Member Bios

Christine Theberge Rafal , Chair, Ward 4, (617) 335-0164, 122 Heath Street, Somerville MA 02145
Christine Rafal has represented Ward 4 since 2010. She and her husband Howie have two daughters in the Somerville Public Schools. Prior to joining the School Committee, Christine served on the Healey School Council, beginning as a community representative when her elder daughter was one year old. She also taught in an after-school program, served on the after-school program design team, and volunteers for book groups and field trips. Christine's professional background includes teaching English and writing, conducting classroom research, crafting performance assessments, developing online courses, and both writing and adapting special-topic curricula. She is currently the Coordinator for Grants and Evaluation at Artists for Humanity. Christine earned her doctorate in Teaching, Curriculum and Learning Environments.

Steven Roix, Ward 1, Somerville MA 02145.  Mr. Roix currently serves as Chair of the Rules Management Subcommittee.

Dan Futrell, Ward 2, Somerville MA, 02143.  Dan Futrell has represented Ward Two since 2014, and currently serves on the Finance and Facilities and the Rules Management subcommittees. Mr. Futrell draws on his experience at the intersection of education, poverty, and business at the youth development nonprofit Year Up, which connects young adults in poverty to professional careers in Somerville and Greater Boston. He currently serves as Year Up's Director of Growth Strategy as the organization moves through an intense growth phase to serve 50% more students, nearly 500/year locally. Previously, Mr. Futrell served as an Infantry Captain in the United States Army, deploying twice to Baghdad, Iraq in 2006 and 2009. During his service, he commanded at the Platoon and Company levels and earned the coveted Ranger tab, a Combat Infantryman's Badge, and was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Mr. Futrell holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard, a Bachelor's in business from Gonzaga University, and is an avid runner with his dog Maggie.

Adam Sweeting , Vice-Chair, Ward 3, 617-666-8787, 44 Montrose Street Somerville MA 02143

Adam Sweeting has represented Ward 3 on the School Committee since 2008 and is the father of two children enrolled in the Somerville Public Schools. Before joining the School Committee he was active in school-specific and city-wide discussions concerning education and was a volunteer coach in the Somerville Youth Soccer League. Mr. Sweeting brings an extensive background in higher education to the School Committee. He earned a doctorate in American Studies in 1993 and since 1996 has been a professor of Humanities at Boston University, where he was named the Teacher/Scholar of the Year in 2006. He served a two-year term (2010-2012) as Chairman of the Boston University Faculty Council.  He has also been a member of the BU Board of Trustees since 2010. Mr. Sweeting served as Chair of the School Committee in 2011, and currently serves as the Chair of the Finance & Facilities Subcommittee. Mr. Sweeting is also currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Boston University Children's Center.

Laura Pitone, Ward 5

Paul Bockelman, Ward 6, 617-623-8863, 64 Wallace Street, Somerville, MA  02144

Mr. Bockelman has represented Ward Six on the School Committee since 2006. He draws from his substantial experience working with communities and currently serves as the Director of Administration and Finance at the Massachusetts Municipal Association, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of Massachusetts cities and towns. Previously, he served as Town Manager for 13 years in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. He also worked for the City of Cambridge Historical Commission. Mr. Bockelman currently serves as the Chair of the Education Programs and Instruction Subcommittee and Chairs the Search Committee for a New Superintendent.  A long time volunteer in the Somerville Public Schools, Paul helped coordinate public participation in the previous School Superintendent search process. As a frequent classroom volunteer at the Healey School, he also served as co-chair of the citywide Choice Program for three years.  Paul has served on numerous city committees including the Municipal Building Committee, Charter Committee, and the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS). Mr. Bockelman holds a Masters degree from MIT and a Bachelor's Degree from Hampshire College. He and Cathy have two children Corey and Mattie, who both went through the Somerville Public Schools, and have made Somerville their home for more than 30 years.

Carrie Normand, Ward 7

Honorable Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, 617-776-5159 or 617-625-6600 x2100, 130 Ten Hills Road, Somerville MA 02145

Joe Curtatone has been Mayor of Somerville since 2003. Prior to that he served as a member of the Board of Aldermen. Learn more about Mayor Curtatone on the City of Somerville website.

William A. White, Jr., President, Somerville Board of Aldermen

Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi , Secretary to the School Committee, 617-629-5211, 42 Cross Street, Somerville MA 02143

Superintendent Pierantozzi started his career in public education as a middle grades health teacher in 1968 immediately upon completing his undergraduate degree in education at Rutgers University. He has also worked in public schools as a track coach, Dean of Students, Principal, and, since 2001, as a Superintendent. Pierantozzi joined the Somerville Public Schools as Superintendent in the Summer of 2005. Pierantozzi holds a Master's degree in Education Administration from Salem State College and is licensed as a Superintendent in Massachusetts.  He also holds permanent licenses in teaching and administration in New York. In addition to being Superintendent of Schools, Pierantozzi is the President of the Somerville Rotary and is on the Board of Advisors for the Community Action Agency of Somerville and the Duhamel Education Initiative. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Framingham State College.