Mill Falls Charter School: Board of Trustees
Jill Connors, Chair, has been the Assistant Principal and Special Education Coordinator of North Elementary School in Londonderry since 2010. In 2016, she was awarded the NH Assistant Principal of the Year. Jill graduated from Salve Regina University with a degree in Elementary and Special Education, has dual certification in Elementary and Special Education and is a highly qualified teacher in Mathematics and English. Jill previously served as Londonderry’s Acting Coordinator of Pupil Services, which gave her experience at all levels. She has been an active participant in Strategic Planning initiatives, supervision and evaluation of staff and budgeting. Earlier in her education career, Jill was a Case Manager and Special Education teacher at Londonderry Middle School for seven years where she distinguished herself as an outstanding teacher including mentoring new teachers and piloting their co-teaching model at LMS. Jill lives in Manchester with her husband and two children.
Donna Talbot, Vice Chair, is a devoted leader in the Greater Manchester community, previously serving on the Executive Leadership Team of Merchants Fleet Management, one of the nation’s largest fleet management companies. Responsible for the company’s client services division, Donna mentored hundreds of people over her 35-year tenure. During her time at Merchants, Donna also coordinated The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign for 22 years and served on the Charitable Contributions and Volunteer Committee. Donna’s previous service roles also include: Board Member and Vice President at New Horizons for NH Soup Kitchen & Shelter; Advisory Board Member for The Salvation Army; and CAPPS Mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters, to name a few. She retired from the fleet management industry in 2017, and has since worked in logistical coordination for the Teacher Education Program at Saint Anselm College and customer relations at national plant supplier, Pleasant View Gardens. She currently works as an independent consultant, supporting business and family enterprises with management of daily operations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Southern New Hampshire University, and she lives in Hooksett with her husband, Gil, and pup, Ozzie. She enjoys summers at Newfound Lake, where she cherishes time with family, including her four grandchildren and furry granddog, and can be found kayaking, walking, and boating.
Jeffrey C. Trombley, Treasurer, is a CPA with a Masters Degree in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University and a Bachelors Degree in Business from Mt. Washington College. In January of 2019, he joined the Manchester-based accounting firm, Karr & Boucher. Previously he ran his own shop, Trombley Tax & Accounting, after he served as a Senior Accountant at Penchansky & Co. Jeff’s accounting strengths lie in handling more complex tax issues. He has represented various entities in front of the Internal Revenue Service and is experienced in the preparation of Federal and State returns for corporations, small businesses, trusts and Individuals. Jeff also has experience in the audit and attestation services for local businesses and non-profits. Professionally, Jeff thrives on the personal interaction involved in supporting his clients as he works to assist them in meeting their goals and objectives. When not at the office, Jeff loves being outdoors with his dog Riggs and spending time with family. He and his wife, Marlana, along with Riggs, live in Manchester’s north end.
Sara Bee Pichette, CPWA®, Secretary, is a Business Development Senior Associate at Impax Asset Management in Portsmouth, NH. While she is a New Hampshire native, she ventured west to pursue her Bachelor’s in Psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Sara has worked in the Financial Services Industry for her entire career, working for Transamerica, BlackRock and Merrill Lynch before moving to Impax. Sara enjoys working with and empowering Manchester’s youth and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Manchester Police Athletic League and coaches a girls lacrosse team with the Boys and Girls Club of Manchester. She leads the Greater Manchester Women’s Business League and is active with New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility, Queen City Rotary and Women in Sales NH. Sara lives in Manchester with her husband and loves skiing, live music and Lake Winnipesaukee.
Naomi Butterfield is Legal Counsel for Merrimack County. Formerly, Naomi served as the first General Counsel for the Community College System of New Hampshire and as an education and employment lawyer at the private firm of Bernstein Shur, Sawyer, and Nelson. Naomi also serves on the Board of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, the Human Resource Association of Greater Concord, and the Amoskeag Rowing Club. A long time rower and former US Rowing Team member, Naomi loves to row, kayak, hike, bike, knit and go for long runs with her three legged dog, Luna. Naomi served as our Board Chair from the fall of 2018-2020. Naomi lives with her husband, Jack and her twin daughters in Concord, NH.
