educational Leadership) and the Board of Overseers for WGBH and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She is a New England Advisory Board member for Facing History and Ourselves, and is a member of the Grants Committee for Hestia Boston, a non-profit whose mission is to expand the number of low-income students who obtain degrees from post-secondary educations. Sally formerly volunteered as Board Chair and Development Chair for Schools for Children, Inc., as Chair for the Weston Special Education Parent Advisory Council, and at the League of Women Voters of Weston. She also served on the Marine Biology Laboratories Capital Campaign Advisory Committee, and the Dearborn Academy Advisory Board. A longtime Boston resident, Sally is a graduate of Smith College and earned her M.A. in Economics from Boston University, where she was a research assistant and a teaching fellow.

  • 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 of The Inn at Hastings Park

    Trisha Pérez Kennealy is the owner of The Inn at Hastings Park 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 Dean’s Advisory Council and the Schlesinger Library Council at the Radcliffe Institute.

  • Isis Ortiz

    Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Citizens Bank

    Isis Ortiz is a credit risk, investment and underwriting professional with close to a decade in the financial services and investment and commercial banking sector. She is currently a Vice President, Portfolio Manager at Citizens Bank where she actively manages a portfolio of middle market clients. Prior to this, Isis held positions at Santander Bank N.A. and John Hancock Financial Services where she spent five years in the Bond and Corporate Finance Group. Isis also has experience in Microfinance through her early work in the non-profit sector. Her bi-cultural background and focus on community collaboration and development has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles. In addition to her role on the Board of Trustees at Phoenix Charter Academy, Isis holds board positions for the Boston chapter of the Association of Latinos Professionals for America (ALPFA) and Top Notch Scholars.

    Isis has a rich educational background, having graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Business Management from Emmanuel College in 2009. While there, she received several honors including the Who’s Who Among Students and Campus Life Awards. In 2006 she was inducted into the college’s Alpha Delta Honor Society. Thereafter, Isis received her Master of Science in Finance from New England College of Business in 2012. In the fall of 2014 she received the McCallum Leadership Scholar Award through ALPFA. She went on to earn her MBA from Bentley University McCallum Graduate School of Business in August 2016.

    In her free time Isis enjoys spending quality time with her nieces and nephew and practicing Orangetheory Fitness. She was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and her parents are from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Isis currently resides with her partner in Lawrence, MA.

  • Saritin Rizzuto

    Assistant Vice President of Community Relations and Latino Marketing Manager at Metro Credit Union

    With a background in non-profit management and banking administration, Saritin Rizzuto began a distinguished career in the non-profit sector over 25 years ago, when as a teen, she worked as a peer leader for the department of public health. Her goal was to go into communities with at-risk youth and educate them about violence prevention, substance abuse, and teen pregnancy. Saritin found her path then, and has spent what seems like every waking moment since "doing for others”. She has worked in a variety of settings that reflect her passion and commitment to improving the lives of others: as a teen health educator, an advocate for the disabled, in support of AIDS advocacy, and combating domestic violence. Saritin’s work has been as tireless as it has been compassionate, working both out in the community and in-house in program administration. Her broad interest, knowledge and effectiveness have benefited local, regional, and national organizations and all the people they serve. Even now, working at Metro Credit Union as Assistant Vice President of Community Relations and Latino Marketing Manager, Saritin takes on the traditional role of her job as only she can, finding the time to incorporate community organizing and building partnerships to benefit low income and emerging populations.

    Saritin’s many accomplishments have her in high demand as a leader and champion of other causes. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for The Immigrant Learning Center, Casa Myrna, North Suffolk Mental Health, The East Boston Social Center, The Newmarket Business Association, and The Governor’s Public Education Nominating Council. She's past President of the North Suffolk Mental Health Board of Directors and past President of the Chelsea Rotary Club, where she was instrumental in an effort to raise funds and execute a plan to build a hospital facility in an indigenous area in Colombia.

  • 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.