The mission of the Newburyport Education Foundation is to generate financial resources and community involvement to enhance education in the Newburyport Public Schools.

Who We Are
What is the NEF, and what does it do?

The Newburyport Education Foundation is a non-profit organization created to offset the financial pressures put on the Newburyport School System. These pressures include rising operating costs because of government mandates, technology needs and rising special education costs.

The inequity between government funds and costs is a result of the per-pupil spending goal from the Education Reform Act of 1993 and rising school costs. Without help meeting these costs, the school system is reducing services. The Newburyport Educational Foundation’s main goal is to raise funds especially to finance programs that might not get money from the government.

How are PTOs different from the NEF?

We both do fundraising, but the NEF focus is typically a multi-year campaign with different goals. For example, our 2008-2010 Campaign focused on fundraising for technology upgrades/renewal, Literacy Closets for grades K-8, and Virtual High School and resulted in $600,000 in allocations to the Newburyport Public Schools. Learn more about the PTO on their website.

How is the NEF Different from the Alumni Association?

The Alumni Association does not raise money directly for the school. Membership fees support scholarships and the Alumni reception. Alumni of Newburyport High School who meet eight times per year, produce and distribute a bi-annual newsletter, host a high school teachers’ appreciation breakfast and award scholarships.


Our Mission

The mission of the Newburyport Education Foundation is to generate financial resources and community involvement to enhance education in the Newburyport Public Schools.

Formed to enhance educational opportunities for the city’s public school children, the goal of the Newburyport Education Foundation is to supplement funding for programs which are already supported by public financing at a basic level, but which can be substantially improved by additional private sector financing, and to finance programs that might not receive funding from traditional sources such as the district budget or state aid.

NEF Leadership

The NEF is governed by a Board of Directors made up of members of the community — including two students — working in concert with, but independent of, the Newburyport Public Schools.

The Board of Directors is accountable for designating how the funds raised through our campaigns and events are to be used for the benefit of Newburyport schools.

Executive Director, Carrie O’Donnell

Carrie O’Donnell joined the Newburyport Education Foundation in March 2018 as the new Executive Director. Carrie brings 20+ years of marketing, corporate sponsorship and donor relations experience through previous roles as the Manager of Corporate Partnerships at the SeaFestival of Trees/Blue Ocean Music Hall and Marketing Manager at Verizon Wireless.

Board Members

Barb Bailey, Teacher

Brian Callahan, Newburyport School Committee

Alissa Cough, Independent Marketing Consultant

Stephen D’Ambrosio, Student, Newburyport High School

Nick DeKanter, Former Newburyport School Committee Member

Kristine Enes, Amazon Web Services

Ray Felts, Google

Sean Gallagher, Superintendent, Newburyport Public Schools

Sam Hartford, Student, Newburyport High School

Lizzy Homer, Student, Newburyport High School

Gina Ikemoto, EdRD, Education Research and Development

Cindy Johnson, Publishing Services

Lisa Langis, The Atlantic Group

David Marroncelli, Johnson O’Connor Feron & Carucci LLP, CPA

Matt McCann, Year Up

Allie Morris, Creative eLearning, LLC

Brian Nickerson, Teacher, Rupert A. Nock Middle School

Kasey Oreal, The MITRE Corporation

Deb Pare, Genworth Financial

Kathleen Petrie, Teacher, Molin Upper Elementary School

Stephanie Phillips, College and Career Counselor, Newburyport High School

Kristin Spinney, Teacher, Bresnahan Elementary School

Rosemary Turgeon, Community Giving Tree

Andrea Weetman, The Atlantic Group

Andrew Wulf, Principal, Newburyport High School

Roxie Lane
Lillian Perez
Hilda Jones
Lida Austin
Aaron Todd
Backend Engineer
Hallie Rodriquez
Project Manager
John Silva
Join the Team!
Officers & Committee Chairs

President  Kristine Enes, Amazon Web Services

Treasurer  David Marroncelli, CPA, Johnson O’Connor Feron & Carucci LLP

Clerk  Cindy Johnson, Publishing Services
Secretary  Barb Bailey, Teacher

COmmittee Chairs

Allocations  Cindy Johnson

Business Coalition  Nick DeKanter

Donor Relations  Rosemary Turgeon

Golf Tournament  Scott Cuticchia and Mariana Lynch

Lighthouse Auction  Nicole Nadeau and Kristine Enes

Development  Matt McCann

Outreach & Communications  Kristine Enes


Our Community

The NEF provides resources for our public school students through our connections with all parts of our community.


The programs that the NEF offers to students wouldn’t be possible without the involvement and effort of parents. Below are links to opportunities that your child(ren) may be interested in, and opportunities for you to get involved as well. We appreciate all you do to help our students to get involved in their schools, community, and in building their skills and experiences for the future.

NEF Board

Each Spring, rising High School Juniors can apply for a 2-year position on the NEF Board of Directors.

Honor a Teacher

Students may also honor teachers who’ve made a difference through our Teacher Tribute program.


The NEF has built successful relationships with a variety of businesses throughout the community. Information about the NEF that business owners or representatives might find most useful can be found at the links below:

Our Mission
NEF Annual Reports & Financial Information
The Business Coalition and Partnership Grants
Sponsorship Opportunities
Ways to Donate


The NEF supports opportunities for faculty to engage students in activities to enhance their education, and build their skills for the future.

Faculty can be a reference for a student applying to serve on our Board of Directors.
Each Fall and Spring, faculty can apply for partnership grants to explore meaningful educational experiences that allow students to see how their skills apply to the world at large.


Donors and Sponsors
The mission of the Newburyport Education Foundation is to generate financial resources and community involvement to enhance education in the Newburyport Public Schools.

Phone: 978.808.3000

P.O. Box 1002
Newburyport, MA


Sign up here for NEF news & info.


The Newburyport Education Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 04-3583906) and donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.


Monday, May 20th, 2024
NEF Golf Tournament