Acton Exchange Team

Board of Directors

  • MaryHelen (“Marlen”) Gunn-Laurence, President
  • Pam Minichiello, Clerk
  • Avantika Nautiyal, Treasurer
  • Kim Kastens
  • Marion Maxwell
  • Jeff Vandegrift

Editorial Team

  • Franny Osman, Editor-in-Chief
  • Kim Kastens, Associate Editor
  • Miriam Lezak, Associate Editor
  • Janet Furey, Copy editor

Website Design

Tech Team

  • Jeff Vandegrift
  • Tom Beals

Letters Committee

  • Patricia Clifford
  • Leo Fochtman
  • Cristina Morales-Alvarez

Reporters & Writers

  • Diane Baum, Beat reporter for School Committee
  • Tom Beals, Beat reporter for Select Board & Acton Leadership Group
  • Jeff Brown, Beat reporter for business news
  • Joan Burrows, Beat reporter for disability issues
  • Kaiping Fu, Correspondent from the Acton Chinese American Civic Society
  • DK Halley, Beat reporter for Board of Health & Correspondent from Friends of Pine Hawk
  • Jody Harris, Correspondent from the Acton Conservation Trust
  • Nancy Knoblock Hunton, People in the News reporter
  • Kimberly Hurwitz, Beat reporter for Acton 250 & related events
  • Greg Jarboe, Beat reporter for Council on Aging & seniors’ issues
  • Matthew Liebman, Correspondent from Congregation Beth Elohim
  • M. Mendoza, Correspondent from the Acton Latino Family Network
  • Alissa Nicol, Community Events Reporter
  • Ron Parenti, Beat reporter for the Acton Water District
  • Ann Marie Testarmata, Correspondent from the Acton Garden Club
  • Laura Wolfe, Assignment photographer

Acton Exchange “Correspondents” are active and knowledgeable members of non-governmental community organizations, who write about the programs and events of their organization. Their membership and leadership role in the organization is disclosed in the author ID at the end of their Acton Exchange articles. Content published in the Acton Exchange may be “re-published from” or “adapted from” communications originally disseminated by the correspondent’s organization, in accordance with the policies of the Acton Exchange and the correspondent’s organization.

Acton Exchange “Beat Reporters” commit to providing ongoing coverage of a specific aspect of Acton, for example, a municipal Board, Committee or Commission. As required by the AE Editorial Policies, a member of a municipal Board, Committee or Commission cannot write or edit on the deliberations or decisions of the body on which they sit.

If you are potentially interested in becoming a Correspondent for an organization in which you are active, or a Beat Reporter for a Board/Committee/Commission that is not yet included on the list above, please email


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