LexSeeHer is inspired to share the untold stories of women across time.
We appreciate every member of our Advisory Board and thank each member for sharing their skills and perspective to help us make women visible!
Ann Kim Tenhor
After growing up in Lexington, Ann Kim Tenhor was an elementary classroom teacher for 13 years in Brooklyn and at Hastings before becoming an elementary Digital Learning Coach. She has been a Digital Learning Coach in Lexington for the past 10 years, and is now a DLC at Lexington High School, where she helps teachers, students and staff use technology. Ann enjoys hiking and cooking. Follow Ann on Twitter @annkimtenhor.
Anne Lee was born and raised in Switzerland, and she and her husband Jamie have lived in Lexington since 1994 where they raised their two sons. Her background is in the arts, foreign languages, and writing. She helped develop the volunteer program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, managed public programs at Historic New England (formerly S.P.N.E.A.), served as Assistant Director of the Cambridge Art Association, and organized exhibitions and wrote catalogues as Director of Research at Vose Galleries of Boston. As a free-lance art historian, she conducted appraisals and research of private collections, taught classes at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and most recently co-authored several art books for Schiffer Publishing and wrote a number of articles for arts magazines. Giving back to the Lexington community is important to her: she has been a long-time member of the Garden Club and former co-president; organized silent auctions for the Lexington Education Foundation; developed an artist-in-residence program at Cary Library; and currently serves as First Vice President and Chair of the Programs and Events Committee of the Lexington Historical Society. In addition, she serves as one of the LHS representatives in the LexSeeHer partnership and is part of the Advisory Committee.
Celeste Freeman is a Lexington educator and has grounded her work in Social and Racial Justice principles in her 20+ year career in Lexington and as a clinical social worker in Boston. Ms. Freeman has demonstrated leadership and expertise around Restorative Justice and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives. Ms. Freeman has been a School Counselor at Maria Hastings Elementary School since joining Lexington Public Schools and has played an active role in supporting students, staff and families to lead balanced and healthy lives.
Ms. Freeman pioneered and recently refreshed the Windows and Mirrors curriculum to expand vocabulary for children and adults and to invite more open dialogue about identity and inclusion. Prior to that, Ms. Freeman served on the Anti-Bias Bookbag project, as well as many other child-centered projects. Ms. Freeman created the Hastings Equity Team and serves as the co-chair. In support of district-wide improvement, Ms. Freeman serves as a member of the School Health Advisory Task Force, and participates in panels for community dialogue such as "How to Raise Anti-Racist Children.” Ms. Freeman was honored as the 2021 LexPride Parade Ally Marshall for her commitment and lasting impact throughout the Lexington Public School system. A native of Atlanta, Ms. Freeman understands the impact of monuments that erase history and is delighted to be part of an artistic initiative that seeks to correct those wrongs.
Emily A. Murphy holds a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Annapolis, an MA in American Studies from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University. Her research interests include Early American decorative arts, material culture, and social history. She has worked in the field of public history for nearly thirty years in both the private and the public sector, for historic house museums, the Special Collections division of the Maryland State Archives, and, currently, as a curator for the National Park Service, on projects as diverse as the Maryland State Archives’ Black Baltimore project, walking tours of Salem from the perspective of Sophia Peabody Hawthorne , and most recently as the scholar for the exhibit at the Lexington (MA) Historical Society, Something Must Be Done: Bold Women of Lexington: Her publications include A Complete and Generous Education”: 300 Years of Liberal Arts at St. John’s College, Annapolis; Merchants, Clerks, Citizens, and Soldiers: A History of the Second Corps of Cadets, for which she was awarded the honorable order of St Barbara by the United States Field Artillery Association, and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Salem: A Walking Tour of Literary Salem. Emily strongly believes that good history is inclusive history, and finding the stories of those normally overlooked will not only improve our understanding of history, but guide us in the preservation of the buildings and objects left behind.
Glenn P. Parker
Glenn retired in 2002 after 20 years as a software engineer at a variety of startup companies. His work ranged from video games to electronic publishing to email servers.
He has been active in Lexington’s local government since 2006, serving in Town Meeting and on the Town Appropriation Committee.
In 2002, Glenn co-founded the Parker Family Foundation with his wife, Faith K. P. Parker. The foundation provides significant and ongoing support to local, regional, and international non-profit organizations, with a focus on arts and education.
Glenn serves on the Advisory Board for The Trustees of Reservations, which merged with the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in 2019. For 19 years prior to the merger, Glenn was an Overseer and then a Trustee at deCordova.
Glenn also serves as the Board Treasurer at the Massachusetts Budget & Policy Center.
In addition to being a Lexington resident, Jane is also the Grade 6-8 Social Studies Department Head for Lexington Public Schools. During her 25 years of teaching experience, Jane has utilized historic places and monuments as instructional touchstones for students of all ages. Jane is especially excited about the work of the LexSeeHer project as the monument will provide an opportunity for visitors to learn about the town's complex and diverse history.
Jean M. Hart
I am a graduate of Vesper George School of Art and programs at Mass Art and the Museum School. I come to fine art from graphic design. My art employment included design and illustration in Boston area businesses. I was an Art Director for the US Department of the Interior, Geological Survey in Washington D.C. and continue as a freelance, volunteer designer and helper for Lexington area art organizations such SNAP,inc. (Special Needs Arts Organization) and ArtWalk.
