• Kate Eliot, Chair, keliot@ipsk12.net


     Kate Eliot

    Kate Eliot has lived in Ipswich since 2002 and started on the Ipswich School Committee in January 2021. She and her husband Pete have 2 girls in the Ipswich public schools. Kate works at EBSCO Information Services as a Medical Editor for DynaMed, an evidence-based clinical decision support tool for healthcare providers. Prior to joining the School Committee, Kate served on the Winthrop School Council, the William Paine grant committee, and in other various roles as a volunteer in the Ipswich schools.   

  • Jeff Poirier, jpoirier@ipsk12.net

    Vice Chair (2024)

     Jeff Poirier

    Jeff Poirier joined the Ipswich School Committee in May 2021 after serving two years on the Winthrop School Council. He is a corporate and transactional real estate attorney with experience in deal making and conflict resolution. Prior to his current role, he managed the Boston office of an international dispute resolution firm and was responsible for overseeing the provision of mediation and arbitration services, budgeting, and implementing company-wide policies and procedures.

    Jeff and his wife, Jessica Holmes, have two daughters, Isabelle and Charlotte. 

  • Jennifer Donahue, jdonahue@ipsk12.net


    Jen Donahue

    Jennifer Donahue has lived in Ipswich since 2003 and was elected to the School Committee in 2022. She and her husband Rob have three daughters all attending Ipswich schools. Jennifer owns and operates The First Class in Ipswich, a childcare center licensed by the Department of Education and Care in the state of Massachusetts. Prior to joining the School Committee, Jen served on the William Paine grant committee, volunteered for various roles including Co-Chair for Winthrop FRIES and has been a volunteer coach for Ipswich Youth Sports.
  • Dianna Freehan, dfreehan@ipsk12.net


    Dianna Freehan

    Dianna is a lifelong resident of Ipswich.  She and her husband, Phil, love raising their three children in this community.  Dianna is a Registered Nurse specializing in obstetrics; she has experience with policy management, as well as process improvement initiatives.  Locally, she has volunteered in the schools and with youth sports.

  • Sasha Sopic, ssopic@ipsk12.net  

    Sasha Sopic


    Sasha Sopic joined the Ipswich School Committee in May 2023.  Sasha works at Fidelity Investments as Vice President of Strategic Programs.  Sasha moved to Ipswich in 2006 with his wife and two boys, drawn to the excellent schools and close-knit community.  Since then, he has been actively involved with the town and schools, serving as a member of Doyon FRIES and Doyon School Council, and coaching multiple sports for his boys.  Sasha's vision for the school district is one of academic excellence, world-class arts, championship athletics, and equity for all students.


  • Jenny Connolly, jconnolly@ipsk12.net


    Jenny Connolly

    Jenny was elected to the Ipswich School Committee in 2023. She has lived in Ipswich since 2011 with her husband, Patrick. They have three children that attend Ipswich public schools. In 2012, she decided to become a stay-at-home mother. Jenny is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ipswich.

  • Mat Perry, mperry@ipsk12.net


    Mat was elected to the School Committee in May of 2023. Mat is currently a social studies teacher in Andover High School and has been at Andover since 2017. Prior to Andover, Mat owned and operated Turkey Shore Distilleries, a craft rum distillery located in Ipswich. Prior to that, he taught history at Pingree School in Hamilton for 9 years. Mat is a lifelong resident of Ipswich and he and his wife have two boys at Winthrop School.