Who We Are

Faculty

 

Joshua Abrams – Head of School
B.A. in Behavioral Science, Lesley University
B.S. in Biology, Yale University
M.A. in Mathematics Education, Columbia University

Catherine Epstein – Humanities
B.A. in English, Vassar College

Ed Kleiman – Business
B.A. in Philosophy from Tufts University
M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College
M.A. in Instructional Design from University of Massachusetts - Boston

Nathan Sokol-Margolis – Head of the Middle School; Humanities
B.A. in International Relations, Alliant International University
M.Ed. in Social Studies, Lesley College

 

Judy Boykin-McCarthy – Counselor
B.A. in Behavioral Science, Lesley University
M.A. in Psychology and Counseling, Goddard College
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Change, Fielding Graduate University

Emily Farbman – Art
B.A. in Art History with Visual Arts Concentration, Barnard College
M.S. in Art Education, Massachusetts College of Art


Hilary Law – Administrative Assistant
B.F.A., Hampshire College

Laura Somia – World Languages
B.S. in Law, Université Paris X
M.S. in Teaching a Foreign Language, Université Paris X

 

Lenny Brown – Physical Education
B.A. in Black Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston

Moreno Guzman – Building Maintenance

Sarah Parker Geller – Head of the Upper School; Humanities; College Guidance
B.A. in Political Science, Bryn Mawr College
M.A. in Teaching in Political Science/Political Philosophy, Tufts University

Michael Tornabene – Mathematics, Science, and Technology
B.A. in Biology, Towson University
M.S. in Biology, Saint Mary’s College of Maryland

 

Abigail Carle – World Languages
B.A. in Spanish, University of Virginia
M.A. in Teaching a Foreign Language, University of Virginia

Laura Jaye – Music
B.A. in Jazz Voice and Composition, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University
M.A. in Jazz Studies and Vocal Performance, New England Conservatory

Leisa M. Quiñones-Oramas – World Languages
B.A. in Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies, with a minor in French, University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras
M.A. in Spanish Language and Cultures, Boston University
M.A.T. in Second Language Acquisition, Boston University

 

Board of Trustees

Joshua Abrams – President
In addition to his experience listed above, Josh has held leadership positions helping schools during their initial accreditation and reaccreditation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), has assisted with college guidance, and has had responsibility for budgets and personnel decisions. Josh founded Meridian because he wanted to provide an option for secondary students that valued their ideas, understood their need to be useful members of their communities, and welcomed them as junior researchers within and across the disciplines. Both of Josh's sons, Matthew '11 and Isaac '17, graduated from Meridian.

James Maguire, CPA – Treasurer
B.S. in Accounting, Boston College
Jim is a retired PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC) assurance partner with over thirty years of experience with companies ranging from startups to Fortune 50 market leaders.  He served as a lead global relationship partner responsible for managing world-wide audits with a focus on quality, independence, transparency and integrity.  Jim served both public and private clients primarily in the retail, manufacturing, consumer product and non-profit sectors. 

Tricia Morrow – Secretary
B.A., Knox College
Tricia Morrow has enjoyed her role as a Teacher/Director at Neighborhood School in Jamaica Plain since she co-founded the purposefully small, independent elementary school in 1986. Her trek from Illinois to Boston in 1982 was stimulated by a strong sense of calling to live and work with children in an urban, multicultural environment. With teaching certification in elementary and special education, followed by graduate coursework in educational management and parenting studies, and then parenting three children, Tricia is committed to the rich, personalized learning and family connections that small schools cultivate. Tricia's son, Nick, is a member of Meridian's class of 2019. 

Jorge Abellas-Martin
B.A. in Management Information Systems, Brown University
Jorge has spent most of his career as Chief Information Officer in large advertising agencies. For the last several years he has been an independent Information Technology consultant and has provided outsourced CIO services to small and midsize companies as well as non-profits. Jorge served on the board at the Atrium School where he stewarded the physical expansion of the school to add a middle school. He is the parent of Alejandro Abellas-Seitz, class of 2017. 

Seth Abramowitz
B.S. in Economics, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
Seth is a managing director and equity research analyst at Wellington Management Company. He is responsible for analyzing equity investments in the information technology, business services, and consumer sectors. Prior to joining Wellington in 2006, Seth worked as an equity analyst at Putnam Investments.  He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Seth has been a resident of Jamaica Plain since 2006 and is the parent of three daughters, Ayelet, Aviva, and Aria.

Bill Lundberg
B.S. in Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Doctor of Medicine, Stanford University
MBA, University of Massachusetts
Bill is a physician, scientist, and entrepreneur in biotechnology.  He has been a practicing physician and has led the research and development of new medicines in both large and small organizations. Bill currently also serves on the boards of several biotech companies. He and his family live in Newton and he is the parent of four children, including Emily, class of 2021. 

Antonia Rudenstine
BA, Oberlin College
Ed.M and Ed.D, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Antonia is the Director of reDesign, a national consulting practice that supports the design and development of learner-centered communities. Antonia began her career as a high school teacher, and then went on to found a NYC public school similar to Meridian. In her work at reDesign, Antonia is deeply engaged in working with educators, at all levels of the system, as they work to develop and support learning communities that truly nurture students. Antonia’s daughter, Luca, is a member of Meridian’s class of 2022. 

Beth Schultz
B.A., Washington University in St. Louis
Beth is the Director of Development for Springwell, a non-profit organization that helps seniors and people with disabilities live independently in their homes. She has worked to advance social service organizations addressing issues ranging from domestic violence to suicide prevention for more than 20 years. Beth has advised non-profits and schools in Boston and Chicago on fundraising, marketing and programming, and has worked with Meridian Academy since its inception. Beth is the parent of Max '17 and Jesse '22.