The Fitzpatrick Collaborative was founded by Craig Hansen and Amanda Huntington in June 2018 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to develop the former Peter Fitzpatrick School property into a thriving community center providing arts, education, and recreation programs for all ages. Our vision is to enable Pepperell residents to remain local for programs, while attracting people from surrounding communities, supporting our local businesses. A sense of community will be realized through a vibrant, multi-generational hub of activity – with something for everyone!
Board of Directors
Craig R. Hansen
Craig brings over 20 years of business management experience, having led a range of operations from finance, marketing, technical services, and program management. Currently, he is the Director of the Project Management Office at Aspen Technology, leading complex projects to success. Craig and his wife Leanne have lived in Pepperell for over 15 years and have two boys. He serves his community as chair of the School Committee, is on the board for Pepperell Youth Soccer and Cub Scout Pack 1455, is on the High School Building Committee, and previously served on the board for Oxbow Schoolhouse.
Steve is a founder, Executive Board Member and Secretary of Pepperell Community Arts (PCA). Involved in supporting STEM Education as volunteer with the Lemelson-MIT Program providing grants and mentoring to High School InvenTeams throughout the US. Prior to retiring in 2015, was Raytheon Vice President of Integrated Operations leading a 1000 person organization responsible for worldwide Operations including Facilities, Manufacturing, Quality, Mission Assurance and Environmental Health and Safety in the US and 80 Countries. Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.
Chrissy has been a Visual Arts Teacher in the Lowell Public Schools since 2004. She received her undergraduate degree from Providence College and Master of Education from Cambridge College. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation. She moved to Pepperell in 2017 with her husband and two children. She was immediately impressed with the sense of community and is excited to be a part of The Fitzpatrick Collaborative.
Michelle has engaged in various volunteer opportunities throughout the last 15 years, including Co-Chair of the United Way Committee of Central Massachusetts and grant reviewer with the Women’s Initiative in Worcester. Michelle’s history of volunteering coupled with her passion and experience with marketing allowed for an easy transition onto The Fitzpatrick Collaborative board. When Michelle isn’t working full time as a Strategic Marketing Consultant, she is camping in her RV with her husband and two kids or spending many summer days at the beach. She also enjoys organizing, DIY projects and refurbishing furniture. Michelle is enthusiastic about all the beneficial programs The Fitzpatrick Collaborative has to offer for all ages in the Pepperell community.
“It takes a village.” We rely heavily on volunteers to help fulfill our mission, from ideas to execution and everything in-between. Our advisory board consists of community members who provide regular support to The Fitzpatrick Collaborative.