- Jeff Wulfson , Chairman, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Deborah B. Goldberg , State Treasurer
Nicola Favorito , State Treasurer’s designee
Suzanne M. Bump , State Auditor
Joannah M. Quinn , State Auditor’s designee
Karen Ann Mitchell
Dennis J. Naughton
Richard L. Liston
Chairman, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Designee of Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education since October 31, 2007
Jeff Wulfson is currently the Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education . He has been with ESE since 1995, previously serving as the Department's Chief Financial Officer and as Associate Commissioner for School Finance and District Support. Prior to joining ESE, Jeff was the director of administration for the Department of Revenue's Division of Local Services, where he also served as chairman of the finance control boards for the cities of Brockton and Lowell. He is a member of the American Finance Association and a past president of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. Jeff holds undergraduate and MBA degrees from Dartmouth College and an MPA degree from New York University.
Deborah B. Goldberg
As a businesswoman, local official and community leader, Deb Goldberg brings to the State Treasurer's office innovative leadership, disciplined fiscal management and an unwavering commitment to ensure economic stability, security and opportunity for every Massachusetts resident.
Elected in 2014, Deb's focus is to protect taxpayer dollars, bring new levels of transparency to state government and advance policies that break down barriers and create economic empowerment through wage equality, financial literacy and college savings plans to name a few.
Deb remains deeply aware that even as our economy recovers ahead of many other states, too many families struggle to maintain ongoing financial security, lacking the tools, resources and skills they need to get ahead.
Deb served for six years on the Brookline Board of Selectmen, including two as its Chair, bringing policy budgeting to the forefront and enabling the community to maintain financial flexibility, even in tough times. She worked collaboratively to increase the supply of affordable housing, promoted appropriate economic development and launched new environmental protection efforts.
Prior to her career in public service, Deb worked in retail operations, buying and consumer affairs at The Stop & Shop Companies, Inc., a business her family grew from a small grocery store in the North End into a $1.2 billion New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) company with 50,000 employees. At Stop & Shop, workers earned fair pay and good benefits to provide for their families.
Deb's experience includes a range of non-profit initiatives that have empowered women, children and families. She understands and has leveraged public-private partnerships to offer creative, high-impact policy solutions that combat the societal inequities we face. She is the President of Adoptions with Love, a non-profit adoption agency, and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Greater Boston Food Bank. Deb was one of the Founders of Berkshire Hills Music Academy, a school for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and has been the Senate President’s appointee to the Commonwealth Covenant Fund in the Treasurer’s office since its inception.
A graduate of Boston University, Boston College Law School and Harvard Business School, Deb grew up in Brookline where she still lives with her husband Michael Winter and their son, Evan, and daughter, Meredith.
Mr. Favorito serves as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Retirement Board which administers the State Retirement System on behalf of more than 50,000 retired and 83,000 active members. As an attorney, Mr. Favorito previously practiced in the areas of public employee retirement law, education, and municipal law. Mr. Favorito is a graduate of Boston Latin School, Harvard College and Suffolk University Law School.
Suzanne M. Bump
Suzanne M. Bump was sworn in as the 25th State Auditor of Massachusetts on January 19, 2011. As the first new Auditor in 24 years, Auditor Bump will lead her administration to be a catalyst for making state government work better by elevating standards of transparency, accountability, and performance.
Prior to her election as State Auditor, Bump was appointed in 2007 by Governor Deval Patrick and served for 3 years as Secretary of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. As a cabinet Secretary, she led the reorganization of the Commonwealth's public sector labor relations agencies, depoliticizing and professionalizing management and establishing an oversight panel. She also launched an initiative to identify the workforce needs of businesses in each region of the state and to create data tools to better plan, manage and measure the effectiveness of strategies to close persistent skills gaps.
