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John F. Conway Distinguished Service Award


Friend of MASBO Award


Donald D. Johnson Operational and Cost Efficiency Award

MASBO Awards: A Legacy of Excellence in

School Finance and Operations

For many years, MASBO has celebrated outstanding achievement in the role of the school business administrator. Members of the organization and colleagues who support our work reflect the highest standards of ethical conduct, exemplary business practices, tireless service to the profession, and a fundamental belief in the power of resourcing to positively impact every student in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


By nominating a colleague, you help the larger education community understand the meaning and importance of this work. You're not doing it for yourself - you're doing it to showcase the collective talents and contributions of your colleagues. Just fill out the forms and e-mail or snail mail them to the MASBO office. So nominate someone you know for one of these highly respected awards by April 1st, 2020 and do your part for school finance and operations!

The John F. Conway Distinguished Service Award




The John F. Conway Distinguished Service Award recognizes the accomplishments of MASBO members relative to their effectiveness addressing their district's educational mission. Examples include preventive maintenance facilities programs, increasing school lunch participation, energy conservation programs, private sector partnerships, improved transportation systems, or streamlining the order and delivery systems for classroom materials.


MASBO is grateful for its partnership with KenMark Office Systems who, through their generosity, has made this sought-after award possible in remembrance of MASBO's first Executive Director. The recipient receives a plaque(s) to commemorate the award and his or her school district receives a $1,000 contribution in the name of the recipient. The award winner’s name is forwarded to ASBO to determine eligibility for a national award, and a press release describing the award winner’s achievement is forwarded to his/her local newspaper and included in the MASBO Notebook. The award is presented in May at the MASBO Annual Institute and nominations are due by April 1st, 2020.

Colleagues in the profession, superintendents, and regional round tables can nominate individuals for this award, and members are also encouraged to apply themselves. There may be multiple winners in one year; the number of awards is entirely dependent on the number and quality of nominees. Award selection is made by the Awards Subcommittee and the Board of Directors.

 The Conway Distinguished Service Award has been bestowed upon:

2005  Gerald P. Martin, North Middlesex Regional School District
2006  Amelia C. Tierney, Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools
2007  Peter D. DeRoeve, Wakefield Public Schools
2008  Mary C. DeLai, Reading Public Schools
2009  Judith A. Mulligan, Manchester-Essex Regional School District
2010  Manuel Cordeiro, Jr., Dartmouth Public Schools
2011  Anne L. Gulati, Needham Public Schools
2012  Kurtis W. Johnson, Blackstone Valley Voc. Reg. School District

2013  Beth Regulbuto, Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District

2014  William Hurley, Retired, Natick Public Schools

2015  Sandra Guryan, Newton Public Schools

2016  James Kiely, Dartmouth Public Schools

2017  David Flynn, North Attleboro Public Schools

2018  Samuel A. Rippin, Dedham Public Schools

2019  Christine Regan, Southern Berkshire Regional School District

2020  <Not conferred>

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The Friend of MASBO Award



The Friend of MASBO Award recognizes individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria:


1.  Have made a significant contribution (including but not limited to pro-active involvement in the legislative process, the creation of a model program/procedure, the establishment of an exemplary standard or practice) that facilitated a process by which school business officials contribute to educating students in their districts;


2.   Have consistently, and on a long-term basis, provided significant assistance to MASBO in the implementation of its various functions and responsibilities; and/or


3.   Have provided assistance to MASBO in a way that exceeds expectations.


MASBO is grateful for the partnership of U.S. Omni, who through their generosity have made this celebrated award possible. Nominations may be submitted by anyone who can document and attest to the accomplishments of the nominee. There is no annual limit on the number of award recipients; the number of awards is entirely dependent upon the quality and number of nominees in a given year. The recipient receives an award certificate, a letter is sent to the recipient's leadership, and the recipient is recognized in the MASBO Notebook. MASBO members receive the award at the May Annual Institute and non-members may receive the award at any MASBO event. Award selection is determined by the Awards Subcommittee and the Board of Directors.
The Friend of MASBO Award has been bestowed upon:

2007   Joseph Delude, Taunton Public Schools
           David P. Driscoll, Massachusetts Department of Education
           Mary Ellen Dunn, Lexington Public Schools
           A. Francis “Skip” Finnell, Dennis-Yarmouth Reg. School District

           Susan K. Givens, Masconomet Regional School District 
           Judith Mulligan, Manchester-Essex Regional School District
           Jay Sullivan, Massachusetts Department of Education

