For Immediate Release - May 13, 2008


BOSTON - Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - Governor Deval Patrick announced today the appointments of Lynson Beaulieu, Orlando Isaza and Mary Pat Messmer to the state's Board of Early Education and Care.

"Lynson, Orlando and Mary Pat bring to the board diverse experiences in the education and health and human services and I am delighted to have them and at the table," said Governor Patrick.

Massachusetts is the first state in the nation to create a Department of Early Education and Care to coordinate and consolidate the range of education and human services focused on youth. A strong focus on early education and care is a cornerstone of Governor Patrick's vision for the future of education in Massachusetts.

Lynson Moore Beaulieu of Roxbury is currently the Director of Programs and Strategic Leadership at the Schott Foundation for Public Education. Previously she was a senior consultant at the national Black Child Development Institute in Washington D.C. Beaulieu has served in numerous roles across the nation in which she has been dedicated to providing leadership and expert knowledge on early childhood education and care including research, program development, scholarly writing and federal and state policy analysis with a focus on multicultural issues and children underserved by the current public school education system. Beaulieu holds a bachelor's degree in Child Development from California State University and is currently working towards her masters and doctorate degrees in Community Economic Development Policy at Southern New Hampshire University.

Orlando Isaza of Northampton is the Senior Program Officer and Manager for Grant Making Initiatives at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor of Sociology and Human Services at Springfield College and an Adjunct Professor of Spanish and Social Work at Elms College. Isaza has held a number of positions at Holyoke Community College including the Director of ESOL and Multicultural Services as well as Special Assistant to the President for Community Affairs. Previously, he worked at the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance as Director of the Springfield North Area Office. Isaza received his bachelor's degree in Sociology at Brandeis University and holds an MSW in Community Organization, Social Planning and Social Policy from the University of Connecticut. He also is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Elms College.

Mary Pat Messmer of Centerville is the Executive Director of the Cape Cod Child Development Program - the third largest nonprofit organization on Cape Cod that provides Head Start, Preschool, Afterschool, Family and Teen Parent Early Education and Care and Early Invention Services to families on the Cape. In addition, she serves as Vice-President of the Massachusetts Association of Child Care Agencies. Previously, she served close to 10 years as an adoption social worker followed by another 9 years as a Program Development Specialist for the Department of Social Services. Messmer has also worked as the Assistant Director of the HALT program in Plymouth, planning and implementing community outreach and education programs. She completed her undergraduate work in Psychology at Rosemont College and received a master's degree in Human Services from the University of Massachusetts. Mary Pat is the mother of two children, Sarah, 25, and Michael, 22.

"I am eager to start my work with the Board of Early Education and Care and join these three new extraordinary members," said Paul Reville, Secretary Designate of Education. "Together, with the existing members of the board, we will work towards building a statewide birth-to- five infrastructure that ensures every child is able to start school genuinely ready to learn."

"There is tremendous amount of momentum within the field of early childhood development and behind this new department," said Board Chair Sharon Scott-Chandler. "We are very pleased to complete the Board with these new members, who bring enormous expertise working with the children, families and communities we serve, and continue moving ahead with our work."