I have enjoyed developing special programs exploring art history and art cultures with teachers and students in the Foreign Language classrooms of the Lexington Public Schools. These programs have been presented at the Massachusetts Foreign Language (MaFla) Conferences and adopted in other school districts.
I have served as President, Director, Publicity and Painters Guild Chair of the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society (LexArt). During this tenure I was involved in the inaugural committee introducing, ArtWalk and Lexington Open Studios into the Lexington Arts community and remain a committee member in both. I have also served on the Lexington Council for the Arts.
Historian Kathryn Allamong Jacob, whose PhD is from Johns Hopkins University, was most recently curator of Harvard’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. She has published many articles—on the first American sex survey and the Lizzie Borden ax murders, among them--and three books: Capital Elites: High Society in Washington, D.C. After the Civil War, King of the Lobby: The Life and Times of Sam Ward, and Testament to Union: Civil War Monuments in Washington, DC, which focuses on monuments and memory.
Kathy was featured as a LexSeeHer Speaker Series presenter in October 2020.
Larry Freeman is an IT Project Manager who lives with his husband and children in Lexington. Larry serves the community in numerous ways. For the schools, he has served as a Room Parent, Co-Co-Chair Harrington School Site Council, Community Input Team member, Co-Chair of the School Heath Advisory Council (SHAC), and much more.
Larry also serves Lexington as a Town Meeting member (Precinct 1), and he works for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for all. To that end, he is a member of the Citizen's Advisory Council, LexPride Board of Directors, Association of Black Citizens of Lexington, and member Together We Rise. Larry is also a DEI leader in the workplace. He has been a featured speaker at many DEI forums and cofacilitates LexPride's annual Candidate Forum on Social Justice.
With both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Tufts University, Mary taught history in Lexington for thirty-five years. In 1985 she was recognized as the Lexington Secondary School Teacher of the Year.
While at Lexington High School she instituted a course on women's history. Other honors included the Kidger Award from the New England History Teachers Association and the Teacher of the Year award from the Massachusetts Council of Social Studies.
The author of In Haste, Julia, the story of East Lexington's Julia Robbins Barrett (1819-1900), an abolitionist, artist, and suffragist, Keenan also wrote the ancillary material for Discovering American History published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston as well as journal articles on the teaching of history.
Currently serving as Clerk of the Lexington Historical Society from which she has received the Distinguished Service award, she also chairs the Collections Committee. For ten years she served as a trustee of the Belmont Library. Come summer, the garden becomes her priority.
Namita Luthra is a women’s rights advocate. She serves on the Board of Directors of Monumental Women and on the President’s Council of the New York Hall of Science. Namita served on the Board of Directors of Sakhi for South Asian Women. For years, she was a senior staff attorney at the ACLU Women’s Rights Project working on litigation, advocacy, and public education to advance the rights of women and girls. There, she co-authored a book called The Rights of Women and successfully litigated gender discrimination jury trials in federal court. Before that Namita was a Fellow at the ACLU National Legal Department.
I am Polly Kienle. I grew up in Lexington and loved it. During my 15 years in Germany, I was a graduate student and adjunct professor, focusing on history, educational practice, and multi-cultural organizations for women. When my husband, our two children, and I came to Lexington in 2005, I followed this path, working for local history sites and museums, including some in Lexington, and participating in a range of Lexington's town- and public school-based committees. I entered the National Park Service in 2009 and have been an appreciative NPS history interpreter ever since. One of the highlights of my Lexington experience was* to sit on a Town Committee approved by the Board of Selectman to plan and implement the Town of Lexington’s 300th Anniversary Celebration. My role was Coordinator for Public History Events and PR. The Lexington 300th was made up of 24 individual events held between June 2012 and May 2013 and involved 2,400 volunteers from Lexington. The celebration was conceived as a volunteer-powered series of events planned and executed through a decision-making process that included and reflected the interests and perspective of all groups and cohorts in Lexington’s changing community. I am delighted to be invited back to Lexington to help on another great community project.
* We now live in Salem.
Remy is a writer and teacher. He currently works as a middle-school humanities instructor at Lexington's William Diamond Middle School. Born in Bogotá, Colombia, he has lived in Rhode Island, New York, Southern California, Washington, and Norwich, England. His writing and research focus on adoption, citizenship, Quaker pedagogy, the development of racial identity, and the intersections of justice and public education. He is a leader of the Lexington Education Association's Employees of Color organization, and a founding member of his building's diversity, equity, and inclusion task force.
Stacey Fraser grew up steeped in early American history, as many Lexington residents do, and has worked in the New England public history field for more than 15 years. She holds a Master’s in History and Museum Studies from the University of New Hampshire. She currently serves as the Collections and Outreach Manager of Lexington Historical Society. As such, she is responsible for all three-dimensional collections care, exhibits, and marketing/communications for the Society. Along with Lauren Kennedy and Jessie Steigerwald (and others), Fraser created and installed “Something Must Be Done: Bold Women of Lexington,” a multi-year exhibit at Buckman Tavern on Lexington women and their activism over 250 years. Fraser has two children in the Lexington schools and enjoys photography, gardening, and walking in Lexington’s green spaces in her “free” time.
Véronique Hélénon is a historian, whose research focuses on the African Diaspora and more specifically its Caribbean and French-speaking components. She is the author of French Caribbeans in Africa: Diasporic Connections and Colonial Administration, 1880-1939. She teaches at Roxbury Community College.