Mill Falls Charter School Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Foundation’s sole purpose is to raise funds for Mill Falls Charter School in support of the school’s long-term financial sustainability. The Foundation Board comprises individuals with vast professional, business and community leadership experience and a strong commitment to the mission and goals of Mill Falls Charter School. For more information, please contact us at: Foundation@millfalls.org.
Board of Directors
Quentin Keefe (Chair) is the President of Regency Mortgage Corporation, a regional mortgage banking company headquartered in Hooksett, NH and licensed in the states of NH, ME, MA, VT and FL. Regency has approximately 110 employees and 16 branch offices. Quentin has been active in community-based initiatives for most of his adult life. Currently, he serves on the Palace Theatre Board of Trustees and has been its past Board Chair. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce where he was instrumental in forming the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Green Committee, on which he served as its first chair. He also served as Co-Chair of the 2008-2011Greater Manchester Taste of the Nation event, and as a committee member for years before serving in that capacity. Quentin studied philosophy at St. Michael’s College earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976, and in 1980 he earned a Master of Public of Administration degree from the University of New Hampshire. Quentin is a lifelong resident of Manchester where he and his wife of 36 years, Maryjane, have raised their three children.
Maria H. Law (Secretary) has been with the Concord-based law firm, Rath, Young Pignatelli since March of 2009 as Of Counsel. She is a member of the firm’s Business and Finance, Education and Non-profit, and Energy Law Practice Groups. Her practice focuses on counseling corporate and individual clients in real estate and corporate transactions as well as in support of Renewable Energy Projects. Maria also has extensive experience in counseling charitable trust and non-profit organizations in the areas of corporate governance, maintenance of 501(c)(3) status and collaboration of mission-driven non-profit organizations. Maria previously practiced law with Nixon, Peabody, LLP and McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, PA, both in Manchester. Maria has a deep commitment to community and has served on many boards over the years, including as Member and Former Chair of The Palace Theatre Trust Board of Trustees; Board Member at the VNA Foundation of Manchester & Southern NH; Former Member and Chair of Child Health Services Board of Directors; Former Member of the Board of Incorporators of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Manchester Region; Former Member of the Board of Trustees at The Derryfield School. Maria’s adult children attended the Bedford Montessori School as young students. Maria is an alumnus of the Leadership New Hampshire Class of 2000, and she graduated from Vassar College and Boston College Law School. She recently relocated from Bedford to Manchester, NH.
Dan Calegari has a long-time track record as an engaged New Hampshire citizen working on both the community level and in the world of electoral politics at home and abroad. Dan served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a small town in Northeast Iran during the late 1970′s, later returning to Iran as a Language Proficency Examiner for a private company. Once back in the states, he worked as a community organizer for Community Action establishing a 10-site food co-operative serving over 1000 families in rural NH. In 1988, Dan established Barwind Corporation in Manchester. He ran that small business, which specialized in home window replacement and siding, for nearly 20 years. During those years, Dan served as the Volunteer Development Director for the NH Autism Society, and has been a long-time volunteer for the Spaulding Youth Center in Tilton. Presently, he is serving as the Manchester Coordinator for Southern New Hampshire Services, working mostly with refugee-related programs. Dan worked on six presidential campaigns and virtually every congressional and gubernatorial race in NH since 1975. Before joining the Southern New Hampshire Services team, he served as Special Assistant for Constituent Services for Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Originally from western Massachusetts, Dan came to NH in the 1970s where he lived first in the north country, later relocating to Deerfield, where he and his wife, Libby, raised their two, now adult-aged, sons. Dan and Libby currently live in Manchester.
Mary Ellen Johansson (Mel) has a BA in writing with a double minor in Anthropology and Sociology. She also has masters level study in Leadership and Communication. Her professional accomplishments include a career as a lead technical writer for Autodesk, as well as authoring a college text book with Delmar Thompson Learning. She received several awards from the Society of Technical Communications, including their highest honor of Distinguish for two of the technical manuals she authored for Autodesk. Twenty years ago, Mel began establishing herself as an advocate for the American Heart and Stroke Association, sharing her own medical history of heart disease and stroke in media ranging from radio, magazine, news, billboards, and advertisements. Most recently, Mel was featured as a survivor in the American Heart Association’s Red Dress Campaign. However, her pride resides in the raising of her two daughters; Addison 10, and Natalie 8, both thriving students at Mill Falls.
William J. Kanteres is a lifelong New Hampshire resident and the President of Kanteres Real Estate, Inc. where he has been involved in the real estate business for 39 years. He served as the MFCS Foundation’s Founding Board Chair from September 2012 through January 2016. From 2005 to 2011, Will was an incorporator and member of the Board of Trustees of Hellenic American University in Greece. He has served on many community service programs in his native Manchester, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Manchester United Way. He has been involved with the national hunger relief organization, Share Our Strength, since its inception, serving as a founding director for over 20 years. In addition to his business ventures, Will has been deeply involved in civic and political activities, which have spanned 30 years. In 1998 he served on a mission as an election observer in the first democratic Presidential elections in Azerbaijan. Will attended Northeastern University and the University of New Hampshire before entering the real estate business. Will resides in Manchester, NH with his wife, Meryl Levin and their young son, Elias, and returns to Greece annually to renew his Hellenic heritage.
