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2017-18 Westford Historical Society Board of Directors
President, Dan Lacroix - Dan has lived in Westford since 1987 and has served on the WHS board since 2000. Though he enjoys learning about all aspects of Westford's history, he is particularly interested in 18th century Westford, and has conducted research into Westford's Revolutionary War experience and the veterans who served. (Much of the work can be found at www.westford1775.org.) His interests in woodworking and 18th c. reenacting have enabled him to periodically demonstrate the work of the 18th c. house joyner, using tools he has reproduced from period originals. His other interests include early New England vernacular architecture and photography.

Vice President, George Murray - George and his wife have lived in Westford since 1972. Most of his involvement with the Town has been through his service on the School Committee and the Permanent School Building Committee. George served on the Building Committee through six school building projects, and since 1984 has provided the School Department with annual projections of future enrollment in the school system. His interest in the Historical Society and the history of his adopted town was initially motivated by his research into the history of the Westford Academy bell during the renovation and expansion of the Academy.

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Lisa Sama

Secretary, Lisa Sama - Lisa joined the Board in early 2017. She has been teaching engineering to middle school kids for 15 years. She enjoys photography, antiquing, reading, and visiting museums.

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Jack Mangan, Treasurer

Treasurer, Jack Mangan - Jack and his wife moved to Westford in 1987. He holds a BA in history with a minor in political science. A past member of the Roudenbush Committee, St Catherine's Building and Finance Committees, Westford Public Schools technology committee, The Westford Historical Commission and The Westford Public Schools Naming Committee. He joined The Westford Historical Society in January, 2015.

 

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Jim Clark

Jim Clark - Jim has always been a history buff. In addition to history, he studied political science, international relations, Chinese culture, politics and language. He served in the Navy, worked for the government and engineering firms, and taught school. He and his wife have lived in Westford for 34 years, and raised two children here. Retired, he often substitutes at Westford Academy. He has been a member of the Westford Historical Society Board since 2008.

 

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Judy Daly

Judy Daly - Judy has been on the board since 2016. She is a retired Westford school teacher who is interested in reading, golf, tennis, travel and working with children. She has lived in Westford for 45 years.

 

John Forcucci - John joined the Board in 2017. A journalist and technologist for more than 30 years, John is enjoying a second career in SEO marketing. He has been a resident of Westford for over 20 years and is an avid watercolorist, photographer and traveler.
Leslie Howard - Leslie joined the board in 2014. She has 15 years experience working in and with museums, including the Museum of Science and Museum of Fine Arts. She holds a Masters in Museum Studies from Harvard University. She is currently leading the board through the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH)'s Standards and Excellence Program (StEPs). She loves history, sewing, reading, and cooking. She lives in Forge Village with her husband and children.
Madonna McKenzie - Madonna and her husband Paul moved to Westford in 1973. Madonna has served on many boards and committees in Westford including the Board of Selectmen, School Committee, Westford Museum Board, Town Management Study Committee, Historic Commission, Parish Hall Acquisition Committee, Route 110 Corridor Study Committee, WASA, and Sign By-law Committee. She has also served as Westford Interim Town Manager and Carlisle Town Administrator as well as on the boards of NMCOG, CTI (Community Teamwork Inc., of Lowell), Alternative House and WLWV. Madonna joined the HS Board in November, 2015. She considers Westford her home and is very interested in preserving Westford's past for its present and future generations.
Kelly Ross - Kelly has lived in Westford since 1999. He has participated in town government as a member of the Finance Committee and the Board of Selectmen. Kelly has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Westford Community Access Television. He joined the Westford Historical Society Board in 2017.
Museum Director, Penny Lacroix - Penny and her husband have lived in Westford since 1987, raising their two children here. Following a first career in engineering, Penny transitioned to museum work via the Education Department at the American Textile History Museum and became the director of the Westford Museum in 2006. She is a Revolutionary War reenactor and a fiber artist, giving demonstrations and teaching weaving and spinning classes at various venues.
Development Director, Deb Banerjee - Deb has lived in Westford since 2013. She has worked at  the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art in Logan, Utah. She creates artwork that ranges from installation to paintings and curatorial projects.