About Us

Friends of Mascoma Foundation (FOM) was formed by a group of community advocates committed to supporting the needs of the Mascoma Valley Regional School District (MVRSD). FOM provides support to the MVRSD on initiatives that foster educational development for our students.

Core areas that FOM focuses on are:

  • Supporting students by funding supplemental educational opportunities and scholarships.
  • Providing teachers with "mini grants" enabling them to offer additional educational programs to their students.
  • Enhancing and improving the reputation of the district by helping highlight our communities’ commitment to education.
  • Supporting successful existing programs to include more students or enable more financial support to expand.
  • Supporting our Friends Feeding Friends food pantries and meal initiatives.

FOM is registered with the State of NH and is a recognized 501(c)(3) organization with the IRS.

 

Mission Statement

The Friends of Mascoma Foundation strives to raise and appropriate funds to foster educational advancements within the Mascoma Valley Regional School District.

 

Our Team

Holly West

President & Founding Member

Holly West graduated from MVRHS in 2000 and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Management Information Systems and Marketing at Northeastern University in Boston. After working in the technology sector for over a decade, she decided to focus her efforts on education by supporting the district that gave her the education that served as the foundation for her success. Holly, her husband, and son returned to Enfield in November of 2013. Holly is looking forward to serving the district in the coming years.

 

Katherine "Kate" Plumley Stewart

Vice President & Founding Member

Kate graduated with the Mascoma Class of 1998 and attended Northeastern University in Boston and Reims Management School (now NEOMA Business School) in Reims, France earning a B.S. in International Business with a French Concentration from Northeastern. She served for 4 years as a School Board member for the Mascoma District – 2 years as Chair – and has remained actively interested in the schools and surrounding communities. Kate is currently a Buyer for AFGlobal Corp., a company headquartered in Houston, TX. She enjoys volunteering and restoring her family’s small working farm, the Stewart Farm, which has been a part of the community since the late 1800s.

Kate lives on a farm in Enfield, N.H. with her husband, young daughter and fur family.

 

Carolyn Cusick

Treasurer & Founding Member

Carolyn Cusick is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She went on to earn her Master’s in Elementary Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and completed post graduate work in Educational Technology at Chatham College in Pittsburgh.

After working as an Elementary teacher and Curriculum Coordinator for 30 years in the Woodland Hills School District of Pennsylvania, Carolyn’s dedication to public education earned her the honor of representing the State of Pennsylvania at the White House twice. Her many years of community activism was noted by Mayor Tom Flaherty at a fundraising event that Carolyn created and chaired for 16 years.

Carolyn enjoys being part of a vibrant, enthusiastic group of volunteers dedicated to enhancing our public schools in creative ways. After relocating to Enfield part-time 17 years ago and full-time 9 years ago, she immediately immersed herself in the local community and began volunteering. Carolyn and her husband, C. Robert Cusick, and their dog reside in Enfield.

 

Elizabeth Murray

Secretary & Founding Member

Born and raised in Enfield, New Hampshire, the Upper Valley has a close place in my heart. I was a 2000 graduate of Mascoma, and headed to Syracuse University for my undergraduate degree in History and Education. I moved back to Enfield in 2005, and have been teaching at Hanover High School for the last 10 years. I deeply value the experience I had at Mascoma and I also value educational opportunities and public education. I am a true supporter of Friends of Mascoma and its mission to improve and add to the educational experience for our kids.

 

Matthew Dow

Projects Facilitator & Founding Member

Matt Dow is a 37 year Canaan resident and local business owner of MTD Property Maintenance & Building Contractors.  Matt graduated from MVRHS in 1990 and has three daughters in the Mascoma School District.  Matt joined Friends of Mascoma to help give back to the school district.

 

Beth Felix

Community Outreach Coordinator

Beth is an Enfield native and Class of 1992 Mascoma graduate. She owns and operates Little Folks Daycare, a licensed day care in Enfield, where many future Mascoma students get an exciting early start on learning. As a member of the Board of Directors for the Enfield-Mascoma Lions Club and the Enfield Fire Association, Beth plays  an prominent roll in many local events - most notably the annual Toy and Food Drive held each holiday season and Tuesday night Bingo. At the end of her tenure as President of the Enfield Village School PTA, Beth was quickly tapped to join FOM for her strong community ties. She has her ear on the heartbeat of our community and has a knack for identifying needs and pairing them with resources.

Beth and her husband live in Enfield with their daughter who attends Indian River School and actively participates in FOM as a Junior Member.

 
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Andrew Cushing

Alumni Coordinator

Andrew graduated from Mascoma in 2008.  After graduating Bowdoin College, he received an MS in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. A born and bred Graftonite, Andrew returned home to restore an old house and barn. He is also active in the Grafton Historical Society, where he serves as secretary. Contact Andrew for anything related to alumni outreach (or old buildings!).

 

Katie Kobylenski

Fundraising Coordinator

Katie graduated with Mascoma Class of 2003 and attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY for her BA in English Literature. Katie worked in fundraising for five years after college in roles ranging from Assistant Director of Young Alumni Fundraising to Director of Annual Giving. She raised funds for Dartmouth College, Deerfield Academy, and Kimball Union Academy in her time in fundraising before returning to Dartmouth to work briefly in Financial Aid. Now a member of the business development team at an Upper Valley traffic engineering and market research consulting firm, Katie joined the Friends of Mascoma Board of Directors to put her fundraising skills to good use serving the Mascoma community. Katie returned to Canaan in 2015 with her husband and four cats.

 

Theresa Sabol

Board Member

Theresa joined Friends of Mascoma's Board of Directors in 2016 and is one of our most active food pantry volunteers. Theresa's efficient work, upbeat attitude, and great ideas are a huge asset to our board!