BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michael F. Thomas
Class of '67
Mike grew up in Allston and West Roxbury areas of Boston. The sixth of eight boys in a ‘blue collar’ Thomas family, Mike was the first in the family to graduate from college, after Boston English High School and post- graduate year at prep school.
Timing is everything in life and so it was for Mike as he was fortunate to have Coach Bill Stewart as coach/mentor/advisor as well as other English High teachers to help him gain admittance to Phillips Academy at Andover. Educational and sports team experiences at both secondary schools, have shaped and stayed with him for life.
Boston English, 1967, Varsity football 2,3,4, Co-Capt., 4; Varsity baseball 2,3,4, Co-Capt., 4…All-State (Eastern Mass), All-City, All-Conference, in football, 4; All-City, All-Conference in baseball, 4; Class President, 1967; MVP English v. Latin football game, 1966 at Harvard Stadium.
Phillips Academy at Andover, 1968, football, baseball
Harvard College, 1972. freshman football and baseball, Varsity Baseball 2,3,4, Capt. 4; College World Series Team, 1971
Columbia Business School, 1980, majored in Marketing
After college, a myriad of careers led Mike from public service in Boston Mayor White’s office to sales/marketing positions in consumer-goods Marketing. Mike built his own home in Westchester County in 1983 where he founded Thomas Associates, a boutique marketing consulting firm.
Relocating back to Boston area in 2002, he became involved with EHSAA; after 15 years in mortgage industry, is recently retired. He is currently President of English High School Alumni Association and has been for 10 years. Mike lives in Walpole, MA with his partner, Denise Capozzoli and her son, William.
First Vice President
Caitlin Murphy is the Headmaster of The English High School. Mrs. Murphy has been a member of the faculty for ten years, serving as a history teacher, History Department Head, Instructional Coach, and Assistant Principal. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College and holds Masters Degrees in History and Education from Brown University and the University of Massachusetts Boston, respectively.
She lives in Dorchester with her husband and their three children.
Second Vice President
Class of '67
Frank is a graduate of the class of 1967 have served in the public sector for over forty five years. Early in his career Frank worked as a youth worker counseling “at risk” teens in the South End neighborhood of Boston. He then worked as an analyst at City Hall in both the Boston Redevelopment Authority and Administrative Services departments. Frank is currently employed with the Somerville Housing Authority in public contract and affordable housing compliance issues. Roxbury’s Highland Park neighborhood has been home for Frank and his wife Phyllis Adams Williams for the past fifty years.
Frank has been active in local civic organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Boston and the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee tasked with the disposition of vacant city parcels for economic development.
Stephen M. Berkowitz
Class of '60
The English High School-Class of 1960
Newton Junior College-Class of 1962
Boston University, College of Arts and Science, Degree in Greek and Roman History-1965
College of Christ the King, Oxford London- Advanced certificate of Greek History-1972
New England College of Finance 30 plus courses over a 40-year career in International Banking
Stephen retired from banking in 2003 and opened his own business in numismatics (the study and sale of ancient Greek and Roman coins). He is an active member of AIPAC (The American Israel Political Action
Committee) whereby he writes position papers on Israel that explains our position to Congress.
Stephen has been a member of the EHSA Board of Directors since 2010 and is looking forward to EHS Bi-Centennial in 2021.
Brigadier General (Ret.) Joseph Carter
Class of '73
Appointed The Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard by Governor Deval Patrick on September 21, 2007 (retired September 24, 2012), Brigadier General Carter oversaw the administration and operation of the Massachusetts Army and Air National Guard, responsible for the readiness, welfare, safety, training, discipline and morale of 8,300 soldiers and airmen, and the administration of a federal budget in excess of $300 million and a state budget in excess of $10 million. Brigadier General Carter entered the Massachusetts Army National Guard in 1974 and during his thirty-eight year military career in the U.S. Army Reserves and Massachusetts Army National Guard, he has served in a number of positions, including Assistant Adjutant General, Commander, Camp Edwards Army National Guard Training Site; J-5 (Strategic Plans & International Affairs); and Division Chief of Intelligence and Security (I & S).
Before assuming his duties as The Adjutant General, Brigadier General Carter served as the Chief of Police of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Transit Police Department from 2003 to 2007. As Chief, he had management responsibility for provision of public safety on the Authority’s public transportation network within 175 cities and towns. During his tenure, the Department successfully met the requirements for national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
From 1998 to 2003, Brigadier General Carter served as the Chief of Police in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts for nearly five years. During his tenure, he oversaw the transition of the department to a problem-solving oriented policing philosophy, achieved state and national accreditation, and implemented numerous distinguished programs to modernize strategic components of its operation.
