The 2016-2017 Salem Award Foundation Board

The Foundation’s Board is drawn primarily from the greater Salem and North Shore community; the Mayor of Salem and the President of Salem State University serve as co-chairs, ex officio.

Ellen Brandenburg
Ellen was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 1982 and served the UU church in Marblehead, MA for one year before moving on to the UU headquarters office in Boston where she worked for 17 years.  For four years she served as Youth Programs Director and for 13 years she held the position of Director of Ministerial Education. Before moving to Salem in 2005, she lived in Lexington, MA for over 30 years where she and her husband, George, raised their two kids, Anna and Pete.  They all grew to appreciate Salem for its diversity, commitment to social justice, friendly people, good restaurants, and worthwhile attractions. Ellen is a guide at the Peabody Essex Museum and an active member and volunteer at the First Church in Salem. Ellen’s work and that of her late husband, George who was a particle physicist, gave them the opportunity to travel, and to live in both Germany and Switzerland.  Ellen credits these experiences with sharpening her skiing skills and learning to value the differences among peoples, two important things she did not have a chance to do growing up in Illinois!

Jenna Cripps

Nancy Crowder (Vice Chair)
Nancy Crowder, a registered nurse and Salem resident for the past 30 years, focused her career on the public health issues of poverty and racism. As the executive director of Citizens for Adequate Housing Inc. in Peabody for 23 years, Nancy oversaw the growth and management of the Inn Between and Inn Transition shelters for homeless families and developed affordable housing. She is the mother of two adopted African-American children. She presently works part-time for Community Change Inc., a Boston-based non-profit agency whose mission is to shine a spotlight on the roots of racism in white culture with the intention of dealing with racism at its source, as well as, with its impact on communities of color through education and advocacy activities.

Mary Hayes
Mary Hayes has been a Salem resident since 1990. A native of the midwest, she grew up in New Jersey and New Hampshire and came to Boston after college. Her early career was spent in economic development. She then went to the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism where she was responsible for marketing Massachusetts as a group tour destination to tour operators throughout the United States and Canada, developing and implementing bids for major conventions for Boston and Massachusetts, and developing and coordinating the annual Massachusetts Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism.

Shelby Hypes
Shelby Hypes is a marketing professional who writes. Her company, Scarlet Letters, provides both copywriting—websites, brochures, speeches—and strategic consulting to clients in industries as diverse as real estate, health care and high tech. She holds an MBA in marketing from the Darden School, University of Virginia, and has served in senior marketing positions for both agencies and consumer companies. When she is not working for clients, she may be working for non-profit organizations she supports. At one time or another, she has served on the boards of Historic Salem, Inc., Salem Community Gardens and the Phoenix School in addition to the Salem Award Foundation. She is also a long-time docent at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Jean Karam
A 27-year resident of Salem, Jean works for the Salem School Department at Collins Middle School in 7th grade special education. She has raised two children with her husband Doug and actively supports the Salem Public Schools, Salem Education Foundation, Plummer Home and community work with Tabernacle Church. Jean has B.A. in Human Services from Simmons College.

John Keenan
John Keenan became vice-president of administration at Salem State University in 2014 following ten years as a Massachusetts state representative for the 7th Essex District. During his tenure as state representative, he contributed to the passage of the anti-bullying legislation and received an award for it from the Anti-Defamation League. During this period, he also worked in private practice and prior to that held positions as City Solicitor of Salem and Assistant District Attorney for Essex County. He received his J.D. from Suffolk University and his B.A. in Economics from Harvard College. He has been active in the Salem Education Foundation, Salem YMCA, Salem Rotary and a participant in the Pan Mass Challenge since 1989. John resides in Salem with his wife and two children.

Elizabeth Lahikainen (Co-Chair)
Elizabeth Lahikainen is an internationally recognized textile conservator specializing in historic upholstery. She has been a pioneer in developing many innovative conservation techniques widely used in the field today to preserve textile covered artifacts. She has worked for numerous private and public collections, including the U. S. State Department in Washington, and many museums and historic houses. She is the author of several articles on the subject and has lectured throughout the United States and abroad, including England, Sweden and Australia. She is the founding President of the Salem Education Foundation, an organization that champions the importance educating the youth of all communities, not only in core subject areas, but the creative arts as well. She has two grown children and resides in Salem with her husband.

Monica Leisey
Monica Leisey is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and an assistant professor in the Salem State University School of Social Work.  Her areas of scholarship include the pedagogy of social work and social work leadership.  Monica has successfully submitted grants to both NIH and the DOJ.  She is currently serving as the Masters of Social Work program coordinator responsible for managing the MSW program of approximately 350 students.  She also chairs the Salem State University Collaboration Committee and serves on the President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity, Affirmative Action, Equity and Social Justice and the Graduate Education Council.  Recently, she was sponsored to attend the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute by the Council on Social Work Education and Salem State University.  Monica has lived in Salem since joining the Salem State University Faculty in 2010.

