Our Staff

cheryl opper

Cheryl Opper    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Founder and Executive Director

Cheryl founded SOWMA in 2004. She has a BS degree in Early Childhood and Family Life Development from Indiana State University. Cheryl taught preschool and kindergarten for many years. She has been an educator and child advocate for 30 years. Cheryl has grown SOWMA from a grassroots organization based in her home in Easton to a highly respected leader in the effort to provide educational support services for students impacted by homelessness. She has received many awards during her time at School on Wheels including: Community Service MVP Award from the New England Patriots, the Bank of America Local Heroes Award,  Service Above Self Award from the Brockton Rotary, Distinguished Service Award from Bridgewater State University, Wainwright Distinguished Service Award from the Brockton Day Nursery, and she was named a Champion of the City by the Brockton Youth Council.

 

Peg Driskol

Peg Drisko, PhD   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Development Director 

Peg comes to SOWMA after a 25+ year career in education, non-profit management and fundraising. She holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, a M.Ed. in Educational Policy Research and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a B.A. in English/Education from Westfield State University. Peg has worked for many of Boston’s best-known education, human service and healthcare agencies either as an employee or through her private consulting practice. These include: Justice Resource Institute, Pine Street Inn, The Home for Little Wanderers, The Greater Boston Food Bank, Rediscovery/Youth Harbors, Heading Home and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay / Merrimack Valley. Peg has taught Development and Grantsmanship at Framingham State University in the Master of Public Policy department and presented locally and nationally at professional conferences. Her academic interests include: educational equity, critical theory, advocacy leadership and social justice studies.

 

Barbara Fox

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Community Outreach Director

Barbara Fox joined SOWMA as the Program Assistant in 2016, and became the Community Outreach Director in 2017. She has a BA in Education from Suffolk University and an MBA from Northeastern University.  Barbara has a long history of project management, retail and office management. She has been and is currently a member of the Parent Advisory Council in her hometown. Within that role, she has worked to organize and unify the Green programs within the school system. Barbara has been involved in the tutoring program at SOWMA and has enjoyed mentoring the children she has met.  As Community Outreach Director, she hopes to spread the word about how just one act of kindness can make a real difference in helping a child impacted by homelessness.

 

Kris Capezio

Kris Capezio   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Education Director

Kris is currently working on her tenth year in education and believes in lifelong development and the pursuit of continual learning. Prior to joining SOWMA, Kris lead a kindergarten and first grade after school program in Newton for three years before being promoted to Assistant Director.  In 2015 Kris was hired as the Program Director for a start-up non-profit serving 100 Lexington youth. During her career, Kris has also earned a Master of Art in Critical and Creative Thinking, and an Advanced Graduate Degree in Education Administration. She is presently working towards her PhD in Educational Leadership at Lesley College. She is very excited to join our team! 

 

Mal Stanton McCunney

Mal Stanton McCunney   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marketing and Events Director 

Mal joined School on Wheels in August, 2016 and will help to promote the work and mission of SOWMA. She has a degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts and a master's in communications from Emerson College.  Mal comes to the organization with more than 20 years of public relations and marketing experience, serving as a marketing research manager in the publishing industry and for ten years as public affairs director for the MSPCA/Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston.  She has served as a board and marketing team member for an array of non-profit and educational organizations.  Mal is a certified English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor and has taught in Boston and Quincy.  For several years she has visited patients and families at Children’s Hospital Boston.  She and her mixed-breed dog Manny are a certified Pet Therapy Team.

 

Cassandra Dockray

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High School Plus Coordinator

Cassandra Dockray joined SOWMA in July 2016. She earned a Psychology degree from Roger Williams University and a Master’s in Education specializing in School Counseling from UMass Boston.  She comes to SOWMA eager and excited to work with students who deserve a great education!  As High School Plus Coordinator, Cassandra is responsible for working with SOWMA students in grades 8th-12th and college to provide services necessary for them to graduate and move onto college, vocational certificate programs, or a professional career.

 

Lena Hajjar

Lena Hajjar   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Systems and Communications Coordinator

Lena joined SOWMA as the Communications and Development Assistant in July 2016, and transitioned into the full time Systems and Communications Coordinator in June 2017. She graduated in 2014 from Emmanuel College with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Biostatistics, and is currently working towards her Masters in Software Engineering from Harvard Extension School. As the Systems and Communications Coordinator, Lena will manage IT resources in the office including managing the eTapestry database of donors, volunteers, and students. She will assist the Community Outreach Director (Barbara Fox) with designing and implementing an inventory system of all our backpacks and supplies, communicating with and engaging volunteers for fundraising and volunteer opportunities, and managing volunteer groups as they come into SOMWA headquarters. She will continue to enhance the utilization of social media to promote SOWMA campaigns and events and to build relationships in each of SOWMA’s communities.

 

"Lynn

Lynn Vecchi McManus  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Program Coordinator

Lynn joined School on Wheels in January, 2018 to help manage the K – 12 Tutoring Program. She received her bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College and a master’s in philosophy from Boston College. Lynn comes to SOWMA with a myriad of work experiences in education. She has taught for the Middleboro Public Schools, been an administrator at both Mt. Ida College and Harvard University, and most recently taught 18-25-year-old special needs students at Triangle, Inc. in Randolph, MA, a non-profit School-to-Career transition program. Lynn has been an active volunteer and has served on many board committees for Middleboro Public Schools, including school councils, playground and elementary school building projects, and the selection committee for principals and superintendents. Lynn has served as literacy tutor and is a soccer coach, Girl Scout leader and currently serves as the secretary to the Middleboro Youth Softball League.

 

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