Charles Field is an entrepreneur and operator dedicated to leading companies as they define emerging business opportunities and scale into new markets. As Chief Executive Officer, Charles is responsible for establishing the vision for School Family Media, leading strategic initiatives and leading the day-to-day success of the organization.
Prior to SFM, Charles helped make the investment in School Family Media for Sunlight Capital Group, and he brings more than 10 years of direct experience building digital marketing & media businesses in the education sector.
Charles received his MBA in marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in economics from Amherst College.
COO & CFO
Brian Cabezud is an entrepreneur and professional investor with more than a decade of experience driving the growth of middle-market companies. He is cofounder of Sunlight Capital Group, the entity that acquired School Family Media in 2018. He currently manages the day-to-day operations of School Family Media as its COO & CFO.
Brian previously drove the growth of Wild Brain Entertainment, a children’s entertainment company; eCommLink, a payments processor; and Kidrobot, a toy platform and retailer. He enjoys operating at the intersection of data and education, and he believes that parents and teachers should always have the most to gain in the services he promotes.
John Driscoll was an original investor in and advisor to School Family Media in 1999, and joined the firm full-time in 2001. He brings more than 25 years of sales and business development experience to his role managing corporate programs that benefit schools and school parent groups. He led the development and growth of SFM’s award-winning School Family Nights® program, and has developed custom content and sampling programs connecting companies such as Procter & Gamble, American Express, Target, Disney, and Kellogg’s to parents and families with school-age children.
John currently leads SFM’s TeacherLists efforts including working with schools and Ed Tech partners to further cement its’ industry leading position as the only end to end digital solution for school supply lists, as well as helping key back to school brands and retailers such as BIC, Expo, Mead Five Star, Target and Staples to leverage the more than 1MM fully digitized class supply lists on the TL platform.
Vice President, Operations
Brian Donovan has 20 years of general management, finance and operations experience in the hospitality, media, and education markets. Brian oversees operations, finance, human resources and several key business units at School Family Media. Before joining the company, Brian was the Senior Director of Membership Finance and Administration with WGBH Educational Foundation in Boston. Brian has a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University. He lives in Medway, MA.
Vice President, Content & Marketing
Kathryn Lagden re-joined School Family Media in 2014 to lead digital initiatives and help integrate digital strategy across the company. Kathryn has more than 15 years of experience managing online operations, digital marketing, and social media for various clients and companies. She previously worked for SFM in marketing and web operations in a variety of full-time and contractor roles over ten years.
Kathryn is currently co-chair of the Women in Tech peer-to-peer group for Silicon Halton. A graduate of McMaster University, Kathryn lives in Burlington, Ontario, with her husband and two sons and is an active member of her school’s parent council.
Vice President, Web Development
John Kirby joined School Family Media in 2005 as Director of Web Development, overseeing all aspects of the company’s digital growth. As the chief architect of technology projects, he manages a team of skillful developers and is still an active coder. John has played an integral role in building and enhancing SFM’s stable of parent- and school-focused websites. Most recently, he has been the lead developer on the company’s ground-breaking TeacherLists.com.
John’s web development career spans more than 25 years with dozens of clients and companies. John is a graduate of Boston University and lives in Milton, Mass.
Senior Director, School Side Services
Paula Mullen joined School Family Media in 2004, bringing with her more than a decade of experience in customer service support for various companies, including Talbots. She began her career as an elementary school teacher and has remained actively involved in education. She has been a parent volunteer in local schools, served as PTO president, and is a long-time member and chairperson of the Franklin, Mass., school board.
Paula’s experience gives her a deep understanding of the challenges facing schools, PTOs and PTAs, and parents. Her leader support team focuses on helping parent-teacher group leaders meet those challenges, and giving them the information they need to take advantage of the unique resources offered by SFM.
A graduate of Emmanuel College, Paula lives in Franklin, Mass with her three children.