Foundations in Education Announces Three New Board of Trustees

January 15, 2018 | Foundations in Education | Media Mentions

Bridgeport, CT

Foundations in Education is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Trustees. Joining the Board, effective December 11, are George Coleman of Newtown, Andrea Maldon of Fairfield, and Sister Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ of Hamden.

“Our new Trustees embody the spirit of community and bring talent and energy to the Board. They are joining a dedicated and mission-driven governing body and we are very fortunate to have their expertise as we continue to strengthen and transform Catholic Education,” said Holly Doherty-Lemoine, Executive Director of Foundations in Education.

George Coleman currently serves as an Early Childhood System Development Specialist at Cooperative Educational Services (CES) and holds graduate degrees in Early Childhood Education and Curriculum and Instruction from Teacher’s College at Columbia University.

Prior to serving at CES, Coleman spent his 24-year career with the Connecticut State Department of Education, where he was twice named Acting Commissioner of Education. Coleman is credited with helping to establish the state’s rationale for full-day kindergarten investment and with procuring the first state grant to support full-day kindergarten. Coleman also drafted the School Readiness Legislation and funding-level commitments, which now exceed $200,000,000.

Andrea Maldon, CPA currently serves on the Foundations in Education Audit Committee and recently retired after nineteen years at Lone Pine Capital LLC, a privately owned hedge fund in Greenwich, CT. Maldon joined Lone Pine in 1998 as Controller, became Chief Financial Officer and most recently served as Managing Director of Internal Investor Services. Maldon graduated magna cum laude from Fordham University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science.

Prior to Lone Pine, Andrea worked at Bowman Capital Management as an Accounting Manager for two years. Prior to Bowman Capital, she served as an auditor at Ernst & Young, LLP for three years.

Sister Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ currently serves on the Innovation and Leadership Grants Committee at Foundations in Education and is transitioning to the Board of Trustees. At present, Walsh is the Provost for Education, Evangelization and Catechesis and the President of Saint Thomas Seminary in the Archdiocese of Hartford. She is an Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and holds a B.A. in English from Albertus Magnus College, an M.A. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Saint Louis University and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration/Church Leadership from Fordham University.

Prior to serving the Archdiocese of Hartford, Sister Mary Grace was Deputy Superintendent, Superintendent and Secretary of Catholic Education and Faith Formation in the Diocese of Bridgeport, from July 2006 through December 2015. She also served as an elementary and secondary school teacher and administrator in seven arch/dioceses throughout the country in parochial, diocesan and religious congregation-sponsored schools.

Foundations in Education is the Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano’s vision to assist the Diocese of Bridgeport’s ongoing mission to advance Catholic education in Fairfield County. The primary purpose of this non-profit initiative is to support Catholic education by providing tuition assistance, grants that promote classroom innovation and professional leadership development and other education-based programs.

The three new members join the existing Board of Trustees: Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, David Cappiello, Robert Dilenschneider, R. Bradford Evans, Michael Hanlon, Lawrence Kudlow, Daniel McCarthy, Anne McCrory, Tom McInerney Julia McNamara, Joseph Purcell, Bernard Reidy, Gerard Robilotti, Robert Scinto, Michael Shea, and Holly Doherty-Lemoine, ex officio.

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