board of advisors

Arthur F. Goodearl, Jr. Art Goodearl was appointed Marvelwood’s sixth Head of School effective July 1, 2011. A graduate of Harvard College, A.B. History, Art also earned a MALS degree in History from Wesleyan University.  Art taught and served for many years at Choate-Rosemary Hall where he was also Head of the History Department, Coordinator for the Ethics and Public Policy Program, Co-Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee and Student Dean. In 2001, Art was invited to serve as Assistant Headmaster and Dean of Faculty at Hillside School. He worked to develop and implement successful strategic plans for both Choate and Hillside School. Art has been involved with all aspects of an independent school: faculty development, curriculum development, strategic planning, development and admission outreach, construction oversight, crisis management, parent communications and student life. He is married to Mary Lina Foulkes Goodearl, who works in the Bodkin Library as a technical librarian. The Goodearls have three adult children.

Jay Miles - Jay Miles has worked in TV, video, film and commercial production for nearly 20 years, including shows for NBC, ABC, FOX, the Discovery Channel, HGTV, Versus and DirecTV. He has completed productions for businesses (The House of Blues, Cisco/Linksys), bands (Two Man Advantage, The Afro-Semitic Experience) and blogs (On Frozen Blog). He has taught media at the college and high school levels for the past several years and has contributed to such magazines/Websites as Film Threat and Moviemaker. His first book, Conquering YouTube, combines the professional and practical tips that he has used on major shoots and the approaches that he has used to help numerous beginners reach for the stars with their own successful projects. He is currently teaching video production, audio recording and TV news at East Haven High School, and has guided his students to several awards in state film and video competitions.

Michael Mino - Michael Mino is an education and technology development specialist with over 25 years experience and an outstanding record of innovation. He is the founder of numerous student programs including the Center for 21st Century Skills where he pioneered the use of "blended learning" in Connecticut schools. Mino is an Apple Distinguished Educator currently utilizing his expertise with education institutions and not-for-profit organizations in the U.S., Mexico and Africa.

Cheryl Kloczko - Cheryl is Torrington Schools’ Superintendent. Prior to her work in Torrington she was the founding Principal of the innovative University of Hartford Magnet School, believed to be the nation's first public elementary school built on a private university campus, serving students from Pre-K through 5th grade, and providing access to the University's vast resources. Based on Harvard University professor, Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences, the school was created to provide an innovative learning environment. It is the first school in the country that was architecturally designed and built specifically to employ the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Responding to the call of Sheff vs. O'Neill, the University of Hartford Magnet School was founded with a goal of reducing racial, social and economic isolation between the children of Hartford and the surrounding suburbs.

Valeriano Ramos (Val) - Valeriano Ramos became Director of Strategic Alliances and Partnerships at Everyday Democracy in December of 2010.  In that role, Val develops and implements a variety of outreach and partnership strategies to build alliances with national, regional and local organizations, groups, institutions, and foundations.  Val promotes the work of Everyday Democracy through these alliances and partnerships focusing on the common goal of strengthening our nation’s democracy through inclusive dialogue that promotes sustainable and meaningful community change with a focus on racial equity outcomes.  Val seeks to expand Everyday Democracy’s resource and funding base and works with others in the Everyday Democracy team on a variety of programs including internal and external diversity and racial equity efforts, issue guides review, and promoting Everyday Democracy’s dialogue-to-change approach regionally and nationally through a variety of partnership models. Val is also Coordinator of the Connecticut Civic Health Project and works with the Connecticut Civic Health Advisory Group in planning and implementing a variety of initiatives and projects in partnership with Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and the National Conference on Citizenship.

Roberta Willis - Throughout her life Representative Willis has worn many different hats, from community activist to teacher, environmentalist and consumer advocate. Today, Roberta is serving her seventh term as State Representative for the 64th District representing the nine towns of Salisbury, Cornwall, Sharon, Goshen, Falls Village, Kent, Canaan, Norfolk and Torrington. She is the Co-Chair of Higher Education and Employment Advancement and a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Environment Committee. Roberta began her career as a legislative aide and political organizer. Later, her voice was heard as a radio show host.

Matthew Worwood -  Director/Assistant Professor - University of Connecticut Digital Media and Design. Matthew Worwood is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Associate Director of the University of Connecticut Digital Media and Design Department. Last year Matthew produced a documentary that explored creativity in education, and is currently working on a crowdsourcing and documentary project called CLASS of 2032. He recently co-founded the blog, DadsforCreativity.com and serves on the Education Council for the EverWonder Museum in Newtown, CT.