Marjorie Dennis, Project Manager
Marjorie Dennis has been a Project Manager and Grant Writer since 1999. Dennis manages grant-funded projects from national, state and local funding sources. She also oversees the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Middle School Region IV Fair, the Northeast STEM Network and the K-12 outreach for the NSF Center for High Rate Nanomanufacturing at UMass Lowell.
Cynthia J. Bent, Asstistant Director of College Success
Cynthia J. Bent has managed grant budgeting for a variety of programs. As a first-generation college graduate, Cynthia cares deeply about guiding economically disadvantaged high school students and first generation freshmen through the challenging first years of college. Cynthia draws on this passion to serve as Program Coordinator for Dual Enrollment, College Success, UConnect and the College Access Challenge.
Gray Fitzsimons, Project Manager
Gray Fitzsimons is a graduate of the University of Maryland (1979) in civil engineering with a master’s degree in history from the University of Washington (1992). He has worked in the fields of structural engineering, history, and education. He is currently a doctoral candidate in UMass Lowell’s Graduate School of Education and works on a Teaching American History project. Gray lives in Lowell, Massachusetts, an ocean away from his birthplace in Casablanca, Morocco.
Dr. David Troughton, Senior Program Associate
Dr. David Troughton coordinates the Superintendents’ Forum and teaches graduate courses in curriculum design, school law and school finance at UMass Lowell. Dr. Troughton also serves as the Regional Assistance Director of the Northeast District and School Assistance Center (DSAC) through the DESE. Dr. Troughton’s 36 years of experience in public schools, include positions as: Superintendent of Schools in North Reading, MA, Assistant Superintendent (Chelmsford, MA.), Director of Curriculum (Millbury, MA.), Middle / High School Associate Principal (W. Boylston, MA) and High School Science Teacher (Lynnfield, MA). He is the former president of the Mass achusetts ASCD and has served on numerous professional committees at the state and regional levels.
John Wren, Technology Support Specialist
John Wren is responsible for technology training and Website design for all grant funded projects. He offers several workshops on digital photography, podcasting, wiki design and other multimedia/tech skills. John also serves as Technical Producer for the STEM matters webzine. John joined OSP in 2000, after nearly two decades with Eastman Kodak where he supported digital on-demand printing systems for Harvard, MIT, and Digital.