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Announcing BELL's Massachusetts Leadership Council, Chaired by Paul Reville

BOSTON - October 8, 2013 - BELL's efforts to expand learning time for scholars in Massachusetts got a boost today with the launch of a LeadershipCouncil, chaired by former state Secretary of Education Paul Reville. The goal of the Leadership Council is to support the achievement of BELL's impact and sustainability goals at a local level. The Council is comprised of business and community leaders who share a passion for BELL's mission and who volunteer their time, energy, and enthusiasm to ensure BELL programs are enduring resource for families and schools. Sue Bonaiuto, BELL's Executive Director for Massachusetts, serves as the nonprofit's primary liaison and guide to the council.

BELL's Massachusetts Leadership Council joins a counterpart New York. Efforts are underway to establish councils in Baltimore, Charlotte, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

BELL Massachusetts Leadership Council Members

Paul Reville, Chair
Paul Reville is the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration and a member of the Senior Faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education (HGSE). He has been a member of the HGSE faculty since 1997 and has served as Director of the Education Policy and Management Program. He recently completed nearly five years of service as the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As Governor Patrick's top education advisor and spokesman, Reville established the Executive Office of Education and had oversight of higher education, K-12 and early childhood education in the nation's leading state for student achievement. Reville's career, which combines research, policy and practice, began with service as a VISTA volunteer/youth worker. He served as a VISTA volunteer, youth worker, teacher and principal of two urban, alternative high schools. He is a board member, consultant, and advisor to a host of private, public, and non-profit organizations. He is a graduate of Colorado College, holds a Master's degree from Stanford University and five honorary doctorates. He is an author and frequent speaker on education issues. He is the father of four children.

Tracy R. Brown, Esq.
Tracy R. Brown is a Vice President,Compliance, at Fidelity Investments. In her role within Fidelity's Personal and Workplace Investing (PWI) business, Ms. Brown focuses on compliance matters related to employee benefit and executive compensation plans. Prior to Fidelity, Ms. Brown was with Cabot Corporation where she served as Director, Corporate Benefits and Human Resources Counsel. Also, Ms. Brown was an attorney in private practice where she focused on employee benefit plan and human resources issues. Ms. Brown is a Director of the Victim Rights Law Center in Boston, the first nonprofit law center in the nation solely dedicated to serving the needs of rape and sexual assault victims. Also, she is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, a global public service and scholarship organization. For several years, Ms. Brown served as a Trustee at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts and the Tenacre Country Day School in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Ms. Brown received a B.A. in Economics from Tufts University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

William B. Huff
Bill Huff served as Chairman of the Board at Helium.com from 2006-2011. Prior to Helium, Mr. Huff served as President of the Boston Globe, a New York Times media company, from 1998 to 2001, and Executive Vice President from 1993-1998. He also served as Controller, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President for Affiliated Publications, prior owner of the Boston Globe. From 1976-1993 he served as President of The Wayland Public Schools Foundation, where he promoted efforts to address achievement gap and the needs of minority groups of students. He has served on numerous charitable boards and is currently on the Board of TPR Media, Chicago College of Performing Arts, and The Oliverian School.He holds an MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Lynne Palmer
Lynne is a philanthropist who has volunteered on BELL's Talent Show Event Committee in 2011 and 2012.

Robert Peterkin
Dr. Robert Peterkin is Professor Emeritus at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and former Director of the Urban Superintendents Program there. He also served a member of BELL's Board of Directors for many years. Prior to Harvard, Peterkin was the Superintendent of Schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. His early career as a special education teacher and principal before serving in several central office positions in the Boston Public Schools informed his commitment to serving all students at high levels, including those traditionally at the margins. Peterkin is a national expert on school desegregation and served for seven years as the federal court-appointed monitor for a school district consent decree. His continuing leadership in education includes heading transition teams for numerous entering superintendents, most recently in Chicago, Illinois, Montgomery County, Maryland, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Buffalo, New York and advising the New Jersey Superintendents Network. Peterkin holds a doctorate in education from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received the Chancellor's Medal from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2002 and the Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award from the AASA, honoring educational equity and excellence in 2006. BELL honored Dr. Peterkin in 2008 by establishing the Dr. Robert Peterkin Educational Leadership Award which honors exceptional BELL Site Managers each year for high academic standards and social outcomes for scholars.

Jeff Simmons
Jeff Simmons is a partner at Raphael and Raphael LLP a CPA firm in Boston. His practice concentrates on providing business and financial consulting services, as well as performing audits and reviews of financial statements. He holds an A.B. in Political Science from Brown University, and an M.B.A. and M.S. in Accounting from Northeastern University Graduate School of Professional Accounting. Before coming to Raphael and Raphael, he worked for a national accounting and consulting firm. Prior to that he worked as a television and video producer for seven years, winning an Emmy award for his work. He served on the Needham School Committee from 1997-2007.

Sue Bonaiuto
Sue serves as BELL's Executive Director for Massachusetts. In her role, she is responsible for leading BELL's partnerships and programs throughout the state. Prior to joining BELL, Sue was Director of Community Education and Planning for the Needham Public Schools. Among her many achievements was the consolidation of multiple fee based programs into a single community education profit center with a restructured budget and management team. Under her leadership, this team subsequently increased both revenue and student usage by over 150%. Prior to joining the Needham Public Schools, Sue served as the Director for the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Bucknell University, an M.A. and an Ed.D. from Boston College, and an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

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