Ross Gibson

Ross Gibson is leadership and organizational development consultant and facilitator.  Through The Richards Group Employee Benefits Group and its subsidiary, The Green Mountain Leadership Center, Ross works with organizations to help develop positive leadership growth.   Prior to working as a consultant, Ross was Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources at World Learning, a global academic institution and Non-Governmental Organization based in Brattleboro, Vermont.  Ross has held other several senior level positions.  He is active in several local and regional Human Resources a

Robin Schell, APR, Fellow PRSA

Robin Schell  is senior counsel and partner for Jackson Jackson & Wagner, a behavioral public relations and management consulting firm serving a national base of clients.  Robin’s specialties include issue anticipation and crisis communication programs, employee communications, community relationship-building, behavioral research & strategic planning.  The firm’s clients range from private schools and small nonprofit organizations to Fortune 50 companies and government entities.

Andy Shepard, President/CEO, Outdoor Sport Institute

Andy Shepard spent 16 years at L.L.Bean in Freeport, Maine working on strategies, products and services to inspire people to spend time outdoors. While at L.L.Bean Andy developed a strategy to create a new economic and cultural model for Northern Maine, which became the Maine Winter Sports Center (MWSC) in the Spring of 1999.

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.

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.



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