Brigadier General Carter began his police career in January 1978 with the Boston Police Department, where he served with distinction for twenty years. His work in civil rights investigations and neighborhood crime watch received national acclaim and served as a national model for other agencies. He retired from the department in 1998 while serving as Superintendent of Police, a rank he held for thirteen years.
From 2006 to 2007, Brigadier General Carter was the president of the 21,000-member International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the world’s largest professional organization of police executives.
From 2009 until his retirement in 2012, Brigadier General Carter served as the secretary and member of the executive committee of the Adjutants General Association of the United States (AGAUS), which consists of the fifty-four Adjutants General of the sovereign States, Territories and the District of Columbia.
Brigadier General Carter possesses a Master of Arts degree in criminal justice administration from Atlanta University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is a graduate of the National Security Studies Course at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University where he received certification as National Security Management Fellow. He has received the professional designation of Certified in Homeland Security – awarded Diplomate Status by the American College of Forensic Examiners International, Inc. He also is a life member of the IACP, the Association of the First Corps of Cadets, the Association of the U.S. Army and the NAACP, and has received numerous commendations and honors for professional, military and civic achievement. He is an active board member of numerous non-profit agencies in greater Boston and on Martha's Vineyard.
Class of '94
My name is Carmen Cohen. I am an immigrant woman born in Caracas, Venezuela. I graduated English High School class of 1994. I attended EHS all four years of high school. During that time I played volleyball and basketball, and participated in student government. My experience inspired me to become an educator. I earned a double major bachelors degree in English and Education. By day I am an Assistant Administrator at the Dr. King School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. My practice of compassionate leadership is heavily influenced by my experiences as a BPS student. In addition, EHS has given me life long friendships. Some of my friends and I put together a monetary award that we rewarded applied graduating seniors from EHS for the past 4 years. In addition, as a class, we consistently attend and support reunion events.
By night, I am a director of local plays focused on women's issues to raise funds for New Beginnings Re-Entry Services, an organization that provides therapeutic services and job training skills to women recently released from prison. I also sit on their board. In addition, I earned a master's degree in Expressive Arts Therapy which draws me to the arts and therapeutic interventions. My intention is to explore the therapeutic arts more as a profession in the future. I also host Black Author tribute nights at the Haley House Cafe and Bakery of Roxbury, an organization with the mission of supporting people involved in the justice system. For fun, I run 5K races to raise funds for local organizations such as Dimmock Health Center and Boston Public Schools.
My most important accomplishment is that I am the proud mother of two brilliant college aged students who make me oh so happy! My husband of over 20 years is a successful owner of a vegan/vegetarian restaurant in Brighton, MA. called Rhythm N' Wraps. Not bad for a girl who didn't think much of herself growing up.
Class of '82
Allan Kiser, is a Vice President at Fidelity Investments where he serves as the Compliance Officer and leads the Compliance Program for Fidelity Personal Trust Company. Allan’s portfolio also includes leading the Internal Controls Program for Fidelity Brokerage Services, LLC. Prior to joining Fidelity, he was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Marketfield Asset Management, a boutique investment advisory firm, based in Manhattan, New York.
Allan’s prior experience includes serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management, and Executive Director and Divisional Chief Compliance Officer for UBS Financial Services both in metropolitan New York City.
At UBS, he chaired the Legal and Compliance Division’s ERG/Mentoring Program and Co-Chaired the Legal and Compliance Division’s Diversity Program. Through these initiatives, Allan worked to create a vibrant pipeline of highly qualified and culturally competent legal and compliance professionals for future leadership roles. Earlier in his career, Allan was an Examiner in the Enforcement Division, at the National Association of Securities Dealers (now FINRA) in Washington, DC.
He is a proud graduate of UMass Boston where he earned his degree during the evening while working full-time.
In September of 2017, Allan joined the Board of Directors of Boston English High School. He was honored to be the commencement speaker for EHS in 2006, and was honored again in 2018 to address the graduates, as the Alumni speaker during the 197th Commencement Ceremonies.
At Fidelity, Allan serves as an Advisor to Aspire – Fidelity’s African-American and Latino Employee Resource Group whose mission includes, fostering the professional and personal development of its members. In addition, Allan serves on the Advisory Committee of the Becoming A Man – Youth Guidance (Boston).
Allan resides in metropolitan Boston with his wife of more than 30 years, Rita.
Class of '68
As a native of Boston, MA, Wayne grew up going to schools in the Boston School system. The years he spent at Boston English High were the turning point and foundation of his life. Reflecting over the years of life experiences and challenges, he realized that his life has been centered around family, education, sports, giving back and contributing to others through is work life, hobbies and activities.
