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Meet Your School Committee

Kristian Merenda, Member
Maureen Moran, Member

School Committee Biographies

Kristin Mirliani is an attorney practicing in the field of Estate Planning. Kristin earned her law degree from Boston University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts Degree, magna cum laude, from St. Lawrence University with a major in both Economics and Government. She is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and New York.Kristin was raised in northern New York and attended public school. In 2004, Kristin relocated to Canton with her husband and children, primarily choosing Canton based upon the existing school system. All of her three children attend the Canton Public Schools, currently with one at each level within the district.

Kristin has an extensive history of volunteerism on behalf of the Canton Public Schools, including: being past president of the JFK CAPT; past co-chair of the JFK and GMS School Council; past president of CAPE; and classroom assistance over the past nine years. Additionally, in 2009, Kristin was elected to the Canton Planning Board where she served for 5 years. Kristin also enjoys coaching youth soccer and is a member of the Executive Board of Canton Youth Soccer.

Reuki Schutt, a family and probate law attorney with offices in Canton, is a graduate of Bradford College and The New England School of Law. A native of Massachusetts, she grew up in Carlisle and attended the public schools of that community. Reuki and her husband Roger moved to Canton in 1987 and raised their three daughters here. All three daughters attended the Canton Public School through their high school graduation. Reuki is proud of the education that her children received in Canton. Reuki enjoys reading, traveling, being with friends and family and being involved in volunteer activities throughout the town.

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.

Kristian Merenda is an expert in organizational leadership and marketing strategy who has advised a wide range of world-class organizations in their efforts to drive mutually-beneficial transformation for business and society.  Merenda helped found the award-winning, global Business + Social Purpose consulting practice at Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm; where she works today as Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Social Responsibility Lead and Public Affairs Advisor. She has been at the helm of some of the most iconic social impact initiatives launched in the past three decades, generating financial returns exceeding $900M for her clients and directing more than $1B in assets toward significant social interventions. Four of her most highly-acclaimed social purpose programs, American Heart Associations’ Go Red for Women, Microsoft Unlimited Potential, PNC Grow Up Great and Western Union’s Our World Our Family, have been published as case studies by Harvard Business School and the United Nations. Merenda is concurrently a member of the marketing faculty at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, where she has served as an elected Union Steward for BU Faculty Forward/SEIU Local 509. And, she is a member of the management faculty at Harvard Extension School, where she teaches courses in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate and Nonprofit Leadership Programs.

Merenda has been actively engaged in the community since she moved to Canton in 2009 with her husband, Justin who is a Norwood High School physical education teacher. In that time, she has served as a volunteer coach on several town sports leagues; a project leader on the Luce CAPT and School Council; as a CCD teacher at St. Gerard’s Church and St. John the Evangelist Church; a program planner for the Ponkapoag Civic; as an event organizer as part of the Moms Club, etc. Most recently, she 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:


Maureen Moran 

Administrative Assistant to the School Committee and the Superintendent

Colleen Hutchinson

Administrative Assistant--Superintendent, District Administration

Canton High School

900 Washington Street
P: 781-821-5050
F: 781-821-5052

Galvin Middle School

55 Pecunit Street
P: 781-821-5070
F: 781-575-6509

Hansen Elementary

25 Pecunit Street
P: 781-821-5085
F: 781-575-6552

JFK Elementary

100 Dedham Street
P: 781-821-5080
F: 781-575-6543

Luce Elementary

45 Independence Street
P: 781-821-5075
F: 781-575-6528

Rodman EC Program

960 Washington Street
P: 781-821-5060
F: 339-502-7910