Meet Our Leadership Team

Susan Gimilaro, M.A. is the Project Director for ACROSS NH where she works to provide professional development opportunities, consultation, and TA to afterschool programs in NH. Susan has worked as a consultant, coach, and trainer in a variety of education settings both locally and nationally. She has worked with early childhood programs, after school programs, and public schools, as well as agencies and organizations that support quality initiatives in education. Her work focuses on adults working with youth. Whether in a public school, afterschool program, or child

care program, Susan helps adults bridge current research with their professional practice. She is passionate about

bringing together a community of knowledgeable and skilled educators who can engage, support,

and inspire learning in afterschool staff and our youth.

Frances Ashworth attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI for Advertising and Marketing, though she quickly realized her passion was working students and families after spending a year supporting a 4/5th grade classroom in Harrisville, NH. From there she moved into the afterschool field taking the position of Program Director of the Marlborough Harrisville Before and Afterschool Program. In her first year as Program Director she fundraised $15,000 and then went on to establish Marlborough Elementary School’s first afterschool program. Frannie works hand in hand with teachers, community members, and most important families to ensure every student

has what they need to be successful.

Suzanne Birdsall-Stone has served as the State Director of the NH Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program since 2002. In this role she represents the NH DOE on state/regional/national level afterschool initiatives, conducts competitions, and provides professional development opportunities, technical assistance, and monitoring for the 21st CCLC community. Prior to this position she was a 21st CCLC Program Director, co-founder of the non-profit Afterschool Enrichment Program, and an elementary school teacher. She enjoys working collaboratively with other statewide stakeholders and afterschool professionals to create fun, relevant,

and enriching opportunities for our NH youth.

Check out our Subcommittees page to see what the Leadership Team is doing to make NHAN stronger.

Ashlee Fye, C.A.G.S, M.Ed. currently serves as a Program Specialist in the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program at the NH Department of Education. Prior to this role Ashlee provided oversight to the National Parent to Parent USA Alliance membership in NH at Community Bridges, served as the coordinator of the Afterschool AmeriCorps program for two years and worked hands on in afterschool programs for over 15 years. She began her career working in after school programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Concord as a summer camp counselor and afterschool staff member, then as the Individual Services Director and adventure based activities facilitator after graduating from her Master's Program. Ashlee believes in the power of afterschool programs, she is dedicated to working in collaboration with the Leadership Team and the many wonderful programs around the state.

Jane Bergeron, M.Ed. is the Executive Director at SERESC, NHAN's fiscal sponsor. Jane brings more than 30 years of experience designing, managing and leading educational projects in the state of New Hampshire.  Jane is a strategic leader and recognized for her proactive and progressive thinking.  Her portfolio consists of a wide range of accomplishments including teaching, leading, professional development, research and design, program evaluation, special education, teacher and leader effectiveness, work  with charter schools, strategic planning, leadership development and assisting  systems in addressing the “learning gap". Over the past 25 years Jane has worked with SERESC in a variety of roles that include strategic leadership of the organization in addition to the oversight and coordination of statewide initiatives and projects.  She is recognized for her regional and state level experience in the design and implementation of high quality professional development, program evaluation and supporting the work of educators, community members, professional organizations and policy makers.  Most recently Jane was the Director of Professional Learning and Services at SERESC.

Rick Alleva, Ed.D. is a Field Specialist on UNH Cooperative Extension’s Youth & Family Team. He oversees 4-H Programming in Rockingham County and provides statewide leadership regarding positive youth development and

out-of-school time programming, with a focus on at-risk youth and limited resource communities. Rick is a Master

Professional certified through the NH Afterschool Professional Development Career System and provides training and technical assistance in core knowledge areas, positive behavior management, mindfulness education, service-learning, empathy promotion, STEM topics and other custom workshops. He is also certified as a Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor through the National Council on Behavioral Health.

Tanya Gonzalez is the Director of School Age Child Care at the Southern District YMCA, Camp Lincoln Inc. She has worked for the past 5 years serving over 600 children and families each day across 16 school age child care programs in southern New Hampshire. Prior to coming to the YMCA, she was the Senior Site Coordinator serving 500 low income children for the after school day care program in Fall River, Massachusetts . Tanya brings more than a decade of school age child care operational experience. She is passionate about improving program quality, staff development, and family/community relationships. She holds an Afterschool Direct Service level 4 Credential.

Sandra McGonagle, C.A.G.S., a retired elementary school teacher and principal who mentors new principals through the New Hampshire Principals Association. A dedicated volunteer, Sandra serves on various boards and committees that focus on providing opportunities for young children and families. She is a member of the Governor’s Advisory Board to the NH Division of Children, Youth and Families, the Lakes Region Child Care Association, the Gilford Community Center, is Chair of the Holy Trinity School Board in Laconia and is Rotary District 7870 governor for 2015-2016.  Other interests include service to land conservation committees, with a commitment to improving quality of life for all through the preservation of open spaces. She is an elected official serving as Town and School Moderator in Gilford, NH. 

Claudette Mallory, M.S. is the Credentialing Specialist for the NH DHHS/DCYF Child Development Bureau (CDB).

Her work includes supporting professionals in earning credentials through the Early Childhood and Afterschool

Professional Development Systems. Prior to that role, she worked for several years as a Child Care Resource & Referral

(CCR&R) Program Manager, and was the Business Manager for a child care center that serves children from infants

through school age. Claudette has a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from SNHU and a Master's in Early Care and

Education from Wheelock College. She holds NH Early Childhood Administrator and Early Childhood Master Professional

credentials. Claudette has provided training and technical assistance to child care providers and programs on many

topics through her roles in CCR&R and the CDB.

Kimberly Meyer, J.D. is the Director of Community Operations for the Southern District YMCA where she is fortunate to serve over 500 children and families each day across 15 school age child care programs in the NH seacoast. Kimberly brings several years of school age child care operational experience to NHAN.  She is passionate about improving program quality, building healthier program environments, and increasing professional opportunities in the school age child care field.  As a credentialed Master Professional, she enjoys training on these topics throughout the state.  

Theresa Peck has been a supervisor at Child Care Licensing since February 2008. Previous to that, she was a director for an afterschool and group child care program in the White Mountains and Lakes Region area. Terri has a BS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Salem State College as well as a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Iowa and holds both Early Childhood and Afterschool Master Professional Credentials.

Amy Upton holds a Master of Science in Child and Family Studies and is credentialed as an Afterschool and Early Childhood Master Professional, Faculty, Program Consultant and Workshop Trainer. Amy has been in the field of Afterschool for over thirty years, during which time she has founded and directs East Side Learning center in Concord, New Hampshire. East Side provides care for over three hundred children and families. Additionally,

Amy is an adjunct faculty member at New Hampshire Technical Institute and University of New Hampshire.

She is a trainer and consultant for ACROSS New Hampshire and Preschool Technical Assistant Network.

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