Meet Our Parent Advisory Board

 
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Heather McKinnon

Co-chair Parent Advisory Board

Heather brings diverse professional expertise to the Medford Family Network’s Parent Advisory Board. Having worked in areas ranging from business, the medical field, and academia, she is most passionate about meeting the needs of others with both efficiency and efficacy to advance equity and accessibility for all.
Heather has worked for the past 15 years in mission driven work at the Harvard Kennedy School. She has endeavored to advance meaningful, equitable, intersectional, and diverse perspectives through her professional and personal investments in advancing gender equality, as well as equity for persons of all abilities.
Heather first became acquainted with the MFN by taking a parenting class, and soon got more deeply involved as a founding leader of the Parents and Caregivers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder support group which she co-facilitates. Heather became co-chair of the Parent Advisory Board several years ago and is on the subcommittee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Heather is most grateful for the myriad ways that the MFN has granted her access to leadership trainings and leadership opportunities to put those skills into practice. Heather passionately advocates for more equitable access to programming and furthering the MFN’s reach and supports.

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Alexis Hickey Davis

 Board Member

Alexis Davis is a social worker with over twenty years of helping children and families in the Massachusetts area.  She is currently employed part-time as an outpatient therapist at Tufts Medical Center and has a part-time parent guidance consultation practice.  She is now challenged to “practice what she preaches” in the evolution of her relationship with her own two boys, ages 5 and 7.  As is often the case, she came to be involved with the Medford Family Network advisory board after experiencing the wealth of support and knowledge first hand when she and her boys participated in Play and Learn groups.  She has been a member of the board and chair or the programming committee for three years.

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Lisa Kingsley

 Board Member

Lisa Kingsley is a special education teacher turned administrator with 15 years of experience, including 10 in the near-north suburbs of Boston. After serving as a district student services administrator for six years, she transitioned into building-based administration, including serving as principal of the Curtis Tufts High School in Medford. She currently serves as Program Manager in the Pathways Program at Malden High School. At home in West Medford, she has three children, currently ages 7, 5, & 2.  Since moving to Medford when her oldest was 9 months old, the Medford Family Network’s playgroups, SWAPs, and drop-in play times have been a regular part of the schedule. She is excited to contribute to the organization as a board member and support the programming her family has benefited from for the last six years.

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Robert Lublin

Parent Advisory Board Member

Robert Lublin is a Professor of Theatre Arts and former Chair of Performing Arts at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He has published books and articles on Shakespeare as well as theatre and film history. He additionally teaches wine and whisky appreciation classes through Arlington Community Education. Robert grew to love the Medford Family Network while raising his twin daughters, now 6 y/o, who were always excited to attend MFN reading groups, play groups, and learning groups. After benefitting from MFN parenting classes, Robert began to lead an Effective Fatherhood Workshop series in 2020, to provide support to men working to be better, happier dads. He has been a member of the board for two years

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Marissa Isbill

 Parent Advisory Board Member

Marissa Isbill is a science teacher and mother of three children ages 5, 10, and 13. Marissa 's involvement with the MFN began in the summer of 2012, after moving to Medford from Tennessee. In an effort to meet people in the community, Marissa participated in outdoor MFN playgroups with her young daughters.  In the fall of that year, she joined the Ages and Stages classes with her then three year old. In 2018, Marissa and her mom friends began a support group for parents of children with ASD that is sponsored by the MFN. Marissa joined the MFN board that same year. Last year Marissa became co-chair of the advisory board, and currently assists with the fundraising arm of the MFN, the Friends of the Medford Family Network. She contiues to co-facilitate the support group for caregivers of children with ASD.

 
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Caroline Leaming

Caroline is a local Medford "mum" originally from the UK, who, after traveling to and working in 47 countries, put her passport away and settled down in Medford to raise her family. Prior to life in America, Caroline worked as an English language teacher in various settings from a high school in Japan, an elementary school in the French Alps, a university professor in the Saudi Arabian desert and on board a ship for a Japanese NGO which circumnavigated the Southern hemisphere. After completing two master degrees in teaching, Caroline worked as a teacher trainer for King Saud University and Cambridge University Press where she visited educational institutions to run teacher training workshops. She thought life was busy back then! These days, Caroline's life is far more settled but its pace has certainly not slowed down with 3 little energetic boys to look after. Caroline discovered the MFN by pure chance on her very first day as a Medford resident and has since enjoyed many parent classes, Play and Learn groups, fundraisers and events. She believes that being an advisory board member feels like a small way to give back to an organization that means the world to her.

Shirley Hwang

Shirley Hwang is an Assistant Director at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent federal agency helping the government work more efficiently and effectively. She is currently a temporary staffer with the US Congress providing oversight on issues of government transparency and ethics. She has a daughter at the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden and another at St. Joseph School in Medford Square. She is thrilled to serve MFN's thriving and vibrant community as a board member

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