Currently serving her second term on the Lowell School Committee, Jackie Doherty has lived in the Highlands since 1993 in an historic home she renovated with her husband, architect Jay Mason, and their two children. Her family is actively involved in community organizations such as the Friends of Tyler Park, where her husband serves as president, and the Greater Lowell YMCA.
Jackie holds Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Emerson College. She also has an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Bunker Hill Community College. Jackie taught English composition at the college level for 12 years, most recently at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Jackie’s passion for improving the public schools has led to her involvement in a number of community organizations, such as the Citywide Parent Council, which she chaired in 2002-2003, and the Greater Lowell Gang Advisory Task Force. She also serves her community as a member of the Lowell Plan’s Subcommittee on Lowell High School, the Lowell Telecommunications Board, UML’s Community-University Advisory Board, the Mary Bacigalupo Community-School Connections Action Group, Stand for Children, and the City Manager’s Jobs & Education Subcommittee as part of his 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness in the City.
Jackie is also active on the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ Advocacy Subcommittee, and she is a founding member of the Women Working Wonders Fund.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE WORK
Subcommittee Chair: Lowell High School, Special Education
Subcommittee Membership: Curriculum and Instruction, Transportation, Safety, Facilities, Extended Time
Margaret Gilsenberg lives in the Highlands with her family and is involved in many local charities and organizations, including the Citywide Parent Council (Past Chair, Editor of the Newsletter and member of the Executive Board since 2000), the Non Profit Alliance of Greater Lowell, Stand for Children, the Mary Bacigalupo Educational Forum, the Taste of Culture Planning Committeem and she is a founding member of Women Working Wonders. Margaret also serves on the Board of Directors of the MA/COM Federal Credit Union and has been Jackie’s Campaign Manager since 2003.