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Meet Your School Committee

Kristian Merenda, Chair
Nichola Gallagher, Vice Chair
Maureen Moran, Secretary
Charles Rae, Member
Kendall O'Halloran, Member
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School Committee Biographies

Kristian Merenda  is an expert in organizational development and marketing strategy who has advised a wide range of world-class institutions and brands in their efforts to drive mutually-beneficial transformation for business and society. She has worked to establish and grow core performance competencies within organizations in functions including marketing, public affairs, community relations, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability - including at CCOP/Purpose Collaborative, Edelman, Cone/Porter Novelli, IGT and Firebrand. Her seminal book, Breakthrough Nonprofit Branding, co-authored with Carol Cone, Jocelyn Daw and Anne Erhard has been heralded as an industry standard. And recently her initiative, Go Red for Women was honored by PR Week Magazine as the best campaign of the last two decades. Other work has has received 100+ industry awards andbeen featured in: President William J. Clinton’s Giving, Philip Kotler’s Social Marketing and M.Cass Wheeler’s You’ve Gotta Have Heart, among others. Four case studies of her top were published by Harvard Business School and the United Nations. 

She is the managing principal of Change Theory Group, LLC, partner at CCOP and a member of the marketing and management faculties at Boston University Questrom School of Business and at Harvard Extension School. She has been a featured speaker, executive education facilitator and coach for organizations including the American Marketing Association, Engage for Good, Duke and MIT. She is also the co-founder of the Social Good Revolution, volunteers in a variety of capacities in Canton, and most recently played a leading role in helping secure CCPA and broad stakeholder approval to install a pair of embankment slides at the Luce School in fulfillment of the school’s 10+ year vision. For more information on Merenda’s background, visit:

Nichola Gallagher has spent the last 15 years working in the finance industry, with 12 of those at State Street Corporation in Boston. Her diversified background includes work in Accounting, Business Analytics, Project Management, Program Management (PMO) and Process Development. Most recently she has shifted responsibilities to also include Data Stewardship for the Financial Planning and Analysis division of the bank. She holds a BA from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Nichola moved to Canton with her family in 2012. She participates in Girl Scouts and coaching girls’ soccer both for in-town, and a travel league. In 2014 she was appointed to serve on the Canton Town Finance Committee. Nichola is the mother of two children in the Canton school system, and is excited for this new chapter serving on the School Committee.

Maureen Moran  is an experienced communications professional, with a background in corporate communications, health care and journalism. Maureen received a bachelor’s degree in English from Holy Cross and a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism.

The parent of a Galvin Middle School student, Maureen has volunteered in the district since her daughter entered the Rodman Early Education program, where she joined with other parents to organize volunteers to support classroom activities. During her daughter’s six years at the Luce, Maureen was a member of the Luce CAPT, spending two years as its secretary. She launched and organized the school’s yearly “Breakfast with Someone Special” and “Celebrate Spring with Someone Special” events.  She also served as a room parent, established the Luce Little Free Library, coached the school’s award-winning CAPE spelling bee teams, and served as a co-coordinator of the grade 5 promotion activities in 2018-2019.

Prior to being elected to the School Committee in 2019, Maureen regularly attended School Committee meetings, and in 2016, served on the superintendent search committee. A Canton High graduate, Maureen and her husband moved back to Canton in 2005. In addition to her district volunteer work, Maureen is a Girl Scout troop leader, and a long-term volunteer with the Holy Cross Alumni Association, serving as its president in 2012-2013.

Charles Rae

Kendall O'Halloran

Administrative Assistant to the School Committee and the Superintendent

Colleen Hutchinson

Administrative Assistant--Superintendent, District Administration

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