MA Odyssey of the Mind

Board of Directors

Meet Our Board of Directors!

Our Board of Directors is a dynamic group of dedicated individuals who are passionate about fostering creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving skills in students across Massachusetts. These are the creative minds and committed hearts that make all the magic of Odyssey of the Mind possible. Get to know the people who inspire and lead our mission to nurture the creative problem solvers of tomorrow.

Shalane Hutchins

Association Director ・ Spontaneous Problem Captain

Shalane has been a dedicated Odyssey of the Mind participant since her high school years in Maine, competing at World Finals twice. She has spent 14 years judging and currently serves as the Association Director for Massachusetts and the Spontaneous Problem Captain for Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire. Relocating to Massachusetts for college in 2008, Shalane has since built a career in marketing and education. She now manages the marketing team for Command Education, the national leader in college consulting. Shalane is passionate about finding creative solutions to common problems and is committed to fostering this spirit of innovation in Odyssey participants.
Fun fact: She loves to travel and is an avid tabletop game enthusiast with a collection of over 450 games.

Melissa Good

Secretary ・ Primary Problem Captain

Melissa has been involved in Odyssey of the Mind since the 5th grade! She spent many years competing, eventually earning a 2nd Place World Finals medal. Through college, she began assisting the New Jersey OotM tournaments as a score runner before landing a judging position in Problem 4. After relocating to Boston in 2016, Melissa joined the MA OotM Board to share her incredible STEM experience with other students.
Fun fact: Despite judging P4 for more than 10 years, she actually competed in P1 (vehicle)!

Ian Lai


Ian is a relative newcomer to the world of Odyssey, having gotten his start judging long-term problems in Massachusetts, and later transitioning to more behind-the-scenes work as Treasurer. He finds inspiration in every team’s solution and wishes he did Odyssey back in school! Ian is often found hiking on woody trails with a rucksack, exploring the world of augmented reality.

Dr. Christina Smiraglia

Board Member

Christina grew up in south-central PA, where she participated in Odyssey of the Mind throughout high school. She found the program so beneficial that she wanted to continue involvement after graduation and started judging & coaching as a college student. Shortly after moving to Massachusetts for grad school, she joined the board of MA Odyssey and has served as Association Director, Judges Coordinator, and Classics Problem Captain as well as a board member at large. She also practices her creative problem-solving skills in her gardening, Dungeons & Dragons role-playing, and raising her son as well as her professional work as an education researcher.

Cathy Hoelscher

Board Member

Tim Banach

Board Member