BOARD OF DIRECTORS and PROJECT LEADERS
Meet our Board of Directors and Project Leaders
Arlington Heights native Lauren Murphy attended Northeastern University before moving to Stoneham 23 years ago. She owns and runs a home daycare and quickly became active in the Stoneham public school system while her three adult children were in the schools.
Lauren was Co-President for the South School and Middle School PTOs, a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, president of the Music Parents Association and a board member of the Grid Iron Club. Currently Lauren is on the SHS Council, the Farmers Market Committee, the Stoneham 300th Anniversary Committee, and volunteers at the community dinner.
Mary Shannon Thomas
Mary Shannon is a clinical social worker, and passionate advocate for opportunity and equity, especially for those living with mental illness and experiencing homelessness. She and her partner moved to Stoneham in 2016, and enjoy the walkability and culinary diversity of the town. After she finished her Master’s in Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in her home state of NC, she moved to Massachusetts to pursue work in the field of mental health. She has worked in Greater Boston and the Merrimack Valley for more than a decade as a clinician, educator, and advocate for affordable housing and mental health, and works to increase access to services and supports for vulnerable populations. She joined the Stoneham CDC hoping to serve her community, and work to find ways to promote thoughtful, sustainable growth.
T.J. Murphy is the editor of The Writer, a magazine founded in 1887. T.J. has written for Outside magazine, Runner's World, and also served as editor-in-chief of Triathlete magazine. His books include the New York Times bestseller, Ready to Run. T.J. lives in Stoneham with his wife, Gretchen, and their two kids, Milo, nine, and Maddie, six.
Attracted by its charming New England character, “small town” feel and proximity to Boston, Jenny moved to Stoneham in 2016 with her husband and two daughters.
Jenny completed her B.A. in Biology and Masters Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising Management at Boston University. She taught English for nearly 10 years in Chile, Czech Republic, France and Romania. Jenny previously worked as a Development Officer, managing Foundation and Corporate relations, for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and currently is the Development Director at the Friday Night Supper Program in Boston.
After searching for the perfect balance of small town community and large city benefits to raise their young and growing family, Nathan and his wife moved to Stoneham in 2016. Nathan attended Northeastern University where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Since graduating he has held various roles focused on Customer Engagement and Success in the Biotech and Robotics industries. He currently leads a global team of application engineers for a robotics startup in Boston. When he’s not working, Nathan can be found hiking through the Fells with his family, enjoying the Greenway, working on his home, and learning new woodworking skills.
Nathan currently chairs the Keep Stoneham Beautiful (KSB) Steering Committee.
Laurie has worked, lived, and played in the Boston area for over 20 years. She is in her element when she contributes to and collaborates with organizations that connect her to the community because she knows that these organizations can transform a community into their best collective self. Professionally, she brings diversity from many sectors that are central to the Massachusetts economy. However her passion is to work with small and main street businesses to help them navigate growth. Laurie leads the Stoneham Transportation Advisory Committee that advocates for multi-modal transportation that is safe, affordable, and equitable for everyone in Stoneham. Laurie completed her master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy + Planning at Tufts University and she holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration.