Charity Grace Mofsen, Chair
Originally from North Carolina, Charity Grace Mofsen visited Nantucket and became lovestruck, not just from the serene natural beauty but more importantly, from the people who resided here.Show More
This kinship brought her to become a full time resident in 2015. She now serves as Associate Director of Nantucket Operations at the Museum of African American History where she shares the fascinating and rich history of the African Americans that helped shape Nantucket. An advocate for the empowerment of youth, Charity Grace is intimately involved with social issues affecting the people of Nantucket including the role that race historically and currently plays in our culture. With a degree in Sustainable Residential Design and Development from Maharishi University of Management, she serves as a trustee of Nantucket's Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Her experience in a consciousness-based learning environment allows her to bring a holistic approach to education that enlivens one’s creativity and encourages the development of full human potential. For fun, Charity Grace sings in a local band with her husband Michael.
Scott Nelson, Vice-Chair
Scott recently retired full-time to Nantucket with his wife Susan after a forty-three-year career as an independent school educator.Show More
A graduate of Hackley School (Tarrytown, NY), Scott returned to his alma mater where he taught history and English, coached various sports, and served as the upper school director. After two years as the high school principal at Marlborough School (Los Angeles, CA), Scott was named head of school at Rye Country Day School (Rye, NY), a position he held for twenty-nine years. During his career he has served on a variety of non-profit boards including the New York State Association of Independent Schools and the Bronx Preparatory Charter School (NY). Scott earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science at Brown University and his master's degree in Education - Administration and Supervision at Fordham University
Margaret Feindel, Secretary
Growing up in an active military family, Margaret eventually settled in Framingham, MA. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she moved to Rochester, NY with her husband David, where they raised two sons. They spent several summers vacationing on Nantucket, building a home on the island in 1973.
Margaret first worked as a research assistant at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology. After taking time off for family, she returned to school for a Master of Science in Education at the State University of New York at Brockport, with certification in chemistry, biology and earth science, and began teaching at West Irondequoit High School in 1988. She earned School District Administrator certification at Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, and served as Science Curriculum Supervisor 7-12 at West Irondequoit before becoming District Supervisor of Standards, supporting K-12 curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Following retirement Margaret joined Orion Educational Consultants working with school districts throughout New York State.
She moved full time to Nantucket with her husband in 2008 where friends and family continue to gather and savor the unique environment and history of our beautiful island.
Kelly Flynn Bartlett
Kelly Flynn Bartlett has worked at the White Elephant Hotel for the past 20 years, starting as a front desk agent at the Wauwinet, to guest services manager, to opening and managing the spas at the Wauwinet and White Elephant, to managing front desks, to her current role as Director of Rooms.Show More
With all it has to offer, Nantucket has been her home since 1999. She married Dave Bartlett, from Bartletts Farm, and started a family. Their son, Flynn Rogers Bartlett, 7, joined Nantucket Lighthouse School for kindergarten. As a family, they love to travel, walk the fields behind their house, hike, bike, pick veggies and corn, go to the beach, and enjoy all that Nantucket has to offer outside.
Flynn joined Nantucket Lighthouse School during Covid. Kelly and Dave appreciated the school’s dedication to the education of the whole child, which helped Flynn transition into his first year. They feel Flynn is in the best place possible to grow, learn, and be supported. He has most certainly benefited from the school’s mission, which involves teaching compassion, kindness, and love.
Kelly and her family are dedicated to supporting Nantucket Lighthouse School and its mission.
Kim Huffman Cary
A passion for equity in education and her summer home has made Kim an energized trustee on the board of the Nantucket Lighthouse School, joining the board in June 2021.Show More
Married into the island family with her vows to Donick Cary (NHS ‘86), Kim has made it a priority to bring her two children to their summer home in Nantucket as an escape from their “school year” life in Los Angeles. Kim is a Founding Parent at Larchmont Charter School in Los Angeles, a socio-economically diverse charter with a progressive, constructivist education. Larchmont opened its doors in 2005 as a K-2 elementary and has now grown to a TK-12 campus. Her youngest will graduate in a blink of an eye, with the class of 2027!
Kim has spent her career in the entertainment industry, working as a Music Supervisor and in Rights and Clearances, currently as producer in the studio of a film and television composer.
Born and raised in County Louth, Ireland, Laura immigrated to Nantucket year round in 2014 after spending many summers working on the island as a musician and waitress while studying for her degree in Broadcast, Radio & New Media at The Munster Technological University, Ireland.Show More
Without any connections to the island, she fell in love with the community and natural beauty and decided to make it her home as she grew her film business, Yellow Productions. Laura met her now husband, Christopher, while they both worked for Plum TV on the island. Chris later joined Laura in growing Yellow and since then, they have created films and digital campaigns for Microsoft, Dole, Apollo, The YMCA, The Nantucket Cottage Hospital & The Nantucket Fire Department. But it was the film that they made for The Nantucket Lighthouse School in 2020 that made them know it was the perfect school for their children. After experiencing the school through a lens that not many get to experience, Laura was so taken back by the approach to learning, compassion and kindness that each staff member and child had. Since then, Laura and her family's lives have been forever changed by the happiness that the school brings to them each day.
Laura is excited to be entrusted with the role of being on the board of trustees and hopes to bring her experience from communications to the table, but more importantly, her perspective as a parent.
Lizbet Carroll Fuller, Trustee Emerita
In Lighthouse, Lizbet and co-founder Elizabeth Sundell sought to honor the magic of childhood while creatively introducing the tools to construct meaningful lives.Show More
Lizbet co-founded Lighthouse School with Elizabeth Sundell in 1999 where she has served as the Director of Education, Trustee, classroom teacher and faculty advisor. She has worked with young children for over 25 years in pre-school and elementary school classrooms. She moved to Nantucket in 1991 to teach at NES before leaving and creating her own pre-school turned Kindergarten program, which evolved into the Lighthouse Small School and primary program."We set out to create a school that honors the magic of childhood while creatively introducing children to the ideas, information, and tools they will need to construct meaningful and rewarding lives. In turn, the school has generated a wonderful and caring community of teachers, staff members, families, and friends." Lizbet's philosophy of education is inspired and informed by the work of Rudolf Steiner (founder of Waldorf Education), the Integrated Day approach of the Antioch New England Graduate School, the social curriculum and philosophy of the Mead School, her practical experience in the classroom and the talented staff she has worked with. As a Trustee Emerita, she currently serves in an unofficial advisory role.
Erin and her family washed ashore on Nantucket unexpectedly in 2018, when a wildfire burned their California neighborhood. While the transition to the island was a bumpy one, through family support and the kindness of welcoming community, Erin and her family have settled happily on Nantucket year around.
When Erin first set foot in the halls of NLS, the warmth, joy, and school philosophy which fosters the education of the whole child made her sure she had found the right school for her three children. She appreciates the robust education her children receive at NLS, and the enthusiasm they have to attend school each and every day.
Erin started her career in the fashion industry at the age of fifteen. Later, she would earn degrees from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and pursue a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Today, she spends her days writing, cooking healthy meals for her large family, renovating a home with her husband Alex and getting outside as much as possible.
Patrick and his wife, Tharon, moved back to Nantucket in the Spring of 2020. Originally from Barnstable, Patrick has always had a close connection to the island as his grandmother was a schoolteacher in Sconset.Show More
After touring NLS in 2020, it was an easy decision to enroll their eldest, Nanette, in the Small School Program. Providing a collaborative, considerate and healthy environment for young learners is paramount to the future success of any student and Patrick believes Nantucket Lighthouse School plays a key role in this endeavor. The Island has provided a welcome change of pace from New York City where Patrick lived previously for 17 years; he continues to work in Capital Markets as a Managing Director at Canaccord Genuity. Moving to Nantucket was an opportunity to refocus volunteer efforts in a local community and Patrick has enjoyed his time coaching hockey and working with the Boys and Girls Club. Patrick and Tharon are pleased to have their middle son, Gordie, attending NLS this year and look forward to their youngest son, Merrick, attending in the future.
Amanda has been a lifelong summer resident of Nantucket and a reading teacher in the Boston area for the past decade. She joined the Board of the Nantucket Lighthouse School in October 2021 blending her love for the island with her passion for education.Show More
Amanda holds a master’s degree in elementary education from Lesley University and is an Orton-Gillingham trained reading specialist who has spent her career working with diverse, urban communities in Somerville and Chelsea, MA. She is very excited to apply what she has learned through these experiences to education on Nantucket.
Board of Advisors
Susan O’Brien, Chair
D. Anne Atherton
William Kupper Jr.