Christopher Wells, President
Christopher is a graduate of Oakmont Regional High School and a lifelong resident of Ashburnham. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Ashburnham Area Basketball League, Oakmont Youth Basketball League, Oakmont Outstanding Alumni Selection Committee and the Board of Incorporators for the Worcester Housing Alliance. He has been active in fundraising for the Massachusetts Special Olympics, local sports programs, North Central MA Community Foundation, the Jimmy Fund and many other organizations.
Christopher has three children, all educated in the Ashburnham Westminster Regional School district.
Christopher is the Executive Vice President at DS Graphics Inc. in Lowell, MA. Prior to DS Graphics, he was the President & CEO of LVI in Worcester, MA (acquired by DS Graphics in 2009) and a co-founder of HubCast, Inc. in Wakefield, MA (acquired by Mimeo in 2016). In January, 2016 he was awarded United States Patent # 9,229,662 for “Method and apparatus for printing in a distributed communications network”. In 2000, he was named to the inaugural class of the Worcester Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award, honoring the top 40 people under 40 years of age in the community. He was named one of the “Top 10 CEO’s to Watch” in 2002 by the Worcester Business Journal, and in 2004 he was named one of the top 20 visionaries in the marketing communications industry by Printing Impressions Magazine.
Christopher is a graduate of Tufts University with a dual degree in Economics and Spanish. He is proud to be a product of the Ashburnham-Westminster community and is committed to helping the youth of our community achieve their goals.
Serving on: Fundraising Committee
Kenneth Caron, Treasurer
Ken is a semi-retired CPA with 50+ years in accounting and continues to be associated with Reagan & Co LLP. In his service to not-for-profit organizations, he was Treasurer of Nashua Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Childrens Aid and Family Services and continues as Treasurer for the Fitchburg High School Alumni Association, Fitchburg Sister Cities (Foreign Exchange Program), Fitchburg Redevelopment Authority (Industrial Development) and the Ashburnham Westminster Regional School District.
David M. Christianson, Jr.
Dave grew up in Ashburnham and is a 1979 graduate of Oakmont Regional High School. He and his wife Lynn have 2 grown children, both of whom also graduated from Oakmont. As a product of our local schools, Dave is committed to giving back to the schools and communities that gave him his start. Ensuring the quality of public education in our school district is one of his highest personal priorities. He is a member of the Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School Committee, and has been its chairperson since 2004. Over the years, Dave has served on several town committees, and has been active as a coach and fundraiser for various youth sports and school support groups. Dave received his A.B. in Political Science from Boston College, and his M.S. in Management from Fitchburg State College. He is the founder and principal of Christianson Associates, a strategic management consulting firm; and also chief advisor for Hammersmith Enterprises, focused on identifying and growing ecommerce ventures.
Luci and her husband Rob moved to Westminster in 2006 because they knew there was something special about the town and its schools. She joined the Foundation primarily because she believes the community has a responsibility in assisting our educators in providing the best possible educational experience to our children. Luci has 2 children, Lucas, who attends Oakmont, and Cathryn, who attends Overlook Middle School. She enjoys being part of their school experiences, whether it is volunteering in the classroom, chaperoning a field trip, or sitting on the bleachers to watch a baseball game. She currently coaches girls’ softball. Luci received a B.A. in Biological Sciences from Rutgers College and an M.S. in Biological Sciences from St. John’s University. Luci has been a quality assurance professional in a number of industries for over 20 years and is currently works from home as Clinical Submission QC Expert for Novartis.
Serving on: Events Committee, Grants Committee
D. Jeff Lawrence
Jeff has been connected with the Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School System for almost 50 years. An award winning science teacher, coach and advisor for twenty-four years he transitioned to Administration serving as the first Dean of Students then Vice Principal and completed his career at Oakmont as Principal retiring in 2007.
He has been a resident of Ashburnham since 1976 with his wife Rose. His community involvement has been extensive. School Committee Chair, Town Moderator, Library Board of Trustees as well as Little League and Babe Ruth Coach, Co-Founder of Oakmont Youth Soccer, Scout Leader and his service on numerous Town Committees and St. Denis Parish has kept him busy and involved in the community.
His interests involve active participation in physical fitness, hiking, biking, snowshoe and cross country skiing. Pickleball is a new passion and he founded the North Central MA Pickleball group in 2014. You can find him playing golf on any good day and on any other day with a good book.
Jeff’s two children and now three of his six grandchildren have positively experienced the education offered by the Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School District. He hopes that his volunteer service for the AWFAE board will help to continue the educational opportunity and excellence that is the legacy of the AWRSD schools.