2008   Paul Carlson, Amherst-Pelham Regional School District (Retired)
           Tamara Indianer, Lincoln Financial Investments
           John Polumbo, Polumbo & Kulas
           Tom Scott, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents
           William Trifone, Dudley-Charlton Regional School District
           David Verdolino, Medway Public Schools
           Candice M. Walczak, South Hadley Public Schools

2009   Attorney Joseph Bartulis, Fletcher, Tilton & Whipple, P.C.
           Anne L. Gulati, Needham Public Schools
           Ronald Skinner, ASBO International
           Terry Wiggin, Georgetown Public Schools
           Jeffrey Wulfson, DESE

2010  Jenny Caldwell Curtin, Massachusetts DESE 
          Michelle Loglisci, Mass. Association of Pupil Transportation
          Colleen Cavanaugh, Mass. Association of Pupil Transportation 
          Susan Sacks, School Nutrition Association 
          Barbara Hansberry, Mass. Office of the Inspector General 
          Liz Powers, Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General 
          Joyce McEntee Emmett, Mass. Office of the Inspector General 
          John A. Lafleche, Southern Worcester Cty. Reg. Voc. School Dist. 
          Joanne McDonough, Hanover Public Schools

2011  Marilyn D. Gordon, Easton Public Schools
          Lorraine A Leonard, Town of Harvard 

2012  Joanne Blier, Mohawk Trail & Hawlemont Reg./Rowe School Dist.
          Robert Hamel, Custom Computer Specialists
          Allen Himmelberger, Oxford Public Schools
          Tamara Indianer, Lincoln Investment Planning, Inc.
          Gerald McCue, Chelsea Public Schools
          Patrick Meagher, Carver Public Schools
          TJ Plante, Springfield Public Schools

2013  Dr. John Doherty, Reading Public Schools
          Joshua Peach, School Dude

2014  Clare Johnson Abbott, DESE
          Jane Crafton, Former MASBO First Lady
          Susan K. Givens, Masconomet Regional School District
          Susan T. Hitchcock, Millbury Public Schools
          Louise Lasna, Retired MASBO
          Chris McGrath, M.A.S.S.
          Thomas J. Moreau, DESE
          Joseph F. Scanlon, Wachusett Regional School District
          Michael J. Widmer, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation

2015  Matthew Gillis, Hull Public Schools
          Stephen Hemman, MARS
          Robert Johnson, DESE
          Christine Lynch, DESE
          Representative Alice Hanlon Peisch
          Patrick Roach, Springfield Public Schools


2016  Kristen Behnke, Pittsfield Public Schools

          Sharon Harrison, Berkshire Hills Regional School District

          Robert Sanborn, Cape Cod Regional Voc. Tech. High School

          Luc Schuster, Deputy Director, Mass Budget & Policy Center

          David Tobin, M.A.S.S. (Retired)


2017  Roger Hatch, DESE (Retired)

          Sharon Bruce, Connecticut ASBO

          Sara Consalvo, Worcester Public Schools

          Tracy O'Connell Novick, Mass. Association of School Committees

          Gail Zeman, MASBO Past President (Retired)


2018  Thomas F. Campbell, Ed.D., Needham Public Schools

          Susan J. McLaughlin, MASBO

          Robert O'Donnell, DESE

          Melissa King, DESE


2019  Ken Wertz, Massachusetts Facilities Administrators Association

          Paul Schaefer, MASBO Past President (Retired)

          David DeGennaro, Hull Public Schools

          Colin Jones, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center


2020  Greg Zammuto, SEEM Collaborative


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The Donald D. Johnson Operational and Cost Efficiency Award

The Donald D. Johnson Operational and Cost Efficiency Award recognizes school districts for their efforts in developing replicable, cost efficient approaches that address operational challenges commonly burdening districts.


MASBO is grateful for its partnership with VOYA Financial, who through its generosity, has developed and made this distinguished award possible. The recipient receives a plaque in recognition of implementation of the cost-saving initiative as well as a $2,500 student scholarship award. The district's school business official will have his/her ASBO Annual Meeting registration paid and announcements will be sent to the local newspaper and appear in the MASBO Notebook. Presentation of the award will take place in May at the MASBO Annual Institute, with a follow-up ceremony at a district School Committee meeting.


Nominations are welcomed by anyone who can document and attest to the district's accomplishments. Award selection is made by the Awards Subcommittee and the MASBO Board of Directors and nominations are due by April 1st, 2020.

