Susan Gimilaro, M.A.
Susan 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 children and youth. Her passion is to inspire staff in their professional development so that together we can create a level educational playing field for all children and youth. She believes we have an obligation to do so. Susan earned her masters degree in Educational Administration from Cornell University and her Bachelor's degree in English and Elementary Education from Regis College.
Credentials held: NH ECMP & ASMP WT, F, IM, PC and Leadership Level 5
Cathy Hazelton, M.Ed.
Cathy is the Project Assistant for ACROSS NH. Cathy's experience includes a background of teaching in kindergarten, first grade, high school, and afterschool. Cathy earned her masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University. She was an adjunct faculty member at Nashua Community College for the Education Department teaching child development courses, and started a business as a virtual administrative assistant. In 2015, she brought her unique combination of education and administrative skills to ACROSS NH. She is committed to supporting trainers, directors, and programs that work to improve the lives of our children and youth.
Credentials held: NH ASMP WT, PC, IM, Leadership Level 2, NH ADS Level 6
Abigail Blodgett, B.S.
Abigail is the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Project Coordinator for ACROSS NH. Abigail holds a bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University in Early Childhood Studies. In her 15 years of experience, she has worked with children from infants through age 12 in a variety of settings. Engaging children and youth in art and music learning experiences is one of her key passions in her work. Abigail believes deeply in advocating on behalf of children, youth, families, and the field of early childhood and afterschool care. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her dogs, playing the piano, training in self-defense strategies, and being with her family and friends. Credentials held: NH ADS Level 6, NH ASA Level 3, NH ASMP WT PM, NH ECT Level 6, NH ECMT level 2, NH ECMP IM WT
Rick Alleva, Ed.D.
Rick has worked on UNH Cooperative Extension’s Youth & Family Team since 2002. He has a history of leadership in developing community-based education and intervention programs on behalf of young people and their families, including those experiencing significant personal and social challenges. Rick provides training and technical assistance in academic enrichment and social/emotional learning topics for afterschool, school and other providers as well as programs for parents and youth. He is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor and is trained to implement the Mindful Schools curriculum with school aged youth. Rick is especially interested in helping young people express their voice, overcome challenges and experience emotional wellness.
Credentials held: NH ASMP WT, F, PC
Heidi Belle-Isle, M.Ed.
Heidi is a graduate of the University of Maine, and Antioch New England Graduate School. She has been teaching for 27 years and has classroom experience with children from preschool through high school. Currently Heidi teaches 6th grade in Conway, New Hampshire, and is the Site Director of the Morning and Afterschool Programs at Pine Tree Elementary School. Heidi has presented at the state and national level and enjoys leading adults in engaging, hands-on workshops. Credentials held: NH ASMP WT, PC, IM, NH ASA Level 4
Nicole Burke, B.A.
Nicole is currently a licensing coordinator with the State of New Hampshire, but began her career mentoring youth when she, herself, was in high school. Nicole’s love for working with children continued through college and beyond. The bulk of her career has been leading school age youth programming to children in both MA and NH. Nicole has a passion for training with her goal being to give others new insight, confidence, and tools to walk away with - all while having fun! Nicole grew up in York, Maine and currently resides in southern NH with her two daughters, Cora and Olive. During her free time, Nicole can be found drinking coffee, reading, and running around after her two children.
Credentials held: NH ASMP WT, PC
Laura Hesse Moran, B.S.
Laura is a trained facilitator of the CATCH Kids Club curriculum. She enjoys bringing her hoola hoops and frisbees all over New Hampshire to teach fun games to afterschool professionals. Laura has a BS in Community Health Education and has worked in a variety of health-related fields including worksite health, health and nutrition coaching, childhood obesity prevention, trainings, and education. She strives to align herself with programs and initiatives that help kids develop a lifelong love for healthy eating and physical activity.
Credentials held: NH ASMP AP
Jessica Ireland, B.A.
Jessica Ireland is a native to the Seacoast of NH. She earned her degree in Childhood Studies and her NH Teaching Certificate from Plymouth State University. Jessica began her career in afterschool in Portsmouth, NH. She later accepted a position at the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program of Manchester where she is currently a Site Coordinator. Jessica has 15 years of experience working with children in the afterschool setting and particularly enjoys curriculum building and connecting state standards to afterschool time. Credentials held: NH ASMP WT & Leadership Level 3, NH ASDS Level 6
Kathy Jablonski, M.Ed.
Kathy is retired from a career of working with youth in New York, Maine and New Hampshire. As a teacher of preschoolers to adults, she has been involved with teaching life skills, working on alternate education and dropout prevention. As a school administrator, she championed afterschool programs in the districts as well as writing grants. As Educator Emeritus of UNH Cooperative Extension, her job responsibilities included recruiting, screening, orienting, training and supporting volunteers who conduct the 4-H Club and other 4-H delivery methods. Kathy's expertise has provided training in a wide range of curricula and positive youth development to a variety of youth serving organizations and after school providers, specializing in life sciences. Her volunteering background includes: 4-H leader, Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader, women's service club and Rotary International. Kathy earned a Master's degree in Adult Education from University of Maine, Orono.
Credentials held: NH ASMP WT, F, IM, PC
Kimberly O'Donnell, M.S.
Kimberly is a pediatric occupational therapist with a background in early childhood and family studies. She has experience working in child care centers, after school programs, early intervention, and pediatric outpatient clinic. Kimberly earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from UNH and she holds active licenses to practice occupational therapy in NH, MA, and VT. Special interests include nature based practices and sensory integration. Kimberly also works as a consultant for Preschool Technical Assistant Network. Credentials held: NH ECMP & ASMP WT, IM, PC
Terri Peck, M.A.
Terri has been a supervisor at Child Care Licensing since February 2008. Previous to that she was a director for afterschool and group child care programs in the White Mountains and Lakes Region area. Terri has a BS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Salem State College, and a masters degree in Educational Administration from the University of Iowa. Terri is also an adjunct faculty member at NH Technical Institute and Plymouth State University. Credentials held: NH ECMP & ASMP F, Leadership Level 5
Kristin Pineo, M.Ed.
Kristin works as an education consultant supporting out-of-school time programs and community agencies as a trainer, curriculum developer, and coach. She has over 20 years of experience working with children and families, and a strong passion for increasing experiential STEM opportunities for youth. Kristin earned her masters degree in Elementary Education from Boston College and her B.A. at Holy Cross. When she’s not helping young people to dissect cow hearts or frogs, (her favorite piece of work), she may be found kayaking, taking pictures, or discussing baseball with anyone who is willing. Credentials held: NH ASMP WT
Melanie Smith, M.Ed.
Melanie is a former Afterschool Program Site Director of 10 years at a K-2 elementary school. She holds a BS in Early Childhood Administration and Family Education from Granite State College and M.Ed from Capella University. In her role as an Afterschool Site Director, she developed and implemented several strategies for working with youth and their families. In her current role as a Licensing Coordinator for Child Care Licensing, she spends a lot of time in centers and afterschool programs working with and mentoring professionals. She has a hands-on approach to training and believes that people learn by experiencing, exploring, and experimenting. Credentials held: NH ASMP WT
Stephanie Sturgis, M.S.
Stephanie has over 20 years of experience in the childcare field working with children from 6 weeks to 13 years old. Stephanie is currently the Director at Country Club for Kids, a licensed facility for children 6 weeks to 12 years old. Stephanie has led childcare programs with up to 600 children and staff groups of up to 55. She is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a B.A. in Psychology with a focus in Child and Adolescent Psychology and a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership. Stephanie is an advocate in the childcare field and is passionate about making a positive impact on youth and families and developing staff to be the leaders of tomorrow. When she’s not working, Stephanie can be found with her husband and their four children traveling near and far.
Credentials held: NH ASMP WT NH ASA Level 4
Amy Upton, M.S.
Amy 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. Additionally, Amy is an adjunct faculty member at New Hampshire Technical Institute. She is a trainer and consultant for ACROSS NH and Preschool Technical Assistant Network.
Credentials held: NH ECMP & ASMP WT, F, PC, IM and Leadership Level 5, NH ASA Level 4
Bobi White, M.Ed.
Bobi is a highly experienced educator and trainer. As a former administrator, teacher, early interventionist, parent, and grandmother she has extensive experience and background that brings professional development to life. Bobi has a Master's degree in Early Childhood Administration from the University of North Texas and Bachelor's in Early Childhood and Psychology from the University of Iowa. Bobi is an educational site supervisor for Grand Canyon University. In her free time Bobi can be found in her garden on the NH seacoast or playing with one of her 5 grandchildren which provides humorous real life adventures to her trainings.
Credentials held: NH ECMP WT, PC, F & ASMP WT, PC, F and Leadership Level 5