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 Assistant Project Director for ACROSS NH. Cathy's experience includes a background of teaching in kindergarten, first grade, high school art classes, and afterschool. She 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 her own business as a virtual administrative assistant. In 2015, she brought her unique combination of education and administrative skills to ACROSS NH. Cathy's work focuses on program improvement. She is committed to program improvement, and also to supporting the team of trainers at ACROSS NH, and other out-of-schooltime professionals that work daily to support the positive growth and development of our children and youth.
Credentials held: NH ASMP WT, PC, IM, Leadership Level 3, 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 and is working toward earning a Master of Arts in Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. Creating opportunities for youth development professionals to enhance their SEL practice in their programs is Abigail’s favorite part of her work with ACROSS NH. In her 17 years of experience, she has worked with children from infants through age 12 in a variety of settings and has engaged adult learners in workshops and trainings on various topics. Engaging children and youth in art and music learning experiences has been one of her key passions in her work. Abigail believes deeply in advocating on behalf of children, youth, families, and the fields of early childhood education and afterschool. In her spare time, she enjoys making and listening to music, staying active, being outdoors, and being with her family, friends, and her beloved terrier mix, Jasper. 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 a history of leadership in developing community-based education, activity and intervention programs on behalf of young people and their families, including those experiencing significant personal and social challenges. He provides training and technical assistance in academic enrichment and social/emotional learning topics for afterschool, school, other service providers, and also leads programs for parents and youth as well. Rick worked on UNH Cooperative Extension’s Youth & Family Resiliency Team, developing and supporting out-of-school time activities for children across the state, including 4-H and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. He is a certified Youth and Teen 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 through mindful, kind and peaceful practice. Credentials held: NH ASMP WT, F, AP
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
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 is working toward earning a Masters in Organizational Leadership at Southern New Hampshire University. She brings experience in 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 and has recently opened her own occupational therapy 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
Jaime Salagaj, B.A.
Jaime has worked in the field for over 20 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Trinity College of VT in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and Psychology. She currently is the Professional Development Coordinator for Boys & Girls Clubs of Central NH. She works in state systems and enjoys systems work. Jaime is passionate about work with quality measures, systems-building, diversity, and quality improvement. In her free time, she spending time with her family and her dogs! 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 Kindercare in Nashua, 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 and writes curriculum for Every Monday Matters. 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