Board Members of Seacoast Community School
Tamara brings over 10 years of fundraising experience to her role as vice chair of the board of Seacoast Community School. Tamara began her fundraising career at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. After two defining years there, Tamara moved to an organization that provided early childhood education to low-income families in Boston through center-based and in-home care. Here, she saw first-hand the value of having access to quality, early childhood education. Marriage took Tamara north to Portsmouth where she found a position at New Hampshire PBS in Durham. Tamara worked in the Communications department for seven years before moving to the Membership department. She is currently the Director of Individual Giving and works with donors of all giving levels and is responsible for a $2.4M budget. Tamara has two boys, 8 and 10 years old, both of whom who attended Seacoast Community School when they were younger. They are currently enrolled in the after-school program, PEAK.
Kirsten moved to Portsmouth over ten years ago and has been involved with advocacy for equity in education and setting high standards for nurturing our kids. With a background in science and a wonderlust that has followed her from both coasts of North America to England and five countries in Africa, Kirsten looks for the good in everything that she does and is dedicated to the high standards set at Seacoast Community School for early learners. Kirsten Barton is a new member to the board at Seacoast Community School. She joined after enjoying the time she spent helping with the enrichment committee. She is an alum parent as her youngest daughter who is now in middle school was a student at SCS. Kirsten loves being an active member of the greater Portsmouth community and can be found most days at Bikram yoga or in her backyard garden.
Alicia, a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Engineering, has a 15 year career in technology and project management. Alicia spent over 10 years with the consulting firm Accenture helping her clients with complex system implementation and business process redesign before going to work at the University of New Hampshire where she is an Associate Director of the Academic Technology Department. Alicia’s three children each began attending the Seacoast Community School as infants and Alicia joined the Seacoast Community School Board in 2015 as a way to give back to the school that she and her family loved so much and to serve the mission of the school in providing that same excellent care to all families of the Seacoast. Alicia is currently serving as secretary of the board. Alicia lives in Rye with her husband Jon and her three young children.
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Josh is an attorney with the Devine Millimet law firm and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNH School of Law. At his firm, Josh works on a variety of complex litigation matters, including various types of professional ethics and responsibility matters. Josh is also a member of the Devine Millimet Business Taxation group. Prior to joining Devine Millimet, Josh served as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice Gary E. Hicks at the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Josh has been a member of the Seacoast Community School board since 2015. He is currently the treasurer and a member of the finance and governance committees. Josh lives in Portsmouth with his wife and two daughters.
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Melissa is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and a focus on Individual and Family Development. In 2007, she earned her Masters in Education. For 10 years, she taught in Somersworth, NH as 3rd/4th grade Elementary School Teacher. She also served as Lead Teacher and was a member of various committees including Leadership Committee and Professional Development Committee. She has always had a love for children and a passion for learning and teaching. Melissa is a new board member at Seacoast Community School. She lives in Portsmouth with her husband and two young children.
Sam works at Vigilant Capital Management as a Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst. Prior to joining Vigilant, Sam was an Investment Director at RS Investments. Sam holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the CFA Society of Boston and the CFA Institute. Sam earned his BA in Economics from Colby College where he was captain of the Alpine Ski Team. Sam serves on the finance committee and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters. He lives in Portsmouth, NH with his wife, Margaret, daughter Charlotte, and yellow lab Winston. Sam completed the Lake Placid Ironman and spends his free time enjoying the outdoors, skiing, hiking, surfing, and biking.
Meaghan is a graduate of Bates College with a degree in American Cultural Studies, is a parent, an advocate, an educator and a learner. She has her Masters degree in Elementary Education from Lesley University and has many years of teaching experience, as well as experience advocating and navigating the systems of special education in New Hampshire. Meaghan has a passion for children, families, teaching and learning. She is an alumni parent of the Seacoast Community School as her daughter was a student in the PEEP program at Community Campus. Meaghan is a new Board Member and began her experiences with the school working with the Enrichment Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee. Meaghan currently resides in Portsmouth with her husband and two children.
Betsy has worked in New Hampshire since 1985 in both public and private early education settings, including Portsmouth Early Education Program (PEEP), where she taught from 1997-2008. She received her masters degree in early childhood special education at UNH and her doctoral degree in early intervention at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is currently a Research Assistant Professor of Education at the UNH Institute on Disability. Since 2010 Betsy has served as Training Director for the New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND) at UNH. Betsy holds an Experienced Educator Certificate from the New Hampshire Department of Education and works with students and professionals pursuing careers in early childhood education and early intervention. Betsy joined the SCS board in 2019 and is passionate about all things early childhood. She lives in Eliot, Maine with her husband Bill, dog Kip, and cat Henry and enjoys walking, gardening, and spending time with her three-year-old granddaughter.
Andy is a commercial real estate broker working in the Portsmouth, NH office of Colliers International, a global real estate services company. He is graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. After building a professional career for 15 years as a commercial landscape architect in Boston, MA, and Portsmouth, NH, Andy shifted his focus from the design of commercial real estate to commercial real estate brokerage. Andy is grateful to be working and living in the beautiful seacoast area of New Hampshire, with his wife and two beach loving children who attend the PEAK after school program. Andy is a new member of the Seacoast Community School Board, joining in 2019 and is Chairman of the HOME Committee.