Serving on: Grants Committee
Dr. Gary F. Mazzola
Dr. Mazzola is currently the Superintendent of Schools for the Ashburnham Westminster Regional School District in Ashburnham, MA. Prior to this role, Dr. Mazzola has 32 years of teaching and administrative experience as a Principal with the Easton Public Schools, classroom teacher, district science coordinator, and assistant principal with the Franklin Public Schools, and as a music supervisor with the Norfolk Public Schools. He has served as a workshop presenter and consultant for Educational Performance Systems and is an adjunct professor at American International College, teaching graduate and post graduate coursework in urban education, curriculum and strategy instruction, reading language arts, and personnel management. He was the previous Male Involvement Chair for the Massachusetts PTA and presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers and Supervisors and the Ashburnham-Westminster Foundation for Academic Excellence. A national, state, and local award winning educator, Dr. Mazzola holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, a M.A. from Framingham State University, and a B.S. in Education & Music from the University of Dayton.
Joe and his wife Amy moved to Ashburnham in 2001 as part of a job relocation. This was their fifth move in eight years, but the first with their infant daughter. They choose the town of Ashburnham because of the school system and its proximity to Joe's new job. As their daughter neared school age, talk of replacing JR Briggs was starting and Joe volunteered to be on the Briggs Building Committee. After serving on the committee for nine years and with the new JR Briggs finally built, Joe was looking to continue his volunteer work within the school system. He had known of the Foundation for a few years and was interested in helping out. Joe has been active in the community coaching girls softball for the past nine years, the last two with the Overlook Middle School team. He is also no stranger to fund raising as the Silent Auction Chairperson with St. Denis Church. Joe grew up on Long Island and received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Clarkson University. Since 2006, Joe has worked at New England Wood Pellet in Jaffrey, NH.
Ben and his wife, Kristen, moved to Westminster in 2006, drawn by its strong sense of community and excellent schools. Their children, Carter and Lucy, are just beginning their journey through the Westminster schools. Ben and Kristen believe active parental participation enriches the educational experience for all students. Ben is a founding partner at Driven Insights, which provides outsourced bookkeeping and controller services to small businesses using a remote, cloud-based delivery model. He received a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Dartmouth College and a Master of Engineering Management from the Thayer School of Engineering and the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration. Ben coaches youth sports and spends as much time as possible enjoying the region’s great outdoor activities. He was a Division I NCAA All American in alpine skiing and it’s a rare winter weekend when he and Kristen aren’t chasing their kids around the slopes.
Serving on: Fundraising Committee
Margaret “Peg” Romano
Peg graduated from Fitchburg State University with a degree in education and taught in Fitchburg, Westminster, and Ashburnham. She retired from the Ashburnham Westminster Regional School District after thirty six years in education. Peg and her husband, Peter, have lived in Westminster for over forty years. Their three children graduated from Oakmont and currently three of their five grandchildren are attending schools in this district. Peg enjoys working with the Education Foundation helping to enrich the educational opportunities for the students of the Ashburnham Westminster Regional School District.
Serving on: Events Committee, Fundraising Committee
Jennifer is a founding board member and is enthusiastic about AWFAE and working with community members who are committed to promoting academic excellence. Jen has six children, four of whom have graduated from Oakmont. Jen graduated from Franklin Pierce College with a B.A. in graphic design and sociology. Jen is very involved in the community in Westminster. She is a Realtor at Keller Williams Realty North Central. She previously worked for Little, Brown and Company Publishers in Waltham, and was Publisher and Editor of Community Vine, an electronic newsletter and website for and about Westminster.
Serving on: Events Committee, Grants Committee
Dan moved with his family to Westminster in 1991. One of the defining reasons to pick Westminster was the quality of the school system. His daughters both attended Ash/West schools and are graduates of Oakmont. Dan grew up in Dunmore, PA and has a degree in Business Administration from Penn State University. He has been in the financial services industry for most of his career. He was a member of the Oakmont School improvement Council and served as president of the Ashburnham/Westminster Rotary Club. He has served on the Westminster Advisory Board. He was the Rotary chairman for the project that installed lights on Oakmont’s athletic field. He has been recognized for his service to Oakmont High School and was recently elected to the Oakmont Sports Hall of Fame for his civic contributions. He joined the Foundation so he can help the district maintain its high degree of academic achievement.
Diane has been a resident of Westminster for over 20 years. She is the mother of two young women who attended school in the district and graduated from Oakmont. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Political Science. She has worked her entire career for the federal government, Social Security Administration, and currently holds the position of technical expert. She has served on the Oakmont School Advisory Council and is active in her church. Quality education is a passion of Diane’s and she sees her work on the foundation as a way to enhance the experience of our current students.
Serving on: Events Committee
Jonathan and his wife Kristin moved to Westminster in 2004, and ever since their children began school here they've felt a desire to become more involved in the community and the public school system. Jonathan runs two businesses; TeggWeb, a web development consultancy, which collaborates with marketing agencies, and he's also a founding partner of Assabet Interactive, which provides sophisticated online tools for library websites. Jonathan enjoys coaching soccer with the Oakmont Outlaws, and also plays on various adult teams as well. He also enjoys volunteering at his children's schools. Jonathan grew up in the UK, attending the historic Christ's Hospital school before receiving a bachelor's degree in Electronic Image and Media Communications from The University of Bradford.