Join us on Tuesday, November 26 from 4-6pm as we welcome home Holliston High graduate and author Theresa Howell (ne. Schnapp), illustrator Alexandra Bye and Massachusetts State Representative Carolyn Dykema as they discuss Leading the Way: Women in Power!

Following the discussion, we'll cut some cake to celebrate the publication of this wonderful book for all ages! Give the popularity of this event, please register online to ensure a seat.


About Theresa
Theresa Howell is the co-author of Maybe Something Beautiful which was inspired by the Urban Art Trail project in San Diego spearheaded by co-author Rafael Lopez and his wife, Candice, and has led to similar community art projects throughout the United States.
Her latest project, Leading the Way: Women in Power with Senator Janet Howell and foreword by Hillary Rodham Clinton, spotlights the careers of fifty American women in politics — and inspires readers to make a difference.

Theresa began her career in publishing as a children’s book editor with Rising Moon, where she helped establish the bilingual imprint Luna Rising and published a number of award-winning titles.
Theresa grew up in Holliston, Massachusetts. She lives in Colorado with her scientist husband and two creative, nature-loving daughters. There, she hikes, reads, dances, and dreams.
For more about Theresa, you can visit or follow her on Facebook Social Icon Twitter Social Icon
About Alexandra
Alexandra Bye is a New Hampshire local who graduated May 2017 with a BFA in Illustration from New Hampshire Institute of Art. She works as a freelance illustrator specializing in fun, colorful illustrations for a variety of media such as editorial and children's publications. Her work is constantly inspired by her flourishing New England community and reflects the energy and dynamic personality of home town pride.
Her work has been featured at the Society of Illustrators and has done work for Cartoon Network, PBS, Cloudkid, Simon and Schuster, Dorling Kindersly and Random House as well as local companies like GYK Antler, Orbit Group, Bookery Manchester, New Hampshire Magazine and DYN. Alexandra's work includes illustrations in a range of traditional media and printmaking techniques like gouache, milk paint, letterpress, relief printing, silkscreen as well as digital media.

In her free time she enjoys mountain biking, Nordic ski racing, Jiu Jitsu, studying nutritional therapy and hiking in the White Mountains with her dog, Oliver. For more about Alexandra, you can visit or follow her on Twitter Social Icon

About Carolyn
Elected to the House of Representatives in the fall of 2008, Carolyn Dykema represents the residents of the Massachusetts 8th Middlesex District, which includes the communities of Holliston, Hopkinton, Southborough and precinct 2 of Westborough.

Prior to entering the legislature, Representative Dykema worked as a marketing professional in the fields of financial services and environmental consulting. She became engaged with local government in 1999 with an appointment to the Holliston Sewer Action Committee, and has since served continuously in public service at both the local and state levels, including service on the Holliston Planning Board, MetroWest Growth Management Committee, and state Energy Facilities Siting Board, to which she was appointed by Governor Patrick in 2007.

Rep. Dykema currently serves on four legislative committees in the House, including serving as the Vice Chair of the House Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy as well as a member of the Committee on Ways and Means; Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery; and Committee on Personnel and Administration.

As a state representative, Rep. Dykema has distinguished herself as a proven leader in advocating for veterans as the founder of the MetroWest Veterans Consortium, and in promoting infrastructure investments as the current House chair of the MetroWest Legislative Caucus and past co-chair of the Massachusetts Water Infrastructure Finance Commission. As chair of the legislative sub-committee on dually-involved youth, she is focusing on adolescent mental health and juvenile justice reform. Rep. Dykema also serves as the Treasurer of the Women’s Legislative Caucus.

A fourth-generation Massachusetts resident, Rep. Dykema is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds an MBA from Indiana University. Rep. Dykema and her husband Bill live in Holliston and are the proud parents of David, Julia, and Andrew.