Executive Committee Bios

AMY HERNANDEZ

Co-President

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Amy Hernandez is an experienced educator who has been an active member of the Wellesley community since moving here from Chicago in 2015. She has two children, Sara and Alex, who both attend and love Schofield. She currently serves on the PTO Board as secretary.  As co-chairperson of Schofield Cares, Amy works closely with the school social worker to help Schofield families and students in need. Through Schofield Cares, Amy has organized a food drive and dinners to help raise money for these families and increased awareness of the committee’s goals. On the Day of Imagineering Committee, she works with the principal and school staff to plan and implement a day of creativity and design for students. Amy is also on the Hawk’s Eye Literary Journal Committee, a journal distributed each year full of students’ writing, art and poetry. Previously, Amy was a high school history teacher in both Massachusetts and Illinois. In Chicago, she taught at the lauded Providence St. Mel, an inner-city school most famous for placing 100% its high school graduates in college and widely considered a model in education reform. Amy received her MEd from Northeastern University and a BA in Economics from Siena College.

ELIZABETH SHLALA

Co-President

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Elizabeth Shlala moved to Wellesley in 2015. She is a professor and dean at Boston College. She holds a BSFS, MA, and PhD in the History of the Middle East and North Africa from Georgetown University. She has lived and researched in Egypt, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Italy, and the UK. She taught for a number of years at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Elizabeth is a member of the Wellesley Historical Commission and a Town Meeting Member. She is the proud mother of a freshman at BU and a senior at BC (beanpot rivalry)! Typical of a historian, she lives in the oldest house in Wellesley. She volunteers to maintain our excellent public schools and conserve our town’s special buildings and character.

JOHANNA CAHOON

Co-Vice President

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ILLANA NISSENBAUM

Co-Vice President

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JANET GOUJIAMANIS

Treasurer

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Janet Goujiamanis moved to Wellesley in 2002 after living in Boston for ten years. She and her family relocated to New Jersey for a short time before returning to  Wellesley again in 2010. She has two daughters, Julia, a senior who will be attending  Boston University and Nina, a sophomore at Wellesley High School. Janet enjoyed  parent volunteering while her children both attended Sprague school. Prior to raising a  family, she worked for several years in portfolio analysis and client relations in the  institutional investment management industry. She holds an MS in Finance from Suffolk  University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). She enjoys being active whether it’s playing tennis, running or enjoying the outdoors with her family.

JILL FISCHMANN

Secretary

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Jill D’Andrea Fischmann is a Wellesley native and graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1985. After living in  both Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, Jill and her family moved back to Wellesley in August of 2012, where she resides with her husband Hans, their daughters Kathryn (15) & Thea  (12) and their dog, Teddi. Jill has worked for a member of Congress, NBC, CBS, the National Association of Broadcasters,  and WETA, and has served as assistant to the Chairman and CEO of CBS/VIACOM. In a volunteer capacity, Jill was a member  of the both the Junior League of Washington and the Hexagon  Political Comedy Troupe for 10+ years (serving on the Board of the latter) and served as President of the MOMS Club of Silver Lake and Secretary of The Ribet Academy (in Los Angeles).  Since returning to Wellesley, Jill has founded two Girl Scout  Troops and is currently the Girl Scouts of Eastern MA Service  Unit Coordinator for the Town of Wellesley. She has served as Assistant Treasurer and President of the Sprague Elementary School PTO, and is presently the Nominating Chair for the WMS PTO, a Town Meeting Member, and a member of the  Fundraising Committee for Circus Smirkus. After two years at a  small,socially conscious documentary film company and three  years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Jill recently became a Program Manager at Xilio Therapeutics, a cancer immunotherapy biotech located in Kendall Square, Cambridge.

JENN FALLON

Chief of Infrastructure & Compliance

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Jenn Fallon moved to Wellesley from southern Rhode Island in 2013 where she resides with her husband Michael, son Quinn (9th grade at BC High), and adopted bi-racial daughter Kate (6th grade at WMS). Prior to staying home with her children, Jenn was a Project Manager at CVS, a Fortune 50 company. Jenn is a past PTO President of both PAWS and Sprague Elementary School, Wellesley Mothers Forum Board Member, and METCO volunteer. She is currently in her 5th year as a Town Meeting Member, 4th year as a member of the Wellesley Advisory Committee, the WMS Secretary, Central Council Secretary and a Board Member of both World of Wellesley & League of Woman Voters.