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Board of Directors

Board Members of Seacoast Community School

Jerry Cahill

Chair

Jerry is a manager at BerryDunn; a CPA and Consulting firm in their Healthcare/Not-for- Profit Practice Group. He has extensive experience working with not-for- profit entities such as social service agencies, higher-education institutions, hospitals, and home health agencies. Jerry enjoys helping his clients through new and complex accounting situations, explaining the regulations in terms that they can understand and implement. He is committed to training both clients and staff members in best practices, and remains accessible for questions beyond the classroom or boardroom. Jerry also takes an active role in recruiting new talent to the firm. Each year he introduces students to BerryDunn’s corporate culture and the benefits of beginning their careers with a firm that emphasizes staff growth and retention. Jerry graduated from the University of New Hampshire with Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s of Science in Accounting. He is a new member of the Board and has served on the Finance Committee since July 2017. Jerry lives in Portsmouth with his wife and daughters.

 

Luke Bassett

Vice Chair

Luke Bassett is a regional manager for a veterinary pharmaceutical sales company. After beginning his professional career with eight years as a US Army Officer, he joined the veterinary industry, where he has worked for various companies over the past seventeen years in sales, marketing, and management roles. Luke holds an MBA from Boston University. He has a son who started in the SCS preschool program and continued on through the PEAK program. After several years working on the Access Committee, Luke joined the Board in 2020. In his spare time Luke enjoys traveling with his family, exploring Portsmouth, and participating in outdoor sports of all kinds.

 

Alicia Medros

Secretary

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.  

 

Sam Witherspoon

Treasurer

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.

 

Tamara Hindle

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.

 

Jennifer Madden

I like to see people succeed. I like to help people help themselves succeed. Sometimes personal circumstances, for example finances, health, geography, etc. get in the way of people achieving the simple yet fulfilling goal of financial independence. Daycare is expensive. Often too expensive to allow a parent to work and thereby achieve financial independence.Seacoast Community School’s mission aligns with my mission of financial independence for those who seek it. I am honored to be a member of the SCS Board. I also assist with fundraising by serving on the Development Committee. I am in my second year serving as a board member and Development Committee member. I grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts and graduated with a BA from UNH in 1987. I moved to Boston after graduation and worked as a project manager in financial services. After ten years in Boston I found my way back to the Seacoast and my husband and I are raising three children here, ages 15, 17 and 19. I quit working while my kids were little and when my youngest was in school full time I went back to work in real estate. Today I continue to work in real estate, running my own residential sales and rental office in Rye. I give back as much as I can to the community that has given so much to my family and me. I am able to bring a business perspective to the board that includes insight in leadership, risk assessment and project management, as well as my personal and business connections, all keeping at the forefront the goal of making childcare safe, affordable and attainable for all.

 

Betsy Humphreys

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 Ward

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.

 

Nick Aube

Since joining Avery in 2012 years ago Nick has been committed and driven to challenging the status quo of the insurance industry. A founding member and key contributor of Avery's innovative program called "Avery Prime", he has helped build and develop a comprehensive risk management process designed to help clients navigate the commercial insurance purchase in a new way. Often, insurance buyers are not aware of how to best select an agent or company to partner with on the placing of insurance coverage. Nick serves as a risk advisor to a select group of clients and helps guide them through the commercial insurance and risk avoidance process. Since earning his Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) designation in 2018, Nick has been promoted to Avery's Director of Risk Management. In this new role, Nick is working with a highly educated and dedicated team of seasoned professionals to improve his own knowledge while bringing a new perspective to the practive of managing risk. Nick is actively involved in the Seacoast Community and previously served on the Board of Directors of Catapult Seacoast, a non-profit focused on the development of young professionals. Nick and his wife, Brittany, live in the Seacoast with their Bernese Mountain Dog, Moose. They enjoy an active lifestyle and embrace all that the Seacoast has to offer. As native New Englanders, they enjoy skiing in the winter and a variety of summer activities.

 

Michelle Fijalkowski-Santy

Michelle Fijalkowski-Santy has been teaching at the elementary level in Portsmouth since 2003. She was awarded her B.S. in Elementary Education and Humanities in 2002, and the Student Senate Leadership Award from Lesley University. She also has an undergraduate specialization in Multicultural Education. In 2003 she was awarded her M. Ed. in Elementary Education from Lesley University. Michelle has engaged in progressive professional development over the years including the SchoolYard Sites Program at UNH where she helped to establish the maple tree tapping program for third graders at all Portsmouth Public Schools and even brought the program to the preschools at Seacoast Community School. She continues to volunteer her time at SCS to teach preschool children about the maple tapping process. Michelle has also engaged in extensive professional development about STEM, women in history, equity and social justice. Michelle lives in Portsmouth with her wonderful husband and two children- Caroline and John. Caroline and John have been enrolled at SCS since they were Periwinkles/Shrimps! Michelle loves Seacoast Community School and is thrilled to be part of the Board of Directors.

 

Lindsey Donohue

Lindsey is an attorney at Keane & Macdonald, P.C. where she practices primarily in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate Administration, Real Estate, and Business law.  She is licensed to practice law in NH, MA, & ME.  Lindsey graduated from Hobart & William Smith Colleges with a BS and from Quinnipiac University School of Law with her JD.  In addition to her roles on the SCS board and finance committee, Lindsey serves on the Board of the Rockingham County Bar Association, the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth, and is an active Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer.  She lives in Portsmouth, NH with her husband, Joe, children Teddy & Caroline, and 2 black lab mixes.