Massachusetts association for health, physical education, recreation and dance Inc.

2024-2025 MAHPERD Election Ballot

This ballot is on a hidden part of the MAHPERD web site and for current MAHPERD voting members only. You only can get to this page by clicking on the hyperlink in the election email that you received. Voting members are current MAHPERD members in the professional, retired and life categories. Student members do not have a vote.

Please fill in your member number at the top of the ballot and email at the bottom for membership verification only. Your membership number is at the bottom of the email you received.  

Below is this year's Executive Board Candidates and ballot. Please review the candidates and vote by clicking on the checkbox next to their name. Write in candidates can be added in the designated space at the bottom of the ballot.

Deadline for voting is March 19, 2024.

The deadline for voting has passed. Election results will be announced at the MAHPERD Awards Banquet on April 28th at the DoubleTree Hotel in Milford.

Please fill out the below ballot

President Elect

Mitch Finnegan

Mitch has been the Director of Wellness Education for the Weston Public Schools for the past 14 years. During this tenure he has overseen the implementation of multiple evidence-based Health Education and Physical Education curricula, including early adoption of curriculum addressing adolescent suicide, dating abuse, teen depression & anxiety, adolescent substance abuse, and incorporation of fitness technology into Physical Education curriculum. He has also served on several community and school-based committees. The most important part of his job, though, has been continuing as a classroom teacher for approximately 200 students per year. In addition to over 25 years of experience as a teacher, coach and school administrator, Mitch has worked extensively in the substance abuse prevention field as both a community-wide coalition director and out-patient direct services provider. Mitch is also a trainer and consultant who has provided services for the US Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), the US Department of Education, the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, and the Southern Athletic Conference of the NCAA among others. He has presented workshops and trainings at state, national and international conventions. He is a very proud member of the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and has served MAHPERD in the past on the Executive Board and as a volunteer and workshop facilitator

Mitch is a proud graduate of Springfield College, to which he continues to maintain close ties, having served previously as President of the SC Alumni Association and on the college’s Board of Trustees, as well as recruiting and recommending many future Health and Physical Educators to Springfield. Mitch was recognized by the college’s Alumni Association with the Tarbell Medallion, the highest honor for service to alma mater bestowed by Springfield. Mitch is a native of Quincy, Massachusetts, and is from a teaching and coaching family. His mother Norma was a former elementary teacher and YMCA administrator, and his father Martin, an inductee in the Massachusetts State Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, was a 41-year veteran physical education teacher and athletic director for the Quincy Public Schools, and one of the co-creators of the MIAA Chemical Health Education program in the 1980’s. Mitch has been a resident of Framingham MA for the past 14 years, where he lives with his partner of 32 years and their two sons.

Vice President Elect - Health

Liz Hurley

Liz Hurley joined Worcester Public Schools as the Health and Physical Education Liaison this August. Prior to working in Worcester she spent the last 10 years teaching Health and Physical Education at Phillips Exeter Academy. Liz’s undergraduate degree is in Physical Education from Springfield College. Liz also has a Master’s of Arts in Athletic Administration from Concordia University, Irvine and a Master’s of Education in Health Education from Plymouth State. She has experience in developing PE and Health curriculum, including committee work developing the 9th grade PE curriculum, restructuring and development of the Health curriculum for 9-12 and establishing an advisory curriculum. As she shifts to her new role as Health and PE liaison in the Worcester Public Schools she is thinking about how to continue this work with a much larger school district. She finds it easiest to complete these tasks when collaborating with patterns. This is why she connected with MAHPERD and has been attending CTAHPE meetings after moving back to MA this fall.  She is specifically interested in joining the board to support a larger community outside the WPS students that she serves. She wants to collaborate with members of MAHPERD to support Health teachers and PE teachers across the state. She believes that curriculum and practices should be reviewed and looked at on a regular basis to continue to grow and build on a well-established foundation. In the last few years her focus has been around curriculum development in Health so she feels she can be most impactful in the VP Elect Health position. She is eager to learn and listen to what other districts are doing so we can work as a group to best support our students in Massachusetts.

