Board of Directors

Gita Iyer, President
Curt Burmeister, Treasurer
Kathy Parent, Secretary
Joelle Gamere
Aline Gery
Rachel Gwaltney

Gita Iyer, President

Gita Iyer is a Leadership and Executive coach with a focus on individuals in the nonprofit sector. Prior to this, she was in Information Technology Consulting with Accenture, for over 25 years. Gita received a Masters in Informations Systems from Boston University and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. She was co-chair of the Diversity Committee while on the Board of Trustees at Dedham Country Day School from 2005-2011 and is one of the founding members of the Horizons at DCD Board of Directors.

Curt Burmeister, Treasurer

Curt holds an MBA in Financial Engineering from MIT and a BA in Computer Science and Mathematics from Cornell University. He is the Director of Research, Innovations and Financial Engineering at IBM. He has a patent in compiler technology for register allocation and has co-founded four companies. The Research and Financial Engineering team is responsible for the design and validation of the financial models and other quantitative methods use by IBM’s financial risk solutions. The Innovations team incubates ideas that apply new technologies and/or new methodologies to risk management.

Kathy Parent, Secretary

Kathy Parent currently serves on the Education and Training Branch Board of the Greater Boston Y and is a mentor at YMCA Training, Inc., a non-profit community based workforce development program in Boston. She is a past member and Vice President of the Board of Trustees at Dedham Country Day School. She currently serves on the Horizons at Dedham Country Day Board. She earned a BS in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University.

Joelle Gamere

Joelle Gamere is the Assistant Principal of the Mattahunt Elementary School and also serves as Director of the school’s Toussaint L'Ouverture Academy; the first in the nation early elementary Haitian Creole dual language program. She was instrumental in the redesign of the school by leading a team of stakeholders to address closing the opportunity and achievement gap while meeting the cultural, linguistic, and social emotional learning needs of the students. Prior to joining the Mattahunt in 2016, she was the Director of EL Instructional Support and Professional Learning for Boston Public Schools’ Office of English Learners. She has been serving the youth of Boston for over 20 years. Joelle is a graduate of Boston’s John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. She earned a B.A. from Merrimack College and a M.Ed from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Aline Gery

Head of Lexington Montessori School (LMS) since 2006, Aline Gery led a group of teachers and administrators at LMS to establish the first Montessori Horizons program in 2014 (as Head of School, she is a member of the Horizons @ LMS Board). Aline has worked in independent and public schools for 35 years, with shorts stints in advertising and the international education business. She has served on the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE) Board and is currently on the Board of the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts (MSM). She earned a masters degree in teaching and curriculum from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA from Amherst College.

Rachel Gwaltney

Rachel Gwaltney is Director of the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education, where she leads strategic advocacy for adult basic education programs across the Commonwealth. Previously she served as Vice President of Policy & Research at the National Summer Learning Association, leading efforts to improve and sustain policy conditions for summer learning and enrichment programs. Rachel also oversaw NSLA’s efforts to grow and promote the research on summer gaps, opportunities, and best practices. Prior to joining NSLA in 2015, Rachel held roles at District of Columbia Public Schools, Data Quality Campaign, and Horizons National. She previously served as Chief of Programs for Higher Achievement, leading expansion, program quality, evaluation, advocacy, curriculum, and training efforts. Rachel earned a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Johns Hopkins University. She completed the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) at IEL in 2012.