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Meet Dori

I am running for School Committee in Westwood, Massachusetts and welcome the opportunity to tell you more about me. The issues that school committees face nationwide are some of the most challenging of our time. Developing solutions will require thoughtful leaders who will listen and help navigate through this moment in time. My professional background, advocacy for my special-needs son and highly collaborative nature will enable me to immediately deliver a positive impact.   I ask for one of your two votes on April 26th! (note: all precincts will vote at Westwood High School) 

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I am a mother of two young children in the school district. My eleven year old son is a 5th grader at Hanlon Elementary and will move up to Thurston Middle School next year. My eight year old son is in second grade and recently transitioned from Downey Elementary to the Language-Based Learning Classroom at Sheehan Elementary.  

I am a business owner and human resources consultant with more than 20 years experience in the fields of higher education and employee engagement. I hold an M.Ed in School Counseling and Bachelor of Science in Psychology, both from Frostburg State University (Frostburg, Maryland). I am continually motivated by the passion involved in recruiting and developing individuals within the life sciences industry.  

I am from a small suburban town in Maryland where I attended public school K-12. In 2005, my husband and I moved to Massachusetts. After the birth of our second son, we discovered Westwood and immediately fell in love with the community. We feel a strong connection to our School Street neighborhood and, more broadly, to other families who chose Westwood as the place to raise their children. 


I am passionate about community. I am inspired by the message behind this African Proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” In each school my children attended, I have sought to be part of the parent community and connected with the faculty and staff. I believe that the individuals who provide care and education to our children have THE MOST important job. As a parent in the Westwood community, I feel it is my responsibility to play an active role in our schools and support the mission of continuous improvement. We experience growth faster when we work together.

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The Annual Town Election will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2022

 All Westwood voters are eligible and encouraged to vote

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