Wayne was a lettered-member of the varsity cross-country and track teams, being team captains in his junior and senior years. He attended University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he received a BA in American History. Throughout Wayne's college years, he continued his passion for sports by being a member of the UMass Amherst cross-country and track teams.
Wayne taught American History for one year in the Boston Public School system before being hired by the United States Postal Service (USPS). He retired from the USPS after 33 years. During his professional work life up to today, Wayne has volunteered with organizations such as Big Brothers Program, Boston Neighborhood Basketball League, The Big Brothers of the Elderly, to name a few.
In Wayne's retired life, unfortunately, he cannot run track, but he continues to work in the sports world by being a member of various sports official organizations, (EMUBA, IAABO, EMWLUA and BSB). He is honored for the consideration to be on the Boston English High Alumni Board. Staying involved, staying active and giving to others is Wayne's life-time motto.
Richard H. Marson
Class of '51
Dick grew up in Boston College area of Brighton and attended the Thomas A. Edison Junior High School, before entering English High School on Montgomery Street in the South end where he graduated June,1951. At English he lettered as a varsity football player with arguably the longest public transportation commute to and from football practice of anyone playing schoolboy sports. He also threw the shot put and was a member of the track team.
He won the Lawrence Prize as a senior at English before entering Harvard College in 1951. He graduated from Harvard in June,1955 Majoring "Physical Sciences".
Upon graduating from college, Dick joined his father and brother in the family business which his paternal grandfather had started in 1902. Originally, they manufactured a varied line of tin cans, but subsequently got involved with automotive manufacturers who wanted perforated lock seamed tubes for filtration.
In the late 1990's, the family decided to sell the business. To ease the operational transition, he and his family members stayed on for five years indoctrinating the new ownership.
In retirement’s free time, Dick has taken college classes and has gotten increasingly involved serving on the Alumni Board of English High School, first as a Director and then as Treasurer for many years. He is longest serving member of the Alumni Board and was honored as a ‘Lifetime Service Award’ recipient from the Association November, 2018.
Dick has 2 daughters and a son and lives in Needham, MA with his lovely wife, Vivian of 63 years.
Enoch Woodhouse II
Class of '44
Class of '82
Director & Trustee
Lisa Martinez, EHS Class of ’82, is currently the Director of Technology, Enrollment and Information at Greater Lowell Technical High School and District. She joined Greater Lowell in 2017 following an outstanding career at Boston Public Schools.
Lisa has served in a variety of roles during her thirty years in the field of education:
2014-2017 English High School, Assistant Headmaster; 2012-2014 Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Director of Technology; September 2002-2012 TechBoston Academy; Chief Academic and Technology Officer. Additional roles Lisa held at BPS included, Adjunct Professor at UMB, District Technology Trainer, English Teacher, Athletic Coach, and Teacher Mentor. Before entering the field of education, Lisa was the Regional Technology Training Director for a large accounting firm in Boston.
Lisa had many notable accomplishments during her tenure at BPS. She led the team at EHS that launched six exemplary technical programs that were awarded Chapter 74 ESE approval; while at the same time, achieved remarkable increased academics and MCAS scores in both English and Mathematics. In 2016, Lisa co-authored and was awarded a $187,00 MA Skills Capital Grant to build a program in Protective Services at EHS. She also recruited and fostered new EHS partnerships with Teach Next Year, Ernst & Young College MAP, Huntington Theater, and other industry and higher education partners. Lisa was one of the founding staff/design team members of TechBoston Academy, an original Gates Secondary Model Pilot School. In March 2011, she was a liaison to the White House and Secret Service for President Obama’s school visit and press conference that recognized TechBoston Academy’s achievement.
Lisa holds a Bachelor's in English from University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Master's in Education in Technology from Cambridge College. She is working toward her Master’s in Liberal Arts with a concentration in English at Harvard University.
Henry A. Russell
Class of '61
Mr. Russell Is Mott MacDonald’s Program Manager for the rehabilitation of tunnels. Since 2001 he has been the chairman of the International Tunneling Association’s Working Group 6 Repair and Maintenance of Tunnels, he is a member of the MOLES, Chairman of AUCA/SME Committee on Tunnel Rehabilitation and has over 50 years of experience in the inspection, and rehabilitation or underground structures, including over of 70 tunnels in the U.S. and overseas.
Mr. Russell has had numerous projects that have won national awards for excellence including; The International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) Outstanding Transportation Project in 1993 and 2005, and the American Shotcrete Association’s underground project of the year in 2005, 2007. Mr. Russell has authored over 40 professional papers on the design and rehabilitation of underground structures, including the rehabilitation chapters, of the Tunnel Engineering Handbook, 1998, FHWA-AASHTO T-20 Training Manual. 2009, and FHWA’s Technical Manual for Design and Construction of Road tunnels –Civil Elements 2010.
