Board of Trustees | Manchester Essex Education Fund

The Manchester Essex Education Fund board is composed of members of the communities it serves, and representatives from the guidance department at the Manchester Essex Regional High School. The board is all-volunteer. If you wish to become involved, we welcome your inquiries.

John H. Abbott
John H. Abbott is the former Jack AbbottPresident/CEO of Boston Financial Management, Inc. and past chairman of the Manchester Essex Education Fund Board. A resident of Manchester, he is a founding member and chairman of the investment committee of his church, a Trustee and Treasurer of the USS Constitution Museum and a fifteen-year Director of the Manchester Essex Education Fund. Jack was Class Agent and Vice Chairman of the Capital Campaign of Bowdoin College and a Director of the Big Brother Association of Boston. He is an investment consultant and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Boston Security Analysts Society. Jack is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Timothy C. Averill
Tim Averill served the Tim AverillManchester and Manchester Essex schools from 1971 until his retirement in 2005. He founded the Manchester Essex Speech and Debate team and served as coach for the first 35 years. Tim also served as English Department Chair from 1975-2005, teaching Advanced Placement English literature. When Tim retired, he began part-time work at Waring School in Beverly as Writing Department Chair, Debate Coach, and teacher. Tim has served on the Board of trustees since 2000.
Ann Cameron, Chair
A managing editor at EBSCO Publishing, Annie Cameron is the mother of four children. She currently serves as Chair of the Manchester Essex Education Fund Board. She has served on the Essex PTO, the MERSD Regionalization Subcommittee, MERSD School Building Committee and currently serves as vice-chairperson for the MERSD School Committee.
Linda H. Crosby
A teacher, administrator and Linda Crosbydirector of guidance at Manchester and later Manchester Essex schools, Linda Crosby devoted most of her professional life to serving the young people of our community. Since her retirement in 2005, she became a co-founder of the Manchester Enrichment Fund and is a former member and Chairperson of the Manchester School Committee. In addition she was, until recently, a director of CAB Recovery Services, an arm of Northeast Health Systems. Linda has been a director of the Manchester Essex Education Fund for twenty years. Currently she is affiliated with the Waring School in Beverly as its Director of College Counseling.
Nick de Sherbinin
Nick de Nick de SherbininSherbinin is a partner at 360 Branding & Communications, Boston. A Manchester resident for 30 years, his two daughters are graduates of Manchester Essex Regional High School. He is a long-time supporter of the regional district and coached youth soccer with the Manchester Soccer Club. He has served on the board of the Manchester Essex Education Fund since 2012.
Jeffrey D. Jones
Jeff Jones is Jeffrey D. JonesPresident and CEO of Melrose Bancorp, Inc. Jeff is a lifelong resident of Essex and currently resides there with wife Rebecca. Their two daughters both attended Manchester-Essex Regional Schools. He is active community member, serving on the Melrose Rotary Club and The Fitch Retirement Home Board of Directors, and was a member of the Essex Board of Selectman for 12 years.
Beverly Low
Beverly Low is the Director of Beverly LowGuidance & College Counseling at Manchester Essex Middle High School. Formerly the Dean of First-Year Students at Colgate University, Beverly has been advising, mentoring, nudging, and guiding students for almost 25 years. She specializes in coaching young people (and their parents) on the academic preparation and skill development required for a successful transition from secondary school to college. Beverly holds her M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. in English from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
E. Gail Ramos
Gail Ramos is the former vice Gail Ramospresident/senior trust officer for the Cape Ann Savings Bank Trust and Financial Services. Gail holds the professional designations of Certified Financial Planner®, Certified Trust and Financial Advisor, Certified IRA Specialist, and Certified Financial Services Counselor. Gail is a Past Member of the Town of Manchester by-the-Sea Finance Committee and Capital Plans Advisory Committee, the Board of the North Shore United Way and the Board of Essex County Estate Planners Association. She is a life-long resident of Manchester, where she currently resides with her husband Ronald.
Chris Shea
The former owner and managing partner of The Chris Shea photoLanding at 7 Central and The Marblehead Landing, Chris is the president of the Manchester / Essex Rotary Club. A graduate of Holy Cross College, he serves on the board of the Masconomo Council Knights of Columbus and sits on the Manchester Downtown Improvement Committee. A 30 year resident of Manchester, both of his children are graduates of MERHS.
Tyler Virden
Tyler Virden is a Project Executive/VP with Windover Tyler VirdenConstruction Inc. in Beverly. He grew up in Manchester attending both Manchester schools. And is now a resident of Essex with his wife Julia and two school-aged boys. He is an active community member in Essex and is currently serving on the MERSD Building Committee.
Caroline Weld
Caroline Weld has been involved with MERSD as a member of the School Committee for nine years, serving 3 terms. She currently serves as co-chair of the MERSD School Building Committee and has been with the building project since the beginning leading the Elementary Configuration Task Force. She has one child in the school system, and is happy to continue the Weld Family tradition of serving on the MEEF board.