Mill Falls Charter School: Board of Trustees
Greg DePasse, 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.
Naomi Butterfield, Vice Chair, 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 lives with her husband, Jack and her twin daughters in Concord, NH.
Michelle Roberge, Treasurer, is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Partner at Karr & Boucher, PLLC in Manchester, NH. From 1997-2014, Michelle was with the accounting firm Howe, Riley & Howe, PLLC. Michelle’s work experience includes financial statement services (audits, reviews and compilations) and tax services for non-profits and closely held businesses, as well as trust and individual tax services. Michelle received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Franklin Pierce College. She became licensed as a CPA in 2000 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New Hampshire Society of Certified Public Accountants (NHSCPA). She has been a member of the NHSCPA Financial Careers Committee since 2011 and is a past member of the Finance Committee for Child Health Services (2003-2005). Michelle lives in Goffstown with her husband Jim (also a CPA) and her son.
Melissa Brough, Secretary, received her degree in Early Childhood Education in 2002 and worked as a Preschool teacher in New Hampshire for several years developing, revising and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum. She then relocated to Florida and worked as an Assistant Director of the Primrose School in Bradenton, Florida. There she focused on compliance with state and corporate regulation, implementation of curriculum programs and performed teacher evaluations. She also promoted safety and education among the student body of 150 children. In 2011, Melissa received her Registered Nursing degree from Manchester Community College and in 2013 completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Franklin Pierce University. She recently completed her Masters in Nursing Education at Endicott College. Melissa is a licensed Registered Nurse in New Hampshire as well as Massachusetts. She has worked in a variety of healthcare settings including pediatrics, school nursing, pediatric urgent care and adult medicine. Melissa is an Instructor at the Manchester School of Technology where she teaches Health Education, Anatomy & Physiology, and The Nursing Assistant program. She holds her NH teacher certification and is also a certified CPR and First Aid Instructor for the Elliot Hospital. Melissa sits on the advisory boards for Manchester Community College School of Nursing and the Manchester School of Technology for Health Science. She is also a member of the Crisis and Emergency Planning Committee for the Manchester School of Technology. Melissa lives in Derry, NH with her husband Jim, an Operations Manger and adjunct professor of Quantitative Studies at Southern New Hampshire University, and their two children who are enrolled at Mill Falls.
Jill Connors 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.
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.
Mindy Kacavas first began her work in education as a Physical Education Teacher at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, NY. She later worked with younger students at UNH’s Child Study and Development Center and with adult learners as she supervised UNH Manchester education students in their field placement. Mindy majored in Psychology at St. Lawrence University and traveled to Kenya as part of her undergraduate studies. She studied at NYU’s Graduate School of Education and at UNH’s School of Continuing Education. Mindy is the proud mother of three sons, and during their time at Webster School she was a committed parent volunteer engaged in tutoring, library duties, the PTO, and organizing large school events. Mindy was on staff at Webster as an aide for several years before joining the Mill Falls staff as an Assistant Teacher in the Acadia Room where she remained from the fall of 2012 to the spring of 2015. Mindy is an avid tennis player and gardener. Originally from Connecticut, she lives with her husband, their three children and their beagle, Clete, in Manchester.
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.
Peter Marr has been a resident of Manchester for fifteenyears, he’s married to Heather Marr and they have two children, one of whom is an Upper Elementary student at MFCS. Peter has been with the Manchester Police Department for fifteen years and served with the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland for three years prior to that. He holds a Bachelor’s of Art Degree in Middle Eastern History with a minor in Political Science from the University of NH. Peter spent several years as an investigator where he served in both the Domestic and Sexual Violence Unit and the Major Crimes Unit. Peter is a sergeant with the police department and is currently the supervisor of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Unit. Peter is also the assistant team leader of the MPD SWAT team and a member of the MPD polygraph examiners unit. Peter manages the law enforcement side of the grant for the NH Human Trafficking Taskforce, and also the Adverse Childhood Experience Response Team (ACERT) grant. He is currently the co-chair of the North Hillsboro County Sexual Assault Resource Team, and is also a member of the Greater Manchester Council against Domestic Violence.
Jody Wilhelm began her service work as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Boston after graduating with a psychology degree from Susquehanna University. She ended up staying at City Year for three years before moving on to work in development for Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. Once meeting and marrying her partner, a fellow AmeriCorps alum, the two hit the road, working on volunteer organization and social justice activism in the music industry. Jody filled her time off the road working at schools in Concord and Manchester and serving on the alumni board of City Year New Hampshire. These days, she is home in Manchester, where she and her husband are raising a son and a daughter.
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:
Kate Callahan, Board Chair, February 2014 – May 2016; Founding Trustee, April 2011 – January 2014.
Sue Champagne, Trustee, December 2013 – September 2016
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)