Creating opportunities through education

The Community Group


Lucy Hulse, President

Lucy Hulse is the former Chief Financial Officer of Wide Horizons For Children, Inc. (WHFC), based in Waltham, MA. WHFC is dedicated to the well-being and security of vulnerable and orphaned children worldwide through programs that help keep families together, provide quality care for children living in orphanages, and through adoption services. She is a former business manager at Community Day Care of Lawrence, served on the Development Committee of The Waring School, and is a former trustee of the River Valley Charter School. She holds an MBA degree from Babson College. Lucy currently serves as President of the board.

Priscilla Loring, Treasurer

Priscilla Loring worked as a business manager at The Pike School in Andover and as controller of Thayer Academy. Her professional experience also includes time spent in a range of accounting and business roles in Greater Boston and abroad. She holds a BS and MBA from Northeastern University. She has more than 20 years of service on the boards of The Community Group and CDCPS.

Celeste DiFruscia, Clerk

Celeste McDonald DiFruscia is a former high school teacher, practicing attorney, and president of QUOTA International of Lawrence. She is the current President of AARP Chapter 2817 and a Staff Officer in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Celeste currently serves as Clerk of the board.

Gail Carey

Gail Carey has served as a home provider of early education prior to taking a position with Dakota Systems in Dracut, where she runs the Documentation Control Department and has held positions in Purchasing and Customer Service. Gail community service includes Board work with The Community Group for the past 16 years as well as work as a parent volunteer in Methuen. Gail has supported the Methuen High School Band Parent Association for eleven years, including serving as Vice President for 4 years.

Eugene Clerkin

Gene Clerkin is a senior vice president and relationship manager at Citizens Bank, focusing on providing capital to affordable housing related community development in the northern New England area. Gene has worked in affordable housing development and financing for the past 20 years, serving most recently as manager of the Bank of America Community Development Corporation’s Boston and Washington, DC offices, and senior lender at Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation. Gene has master planned, developed, and/or financed Low Income Housing, Historic, and New Market Tax Credit properties throughout New England. He is a past winner of the MACDC Jeff Graham award, given to community reinvestment officers who display commitment to community development corporations, and received a national preservation award for the adaptive reuse development of an historic mill property. Gene also serves as chairman of Commissioners of the Bedford (MA) Housing Authority. Gene is a graduate of Bowdoin College (BA) and Bentley University (MBA), and lives in Bedford, MA with his two daughters.

Mary DeFrancisco

Mary T. DeFrancisco grew up in North Andover and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1978 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. She received a Juris Doctor Degree in 1981 from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Mary's work has often involved children's issues, first for over 13 years as an Assistant Register in the Probate and Family Court Department of the Massachusetts Trial Court and later, in high school aged religious education and sacramental preparation at her home parish of St. Augustine, where she now is involved in sacramental preparation for adults. Mary resides with her husband, Mark, in Andover, where they raised their three children.

Jack Flynn

John (Jack) Flynn developed new products for the Gillette Company, some patentable, and retired as R&D Director. He holds a BS degree from Yale and an MBA. His volunteer activities include work with The United Way, International Medical Equipment Collaborative, programs for children with disabilities, Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity, and Andover Racquets Club. His principal activities have been working with the children of Lawrence through King Webster's I Have a Dream project at the Arlington School, as science teacher at the Frost School, and as a mentor at Community Day Charter Public School - Prospect since 2000. He was a board member for CDCPS from 2006-2017.

Patricia Flynn

Judge Patricia Flynn has been an Associate Justice with the Juvenile Court in Middlesex County since her appointment in 2003. She is presently a member of the National Association of Women Judges and a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Judges Association. Judge Flynn was a past member and Vice-President of the Board of Trustees of Lawrence General Hospital, and past Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Notre Dame High School in Lawrence, MA (a Cristo Rey high school). Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Flynn practiced law for 20 years in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Judge Flynn has served as President of the board, and served on the Steering Committee, for the establishment of Community Day Charter Public School.

Ellen George

Ellen George graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Exceptional Citizen Education in 1981. She has worked as a Special Education teacher in public schools, and joined Community Day Care in 1981 in the Latchkey After School Program at Wyman Street. Ellen then moved to serve as the head teacher in the kindergarten class. Ellen serves as Chair of the Andover Thrift Shop Board and as a substitute teacher in Andover.

Alcira Kane

Alcira Kane works for Northeast Legal Aid, formerly Merrimack Valley/Neighborhood Legal Services since 1975. She also is an active member of advocacy groups at the state level: the Welfare Coalition, Disability Coalition, Employment Coalition, and the Language Access Coalition. She also serves on the advisory committee for Bay Path University – School of Management and the Family Self Sufficiency Advisory Council. She holds a BS degree from New Hampshire College. She has served on the boards of The Community Group and Community Day Charter Public Schools in various roles since 1981.

Steve Lisauskas

Steve Lisauskas is an executive with the firm WasteZero where he leads their government affairs functions. Prior to his employment at WasteZero, Steve was the executive director for the Finance Control Board in Springfield, MA. He also headed his own consulting team and was a senior fellow for the Pioneer Institute. Steve has a BA in Political Science and a MPA in Finance from Syracuse University.

Mary McCauley Manzi

Retired Judge Mary McCauley Manzi served as a Probate and Family Court Justice at the Fenton Judicial Center in Lawrence, MA. She was appointed to the bench in 1986 and retired in May 2011 after serving on the bench for twenty-five years. She is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and Emmanuel College. As a Justice, she has been involved with the Task Force on Mediation in the Probate and Family Court and served on the Supreme Judicial Court Committee on Ethics. Out of the courtroom, Judge Manzi was instrumental in the creation of the Community Day Charter Public School, and has continued to be an advocate for us in the community. She is currently working as an attorney with the firm Manzi, Bonanno and Bowers in Methuen.

John Reilly

John Reilly is a Senior Vice President at Fred C. Church, Inc. John heads up the firm's Employee Benefits Division and has been with the company since 1996. He is a graduate of Phillips Andover and Boston College. In addition to the TCG board, John also sits on the Board of Directors for the Lawrence Boys & Girls Club.

Eric Stacey

Eric Stacey has worked at Pingree School since 1997 and is currently the Director of Enrollment Management. In his time at Pingree, he has seen the school’s enrollment grow from 265 students to the current population of 335 students. He attended Colorado College, where he majored in English and was captain of the college baseball team. He lives in Bedford, MA with his wife, Wendy, and his 3 children. Eric previously served on the CDCPS Board and served as President of the Board from 2008-2015.