Board of Trustees
As public agents authorized by the state, the members of the Board of Trustees of a charter school are responsible for governing the school and hold the charter for the school. The Board of Trustees oversee the implementation and status of the school’s policies and procedures, serve as a fiduciary agent, and hold the school’s Co-Directors responsible for successfully operating the school, meeting school goals, and providing state-of-the-school reports at Board meetings.
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Mary Burke is the Director of Adult and Continuing Education for Upper Cape Regional Technical School and was previously Dean and Vice President of Academics and Administrative Affairs at Quincy College at Plymouth. Mary’s commitment to Map Academy comes from a career working on behalf of students. She is an advocate for providing flexible academic pathways and intensive supports to students from nontraditional backgrounds.
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Anre Dowell has a wealth of experience in supporting youth, such as when he served as a Group Care Worker for the Department of Youth Services in Plymouth, and as a Therapeutic Mentor for Bay State Community Services. Anre’s commitment to Map Academy was born out of his experience of working at Map as a Community Support Partner from 2018-2021; his experience as a former staff member provides an invaluable contribution to the Board’s work, and he continues to support current Map students as an informal mentor. Anre’s professional experience includes a variety of technical positions, including his current role with the Local 17/Walsh Mechanical Contractors. Anre earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Mount Ida College.
Derek Paiva is the Vice President of the Old Colony YMCA, Plymouth & Taunton Branches, where he oversees all operations, programming, staffing, budgeting and finances. Derek has a background in Exercise Science and Physical Education, and has a long track record of developing sustainable and meaningful programming to benefit youth and their families in the Greater Plymouth Region.
Liza Veto is a consultant who supports schools and districts to implement their visions in their daily work, converting dedication and commitment into real progress for students and families. Formerly, she was the Program Officer for Mass IDEAS (Innovating Design in Education for All Students) an incubator of high-quality, innovative public schools designed to transform learning for students across Massachusetts. Liza is a strategic educational leader with deep experience and understanding of the policy landscape, skills honed in her previous roles as the Central Turnaround and Transformation Director for Boston Public Schools and a Director at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and a Public Health Analyst at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Liza received a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the Broad Residency in Urban Education and also holds a Masters in Social Work.