Board of Trustees
Maryann Hedaa, Chair
Charity Grace Mofsen, Co-Vice Chair
This kinship brought her to become a full time resident in 2015. She now serves as Associate Director of Nantucket Operations at the Museum of African American History where she shares the fascinating and rich history of the African Americans that helped shape Nantucket. An advocate for the empowerment of youth, Charity Grace is intimately involved with social issues affecting the people of Nantucket including the role that race historically and currently plays in our culture. With a degree in Sustainable Residential Design and Development from Maharishi University of Management, she serves as a trustee of Nantucket's Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Her experience in a consciousness-based learning environment allows her to bring a holistic approach to education that enlivens one’s creativity and encourages the development of full human potential. For fun, Charity Grace sings in a local band with her husband Michael.
Rachael Freeman Slosek, Co-Vice Chair
In 2003, after completing her graduate studies, she decided to move here year-round for a job at the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. Currently she is the Environmental Coordinator at the Nantucket Land Bank and is married to Sam Slosek, who co-owns Moors End Farm with his family. Together they have 3 children, Sophia, Ben and Eli, all of whom attend the Lighthouse School.
Both Rachael and Sam are pleased to have the opportunity for their children to attend a school that is educating them both academically and emotionally. They feel strongly that the Lighthouse School, is teaching their children to be confident thinkers, learners and problem solvers. What an amazing foundation for life!
Neil Marttila, Treasurer
Joni Amaral, Faculty Representative
Joni joined the Lighthouse School family as both an Upper Primary teacher, and as a parent, in 2017. Her interests include playing on the beach, being out on the water, or exploring different parts of the island with her husband Pedro and their children, Sawyer and Luciana.
Mark is active in community programs and activities including: coaching Little League and T-ball; being a director for the Partnership for Harrier Habitat Preservation (PHHP); being a member of the Naushop Architectural Review Committee (ARC); being a member of the Nantucket Board of Health’s Fertilizer Advisory Board; and having been a member of the Town’s Article 68 Workgroup, which revolutionized how fertilizers are appropriately applied and regulated on Nantucket.
Mark and his wife, Sarah Holton-Roth, met on the island and both feel fortunate to be raising their three children on Nantucket. Providing their children with an education that is developmentally appropriate and respects the pace of childhood is very important to both Mark and Sarah, and they are so pleased to have found that in the Nantucket Lighthouse School.
Lizbet Carroll Fuller, Trustee Emerita
Forward thinking and hardworking, Carol values the island community and feels compelled to contribute and give back however he is able. He enthusiastically supports Nantucket Lighthouse School and is eager to contribute as a parent and now Trustee.
Formerly the Development Director at White Heron Theatre, Callie has been the Executive Director of Almanack Arts Colony since 2015. She is the past Chair of the NLS Yuletide Preview Party and Gala and currently serves on the school's Advancement Committee. Together with her husband, Caleb Cressman, a former NLS Trustee, Callie owns the Gaslight, a live music venue, and restaurant in downtown Nantucket. Callie’s children (Gus & Doxia) and her two step-children (Orla & Caleb) are all enrolled at Nantucket Lighthouse School.
“We could not be happier with the one on one attention and care given to our children. As with all kids, there are challenges that arise and the Lighthouse School always meets those challenges head-on with kindness and compassion and a fundamental understanding of the individual learning process for each child.
Nancy graduated from Cedar Crest College and received a masters in urban affairs from Boston University. Having been derailed by poor advice from her middle school guidance counselor to pursue interior design, her father’s sudden death when she was 24 brought her back to Chamberlayne Junior College where she started to study design. In 1976, she started her own business HOMEWORKS with a $500 capitalization from her husband and with every intention of running a very small business from their Brookline townhouse.
Fast forward and HOMEWORKS grew to a staff of 1O, an allied membership in ASID, induction into the New England Design Hall of Fame and inclusion in over 30 magazines and newspapers. Nancy’s work was featured on 5 magazine covers and she received two awards from ASID - one for her work and the other for her volunteer efforts at Children’s Hospital Boston. Most recently she was honored to be the recipient of the Alumnae of the Year award from her alma mater Cedar Crest College. Her business has been rebranded to Nancy Serafini Interior Design, and Nancy continues to practice on Nantucket, Boston and Spring Island, South Carolina.
In 1998, her volunteer work with the Children’s Hospital League in Boston serendipitously lead her to start the Art for Kool Kidz program, along with two nurses, one of whom Kathy Malloy lived on Nantucket for a period and is a friend forever. They never conceived that their tiny project with a budget of $35,000 would be the kernel that ignited the hospital to recognize that the arts are an integral part of the healing process. The program is now valued at over $10 million and has artists in residence in music, poetry, dance and the visual arts.
Most recently, Nancy has replaced her volunteer work at Children’s with the Reading Power program in South Carolina. This program initiated her interest in Nantucket Lighthouse School whose mission she applauds. “You recognize each child individually and spur them onto greatness. I am proud and honored to have been asked to join your board.”
The school's philosophy of addressing a child's mind, body and individual spirit, while teaching and supporting skills for critical thinking, creative problem solving, and the navigation of one's social-emotional life, has allowed her daughter Clementine to thrive in her academic experience. "We couldn't have asked for a better school for our daughter, anywhere, let alone on this little island! We love our Nantucket Lighthouse School Community."
Board of Advisors
Susan O’Brien, Chair
D. Anne Atherton