Executive Director

Heather Hartshorn has spent her entire career managing nonprofits. She has worked at Lextended Day since 2013. She came to the profession after serving in the first City Year corps and studying how nonprofits in Northern Ireland alleviated conflict when no other institutions had been successful.  Her work in Nigeria and the White House during college also focused on nonprofit development. She is a long-time Lexington resident serving her community as a Town Meeting member, Girl Scout leader, and soccer coach as well as running the town's Department of Social Services. Heather has been the executive director of nonprofits in the health care and education fields.  She served as  the Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, the statewide association of nonprofit organizations.  Combing her love of travel with her nonprofit expertise, the US State Department invited her to Kazakhstan to assist nonprofits with capacity building. 

Kristen Grant, Bowman

Kristen has 7 years of experience working as a special educator at the secondary level. After exploring other after school programming, she found Lextended Day to be the best fit for her children and appreciated how it supported their different interests. “Getting involved with the board and the Lextended community was an easy decision. It’s wonderful to see how the program engages all children and offers a variety of activities.”

Stacey Caravella, Bowman

Crystal Matthews, Harrington

Crystal is the Deputy General Counsel for the Office of the State Treasurer and Receiver General with over 10 years in government and public sector law.  Prior to the Treasurer’s Office, Crystal worked as a staff attorney for the Disability Law Center in Boston representing individuals with disabilities, primarily in special education and mental health law.  Crystal and her husband Andy have two children: Grayce (7) and Aiden (5) and as a Lextended Day alum herself, Crystal is excited that her own children now get to experience the wonderful Lextended Day Program and Community.

Karen Lin, Estabrook

Karen Lin is a Finance Specialist at Unum Therapeutics with over 25 years experience in Accounting including Corporate Controller at Arbor Networks, Charles River Development and Stratus Technologies. She graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a BA in Accounting and is a licensed CPA.  A resident of Lexington for 12 years, Karen lives with her husband Don and 2 daughters Meghan (17) and Ivy (6) who attended and currently attend respectively.  As a working parent, she loves that Lextended Day offers a social, stimulating and fun environment that allows her children to foster lasting friendships.

Board of Directors

Lextended Day is governed by a Board of Directors of parents from each of the sites.  The board hires a professional staff to oversee the  operations of the program. 

Sarah Conrad, President, Hastings

Sarah has worked at The Steppingstone Foundation since 2004, a non-profit organization that develops and implements out-of-school time programs that prepare under served students for educational opportunities that lead to college success. As a parent of 2 children one at Hastings and one at Diamond, Sarah has been a part of the Lextended Day community since 2011 when her first child started kindergarten. The combination of her professional experience, her children's love of Lextended Day, and her recognition of the vital role that Lextended Day plays in her family's life and the life of other families made participation on the board a commitment Sarah was happy to make.

Michael Cramer, Treasurer, Estabrook

Michael Cramer is the CFO of Slade Gorton.  Michael has previously worked in Finance roles at Keurig, Vistaprint, The Boston Beer Company, and Mastercard.  He graduated from Bates College with a BA in Economics and from NYU's Stern School of Business with an MBA in Finance and Marketing.  Michael lives in Lexington with his wife Lexi and his two sons, Max (8) and Zachary (5).  Both boys attend the Lextended Day program at Estabrook.  Both parents appreciate the Lextended Day team for making our lives a lot more manageable.

Heather Fraser, Fiske

Heather has over 20 years of experience in strategy, operations, product, and portfolio management across the healthcare, information technology, and environmental sciences industries.  Heather earned her BA from Pennsylvania State University (University Park), her MS in Public Health from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. For Heather's family, the Lextended Day program has been a cornerstone of making a busy family life work.


Nominating Committee Members Needed.  Each site needs one volunteer to serve on the nominating committee.  This committee convenes prior to elections to interview and screen candidates for the board of directors.  Time commitment is one to two evenings as well as being an ambassador for promoting board service including reaching out to potential board members. 

Board of Director Candidates - Nominations Welcome!

Current board vacancies:

  • Bridge (1 position)

  • Fiske (1 position)

  • Hastings (1 position)

Do you know someone who would be asset to to governance of Lextended Day?  Nominate him / her by filling out the Nomination Form below.  Are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors?  Nominate yourself by filling out the Nomination Form below.  

Interested persons must have a child or children currently enrolled in the Lextended Day program, a broad understanding of the purpose of Lextended Day, and knowledge and/or experience with nonprofit board function and purpose sufficient to fulfill his/her fiduciary duties and responsibilities.  The Nominating Committees will examine experience, education, skills, past volunteerism and board experience, and potential disqualifying situations in its consideration of candidates. 

Please review the guidelines below to ensure that you have an understanding of the role and function of a nonprofit board. For example, nonprofit boards are charged with oversight and policy making for the organization; they do not manage operations, personnel or other day-to-day business. 

Finally, all Board members are encouraged to consider and represent the best interests of the organization as a whole, not merely the sites where their child(ren) are enrolled. This broader perspective enables the Board members to work together effectively and in the interests of the whole organization.  Please review the materials below and send completed materials to office@lextendedday.org.  

Financial and Regulatory Information
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