New England Secondary School Consortium

Our Council

THE NEW ENGLAND SECONDARY SCHOOL CONSORTIUM COUNCIL brings together a diverse cross section of state leaders, the Council provides strategic leadership to Consortium activities, while acting as champions for its vision, mission, and goals.

Council members were instrumental in drafting and passing resolutions of support for the Consortium, while also actively supporting in-state educational-improvement efforts within their spheres of influence.

Connecticut Members

Dianna Roberge-Wentzell, Commissioner of Education
Carolyn Abdullah Director of Community Assistance, Everyday Democracy
Susan Bell Superintendent, Windsor Locks Public Schools
Jeffrey Kitching, Executive Director, EdAdvance (RESC)
Patrice McCarthy,Deputy Director/General Counsel, Association of Boards of Education
Salvatore Menzo Superintendent, Wallingford School Department
Caroline Messenger,Director of Curriculum, Naugatuck Public Schools
Karissa Niehoff Executive Director, Connecticut Association of Schools
Fran Rabinowitz, Executive Director, Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents
Wendy Scott,Teacher, Bolton Public Schools
Malia Sieve,Director, HCM Strategists
Barbara St. Onge,Education Consultant, Technical High School System
Allan B. Taylor, Chair, State Board of Education
Jeffrey Villar Executive Director, Connecticut Council for Education Reform

Maine Members

Robert Hasson, Commissioner of Education
Ed Cervone, Executive Director, Educate Maine
Steve Connolly, Superintendent, MSAD 60
Diana Doiron,Proficiency-Based Education Specialist, Maine Department of Education
Danielle Despins,MOA/CSR Coordinator, Maine Department of Education 
Ben Gilman, Senior Government Relations Specialist, Maine State Chamber of Commerce
Chris Howell, Principal, Windham High School
Brian Hubbell, Representative, State Legislature 
Shawn Lambert,Director, Oxford Hills Technical School
Brian Langley,Senator, State Legislature
Alana Margeson,Senior Instructional Design Specialist, University of Maine Presque Isle
Mary Nadeau, Principal, Nakomis Regional High School

New Hampshire Members

Frank Edelblut, Commissioner of Education
Christine Brennan,Deputy Commissioner of Education
Evelyn Aissa, Executive Director, Reaching Higher New Hampshire
Rick Ladd,Representative, State Legislature
Bill McGowan, Principal, Winnacunnet High School
Brian Stack, Principal, Sanborn Regional High School
Peter Stackhouse, Executive Director, Great Bay eLearning Charter School
Nancy Stiles, State Senator, Chair of the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee
Connie Van Houten, Member, Manchester Board of School Committee 

Rhode Island Members

Ken Wagner, Commissioner of Education
Gregg Amore,Legislator, State Legislature
Michael Barnes,Superintendent, Foster-Glocester Public Schools
Cali Cornell,Education Specialist, RI Department of Education
Rosemary Costigan, Assistant Dean, Community College of Rhode Island
Paula Dillon, Assistant Superintendent, Barrington Public Schools
Daniela Fairchild,Director of Education, Governor’s Office of Innovation
Stephanie Geller, Senior Policy Analyst, RI Kids Count
Saul Kaplan,Executive Director, Business Innovation Factory
Patricia Page, Teacher (of the year), East Greenwich Public Schools
Hope Schachter, Program Director, Connect to College (C2C), Community College of RI
Jamie Scurry,  Dean, School of Continuing Studies, Roger Williams University
Mary Ann Snider,Deputy Commissioner for Teaching & Learning, RI Department of Education
John Simmons, Executive Director, RI Public Expenditure Council 
Heather Tow-Yick,Chief Transformation Officer, Providence Public School District

Vermont Members

Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary of Education
Adam Bunting,Principal, Champlain Valley Union High School
Peter Burrows,Superintendent, Addison Central Supervisory Union 
Heather Bouchey, Deputy Secretary of Education
Jess DeCarolis,Education Division Director, Personalization & Flexible Pathways, VT Agency of Education
John Castle, Superintendent, North Country Supervisory Union
Pat Fitzsimmons, Mathematics & Science Partnership Program Manager, VT Agency of Education
Ned Kirsch, Superintendent, Franklin West Supervisory Union
Andre Messier, Principal, Lake Region High School
Jay Nichols,Executive Director, Vermont Principals Association
Sigrid Olson,Program Coordinator, Personalization & Flexible Pathways, VT Agency of Education

At-Large Members

Nicholas Donohue, President and CEO, Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Charlie Toulmin, Director of Policy, Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Great Schools Partnership Members

David Ruff, Executive Director
Mark Kostin, Associate Director
Duke Albanese, Senior Policy Advisor
Angela Hardy, Director of Coaching
Lauren Leigh Hinthorne,Director of Research and Evaluation
Sarah Linet,Policy Specialist