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Troy Holding
Alumni News
Natick Public Schools has announced Troy Holding [MEd '00] as the next principal of Memorial Elementary School. Holding begins his new role on July 1, 2022, and succeeds Susan Balboni, the district’s current director of teaching, learning, and innovation. “We’re thrilled to welcome Troy back home to Massachusetts,” said Natick Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Anna Nolin. “His leadership as an experienced principal in diversity, equity, and inclusion in a variety of school settings make him the epitome of our Profile of a Natick Educator. We look forward to having him lead our dedicated staff at Memorial and seeing our staff and students thrive under his leadership. Every professional we interviewed about his contributions also indicated that he creates warm, personalized and lasting relationships with families and students that creates a culture of belonging and school pride. ‘Staff are swept up in his vision to support children,’ said his most recent supervisor.”
Carmen Vega
Alumni Spotlight
Mental health counselor and pastor Carmen Vega [MEd MHC '17], who was born and raised in Lawrence, has been appointed executive director of Lazarus House Ministries, a faith-based organization that provides food, shelter, and guidance to families and individuals in need. Vega describes herself as “a Lawrencian through-and-through.” She was raised by a single mother who lost her job due to inadequate child care. Vega attended middle and high school in Lawrence, then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree at Mount Washington College in New Hampshire and a masters in education from Boston’s Cambridge College. She received her licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and settled in her beloved Lawrence with her husband and children. Her experiences growing up in Lawrence have given her an open-minded empathy for the clients at Lazarus House. She shares of her childhood, “I was raised in the Hancock Housing Projects in Lawrence. My family, friends, and neighbors all struggled with the issues we see in a typical urban city – some of the same hardships that the families we serve at Lazarus House are working hard to overcome. “We are all only one life event away from homelessness or food insecurity,” Vega says. “We don’t judge. We welcome, we love, and we support.”