Fundraising Committee

The Fundraising Committee sets policies and guidelines for fundraising, identifies potential donors, and meets with individuals and businesses to create more fundraising opportunities.

Committee Members

  1. Lisa Sheridan
  2. Joe Powers, Secretary
  3. Margaret “Peg” Romano
  4. Christopher Wells, President

Lisa Sheridan

Lisa Sheridan was born and raised in Norwood, MA, and relocated to southern NH in 1997, where she raised her two children. She recently moved to Westminster in October 2019 with her partner, Lincoln Stiles Jr., who was a lifelong Ashburnham resident and has been an educator at ORHS since 1996.

Lisa has been active in her community, both past and present, in many different facets. She served as a Board Member of the Milford on Track Committee and was a volunteer in the theater department at the Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley, both in Milford, NH. She was an active volunteer with the Friends of ConVal Athletics and a Board Member of the ConVal High School Football Boosters, in Peterborough, NH. Lisa is co-founder of the William R. Nutting Scholarship Foundation, named after her late father, a beloved coach with Norwood Babe Ruth for 37 years. Lisa is a licensed real estate agent  in NH & MA and a Branch Manager with Coldwell Banker in Northborough, MA. She enjoys being involved in the community and raising funds for such a worthy cause!

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Joe Powers, Secretary

Joe and his wife Amy moved to Ashburnham in 2001 as part of a job relocation. They chose 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 at Overlook Middle School since 2012 & starting in 2022 with the Oakmont varsity team. Joe received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Clarkson University. He has worked for local companies such as Greif (formerly Newark America), New England Wood Pellet and is presently at Wachusett Brewing Company.

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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.

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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.

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