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Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools Elects New Board Members

Five members of the community were recently elected to serve on the Board of the Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools.

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Five community members have been elected to serve as directors for the Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools.

Co-Presidents Carol Lorenzo and Lauren Fine presented the nominees at a recent Board meeting. The Board voted and elected the following individuals to the Foundation Board:

Dr. Andrea Dixon is the pediatric medical director of Pro-Health Physicians Express Care, located in Farmington. She has worked in both the West Hartford community at West Hartford Pediatrics and across the river at Healthwise Pediatrics of Manchester. Her volunteer experience within the West Hartford school district includes involvement in the PTOs of Norfeldt, Bristow, King Phillip, and Hall, all schools attended by her two children. Dr. Dixon received her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Andrea Dixon. Courtesy photo

Meredith Hargreaves’ background in both education and business led to her current role as a facilitator and business strategist. A former teacher, she went on to pursue a career in training and development and management consulting. She moved to West Hartford in 2018 and has two children. Hargreaves holds an MBA from Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management, a Master of Science in teaching from Pace University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bates College.

Meredith Hargreaves. Courtesy photo

Sarah Jakubowski has over 15 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations in various professional capacities, serving previously as the United Way of Connecticut’s Marketing Director and also as a project manager for Graff Public Solutions, a comprehensive lobbying, marketing, and governmental relations agency. She has five children who have attended Duffy, Sedgwick, and Conard, and has been an active volunteer in each school over the past 13 years. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and political science from the University of Connecticut.

Sarah Jakubowsk. Courtesy photo

Robert O’Meara has an extensive background in sales and marketing and for nearly 20 years has run the O’Meara Real Estate Group at Keller Williams Legacy Partners in West Hartford. He invests his time and resources into the local community and several charitable organizations including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society where he sits on the board of the Connecticut chapter. O’Meara is a West Hartford native, attending Duffy, Sedgwick, and Conard. His two sons, currently at Sedgwick, are following in his footsteps and his father was in the first graduating class of Conard! O’Meara holds a Bachelor of Science from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Maryland.

Robert O’Meara. Courtesy photo

Lynn Simon has worked in the non-profit sector since 2009. She currently serves as the director of development for Best Buddies International having previously worked at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Center. She has one son in the West Hartford Public School system.

Lynn Simon. Courtesy photo

“We are thrilled to welcome Andrea, Meredith, Sarah, Rob and Lynn to the Board,” said Lorenzo and Fine. “Their skill sets, enthusiasm and passion for our schools and our community will be a great addition to our dynamic board.”

The Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools (FWHPS) provides grants to educators in the West Hartford Public Schools. Our mission is to provide support for educational projects and initiatives that directly benefit students and enhance the excellence of the West Hartford Public Schools community. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are due on Oct. 1 and will be judged on their creativity and innovation as well as degree of support of the curriculum and impact on student learning. This is an opportunity for teachers to try out a new idea or enhance a portion of the curriculum. Visit www.fwhps.org to learn more about the FWHPS.

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