Friends of the Eliot School


Formerly operating under the name of the Eliot Family Council, Friends of the Eliot School, Inc. was incorporated as a separate entity in November, 2017 in order to focus on the growing importance of securing the needed resources to sustain excellence within our growing school community. The Friends of the Eliot School works in partnership with the Eliot Governing Board and the Eliot Family Council to support the school’s vision.

The Friends of the Eliot School, Inc., a tax-exempt 501c3 organization, was incorporated in November, 2017 in order to focus on the growing importance of securing the needed resources to sustain excellence within our growing school community. The Friends of the Eliot School works in partnership with the Eliot Governing Board and the Eliot Family Council to support the school’s vision.

The Friends of the Eliot School is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization and our employer identification number (EIN) is: 82-442 4844. 

Preliminary unaudited financials

ENRICHMENT & INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT funds a variety of enrichment offerings at the Eliot as well as the purchase of supplementary academic curriculum to address both accelerated and intervention needs. This includes purchasing programming, instruments, and supplies to resource art and music instruction as well as providing students with opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities including debate, math competitions and select upper school athletics programs. In addition, donations purchase online programs and subscriptions that support literacy, writing and math. The Friends also funds the Playworks program which supports the school’s commitment to fostering a safe and respectful playground environment while also building students’ leadership skills.

SCHOOL TOOLS & RESOURCES incorporates the funds allocated to purchase the robotics kits needed for our growing and more experienced student body as well as the spend to equip classrooms with everything from chrome books and monitors to white boards, book shelves, and reading areas. Your donations also purchase supplies for learning projects such as science fairs, publishing parties, and math games, etc.. Finally, this category captures the spend on some of the more basic requirements to run the school, such as purchasing toner and paper, which then allows the school to allocate district funds into areas that can more directly impact education.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT supports our most important asset-our teachers!  Friends of the Eliot School funds continuing education and training opportunities that are unparalleled in other schools, creating a path of continuous learning to promote high quality instruction in every classroom. Teachers engage in many different types of classes including STEM education, reading and writing courses,  workshops on creating more inclusive and equitable schools, and Think:Kids, which teaches collaborative problem solving. High-quality professional development helps the Eliot attract and retain the best teachers.

COMMUNITY BUILDING funds promote engagement within the school and within our greater community. Your donations help sponsor events including the Family Council Speaker Series, Family Ice Skating event, field days, block parties, theater events, and our bi-annual whole school celebrations.


Board Members

Alicia Piedalue, President

Alicia and her husband, Matt McGinnis, live in Charlestown with their four children. Their three oldest children attend the Eliot, and their son has been a part of the Eliot’s terrific inclusion program since starting at the school when he was 3 years old.

In addition to the Friends of the Eliot Board, Alicia serves on the Board of the Charlestown Nursery School, the Eliot School Governing Board, and has been involved in the Eliot Family Council as a Special Education Parent Association liaison to the district.

Alicia worked at Microsoft for ten years in various Recruiting and HR roles, including managing the company’s MBA recruiting program.  She currently works as an HR Consultant periodically, and received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Puget Sound in Chemistry and English Literature.

Kelsey Morgan, Treasurer
Kelsey Morgan is the Chief Investment Officer for Dartmouth College. In his role, Kelsey is responsible for overseeing a team of 18 to manage the university’s $8B endowment as well as other operating assets. Kelsey graduated from Dartmouth College with an AB degree and earned an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Kelsey joined the Friends of the Eliot board in 2020 and is the organization’s Treasurer. Kelsey lives in Charlestown with his wife Zara. They have three children enrolled at the Eliot.
Kinnon Foley, Director

Kinnon Foley is a Strategic Advisor to the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education in Massachusetts. Prior to this role, she worked as a teacher, coach, and administrator in public schools for over a decade. Kinnon received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Colgate University and a Master’s Degree in Education with a bilingual extension from the City University of New York. 


Kinnon also serves on the board of Charlestown Nursery School and is an honorary board member of the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress. Kinnon lives in Charlestown with her husband and three children. Kinnon’s oldest daughter has been a proud member of the Eliot’s inclusion program since she first enrolled in 2020. 

Johanna H. Fink, Director

Jody is an experienced senior leader in professional services and family offices with expertise in financial services, human resource management, talent development and change management. She currently serves as Trustee to a $1B+ private family, is on the Board of Directors at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center and is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee at the $100B+ New York State Teachers’ Retirement System.

She most recently was the Chief Operating Officer of the Leducq Corporation, the US-based arm of the Leducq Family Trust, a family office whose primary operating businesses include the global cardiovascular research foundation Fondation Leducq (, life sciences venture capital firm Broadview Ventures ( and Ehlers Estate winery ( Prior to this, Jody spent almost 20 years with Cambridge Associates in various investment and management roles, ultimately serving as the Head of Investment Practices, Deputy Head of Global Investment Services and member of the Executive Committee ( Previously, she was Manager, Team Operations at the National Basketball Association ( and an Associate at McKinsey & Company in New York and Boston ( She is a graduate of Harvard Business School (MBA) and Harvard College (AB, magna cum laude).

Craig Millon, Director
A graduate of Purdue University, Craig Millon is a senior executive who has built brands and businesses through the use of technology for over 20 years.

Craig’s career began at Revlon and later Gillette, where he worked with various brands such as Right Guard, Sensor, Oral-B, and Braun. In 1998, Craig became Director of Client Services at The Faneuil Group, a Boston based market research firm driving growth across North America.

Craig then joined Marketing Drive to lead business development efforts in the US and was soon being promoted to a global role, Chief Growth Officer. During that time, Craig developed a vast client base that included, ExxonMobil, Proctor & Gamble and New Balance. In 2011, Craig was promoted to Managing Director Digital for the parent company, The RiverNorth Group. Under his leadership, the Digital Practice grew rapidly with clients such as: Dannon, Burger King, CVS and Pernod Richard. At RiverNorth Craig also led the acquisition strategy for the firm.

Today, Craig is an Executive Vice President at Jack Morton Worldwide and Genuine Interactive, two global experience agencies that are part of the Interpublic Group of Companies. Craig is responsible for innovation, technology and mergers & acquisitions primary across North America.

Anthony Pangaro, Director

Anthony Pangaro has been a principal in private real estate development since 1980, completing over $3 billion of work in Boston, most notably the Millennium Tower (the Filene’s Department Store site), the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Towers, the 10 St. James Avenue Office Tower, and the Four Seasons Hotel and Condominium. Prior to that, he managed the development of Boston’s Southwest Corridor transit project, which includes a five-mile long public park. He also held public service positions at the New York State Urban Development Corporation and the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

A registered architect, Pangaro earned degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in architecture and in building science, and a master’s degree from Harvard University in architecture. He was subsequently awarded the Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard.

Pangaro has served as a director on numerous Boston community and nonprofit boards, including the American Repertory Theater, the Boston Center for Adult Education, Opera Boston, the Lower Roxbury Community Corporation, and the board of overseers of the Museum of Fine Arts. He is now on the executive committee of the Esplanade Association, is the President of the Friends of the Italian Cultural Cener-Boston, and is a member of the MIT Visiting Committee for the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Pangaro served on The Boston Conservatory board for 25 years and is now a trustee of Berklee which merged with the Conservatory in 2016.

Aliza Samuels, Director

Bio to come…