Newton Kershaw, III is CEO of Elm Grove Companies, a vertically integrated real estate investment company. He is formally educated in Economics and Finance having graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University and with honors from an overseas program of study in International Finance and Banking at Oxford University. He completed the Harvard Business School Real Estate Executive Seminar. His career started in the investment banking industry in New York City at Lehman Brothers where he worked in the mortgage trading group securitizing residential mortgage backed securities. He then spent a number of years in the commercial real estate brokerage with Stebbins Commercial Properties before focusing full time on the growth of Elm Grove Companies. Newton is former two-time Chairman of the Board of the Manchester Development Corporation and a Trustee of the Manchester Historic Association. He is a past board member of the Manchester Young Professionals Network, past Green Buildings Committee Chair at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and past Finance Committee Member at The Moore Center Services, Inc., the area non-profit agency supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders. Newton lives in Manchester with his wife and their two children, both of whom attend Mill Falls.
Meryl Levin, (Executive Director of Mill Falls), is a founder of Mill Falls and served as the School’s Founding Board Chair from March of 2011 until February 2014 when the Board appointed her to serve as the Acting School Administrator. She later returned to the Board until being named as the School’s Executive Director in late December 2015. Meryl is an alumnus of the Leadership New Hampshire Class of 2013. For over 20 years, Meryl has worked as a social documentary photographer with a focus on health, social welfare and political engagement. Her work has been exhibited and published worldwide. She is the author of two monographs, editor of several publications, and curator of several group exhibitions. She has guest lectured at colleges and universities around the country, and has received several grants and fellowships in support of her work. She attended Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and completed her undergraduate degree, at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She taught at The School of Visual Arts in NYC for seven years, until moving to NH where she is an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University and has been deeply involved in the Service Learning Initiative there. She lives in Manchester, NH with her husband, Will Kanteres and their son who is a student at Mill Falls.
Rachel A. Marziano works at Fidelity Investments as a Financial Representative in Channel Management and Workplace Savings. She is also the owner of Sapone All Natural Soap Company, a hobby-turned-business venture. She attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, and later became an Initial Operations Instructor and lead flight attendant with Atlantic Coast Airlines while living and working out of Boston, DC and NYC. She and her husband, Nick, reside in Manchester and are involved in community work locally and state-wide. They have been active members of Squam Lake Natural Science Center for the last 5 years. And closer to home are involved with Common Earth Farm which provides refugee farmers from various countries currently settled in the Manchester area with land and resources to practice their traditional profession and to earn income. She and her family are active hikers and campers, and love to snowmobile in the winter. We have three children, Elena, Sebastiano and Elijah all of whom attend Mill Falls.
Jim Merrill is the New Hampshire State Director of The Bernstein Shur Group, a multi-state strategic consulting subsidiary of the Bernstein Shur law firm, offering a full array of public affairs, strategic communications and political consulting services, with offices in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Previously, Jim served as Managing Director of Devine Strategies, providing strategic communications, legislative and political counsel to a wide range of corporate, non-profit and political clients. Jim’s career in New Hampshire began in 1994 on the staff of Governor Stephen E. Merrill, where he handled a range of legislative responsibilities, in addition to appointments to state boards and commissions as the Governor’s Liaison to the Executive Council. Jim remained on the Governor’s staff for over two years. From the Governor’s office, Jim joined the policy staff of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, where he served until the fall of 1998, when he began law school. While completing law school, he worked on the staff of George W. Bush’s presidential primary campaign. Most recently, in 2011 and 2012, Jim served as senior advisor and general consultant to the Romney for President and Lamontagne for Governor campaigns in New Hampshire. With nearly 20 years of high level public affairs and campaign work, Jim is regularly sought out by the media for comment and context on emerging political and business issues in the Granite State. In 2013, Campaigns and Elections Magazine named Jim as one of New Hampshire’s top GOP operatives. In 2009, Business NH Magazine named him as one of New Hampshire’s ’25 Leaders for the Future’ and in 2008 New Hampshire Magazine touted him as a ‘Rising Star’. Jim was honored in 2004 by the Union Leader as one of New Hampshire’s emerging ‘Forty Under 40′ leaders. Jim currently serves on two bi-partisan boards – the Advisory Board of the NH Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College and the New Hampshire First in the Nation Primary Monument Committee. He is a past Director of the McAuliffe-Shepard Planetarium and of Easter Seals New Hampshire, where he served three times as Chairman of ESNH’s annual ‘VIP’ fundraising campaign. He has 7 year old twins – a boy and a girl – that keep him grounded, he’s apt to talk movies or Boston sports at any time, and lives in Manchester with his wife, Kristy Roney.
David M. Sarvai is a lifelong Manchester New Hampshire resident, who served abroad in the US Air Force for 11 years. He is a veteran of the Gulf and Bosnian War, and Kosovo conflict. He is currently the Vice President of Application Engineering for DSCI, which is a regional internet/telephone service provider. Prior to DSCI, he worked for DRC as a network security manager. He completed undergraduate degrees from University of Maryland University College (Europe) in Computer Sciences and Italian Studies, and an Applied Science degree from the Community College of the Air Force. He earned numerous industry certifications in both Computer and Security standards. He is active with Make-A-Wish, Friends Of Jaclyn, and Flashes of Hope organizations. David lives in Manchester with his two children, both of whom attend Mill Falls Charter School.
(“*” indicates member also serves on Mill Falls Charter School Board of Trustees)