SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Chairman: George Schmidt (email: email@example.com)
George was born and raised in Boston graduating from the Boston Public Schools. He received his baccalaureate from Boston University as well as his commission through ROTC. He served 4 1/2 years active duty during the Vietnam era. Discharged as a Captain, he returned to Boston and earned a MBA from Suffolk University.
George spent several years in industry and eventually established his own firm specializing in income tax preparation and financial planning, currently having 300+ clients. He is licensed by the IRS as an Enrolled Agent and has received his CFP (Certified Financial Planner) designation from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.
George returned to school and received his Master of Science in Taxation Degree from Northeastern University. He moved from Framingham to Mashpee in 2008 and served for 6 years on the Finance Committee (one as chair) and is currently in his second term on the Mashpee School Committee.
Vice-Chair: Nicole Bartlett (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nicole grew up just south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the daughter of two school teachers who later transitioned to other careers. They were big believers in the power of education, and while she loved "playing school" with their supplies and briefcases (her mom taught art; her father, English) it was her love of history and writing that drew her to a career in the social sciences. Nicole received her BA in Political Science from Seton Hill University, and worked for Congressman Frank Mascara as a district press secretary and case worker in what was then PA-20, the southwest corner of Pennsylvania where she was raised.
Nicole later attended graduate school at the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy. Her focus was environmental policy, and she spent her summer working with Russell Means to establish a Lakota total immersion elementary program in Porcupine, SD on the Pine Ridge Reservation. After graduation, she worked briefly as a budget analyst, then as a newspaper editor before accepting a position as a project manager with a survey research consulting firm. There, Nicole developed expertise in survey methodology and design, focus groups, facilitation and one-on-one interviews.
After winning a contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Nicole began working closely with the NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology in Silver Spring, MD; and in 2003, she accepted a position on the government team as a statistician. Her work with NOAA led to almost 5 years in Hawaii on the island of Oahu, where she served as a liaison between NOAA and the fishing community, and 10 years on Cape Cod as the North Atlantic Regional Coordinator, where she currently works with a team of NOAA from 13 states to enhance NOAA's partnerships and services through collaboration. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Environmental Data Science at UMass Boston.
Nicole is in her first term on the Mashpee School Committee. She served on the Cape Cod Collaborative Board of Directors for two years, represents the Cape & Islands on the Massachusetts Association of School Committee's Board of Directors, is the designated liaison to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, and spearheaded the annual MPS Family Opinion Survey to solicit feedback from MPS families and measure progress against the district's strategic goals (now in its third year). She was also recently named the Northeast Regional Director for the American Indian/Alaska Native Council of the National School Boards Association. In 2018, she was recognized with the All State School Committee award. She and her husband John have two children, Sam and Carmen, who both attend the Mashpee Public Schools.
Secretary: Don Myers (email: email@example.com)
Don was born in a small town in rural Kansas and has spent the last twenty years living in Mashpee. He currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Community Systems Support and Management Services, Inc., a company that specializes in supporting adults with disabilities in the northeast. Don is a CPA and CMA with over thirty years of professional experience in a number of senior accounting and finance positions with global financial services companies.
Don has been very active in giving back to Mashpee through his time, professional knowledge, and leadership. In high school, Don was selected to attend the American Legion Boy's State program to learn about city, county, and state government operations; and that experience and being elected as a "mayor" was a precursor for the future.
Don has currently served two terms (six years) on the Mashpee School Committee and previously served two terms (six years) on the Mashpee Board of Selectmen. He was appointed one year to the Mashpee Planning Board. He represented the School Committee as part of the Charter Review Committee, and led the Mashpee Blue Ribbon Committee for the Board of Selectmen; and, subequently helped establish and lead the Environmental Oversight Committee for several years. Among non-profit and civic affiliations, Don served for a number of years on the Cape Cod Children's Museum Board of Directors; and in his spare time, has helped design and build theater sets for a local kids drama group.
Don earned a Master in Business Administration degree from Avila University, a Master in Accounting degree from Central Missouri State University, and a Bachelor in Accounting degree from Baker University. He and his wife Wanda have two children who attend the Mashpee Public Schools.
Geoff was born in a small rural town in Illinois and entered the military two weeks after graduating from high school. He entered the U.S. Navy as an enlisted sailor and completed several deployments to Asia and the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Storm. After nine years, Geoff was selected for the Seaman-to-Admiral program, and he received a commission as an Ensign after graduation from Officer Candidate School. He spent the next 18 years as a Surface Warfare Officer and retired as a Commander in 2015.
He has a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Florida and a Joint Master's Degree in Mechanical/Ocean Engineering from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Geoff is currently a District Field Manager for MilliporeSigma, a biotechnology company. He moved to Mashpee while working on his Master's research at WHOI and just completed his 10th years as a resident. Geoff is currently serving his second term as a School Committee member and is honored to give back to the community that allowed him to finally grow some roots.
Member: Cathy Lewis (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cathy was born on a Navy base and lived briefly in Rhode Island before her family moved to Mashpee in 1984. Growing up in Mashpee as the daughter of a single mother who worked to instill values of compassion, perseverance, and the importance of a good education, she started her Mashpee education at Mrs. Geary’s preschool. Cathy then attended Mashpee Public Schools from Kindergarten through 8th grade. A graduate of Falmouth High School, she continued on to Providence College to study English Literature for three years before transferring to UMass Dartmouth to complete a degree in English - Writing and Communications. Cathy has completed some graduate level coursework toward the Massachusetts teaching licensure.
Throughout college, Cathy worked at New Seabury and began what would become her career in the hospitality industry. Working her way up from housekeeping at New Seabury to Vacation Club Inventory Manager at InnSeason Resorts, she was able to learn the various ins and outs of this exciting industry, one of which being able to communicate effectively and efficiently with many departments and roll with the changes. Cathy currently works as the Communications Manager for InnSeason Resorts and has been with the company for over 15 years.
Cathy is in her first term on the Mashpee School Committee and feels honored to be able to serve this community in this role. She is also the Service Unit Coordinator for Mashpee Girl Scouts, which were the 2020 Presidents Council Award recipients, as well as a Junior and Cadette level troop leader. Cathy and her husband, Jason, have a daughter, Lillian, who attends Mashpee Public Schools.