The Matarese Commons

A Place of Gathering & Connection

The Marie T. and Joseph H. Matarese Commons is a long-held dream and vision realized—a place that allows our community to join together to share a healthy meal, learn about the importance of good nutrition, and build connections.

Meet Executive Chef Clancy

Michael Clancy

Michael Clancy is a culinary professional with 25 years of experience, including, his most recent position as Executive Chef for Flik Independent Schools at The Rivers School, which he held for 12 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Foodservice Management and an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University. Michael’s other experiences include stops at The Country Club in Brookline, MA, Saratoga Race Course, and Groton School. He resides in Billerica, MA with his wife and two sons.

The buzz around The Commons has me excited to join Derryfield and provide delicious, safe meals to all of the DS community!” – Chef Clancy


Healthy Choices

Derryfield is committed to offering a food service program that provides students the short-term fuel and long-term habits and education needed for wellness and top performance. The Matarese Commons celebrates a culture of wholesome eating and provides the best possible nutrition for growing bodies and active lives.

Safe Choices for your Diet

Food safety is of paramount importance to Derryfield and Flik—each member of our community is provided access to the Nutrislice app. Flik builds their menus a month in advance, and with fresh scratch cooking, they know each ingredient used to make the meals provided. Families and students are able to look at menus and identify food allergies, empowering students to move through the dining experience with knowledge and confidence about their food choices.

We’re Almost There!

Your support is important to help us cross the finish line. If you are interested in making a gift to help us complete this project, please contact Anna Moskov, Director of Philanthropy & Engagement at

Why We Gave

“The Dining Commons will provide a space for communal meals between staff and students. Eating and socializing together provides an opportunity for collaboration, connection, and communication, which ultimately strengthen bonds and fuel an environment of togetherness.  It is amazing to see The Commons evolve from a dream to reality, and supporting the growth and development of this was an easy decision to make.” – Drs. Karen and Andrew Wu

Meet our Campaign Co-Chairs