Mr. Russell is a Vice President and Principal Tunnel Engineer at Mott MacDonald and is National Program Leader for the rehabilitation of underground structures.
Henry is a 1961 graduate of English High School and a member of the Board of Director since 2011.
Raymond Smith III
Class of '61
Director & Trustee
Raymond Smith III (Ray) A native of Boston graduated from Harvard University (1975). Prior to his employment with the Transportation Security Administration, Ray worked for US Airways. During his years with the airline Ray served as the Manager of Station Administration. He was responsible for the Training and Development, Payroll , Scheduling, Human Resources and Benefits of the Boston Station. Ray retired from Polaroid Corporation in December of 1998 after 33 years. At Polaroid Corporation Ray served as Technical Specialist, Technical Supervisor and Human Resources Administrator. While at Polaroid he fulfilled his Military obligation in the United States Army Reserves. His education and employment gave him an extensive background in Chemistry and Photography. Ray is a life time member of the Sportsmens Tennis Club of Boston and served as a Director of the School for Children in Arlington, MA. Ray's wife, Ernestine, is a retired administrator for the Bank of America. Ray has a son who is a Firefighter in the City of Cambridge, MA and a daughter who is a Sr. Manager for Deloitte in Washington, D.C.
John J. Talbot
Class of '68
Director & Trustee
John Talbot resides in Canton, MA with his wife Anne, were they have lived for over 30 years raising three children, Tara, Rachel and Sean and now with 2 grandchildren Teddy and Annabel. Following graduation from EHS John went on to Boston College and studied Accounting, Finance and Business Administration. John began his career with Arthur Andersen, an international CPA firm. He held senior positions with National Medical Care, Children’s Hospital Boston, then a consulting role with Temple Barker & Sloane of Lexington, MA.
In the mid 90’s John founded and developed the first medical home care model company in the U.S., Pathways Healthcare. Pathways brings physicians and nurse practitioners along with a fully integrated disciplinary team to the home. The medical home model is designed to offer patients a choice of either going to a nursing home for post-acute medical rehabilitation or receive the same level of care in the safety and comfort of their own home. Pathways Healthcare is now in multiple states across the northeast and continues to grow each year. One of John’s greatest joys of founding Pathways has been working with his son, Sean, Chief Operating and Information System Officer.
Hobbies for John include family vacations, travel and golf. Join is a member at the Blue Hills Country Club in Canton, MA. The last few years his major hobby has been being a part of the Alumni Association of EHS. The association provides enormous satisfaction and gratification working with students, faculty and alumni. Try it, you will love it!
While attending EHS John played football, baseball and was a member of the debate and band teams. John owes so much to EHS, especially the faculty and coaches who prepared him for his professional and personal life.
Enoch Woodhouse II
Class of '44
Enoch Woodhouse II, Class of ’44, was born in Roxbury, MA. In 1944 at the age of 17, he enlisted in the US Army. He attended Office Candidate School (OCS) and was commissioned 2nd Lt. at age 19. He was assigned to the 332nd Fighter Group known as the Tuskeegee Airmen, as Paymaster. Woodhouse and the Tuskegee Airmen played a critical role in the early integration of the Armed Forces.
After retiring from the US Army Air Force, Woodhouse attended and graduated from Yale University. He then studied law at Yale Law School and at Boston University, receiving his JD from the latter in ‘55. He worked as a trial lawyer in Boston for over 40 years, and in the State Department and for the City of Boston as well.
Among his many awards, in 2007 he, along with 300 of his fellow Tuskegee Airmen, received the Congressional Gold Medal, one of our nation's highest honors from President George W. Bush and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
Jackie Fagone, Executive Director of EHSA, has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, including Alumnae Relations Coordinator for Ursuline Academy, Special Projects/Operations Manager for New England Hemophilia Society and, most recently, Business Manager for the Archdiocese of Boston. Jackie achieved one of her biggest accomplishments at the Archdiocese where she and a group of volunteers formed a Development Committee tasked to increase donations. The first year the Committee was successful in raising over $300,000.
Jackie has sat on several committees including Finance, Development, Communications, Major Fundraising Events, Facilities and Scholarship Committees. Jackie’s skill set uniquely positions her between advancement, finance and human resource functions allowing her to contribute to both the human capital and financial operations of the organization.
Jackie is a native Rhode Islander and attended the University of Rhode Island graduating with a degree in Political Science and a minor in History.
Outside of work, Jackie enjoys spending time with her family and friends especially her 2 daughters, Alessandra and Marina. She loves cooking for family and friends, practicing yoga, power walking, paddle boarding, traveling, reading, watching the Patriots and sitting on Narragansett Beach. She lives in Dedham with her husband Bob and their dog Dante.