Meet the Team

Ellen Hume-Howard

Ellen Hume-Howard

Executive Director

Ellen joined The New Hampshire Learning Initiative (NHLI) in August of 2017. She supports NHLI’s vision to assist New Hampshire schools and districts to deepen their innovative practices in education and improve learning for all students. More Info >

Jonathan G. Vander Els

Jonathan G. Vander Els

Director of Innovative Projects

Jonathan works directly in schools to support teachers and administrators as they integrate personalized approaches to learning in a competency-based system. More Info >

Mariane Gfroerer

Mariane Gfroerer

Director of Innovative Projects

Mariane Gfroerer is the Director of PACE (Performance Assessment for Competency Education) and College and Career Readiness for the New Hampshire Learning Initiative. More Info >

Carolyn Eastman

Carolyn Eastman

Consultant/Advisor

Carolyn Eastman, Ed.S Carolyn Eastman has over 30 years in education. She was an Assistant Superintendent of the Oyster River School District in Durham, NH. She has taught Middle School mathematics. More Info >

Deb Bamforth

Deb Bamforth

Consultant

Since retiring from the Sanborn School District in June 2017, Deb Bamforth is working as a consultant and administrative mentor to help schools across the country develop strong collaborative learning communities. More Info >

Rob Scully

Rob Scully

Consultant

As consultant and administrative mentor, Rob Scully works to support schools in their development and implementation of innovative practice, personalized, competency-based learning, and student agency. More Info >

Debbie Metcalfe Quint

Debbie Metcalfe Quint

Business Administrator

Debbie Metcalfe Quint is thrilled to be a part of the New Hampshire Learning Initiative team to support the important work being done by an outstanding staff.  More Info >

Jodi Kincaid Tamayoshi

Jodi Kincaid Tamayoshi

Website Manager

Jodi Kincaid Tamayoshi has been teaching for over 10 years, currently as an elementary technology integrator and STEM instructor. More Info >

NHLI Board of Directors

Val Zanchuk

Val Zanchuk

NHLI President

Val is President of Graphicast, Inc., a Jaffrey based manufacturer of precision-machined zinc alloy castings. Val has been active in STEM education and workforce development issues for almost 20 years. More Info >

Dr. Mark Joyce

Dr. Mark Joyce

NHLI Treasurer

Mark is the executive director of the New Hampshire School Administrator’s Association, a private not-for-profit organization that represents all New Hampshire school system administrators and advocates on behalf of all children and public education. More Info >

Christine Rath

Christine Rath

Board Member

Christine is the former Superintendent of Schools for the Concord, NH School District. She served in Concord for 30 years, as middle school principal, high school principal and Assistant Superintendent before becoming superintendent. More Info >

Irv Richardson

Irv Richardson

Board Member

Irv is currently the Coordinator for Public Education and School Support at NEA- New Hampshire. In this role, he provides professional learning opportunities for New Hampshire educators. Irv also teaches at Southern New Hampshire University in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program. More Info >

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