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Senior Staff

 

Executive Director

Michelle Persson Reilly

Rotary talk cropped Michelle began at DCH as the Executive Director in May 2007. She graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in American Studies and a minor in Economics. In 2001 she earned a Masters in City Planning with a concentration in Housing, Communities and Economic Development from MIT. Michelle has held a variety of positions in nonprofit organizations ranging from direct service, legislative advocacy, fundraising, event planning, and program management. She was thrilled to bring this experience to an organization she cared so much about in her own community. Michelle resides in Dedham with her husband and three children.

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Program Director

Jennifer Putnam

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Jennifer joined DCH in December 2018 as Program Director overseeing DCH's seasonal programs and events, summer camp, and summer pool. Jennifer received her B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from Wheelock College in 2004. She has worked with several nonprofit organizations in various youth development and program development roles with a focus on early education, health education, summer camps, and adult enrichment programming. Jennifer has a passion for working with families, youth of all ages, and adults in recreational settings including summer camp and year-round programs. Originally from New York, Jennifer has lived in Massachusetts for two decades and currently resides in Dedham with her husband and three children.

 

 

Preschool Director

Jayma Thompson

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Jayma has worked at DCH Preschool since 2005, first serving in the classroom as a floating teacher, lead classroom teacher, and as the Kindergarten teacher for seven years, before moving into administrative roles. In July 2020 she was promoted to Preschool Program Coordinator and a year later to Assistant Preschool Director. Jayma became the Preschool Director in May 2022. She is excited to continue her longstanding relationship with the organization in this role!

Jayma grew up in Dedham, and lived in nearby West Roxbury with her husband for a few years before moving to her current hometown of Attleboro, MA. She received her associate degree in liberal studies and, in 2008, bachelor's degree in elementary education from Lasell College. Both of Jayma’s children have been students at the DCH Preschool. 

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Board Of Directors

President

Katharine Blake

Vice President
Don Elmore

Treasurer
Stephen Palenscar

Secretary
Stephanie Matern

 

Elizabeth Blume

Jennifer Breitling

Stephen Burke

Alex Cavallini

Melissa Cidado

Kate Giovannini

Stacy Kelly

Meghan Kreitzman

Scott Mays

Eric Merithew

Erika Reynoso

Heather Ross

Maura Turner

Our Mission

DCH is dedicated to promoting educational, recreational, and civic interests to enhance the lives of all residents of Dedham and neighboring towns through innovative programs, community leadership and the preservation of its historic campus.

Our Vision

DCH will be a vibrant focal point, leader, and facilitator of all that fosters a deep sense of community in Dedham and its surrounding towns -- offering programs that address the evolving needs of diverse residents, nurturing collaboration, preserving and enhancing the campus, ensuring access for all, and building the financial resources to prosper for generations.

Contact Us

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671 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026
Phone: (781) 329-5740

Preschool: (781) 329-4841