Rachel Lutts
Rachel is a licensed mental health counselor, and has been practicing for almost 20 years on the North Shore. She began her career working for Health and Education Services (now Lahey Health Behavioral) and North Shore Children’s Hospital in the Outpatient Mental Health Department. She has owned and operated a private practice in Salem for the past five years, and  specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with behavioral/emotional problems. Rachel has served as the chairperson of the Missions committee of Tabernacle Church in Salem, and she has volunteered for HAWC, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem, and Lifebridge in Salem.  Rachel earned a B.S. in Psychology from Clark University and a M.S. in Counseling and Psychology from Salem State University. She recently received her real estate license, and works part time for Keller Williams in Beverly. Rachel and her husband, Rob, live in Salem and have three children.

Sarah Morrill  (Co-Chair)
Sarah Morrill, MSW, LCSW, has eighteen years of professional experience in human-service related data analysis, outcome measurement and program design. She consulted to a wide variety of state health and human service agencies on policy improvement projects focusing on youth. Locally, she served on the Board of the Salem Education Foundation for eight years. During her five-year tenure as President, Ms. Morrill led the organization through a comprehensive strategic planning and rebranding process and oversaw a substantial increase in sponsorship and annual fundraising. Additionally, she served as the parent representative on several district-related committees including: Saltonstall School Council, Saltonstall School Innovation Team, and the Salem Public Schools Strategic Planning Team. Ms. Morrill also served on the Board of Trustees for the Plummer Home for Boys from 2007- 2011, chairing the Strategic Planning Committee. She is currently employed as a consultant designing outcomes management systems. Ms. Morrill has lived in Salem since 1999 with her husband and two children.

Lynn Murray (Vice Chair)
Lynn Murray is a landscape artist who is represented by the Central Street Gallery in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Previously, she worked for the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA for 28 years where her last ten years were spent as the Communications Director with responsibilities for external and internal communications. She served on the Greater Boston Federal Executive Board and was vice-chair of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce where she founded the Community Outreach Committee. In addition, she was a member of the Board of Directors and chair of the Education Committee for the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer.  She is a member of the Salem Recycles Committee and a board member of the Salem Common Neighborhood Association. Lynn has an M.P.A. from American University.

Julie Rose
Julie Rose is currently the Business Manager in the Engineering Dept. for the City of Salem, where she staffs the all-volunteer SalemRecycles committee and is responsible for financial billing for the enterprise funds. Earlier experience includes senior project management in planning and operations for the Boston Harbor project at Deer Island , several positions with the Stouffer’s Corporation, and serving as a financial analyst for the Governor of New Hampshire. Her volunteer activities include serving on the Advisory Board for the Salem Theatre Company, board member for Women’s Friend Society and Destination Salem, and a commissioner for the Essex County Commission on the Status of Women. Her educational background includes a BS in Nutrition, and MBA in Finance from Babson College, and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution. She also teaches culinary classes on a part-time basis at North Shore Community College.

Patrick Schultz
Patrick has served in multiple roles as an educator, including as a history teacher, social studies department chair, assistant principal, history education consultant in Massachusetts and New York City, and currently as a member of the Salem School Committee. In a past life, he also served as a leader in environmental non-profits in New Mexico and New Jersey.  Currently, Patrick is the owner of Mercy Tavern in Salem, where he has built a business model around giving to local community and social justice organizations.  Patrick has a BA in Anthropology and a MA in American Studies (with a concentration in environmental and economic justice) from the University of New Mexico.

Jonathan Simcosky
Jonathan Simcosky is an acquiring editor of food and craft books for Quarry Books, part of the Quarto Publishing Group, the world’s leading publisher of illustrated reference books. Originally from Kansas City, Mo., he moved to Salem from Brooklyn nearly a decade ago with occasional detours through Siberia and El Camino de Santiago. He’s worked in a Polish kitchen, on a biodynamic farm, and was a founding editor of Art*Throb, the North Shore’s arts and culture magazine. In his leisure, he enjoys cultivating social practice and exploring culinary traditions, all in pursuit of developing a new idea everyday. He holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo.

Paul Tucker
State Representative Tucker has over 30 years experience in serving the community. He retired as police chief of Salem, MA in 2014, and has since served as State Representative of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, 7th Essex District. Since 2000, he has served as adjunct faculty member at public and private colleges as well as an instructor at police academies and in-service training. He is also a practicing attorney in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. His many accomplishments include: honors graduate of the 189th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy; Former Director of the North Shore Drug Task Force; former member of the Board of Directors of the New England Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association; as well as numerous letters of departmental commendation and citations for meritorious service.



Carolyn McGuire
For the past few years Carolyn has been a consultant art/photo/production editor and writer for several textbook publishers and local nonprofits. Previously, she worked for the book publishing industry in layout and editorial and at Pearson Prentice Hall as a digital production artist and template builder for math and science textbooks, where she learned the integral relationship of visuals and words to convey information.  Carolyn has also worked in the Communications & Publications department at Wellesley College, developing recruitment materials and fundraising appeals.  She produces the quarterly online newsletter for the Salem Athenæum, and assists the director in writing and producing eblasts and social networking content. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Salem Community Gardens for the past 5 years. Carolyn has an M.A. in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College.