Grants Committee

The purpose of the Grants Committee is to evaluate all grant proposals on behalf of the Foundation. The committee evaluates each proposal using criteria approved by the Ashburnham Westminster Foundation for Academic Excellence Board of Directors. The committee findings and recommendations are delivered to the full board for final approval.

Committee Members

  1. Luci Hynes
  2. D. Jeff Lawrence
  3. Jennifer Shenk

Luci Hynes

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.

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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.

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Jennifer Shenk

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.

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