Board of Directors

Board of Directors:

Casey Bauer

Casey Bauer is a Town Meeting Member, and 2021-22 Town Meeting Communications Study Committee member. She lives and works in Winchester, and has two children in Winchester Public Schools. A former non-profit development director and a project manager at a local university, she is also an active volunteer, including as a board member for the Town Common Task Force.

Peter Casey

Peter Casey is the former director of news and programming at WBZ News Radio, the founder of Peter Casey Communications, and a senior strategic communications advisor with significant experience in media, management, and multi-platform communications. He advises senior corporate leaders on communications strategies, branding, storytelling and content creation, social media, crisis communications, and media training. 

Emily Costello 

Emily Costello is the Director of Collaborations + Local News at The Conversation, a mission-driven newsroom that partners with academic experts to explain the news. Beginning in the summer of 2023, Emily is working on an initiative to regionalize The Conversation’s model to better support local news organizations. She formerly served as the editor of the Winchester Star and the Newton TAB. Emily is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Tara Hughes, President

Tara Hughes is a former practicing attorney and Town Meeting Member. She was appointed to the Communications Study Committee created by Town Meeting in 2021. Previously Tara was an active volunteer in the Winchester school system. She is interested in supporting a vibrant democracy through an informed citizenry.

Alison Swallow, Treasurer

Alison Swallow is a current Town Meeting member.  With a background in the financial services industry, she has served on the Winchester town Finance and Capital Planning Committees, and as treasurer of Family Action Network of Winchester (FAN) and various Winchester town election campaigns.  She has two children in the Winchester school system.  

Joyce Westner, Editor and Clerk

Joyce Westner spent her professional career after serving in the Peace Corps, writing materials, both for newspapers as a stringer, and as a technical training materials developer and project manager. She was the corporate clerk for Brattle Systems, Inc., and held offices in various non-profits, including the Winchester Historical Society. With a Northeastern University degree in journalism, she specializes in publicizing the activities of local community groups.