Vice President Elect - Physical Education

Amy Conley

Amy is an alumna of Springfield College, where she not only honed her teaching skills but also truly found her  passion for learning. Her parents, too, graduated from Springfield College and dedicated their careers to physical education. Their legacy inspired her journey.  As a dedicated educator with 12 years of experience, she has witnessed firsthand the transformative power of physical education, health, and recreation in shaping young lives. Her passion for fostering movement, sports, and teamwork aligns perfectly with MAHPERD’s mission.  For a little over a decade she served as an influential educator at the Hooks School in Chelsea, MA. Her dynamic teaching style encouraged students to embrace physical activity, teamwork, and instilled a love for movement.  Recently, she and her husband Ray made an exciting move to Barrington, RI. and she  now teaches Physical Education and Health at the Letourneau Elementary School in Fall River, where she continues to inspire students to reach new heights.  She is committed to ensuring that every student has access to quality physical education, promoting active lifestyles, and advancing the field. As the VP of Physical Education, she will bring  passion, expertise, and collaborative spirit to support MAHPERD’s initiatives. She looks forward to the opportunity to contribute to MAHPERD’s mission and work alongside fellow educators and advocates.

Vice President Elect - Adapted Physical Education

Courtney Quinn

Courtney is running for the position of Vice President of the Adaptive Physical Education (APE) Division. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in physical education and health from Northern Arizona University, a Master’s Degree in physical education from Bridgewater State University, and is currently working on obtaining her PhD from Springfield College. She has been teaching in Chelmsford since 2011 and has worked at the preschool, elementary, and middle school levels. She currently teaches Physical Education and Adaptive Physical Education to students in grades K-4 at the Byam Elementary School. Each student is unique and she loves the challenge of tailoring the curriculum to their specific needs in order to see progress.

She believes that all students should experience the cognitive, emotional, and physical benefits of participating in physical education. With a little creativity, patience, and determination, all students can find success. With the growing need for adaptive physical education, she thinks that it is extremely important to cultivate and share knowledge of how to best support students in adaptive physical education. She would love the opportunity to continue to help teachers learn, experience, and collaborate the best ways to help students reach their full potential.

Vice President Elect - Athletics

Nick Morse

Nick Morse teaches physical education and wellness at Hartnett Middle School in Blackstone, Massachusetts. In the spring of 2023, he graduated from Bridgewater State University with degrees in physical education and health promotion. This past fall, he returned to Bridgewater State to enroll in their graduate level individualized physical education program. The unique aspect of this graduate program is its flexibility. Essentially, this program allows him to take classes across multiple teaching disciplines (PE, health, administration, sport management etc.) to advance professionally in the field of health and kinesiology.  In terms of experience, this is his first year as a full-time health and physical educator within a school district. He spent the previous four years substitute teaching across all subject matters for the North Attleboro Public School District. His time subbing truly provided me with a holistic representation of how all the academic courses fit together from a teaching perspective. He has also spent the past eight years as a camp counselor and program supervisor for the North Attleboro Park and Recreation Department. In this role, he coordinated programs centered around youth sports with a focus on basketball, softball, and soccer. Outside of teaching, he is an avid fan of sports and exercise.
As Vice President Elect of Athletics, he believes that he will make a tremendous asset to the MAHPERD Board. He has a plethora of experience across multiple domains of teaching and recreational activity as well as a passion for athletics.

Vice President Elect - Dance

Dr. Jennifer El-Sherif

Jennifer taught K-12 physical education for 12 years before joining the ranks of higher education. Jennifer is a professor of Physical Education Teacher Education at Salem State University.  She is a wonderful example of being physically active being an Ironman Legacy athlete and is a 16-time Ironman finisher! Jennifer has presented on dance at many MAHPERD Conventions, has assisted students with advocacy work at MAHPERD Student Legislative Day, has served on the MAHPERD Board Finance Committee and as Vice President of Dance.

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