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Our Staff


Certified Education Technology Leader
DEPARTMENT MANAGER

Dennis Roche, CISA, CISM, CETL
Director of Technology

Mr. Roche draws on more than twenty years experience from the private sector building solid technology teams, designing multi-platform infrastructures and making customer service a top priority. His technology background ranges from industry experience in financial services, healthcare, travel, and power generation prior to joining the Natick Public Schools in July of 2005.  Mr. Roche is a graduate of Boston College, a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and a Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL).



NETWORK TEAM

Jason Thistle, CBSA, CBBF
Network Manager
Mr. Thistle has a background in multiple modern day technologies ranging from computer networking, security, virtualization, and server systems. He is a graduate of the Community College of Rhode Island with an Associate's Degree in Micro Computer Networking. Over the last two years, Jason has become involved in numerous 4th industrial revolution technologies such as Blockchain, IoT, Big Data, and AR. He has also earned various certifications in these areas including becoming a Certified Blockchain Solutions Architect as well as becoming Certified in Blockchain for Business Foundations.

Dan Warren, ACMT
Deployment Specialist
Mr. Warren joined our team back in January of 2007. He has many years experience troubleshooting and supporting numerous hardware and software applications packages in Windows, Macintosh and Unix environments and is a graduate of Bennington College.

Andrew Painter
Network Engineer
Mr. Painter became a member of our Network team in October of 2019. He has a strong IT background and previously worked at Steward Health Care System. Andrew is currently studying for his Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification.


DATA, QUALITY & CONTROL TEAM

John McAndrew
Manager of Data, Quality & Controls  

Mr. McAndrew joined our team in September of 2017. He previously worked for an educational vendor in various roles for over 15 years, one of them being in Quality Assurance.

Pamela Marascia
Data, Budget & Control Analyst

Ms. Marascia previously worked as a Project Analyst at Northeastern University prior to joining the Natick Public Schools in September of 2011. She brings with her a wealth of experience in various aspects of IT support, project management, content management, and providing superior customer service.


HELP DESK TEAM

LaKisha Wilson, ACMT
Help Desk Manager

Ms. Wilson brings many years of experience troubleshooting and supporting computer systems in mixed Windows, Macintosh and Unix shops. She joined the Technology Services Team in August 2006 and best known for providing service with a smile. Ms. Wilson is currently enrolled in the Computer Applications Specialist degree program at Massasoit Community College and earned her ACMT certification from Apple in November of 2010.

Ryan Boland, ACMT
Technician (Wilson)

Mr. Boland is a graduate of Natick High Class of 2013. He earned his ACMT certification as a student and also was an intern for the Technology Services Department during the spring of his senior year. Ryan is a quick learner with a lot of potential and is based out of Wilson Middle School. 

Todd Beckwith
Senior Technician

Mr. Beckwith is 2001 graduate of Keefe Tech in Framingham, Massachusetts and the veteran within the department. He joined the technology team in Natick in September of 2001. He has enjoyed many years in the role of a first responder and coming to the aid of those in need. In his spare time, Todd supports Boston sports teams, NASCAR, and enjoys seeing popular films in the theater.

Chris Cruz, ACMT 
Senior Technician 

Mr. Cruz previously worked in the advertising industry and brings over sixteen years of experience troubleshooting and solving a wide range of technologies. He is well versed in supporting both Mac OSX and iOS devices, and became an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician Certification (ACMT) in March of 2015. Chris is also in a band where he plays guitar and provides back up vocals.

Jamie Billings, ACMT 
Senior Technician (Kennedy) 

Mr. Billings joined our team in the summer of 2017. He earned his Apple Certified Macintosh Technician Certification (ACMT) in 2001. He is an avid musician who plays drums, guitar, and bass. Jamie's hobbies include 3-D printing, photography, metal music, and horror films.

Shayda Tahmili 
Technician (NHS) 

Ms. Tahmili is a graduate of Natick High and became a part of team in January of 2020. She previously worked in IT for UMASS Memorial Hospitals. Shayda enjoys creating art, studying science and technology, and working part-time for the Geek Squad.


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