The Johnson Operational/Cost Efficiency Award has been bestowed on:

2011  Lexington Public Schools
2012  Belmont Public Schools
2013  Taunton Public Schools
2014  Whitman-Hanson Regional School District
2015  Plymouth Public Schools

2016  Worcester Public Schools

2017  Ashland Public Schools

2018  Gateway Regional School District

2019  Wellesley Public Schools

2020  Shrewsbury Public Schools

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The President's Award 

The President's Award recognizes a MASBO member who has contributed to the growth and improvement of the profession; his or her investment of time and skills have greatly improved school efficiency. The President's Award is given in recognition of an individual's outstanding contribution to his or her school district, community, and/or MASBO.

MASBO is grateful for its partnership with RISO who, through their generosity, have made this prestigious award possible. The recipient receives a plaque to commemorate the award, and his or her district receives a $1,000 award in the name of the recipient. There is appropriate recognition in local papers as well as in the MASBO Notebook. The Award is presented in May at the MASBO Annual Institute with a follow-up presentation at a meeting of the recipient's School Committee.

To be considered for the President's Award, one must be a member of MASBO and be employed on a full-time basis for 24 consecutive months immediately prior to January 1st of the year in which the nomination is made. The award selection is considered and made by the MASBO President; there is no application process.

The President's Award has been bestowed upon:

1994  Rose DiOrio, Milford Public Schools;

          Stephen Moynihan, Quincy Public Schools
1995  John Conway, Stoneham Public Schools
1996  Frank Antonelli, Greater Lowell School District
1997  Robert Watmough, Bourne Public Schools
1998  John Ryan, Tewksbury Town Schools
1999  John A. Crafton, Methuen Public Schools
2000  Donald D. Johnson, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District
2001  Jay Sullivan, Massachusetts Department of Education
2002  Joseph Flahive, Longmeadow Public Schools
2003  Joseph J. Delude, Seekonk Public Schools
2004  Roger L. Young, Manchester Essex Regional School District
2005  A. Francis Finnell , Dennis Yarmouth Regional School District
2006  Joel H. Lovering, Attleboro Public Schools
2007  Candice M. Walczak, South Hadley Public Schools
2008  Sally P.W. Douglas, Pittsfield Public Schools
2009  Susan K. Givens, Masconomet Reg. School Dist.
2010  Donald J. Charest, Agawam Public Schools
2011  John A. Manzi, Springfield Public Schools
2012  Paul O. Schaefer, King Philip Regional School District

2013  Peter D. DeRoeve, Retired MASBO Matters Newsletter Editor

2014  David A. Verdolino, Medway Public Schools

2015  Mary Ellen Dunn, The Public Schools of Brookline

2016  Mary C. DeLai, Wilmington Public Schools

2017  Brian Allen, Worcester Public Schools

2018  Richard G. Bedard, Jr., Millbury Public Schools

2019  Anne Gulati, Needham Public Schools

2020  Kristen Behnke, Pittsfield Public Schools

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The John A. Crafton Lifetime Achievement Award


The John A. Crafton Lifetime Achievement Award was created to honor individuals who have demonstrated significant and sustained contribution to the field of school business administration in the Commonwealth. It is intended to provide meaningful recognition to an individual for an entire professional career rather than a single event or project.


The award was created in 2013 and named for MASBO's fourth Executive Director, who embodied the notion of lifetime achievement both in his work and in service to the organization. Eligible candidates can be active or retired, and must have served in the field of school business administration for twenty-five years, with twenty years of service within MASBO; and have received a recognition in the field (e.g. an ASBO Award like Pinnacle, Eagle, Meritorious Budget, or comparable). Nominees should have served in a MASBO leadership capacity (Board member, Board Subcommittee member, program leadership, etc.), have earned another MASBO award, served in an ASBO leadership capacity (Board member, Subcommittee member, etc.), and is held in the highest regard by colleagues within their district and by MASBO. Criteria for consideration include (but are not limited to): development of innovative programs within the field or within MASBO; creation of ways to provide opportunities for professional development within their district or MASBO; and creation of programs or services that can be models for replication in other districts/schools. Board members are not eligible for the award.


Nominations are entertained from an existing voting Board member and approval of two-thirds of the Board of Directors. Solicitation of nominees is at the discretion of the Board. The award is not expected to be conferred every year, but on occasion when an individual's contribution to the profession is noteworthy. It is the final award presented at the May Annual Institute (unless other arrangements are necessary).


The Crafton Lifetime Achievement Award has been bestowed upon:


2013  John A. Crafton

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