The purpose of the Brookwood School Parents’ Association (PA) is to serve as a liaison between parents and faculty, the Board of Trustees and the Administration, as well as to support the School’s mission, programs and activities.
The PA raises and provides funds for an array of cultural enrichment programs, faculty wish list items, faculty grants and a diverse forum of speakers and parent education programs, intended to enrich and enhance the entire Brookwood community. All Brookwood parents are automatically members of the PA.
Parents’ Association Executive Committee
Gretchen Knight, Faculty & Staff Appreciation
Gretchen Knight joins us this year as a VP focused of Faculty and Staff Appreciation. She and her husband Paul live in Boxford with their 3 girls, the two oldest at Brookwood in 6th and 3rd grade. In addition to owning a business, she works for a healthcare consulting firm as a Director of Strategic Analytics, helping health industry leaders formulate their strategies to provide exceptional, cost-effective care to the patients they serve. She is looking forward to leaning in to help the Brookwood community come together and support each other during this unique time.
Sarah Kehoe, Library & Treasurer
Sarah is married to John and they have 3 children together. Henry is in 7th grade and Maébh is in kindergarten at Brookwood; whilst their middle son Páraic is a 3rd grader at Landmark. Sarah is an accountant but is currently taking a career break. The family are Irish expatriates and moved from Ireland to America in 2017. Sarah and her family wanted an adventure and are busy working through a bucket list of things to do and see! They discovered this beautiful area last year and decided to move here so that the children can be closer to their Schools. In her spare time, she loves to get outdoors, read, and cook!
Courtney Melei, Communication Lead & New Parent Liaison
Courtney is excited to join the PA as both the communication lead and the new parent liaison. Courtney and her husband Jeff have 3 daughters and live in Beverly. Olivia is entering her second year at Brookwood as a 7th grader and Maggie is just spreading her Heron wings as a 5th grader. Professionally, Courtney spent 10+ years as a Strategic Media Director for national brands such as Apple, Nissan and Department of Defense. An active volunteer and organizer, she recently spearheaded the effort to build Pete’s Park in honor ALS warrior Pete Frates, and has led the award winning Pete Frates 5k Committee for the past 5 years. Currently, Courtney and husband serve on the board of Beverly Girls Youth Lacrosse.
Matt Plum, Community Outreach & Events
Matt Plum worked in sales in veterinary medical devices, before moving on to the most important position he’s ever held: Dad. His two sons, Matty and Chase are currently in 2nd Grade and Kindergarten respectively. He was honored to be asked to join the PA executive committee, and he sees it as a chance to give back to both this School and community. He also serves on the board of a local land conservancy. For fun, he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and getting outdoors.
Chris Soucy, Art Committee & Cultural Enrichment and Liason to Board of Trustees and to the Head of School
Chris Soucy returns to the PA Executive Committee for a second term as a Vice President. He lives in Hamilton with his wife, Jill, and daughter, Ella (4th grade). Chris’ background is in Human Resources roles, including teaching HR classes at local colleges for over 20 years. Chris and Jill currently own a leadership development and executive coaching firm and the work of guiding clients towards a strengths-based approach to personal and professional success. In his free time, he enjoys cooking meals for a crowd and working on yet another home repair project.
Gina Weishaupt, Community Outreach & Events
Gina Weishaupt has a son who has been at Brookwood since PreK. Gina, her husband Frank, Cooper and their West Highland Terrier Rudy live in Newburyport. Gina’s professional background is in business development and marketing. She was the Director of Marketing Partnerships for Yahoo, Inc and managed the relationships with Apple, Experian, Charles Schwab and Reebok. She now works as a non-profit animal advocate and served as the Board President for NEAVS.org for many years. She hopes to open a large animal sanctuary for animals that have spent their lives in laboratories so that they may live the remainder of their lives in peace and comfort.