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 lives in Natick and currently serves as President of the board.

Priscilla Loring, Treasurer

Priscilla Loring previously 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 Community Day Charter Public Schools (CDCPS).  She resides in Andover.

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. She lives in Methuen.

Gail Carey

Gail Carey 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. She is also an active parent volunteer in Methuen, serving on the Methuen High School Band Parent Association for eleven years, and as Vice President for four years.

Mary DeFrancisco

Mary T. DeFrancisco grew up in North Andover and received her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Mary's professional work has often involved children's issues, including 13 years as Assistant Register in the Probate and Family Court Department of the Massachusetts Trial Court.  Following this tenure, she has been deeply involved in religious education and sacramental preparation for high school youth and adults at her home parish of St. Augustine. Mary resides with her husband, Mark, in Andover, where they raised their three children.

Patricia Flynn

Retired Judge Patricia Flynn served as Associate Justice with the Juvenile Court in Middlesex County following her appointment in 2003. She is a member of the National Association of Women Judges and 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. She resides in Methuen.

Alcira Kane

Alcira Kane has worked for Northeast Legal Aid, formerly Merrimack Valley/Neighborhood Legal Services for multiple decades. She is an active member of advocacy groups at the state level, including the Welfare Coalition, Disability Coalition, Employment Coalition, and the Language Access Coalition. Additionally, she 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. Her commitment to the success and governance of The Community Group and Community Day Charter Public Schools has spanned many years, serving on the Board of both institutions. She lives in Plainstow, NH.

Steve Lisauskas

Steve Lisauskas is an executive with the firm WasteZero where he leads their government affairs functions. Prior to his employment at WasteZero, he 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.  He lives in Andover.

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 25 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 advocate for the schools in the community. She is currently working as an attorney with the firm Manzi, Bonanno and Bowers in Methuen. She lives in West Newbury.

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.  He lives in Andover.

Eric Stacey

Eric Stacey has worked at Pingree School since 1997 and is currently the Director of Enrollment Management and Admission. In his time at Pingree, he has overseen the significant growth of the school’s enrollment. Eric earned his Bachelor’s degree from Colorado College, where he majored in English and was captain of the baseball team. He lives in Bedford, MA with his wife Wendy and their three children. Eric served as President of the Board of Community Day Charter Public Schools Board from 2008-2015.

Juana Matias

Juana Matias joined MassINC in 2019, as Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, Juana oversees the development, marketing, and policy efforts of the organization, while supporting the overall management of the organization. Prior to MassINC, Juana served as Massachusetts State Representative for the 16th Essex District, becoming one of the first Latina immigrant women elected to the Massachusetts State House. During her tenure, Juana sponsored key legislation to make college affordable, protect immigrant rights, promote access to minority owned and women owned businesses, address inequities in Massachusetts public school systems, and expand opportunities for working class Americans. While serving as State Representative, Juana launched a congressional race and became the first Latina to run for Congress in Massachusetts. In 20009, Juana graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice. In 2014, she received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. After law school, Juana dedicated many years to public service by enlisting in AmeriCorps as a Justice AmeriCorps Legal Advocate. There she sought humanitarian based immigration relief for unaccompanied children in removal proceedings. Prior to AmeriCorps, Juana served the Merrimack Valley region as a social worker, where she assisted families and children who had suffered abuse and neglect by providing them with a wide range of support and social services. Juana was born in the Dominican Republic, immigrated to the US at the age of five, and was raised in Haverhill, MA.

Meera Krishnan

Meera Krishnan serves as Director of Program Solutions at Year Up in Boston.  The organization teaches urban young adults the professional skills needed to excel in the business world through college-level coursework and corporate internships.  Meera earned her MBA from Harvard Business School in 2012 and her BSE from Princeton University in 2007.  Her professional experiences include two leadership positions at The Community Group:  Director of Strategic Planning leading change management initiatives related to school turnaround and Director of Programming for Community Day Arlington. Prior to joining TCG, she was an HBS Leadership Fellow on the education team at the Office of Mayor Kevin Johnson in Sacramento, CA and an Education Pioneers Fellow at the San Francisco Unified School District.

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