Joanna Schmergel lives on traditional, unceded territory of the Wampanoag/Massachuset Nation to the East, the Pennacook/Pawtucket Nation to the North and the Nipmuc Nation to the West, known today as Lincoln, Mass., with her husband Greg and children Gage, 9, and Aurora, 8. Joanna studied English and liberal arts at Norwich University. She served as an Army Officer in the 82d Airborne Division after college and later earned her MBA at Simmons College. She also worked in operations management at the Raytheon Co. In addition to driving around in Big Bertha earning money for the Lincoln METCO Coordinating Committee, Joanna enjoys volunteering weekly at Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding in Lincoln, long walks, big dogs, international travel, and most of all, her family.
Marika Sjuan Hamilton (she/her/hers) identifies as a Black woman and currently resides with her family on traditional territory of the Pawtucket and Pennacook people, known today for Shawsheen River, in Billerica, MA. She serves as the AIDE (Antiracism, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity) Coordinator and METCO Director for Lincoln Public Schools, where she collaborates with Joanna Schmergel and the rest of the METCO Coordinating Committee. Marika earned her bachelor's degree in business management from Simmons College and her master's in education interdisciplinary studies from Cambridge College. When she's away from work, her three heartbeats, Saige, Sydni, and Nolan, keep her on the go.