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Melissa Irving Christensen '00 Elected to Board of Trustees

A graduate of the Class of 2000, Melissa Irving Christensen was elected to the Board in July 2013 and also serves as Secretary of the Academy's Young Alumni Council. After receiving her Bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross, Christensen attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law from which she received her Juris Doctor with a Health Law Certificate. She has worked in the Legal Affairs office at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and most recently served as Assistant Counsel for Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, the area agency on aging for Philadelphia county. In addition to her legal work, Christensen has been involved in fundraising efforts for multiple private educational institutions.
“I am truly excited and honored to be joining the Board and I am grateful to have the opportunity to give back to the school that gave me so much. I very much look forward to helping Cushing evolve and excel.”
Christensen has coached both college and high school rowing and currently coaches a synchronized skating team, a sport in which she competed at the national and international level before, during and after her four years at Cushing; she finished her amateur skating career as captain of the world team, of which she was a member for three years.   She and her husband, Steve, live in Lower Paxton, PA with their daughter Lillian.

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.