Auditor Bump, a native of Whitman, Massachusetts, has a long history of public and community service. She was a member of the House of Representatives, serving for eight years in the Legislature on the Commerce and Labor Committee, including two as Chairman. She served as counsel to companies large and small and has also held positions on the boards of several non-profit organizations.
Auditor Bump is personally and professionally dedicated to creating opportunities and achieving excellence. She has been honored by numerous organizations over the years, including awards bestowed in 2009 Boston Archdiocese's Labor Guild, the Women’s Bar Association and the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers.
Auditor Bump earned an A.B. in English from Boston College and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
Joannah M. Quinn
State Auditor’s designee
Chief Legal Counsel, State Auditor’s Office
Appointed April 2012
Joannah Quinn is Chief Legal Counsel for the Office of the State Auditor, Suzanne M. Bump. Prior to working for the State Auditor, Ms. Quinn was corporate in-house counsel where her work focused on contracts, intellectual property and employment related matters. Ms. Quinn earned a B.A. degree in Political Science from Regis College and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
Karen Ann Mitchell
Elected by the Membership
Term expires December 31, 2015
Elected to the Board in December 2007, Ms. Mitchell has taught 7th and 8th grade reading in the Plymouth Public Schools since 1986, and was awarded National Board Certification in 2000. Throughout her career, she has been active in union organizations at both the local and state levels. A longtime member of the Education Association of Plymouth and Carver, she has served as that group's president, vice president and secretary. Ms. Mitchell has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, having been elected to three terms. She holds an associate’s degree in psychology from Cape Cod Community College, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of South Alabama, and a master’s degree in education from Bridgewater State College. Ms. Mitchell resides in Plymouth.
Dennis J. Naughton
Dennis Naughton was elected to the Board in December 2011. He began his career as a public school educator in the Millis Public Schools in 1968, where he served as a high school social studies teacher for 33 years, as well as social studies department head and golf coach. During that time he served on New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) evaluating teams at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, Manchester High School (now Manchester Essex High School) in Manchester-by-the-Sea, and University Park Campus School in Worcester. He served as principal of Millis High School from 2001 to his retirement in 2004.
From 1977 to 1997, Mr. Naughton served as president of the Millis Teachers Association. He also served several terms on both the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Teachers Association . Since his retirement, he served as interim assistant principal at Norton High School in 2005-2006, and as interim principal at Douglas High School in 2009.
Mr. Naughton is actively involved as a retired life member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Educational Association. He holds an A.B. in History from Saint Anselm College and an M.A.T. in History from Assumption College. Mr. Naughton resides in Foxborough.
Richard L. Liston
Appointed by the Board
Term expires January 31, 2016
Appointed to the Board in January 2012, Mr. Liston was a special education teacher in the Everett Public Schools for 40 years and served as the president of the Everett Teachers Association for 27 years. He currently represents retired members of the Massachusetts Teachers Association on the MTA Board and is co-chair of the MTA Retired Members Committee. Mr. Liston holds a B.A. and M.A. in special education from Fitchburg State University.
Appointed by the Governor
Term expires April 18, 2018
Anne Wass, former president of the 107,000-member Massachusetts Teachers Association , is a champion of students, public schools and public higher education.
Mrs. Wass has spent all of her adult life in public education and has served in many leadership positions. She taught sixth grade at the Hanover Middle School for 31 years. She has served on the MTA Board of Directors and state Executive Committee, and she has been president of her local association in Hanover at two different times. Mrs. Wass was MTA president from 2006 until 2010. Before taking office as president, she served as the association vice president for four years.
Teaching is Mrs. Wass’ passion, and she has won a number of awards honoring her abilities as a teacher. These awards include the Bristol County Educators' Association Kathleen Roberts Human Relations Award, the Plymouth County Education Association's Honor Award and the Loretta Quinlan Award, the highest honor bestowed by the PCEA. She also won the first MTA Friend of Labor Award and the Louise Gaskins Lifetime Civil Rights Award. She received the Salem State University Friend of Education Award in 2010.