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James C. Farr, Chair

James Farr

Born in France while his father was serving active duty there in the US Army, Jim grew up on the edge of the Florida Everglades. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida.  Jim lived in six states (including Alaska) before settling in Vermont. Happily married for almost 25 years, his two children attended St. Albans City School (K-8) and BFA (9-12); they now attend MIT and Boston College. 

What is your reason/motivation to serve on the MRUSD board?
So much effort was put into the creation of the MRUSD, I felt like I had to see it through.

What makes our schools/our school district unique/special. What can you tell the public about our school/school district that the community needs to hear/know?
Some of the most talented and dedicated staff and administrators work in this district. They continue to deliver each year as more and more is asked of them.
jfarr@maplerun.org
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Michael Malone, Vice Chair

Michael Malone

Born in Albany, NY, I was raised in the suburb of Guilderland, NY. I received my A.A. in Liberal Arts from Hudson Valley Community College and my B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Mathematics / Physical Science, from the College of Saint Rose with some graduate work in Astronomy.  I have also worked in some form of film and television production since high school and currently have a video editing business. Primarily, I have spent the last twenty years as a homemaker for my three children. I moved to the area nineteen years ago, and have lived in Fairfield for seventeen years. I served on the Fairfield Center School Board and the Franklin Central Supervisory Union Board (FCSU) for nine years. I spent seven years as the Fairfield Board Chair and chaired the FCSU Board in four different years. 
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Al Corey

Al Corey

Al worked in radio for 22 years.  He worked at BFA for 28 years and has served on the school board for BFA for 12 years.  

What is your reason/motivation to serve on the MRUSD?
It's important that the new district is mindful of the taxpayers, but makes sure that all students have equal access.
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Steven LaRosa

Steven LaRosa

I have been fortunate to call St. Albans my home for the past 26 years. I'm married and have two children, one in college and the other a junior at BFA. Formerly a research technician at the UVM Entomology Lab, I have now been part of the staff at the St. Albans Free Library for the past eight years. Outside of work, I enjoy books, old movies, running, biking, baking, talking about food and, yes, eating.

What is your reason/motivation to serve on the MRUSD Board?
I believed that unification was in our best interest and wanted to be a part of moving it forward. 

What makes our schools/our school district unique/special? What can you tell the public about our school/school district that the community needs to hear/know?
All of our schools are unique, as each community imparts its own stamp on what's important to them and their children's education. As a new member of this board I've been impressed by the truly wonderful, caring, and hardworking teachers, staff, administrators and community members who are committed to our children's futures. We are truly fortunate, and I am honored to be a part of it.
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Michael L'Esperance

Mike L'Esperance

Michael graduated from MVU in 1978. He attended electronics at BFA in high school (bussed in).  Michael served in the U.S. Army from August, 1979 until 1983, doing cryptographic equipment repair.  He earned his Associates degree in electrical engineering technology from VTC in 1985.  Michael attended Officer Candidate School in 2000 and served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1995 to 2014, becoming a Warrant Officer in 2002.  He has served as an information specialist with the USDA for the past 23 years, working on PC's, networks, and support. 

What is your reason/motivation to serve on the MRUSD?
To continue with the work done on the Fairfield board and assist in educational equity and responsible actions for the community taxpayers.

What makes our schools/our school district unique/special? What can you tell the public about our school/school district that the community needs to hear/know
The commitment of the teachers to all the students regardless of ability. The School District, while still forming, is very busy in this transition time. The Maple Run board can use input from the public in the form of questions, comments, or ideas. We have a long way to go yet, and feedback on the community's short and long range goals for this new district is welcome. Gaining efficiency in operations and equity across the district is one of our driving forces.
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Jack McCarthy

Jack Mccarthy

Jack hails originally from Delaware, where he served as a teacher, principal, and Director of Secondary Education. In Vermont, he was the Principal of Missisquoi Valley Union High School before serving 15 years as the Superintendent of Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union. 

Jack holds a BA from American University and an MA and Doctorate from the University of Delaware in Education Leadership. Jack lives in St. Albans with his wife, Pam. They have four grown children and five grandchildren. Jack currently serves as Assistant Director of Human Resources in the Burlington School District.
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DENISE SMITH

Denise Smith

Denise Smith is a mission driven leader who has dedicated her life to work that improves the lives of people and the environment. Denise has focused her career on providing better educational opportunities, increasing our collective economic stability, improving our environmental stewardship ethos, and community health initiatives, leading her to work in a variety of sectors over the years. In her current role as the RiseVT Program Manager at Northwestern Medical Center, she is focused on inspiring and fostering community initiatives that lead to healthy outcomes in the communities of Franklin and Grand Isle counties. In the past, Denise has worked for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Economic Development for the State of Vermont, the Franklin-Grand Isle United Way, the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain, and as a small business owner, operating the St. Albans Bikram Yoga Studio. Denise Smith grew up in the Eastern Townships of Canada, the Alps of France, and landed on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont when she started 7th grade. Denise attended Rice Memorial High School and then went on to receive a dual undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in History and Canadian Studies. After graduation, Denise joined the Peace Corps and served in the country of Mali in West Africa. Denise and her husband Tim have made their home in St. Albans for 16 years, with their three children, Mackenzie, Duffy, and Nellie and their dog Iris.

What is your reason/motivation to serve on the MRUSD board? I am motivated to serve on the Maple Run Unified School District because I believe that education is critical for the success of our future generations. 

What makes our schools/our school district unique/special. What can you tell the public about our school/school district that the community needs to hear/know?I am encouraged by the actions that our leadership team and board have taken to date and the value they place on equity and inclusion. The children in the communities of Fairfield and St. Albans deserve the best education we can provide, and I believe with this model, we have the opportunity to succeed in doing so.  

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NILDA GONNELLA FRENCH, CLERK

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Nilda Gonnella French

NINA HUNSICKER

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Nina Hunsicker

MARTHA CASAVANT-RIES

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Martha Casavant Ries