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October 3, 2019: Lawrence History Center welcomes 3 new members to its board of directors, highlights Boy Scout archival collection

October 3, 2019


Contact(s): Susan Grabski, Executive Director, Lawrence History Center, 978-686-9230

Lawrence History Center welcomes 3 new members to its board of directors, highlights Boy Scout archival collection

Lawrence, MA – On September 28, 2019, the Lawrence History Center (LHC) held its 41st Annual Meeting. LHC Vice President Kathleen Curry presided over the meeting (for LHC President Mike Hearn who was traveling), at which three new board members -- Angell Pascual Flores, Andy Kelley, and Glennys Sanchez -- were elected by the membership to serve their first three year terms.

  Angell Pascual Flores
Angell is a founding member of the poetry group that was known as Guerrilla Society. He has also been a writing leader with Andover Bread Loaf since the first year the Rising Loaves writer’s workshop launched at the Lawrence History Center. Angell served as a trainer for the prepared foods department at Whole Foods in Andover, MA. His participation in their management and leadership enrichment program led him to think about impacting more than the food industry. He went on to work with special education at the Wetherbee Schools in Lawrence, MA. Now his time is spent developing projects for social change in Lawrence and beyond. Angell lives in Lawrence, MA.
  Andy Kelley
Andy is a graduate of the Boston College Carroll School of Management and has worked in higher education for over 25 years, specializing in marketing and admissions for training and vocational schools. In 2004, he founded ESM Digital in Andover. He serves as its CEO. Andy is also the administrator of the popular Facebook Group “Mingya Valley,” a group that has over 20,000 followers and shares memories about growing up in the Merrimack Valley.
  Glennys Sánchez
Glennys is a Senior Associate at Great Schools Partnership, a non-profit school-support organization working to redesign public education. She has extensive experience as a community activist, K-16 education professional, and community-engaged researcher. Sánchez has devoted her professional career and personal journey to integrating the voices and participation of historically marginalized communities in different spaces ranging from nonprofit leadership, higher education, to community engagement research. Glennys earned an associate’s degree in business from Northern Essex Community College, a BA in economics from University of Massachusetts Boston, and a M.Ed. in Community Engagement from Merrimack College. In her spare time, Glennys serves as the President of the Bread and Roses Heritage Festival. She lives in her adopted home of Lawrence with her partner and three children and often travels to her native Dominican Republic.  


LHC executive director Susan Grabski said, "All three bring unique talents and will make enormous contributions to the organization as we move our mission forward. I look forward to working with all of them!" 

Kathleen Curry thanked Mark Cutler for his willingness to step into the 2nd Vice President role and Robert Forrant who agreed to serve a third 3-year term. She extended appreciation to outgoing board member Yadira Betances Muldoon for her service on the Board, 2016-2019, as well as her contributions to the organization and its collections across several decades. She also noted that our Board Member Emeritus Chet Sidell (1941-2018) would remain on our roster in perpetuity despite his passing last December. His contributions will forever be recognized by the organization.

To learn more about the 15 member LHC Board of Directors, 2019-2020, please visit:

LHC Board of Directors Treasurer Mark Svendsen, in addition to presenting the fy2019 Treasurer's Report for acceptance, acted as the guest speaker following the business meeting. Mark, who is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Spirit of Adventure Council, Boy Scouts of America, lead us through the new book, Camping with the Spirit of Adventure: Development of Boy Scout Camps for Youth in Northeastern Massachusetts. He also highlighted the large-scale Boy Scout Collection held in the Lawrence History Center archives, including information about Camp Onway.

Mark facilitated a wonderful conversation and ''walk down memory lane' for those in attendance. Many were either Boy Scouts themselves or had children who were.

Note: Jim Ross of Lawrence Community Access Television (LCAT) filmed the meeting and presentation. Both should air very soon! 

Below (Clockwise): Mark Svendsen with a display of Boy Scout Collection items; a slide from Mark's presentation; Mark and Mary Girouard, a retired teacher and long-time supporter of the LHC whose sons were Boy Scouts; Mark with Christopher Koch (son of Al Koch, rescuer of the Boy Scout Collection and long-term friend and volunteer at LHC who passed away in 2015: