Edward P. Clapp, Ed. D.

Edward P. Clapp is a senior research manager and a member of the core research team working on the Agency by Design (AbD) initiative—an investigation of the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning—at Project Zero, an educational research center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE).

Kate Stern

Our presenter for the day will be Kate Stern, the director of Bowdoin College's Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity. Kate holds amaster's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Adolescent Risk and Prevention. She has over fifteen years of experience as a teacher and trainer working on issues related to gender, sexuality, identity and social justice. In 2000, she was hired by the Boston Public Schools to create a safe schools program for LGBTQ students.

Chuck Lawton

Chuck Lawton specializes in economic policy, fiscal impact studies and economic development strategy development. He has worked in private business, in state government and was a professor at the University of Maine at Farmington. He holds a Ph.D. degree from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and writes a weekly column on the Maine economy for the Maine Sunday Telegram. He was the project leader on all the TIF projects noted above, and has worked with state, municipal and business officials and organizations across the state.

Hans Mundahl

I've been an educator since 1995 when I first stepped into the classroom as a Fulbright exchange teacher in the former East Germany. Since then I've been an Outward Bound instructor, a teacher, tutor, admission officer, house head, evening administrator on duty and I ran the experiential learning program at New Hampton School for almost ten years.

Jodi McGary

Jodi is a 1996 graduate of Maine Central Institute.  She found her passion in helping others through the School of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire.  Jodi's career as a social worker began at the Department of Social Services, in Massachusetts.  During her time there as a child protective social worker, she completed her Master's Degree in Social Work at Rhode Island College.  In 2006, Jodi returned to MCI with her husband and infant daughter Laney, to become the Director of Counseling and Special Education Coordinator.

Laurie Hurd

ISANNE is excited to welcome Laurie Hurd as our dinner speaker on Tuesday night, as well as our co-facilitator Wednesday morning.  Laurie's thirty-five years of experience in independent schools highlights recruitment, fundraising, staff training and leadership development.  Her work in schools and organizations includes start-up, turn around and continuous improvement ventures with particular success in motivating people to give their best.

Jo-Anne Kingstone

A graduate of Trent University (BA Hons) and Middlebury College (MA) with degrees in English Literature, Jo-Anne Kingstone started her career in independent schools at Ridley College as an English teacher. In the years between that first year at Ridley and today, she has experienced a wide variety of teaching and learning environments, assuming all the traditional roles of a boarding school “triple-threat” teacher, with responsibilities in the classroom, on the playing field and in the dormitories.

John Larrere


John B. Larrere is a retired Vice President for the Leadership and Talent practice of Hay Group and principal of Larrere Consulting, LLC.  He works primarily with Executives and Executive Teams. He has strong interest in educational leadership, pastoral leadership, social networks, matrix management and international executive leadership.

Delivering results for clients

Mr. Larrere has worked as an executive coach with senior executives in Fortune 100 companies, as well as in the public and private sectors.

John Chubb

President, National Association of Independent Schools

As president of the National Association of Independent Schools, Dr. John Chubb ensures that the association provides leadership and resources that help independent schools thrive. NAIS provides services to more than 1,700 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,400 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S. 

Ian Symmonds

President, Ian Symmonds and Associates

Thought-leader, strategist, author, speaker, and consultant - these are just a few of the roles that Ian Symmonds enjoys.  Ian is the visionary president and founder of Ian Symmonds & Associates Inc.  Over the past seven years, Ian has served over 160 independent schools, colleges, universities, and non-profit organizations through enrollment, marketing, branding, and strategy counsel.


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