Hind Bashier was born in Saudi Arabia where she lived through her elementary school years. Her family moved to Sudan where she completed high school, and then she moved to The Netherlands to attend university. For three years, she focused on medical lab studies. She was strongly advised to move to America to complete this work in English, and so she moved to the Boston area. But as life would have it, her studies were put on hold once she and her husband welcomed their first child. They moved to NH, where she completed her certification as a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA). She worked as an LNA until the birth of her youngest child a few years ago. Hind currently teaches Arabic and the Islamic Society of NH (ISNH) in Manchester. She also serves as the Vice President and Secretary on the board of Donate to Education, a NH-based non profit which raises funds to build schools in Sudan. The organizations is working closely with the Minister of Education in Sudan at this time to partner in this important work. Hind lives with her husband and three children in Manchester, NH and has been an active and very generous member of our Mill Falls Community since our earliest days. Her oldest son joined us in Kindergarten, and is now entering 8th grade, her middle son is in our Upper Elementary Program and her youngest will join us in another year or so.
Garth Corriveau practices law as an attorney at Bianco Professional Association, counseling clients in numerous aspects of government affairs, commercial real estate and business law, including corporate governance, business transactions and the drafting, review and negotiation of contracts. He graduated from Middlebury College (B.A. 2000) and the University of New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce School of Law (J.D. & M.I.P. 2004). Garth is an active community leader in Manchester. He volunteers as a youth soccer coach for the Manchester North Soccer League and served three terms as a Manchester Alderman representing Ward 6 from 2010 to 2016. He served as an elected delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention and in several leadership positions for state political organizations and campaigns, including the Executive and State Committees of the N.H. Democratic Party and on President Obama’s 2012 and Secretary Clinton’s 2016 New Hampshire steering committees.The son of two high school English teachers, Garth is an educator himself. He has worked as an Adjunct Professor at Southern New Hampshire University since 2014 primarily teaching Business Law to MBA students. Garth is thrilled to be a new member of the MFCS community as a parent and as a Trustee, and is grateful for the opportunity to serve our students, educators, administrators and parents. Garth resides in Manchester with his wife, Kate, and their 3 young sons.
Greg DePasse (past Chair) studied Electrical Engineering at Boston University while participating in the Air Force ROTC program. After college he spent 4 years in the Air Force as a Communication and Computer Systems Officer at Hanscom AFB in Massachusetts. Greg went on to work as a Project Manager building out a global voice and data network for a startup called Cignal Global Communications, based in Cambridge, MA. A few years later, when Cignal was acquired by Priority Telecom (a division of Liberty Media), Greg was selected as a core team member and transferred to the company’s Amsterdam headquarters where he and his wife Debbie lived for nearly 3 years. Upon returning to the US, Greg and Debbie settled in Londonderry, NH to raise a family. Greg returned to Hanscom as a civilian working as a Project Manager in Enterprise Networking and Data Center deployments. He later worked as an On-Site Engineer for Dell Computers providing pre and post sales engineering expertise to their Enterprise customers. For the past 2 1/2 years Greg has worked for Three Wire Systems as a Sales Engineer. There he works with customers to determine their business problems and identify individualized solutions. Greg has received 3 father of the year awards and he cherishes each (1 from each of his favorite children). One of his children is enrolled in Mill Falls. He lives with his wife and three children in Londonderry.
