Mill Falls School Board
Mill Falls Charter School: Board of Trustees
Kate Callahan, Acting Chair (Founding Member), is the principal at Mary C. Dondero School, a K-5 elementary school in Portsmouth, NH. Previously, she served as the the Educational Program Director at Hill View Montessori Charter Public School in Haverhill, Massachusetts. She grew up in Londonderry, New Hampshire and holds a Bachelor’s of Science from University of New Hampshire, a Master’s of Education from Endicott College and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Plymouth State University. Additionally, Kate has her Early Childhood, Lower and Upper Elementary Montessori Certification. She has taught students in grades 3-6 NH and MA, and in a mixed age classroom at the American School of Milan, in Italy. Kate is also employed by Seacoast Center for Education: Montessori Elementary Teacher Education Program where she teaches classes and supervises yearlong teacher practicums. Additionally, she is the Montessori Masters of Education liaison between Seacoast Center and Plymouth State University. Kate and her husband live in Portsmouth, New Hampshire where she is actively involved in her community — currently as a Trustee at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast, and previously at the Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham County.
Bryan Bouchard, Treasurer, has worked in many capacities at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in Manchester New Hampshire since 2004. He was recently made a Full-Time Lecturer in the Accountancy and Taxation Department at the School of Business at SNHU. In 2010 he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award and in 2012 won the Advisor of the Year award. He is a member of the Union Leader’s 40 under Forty Class of 2012 where he was recognized for his work with nonprofits in the community. Bryan is a huge proponent of service learning and incorporates it into his classes at SNHU. His students assist various local nonprofits with their accounting and finance needs. It is through this work that he won the Campus Compact for New Hampshire Presidents’ Award in 2011. For two years, Bryan served on the board of the Women for Women Coalition in Manchester which is a 501C3 nonprofit that has a mission to support, promote, encourage, and educate African Refugee and immigrant women and children living in New Hampshire. As treasurer, Bryan served as the financial officer of this nonprofit dealing with budgets, grants, and other financial matters. In addition, Bryan is a real estate investor who owns and manages numerous rental properties in southern New Hampshire. He received his undergraduate finance degree from Southern New Hampshire University as well as both a Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Finance. Bryan lives in Manchester, NH.
Sally Ward, Secretary, is a sociologist who has been on the faculty at the University of New Hampshire for over 30 years. She recently served for two years as the interim Dean at UNH Manchester. She teaches courses in urban sociology, poverty and inequality, communities, and social policy. Her research focuses on poverty and opportunity, vulnerable families and children, and community development in small and midsized cities in New England. She has a particular interest in the role of education in creating a pathway to upward social mobility, especially in diverse urban communities. As a faculty fellow at the Carsey Institute at UNH, she has worked with several nonprofit organizations throughout New Hampshire in evaluating the impact and effectiveness of their programs. Sally received her B.A. degree from the University of Maryland, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Brown University. She has two grown children who got their start at the Montessori school in Exeter. She and her husband, Malcolm Wesselink, live in Exeter.
Susan Champagne is a life-long resident of New Hampshire. She graduated from Trinity High School and from Dartmouth College with a BA in Mathematics. Sue received her JD degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center. She worked for eight years as an Assistant County Attorney in the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office where she successfully prosecuted misdemeanor and felony level crimes. Sue then moved to the law firm of Getman, Stacey, Tamposi, Schulthess & Steere where she defended civil cases. Since 2002, Sue has been a full-time mother, raising her three children. During that time, she has been actively involved in their education, including her volunteer and current board service at St. Catherine School; her service on the Manchester North Soccer League Board of Directors; and her latest challenge as a swim team meet manager. In addition, Sue has been an active member of the Manchester community and is the Vice President of the Webster House’s Board of Directors. Sue lives with her family in Manchester, NH.
Alicia Harressey (Founding Member) is currently an at-home mom raising her two children. She grew up in Derry, NH, attended Saint Anslem College in Goffstown and graduated from Regis College in Weston, MA. Alicia taught first grade in Lawrence, MA for ten years, and was nominated for the Sallie Mae New Teacher of the Year Award. During her time in Lawrence, she was a member of a Special Education referral team, administered and scored the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy skills assessment, and was a peer tutor for new teachers. Alicia was also involved in the search for a new math curriculum for the district. She was introduced to the Montessori method when she was an assistant teacher at the Merrimack Valley Montessori School. For the last 3 years, she has been performing evaluations for home-schooled students. Alicia lives in Hooksett with her husband Shawn and their daughter, a second year student at Mill Falls, and their young son.
Michelle Roberge is a CPA and has been with Howe, Riley & Howe, PLLC in Manchester, NH since 1997. 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. Her clients include professional practices (attorneys and physicians), investment and real estate holding companies, staffing companies, realtors, several rehabilitation and nursing centers and an agency that provides services to the developmentally disabled. Michelle received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Franklin Pierce College. She became licensed as a Certified Public Accountant 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 8 year old son.
Dr. Trinidad Tellez (Founding Member) is the Director of the Office of Minority Health & Refugee Affairs at the NH Department of Health and Human Services where she is responsible for ensuring access to services for racial, ethnic, and linguistic minorities. Previously, she spent more than seven years working in Lawrence, MA as a community-based family physician/researcher at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, and as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the UMass Medical School. While in Lawrence, she helped lead CDC-funded efforts to address health disparities in Latino communities throughout New England. Originally from California, Trini graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe College, received her medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School, trained at the Salinas-UCSF Family Medicine Residency Program, and then completed a two-year Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship in health services, research and health policy at UCLA. Currently, Trini is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth. She lives in Manchester, NH with her husband, Dr. Travis Harker and their daughter, a third year student at Mill Falls.
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:
Meryl Levin, Founding Board Chair (on leave currently serving as the school’s Acting School Director)
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
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)