Jaqueline M. Yamada, PDSO ism® Consultant

Jacqui Yamada has worked in the education field for 25 years. As the Director of International Programs and the Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) at the Rocky Hill School, RI, she has worked with the School and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) in keeping her school in strict compliance with U. S. Homeland Security and the Department of State.

Kelly Nolin - Head of University Archives and Special Collections, Norwich University

Kelly has created or professionalized several archives or special collections, most recently at Norwich University, beginning in 2003-2004. Beginning with perhaps a few hundred random boxes, Kelly now administers and manages more than 2,100 feet of records and the University’s rare book collection with three professional archivists on staff and a full program of instruction and digitization and are now developing our transcription program. The Norwich reading room holds regular public service hours, noon-4:00 pm, M-F.

Elonide Semmes, President, Right Hat

Elonide Semmes is a nationally recognized authority on branding for schools and professional service organizations. She has more than 30 years of experience creating memorable marketing and communications programs. Since she founded Right Hat in 2002, the agency has won more than 50 branding awards. More important, her work has measurably increased her clients’ visibility, reputations and advancement opportunities.

Anne B. Cass

To create positive communities and develop ethical young people and adults, we must build strong relationships. In most schools, the existing wisdom can effect change if the tools are made available. Anne Cass helps groups clarify a problem, identify their own strengths and expertise, and create a process to solve the problem. Anne brings deep experience as a teacher and administrator in both independent and public schools as a high school English teacher and Principal, an Upper School Head, and most recently as an elementary school administrator.

Caroletta Alicea

Representative Alicea is a member of the NH House of Representatives representing Merrimack District 8 and serves as the Assistant Democratic Floor Leader. 

First elected to the Chamber in 2012, Representative Alicea serves as the Clerk of the Family and Children Law Committee which considers matters pertaining to children and youth. Representative Alicea also serves on the NH Commission for Suicide Prevention.

Linda Johnson

Attorney Linda Johnson is a Director with the law firm of McLane Middleton, Professional Association.  She is  co-chair of the firm’s Education Law Group, and focuses her practice on understanding and serving the needs of independent and boarding schools.  Linda is recognized as a national authority on student and campus safety issues, risk management, crisis response, boundary awareness, employment law and independent school law issues.

Sarah Huckman

Sarah is like most of her classmates: When she’s not studying, she enjoys spending time with her friends and participating on her high school’s track, Nordic skiing, and cross country teams. Sarah also dedicates a great deal of her time advocating for the rights of transgender Granite Staters like herself. She and her parents have been featured in state and national press, and are often invited to speak about the importance of protecting transgender youth from discrimination. 

Alex Myers

Alex Myers is a writer, teacher, and speaker. A graduate of Phillips Exeter and Harvard, he was the first openly transgender student at both institutions.  He teaches English at Phillips Exeter and is the author of Revolutionary (Simon & Schuster, 2014), a novel that tells the story of his ancestor, Deborah Sampson, who disguised herself as a man to fight in the Revolutionary War.  Alex runs workshops and speaks at schools across the country on the topic of gender identity and supporting transgender students.


Todd Ormiston

Todd is the Head of School at Mount Snow Academy (VT)

Todd's background in enrollment management and strategic initiatives comes from joining school communities that are seeking growth and change. Currently the Head of School at Mount Snow Academy (MSA), Todd's focus is set on doubling the size of the academy and developing programs and partnerships to revolutionize the winter ski academy model.

John Visgilio

John Visgilio, Principal and Co-Founder, Overabove


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