McCeil Johnson is a higher education consultant. From 2003 through 2014, McCeil served as the Chief Legal Officer & Executive Director of Legal Affairs at National Louis University in Chicago. There she worked closely with the University President and its Board of Trustees providing them with legal updates in a variety of practice areas, including: labor and employment, business matters, contract review, litigation, copyright, information technology, property acquisitions, student and faculty issues and monitor compliance at the University. From 2014-2016, she served as the Chief Compliance Office & Vice President of Compliance at Southern New Hampshire University. There she led the evaluation and assessment of internal policies and promoted adherence to all applicable federal and state laws. In that role she also provided strategic vision to guide the University in effective risk-management and mitigation. Other areas of her professional focus have included diversity within the universities she has served; fundraising related to the development of a trust for scholarships for university women; security and crisis management; shared governance related to the development of university community town hall-style meetings; mediation and conflict resolution as related to both the student body and university faculty members. McCeil’s management style is transparent, collaborative and interactive. Throughout her career, she has prioritized understanding and enhancing organizational structure and institutional culture. McCeil earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1994 from the University of Iowa, and a Master’s Degree in 1999 from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts, and also earned a Juris Doctorate Degree in 1999 from the University of Iowa College of Law. Her husband Jock is a graduate of Iowa State University, a former Iowa State football letter winner, and a long-time executive with the YMCA.
Heather Marr is Director of Marketing for Southern New Hampshire University’s campus and has been with SNHU for over 7 years. During her time with the University, she has held a variety of roles from admission and product marketing for their online programs to her focus now on their campus experience and students. Before her time at SNHU Heather worked at the Manchester School of Technology in the Careers in Education program working with High school students who were learning and teaching in an active preschool, it was truly the best of both worlds! Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. In another lifetime, Heather was a dance instructor educating students in multiple studios across NH and MA. Heather, her husband Peter, and two children Camden and Ellie, have proudly lived in Manchester for the past 17 years where they enjoy all the city has to offer. Camden is a MFCS alumni who is now enrolled in Manchester’s Hillside Middle School. Along with all her other accomplishments, Heather is the proud dog mom to the most interesting dogs in the world, Murray and Macho, who you’ll find “guarding” the neighborhood from all delivery persons and squirrels.
Meryl Levin, Executive Director, 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.
Laura Wrubleski, Educational Program Director, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Mill Falls in her twelfth year in education and her fifth year at Mill Falls. State certified in NH and MA in both Elementary Education and Special Education, Laura obtained her Masters of Education in Literacy Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and her undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Keene State College. Laura taught in a variety of special education settings before completing her Montessori certification in Lower Elementary I at the Seacoast Center for Education. She taught for four years at Hill View Montessori Charter Public School aligning core curriculum standards to the Montessori environment. She also facilitated many mentor activities throughout the school. Laura was the first employee hired at Mill Falls and has helped envision, shape and lead our educational program from the start.
Past Board Members:
Peter Marr, Trustee Vice Chair Sept 2018 – September 2020.
Mindy Kacavas, Trustee, November 2015 – September 2019.
Michelle Roberge, Treasurer February 2014 – October 2019.
Melissa Brough, Trustee, March 2016 – September 2019
Kate Callahan, Board Chair, February 2014 – May 2016; Founding Trustee, April 2011 – January 2014.
Sue Champagne, Trustee, December 2013 – September 2016
Mindy Kacavas, Trustee, November 2015-September 2019.
Roland Martin, Trustee 2014 – May 2016; Board Chair, June 2016 – September 2017.
Jonnie Lyn Evans, Trustee, November 2011 – December 2013.
Dr. Trinidad Tellez, Founding Trustee, April 2011 – April 2016.
Dr. Sally Ward, Secretary, October 2012 – April 2015; Board Chair from May 2015 – September 2015.
Bryan Bouchard, Treasurer, September 2012 – June 2015.
Mill Falls Charter School Founders
Note: The list of Founders includes those noted above in the School Board Trustees list as well as the following individuals:
Elise D. Annunziata (served on the MFCS Board of Trustees from April 2011 – May 2012)
Christina D’Allesandro (served as Vice Chair on the MFCS Board of Trustees from March 2011 – July 2012)
Therese ‘Terri’ Giovagnoli
Teresa ‘Terrie’ Harris
Alicia Harressey (served on the MFCS Board of Trustees from September 2011 – August 2014)
Jessica Wachsman (served as Treasurer on the MFCS Board of Trustees from March 2011 – December 2012)
Dianne Martin (served on the MFCS Board of Trustees from March – October 2011)