Task Force Members

Connecticut

  • Todd Berch, Apprenticeship Manager, Connecticut Department of Labor
  • Celia Maria Carvalho-Rubino, Dual Enrollment & CCP Coordinator, Gateway Community College
  • Betsi Feldman, Dean of Students, Goodwin Technical High School
  • Melissa Hickey, Reading and Literacy Director, Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Suzanne Loud, Education Consultant, Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Doug Wheeler, Career Education Coordinator, Montville High School

Maine

  • Beth Lambert, Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning, Maine Department of Education
  • Jason C. Libby, Post Secondary and Educator Preparation Coordinator, Maine Department of Education
  • Dwight A. Littlefield, State Director for Career & Technical Education, Maine Department of Education
  • Page Nichols, Chief Innovation Officer, Maine Department of Education
  • Paul Penna, Superintendent, Maine School Administrative District Number 6
  • Mercedes Pour, Director of College Access, Academic Affairs, Maine Community College System
  • Gail Senese, State Director of Adult Education, Maine Department of Education
  • Todd Fields, Director, Westbrook Regional Vocational Center

Massachusetts

  • Lauren Barry, Director of Advancement, Boston Day and Evening Academy
  • Ruth Carrigan, Director of School Counseling, Whitman Hanson Regional High School
  • Nyal Fuentes, College and Career Readiness Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Jennifer Gwatkin, Innovations Pathway Lead, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Kathy Hamilton, Director of Youth Transitions, Boston Private Industry Council
  • Lisa Harney, Dropout Prevention & Recovery Specialist, College, Career and Technical Education Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Mary Meade-Montaque, Manager for Instruction & School Leadership, Worcester Public Schools
  • Vivian Ostrowski, Director, Gateway to College Program, Holyoke Community College
  • Nicole Smith, Assistance Lead CCTE, Statewide System of Support, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

New Hampshire

  • Michael Berry, Principal, Souhegan High School
  • Donna Couture, Director of Extended Learning, Winnacunnet High School
  • Nicole Heimarck, Director, New Hampshire Alliance for College and Career Readiness
  • Adam Houghton, Principal, Rochester Middle School

Rhode Island

  • Kim Chouinard, Secondary Education Specialist, Rhode Island Department of Education
  • Paige Clausius-Parks, Senior Policy Analyst, Rhode Island Kids Count
  • Jenifer Giroux, Associate Vice President Professional Studies and Continuing Education at Rhode Island College
  • Carolyn Higgins, STEM Specialist, Rhode Island Department of Education
  • Paul McConnell, Career and Technical Education Coordinator, Rhode Island Department of Education
  • Stephanie Shields, Graduation by Proficiency Coordinator, Warwick Public Schools

Vermont

  • Adam Bunting, Principal, Champlain Valley Union High School
  • Jess DeCarolis, Division Director, Student Pathways Division, Vermont Agency of Education
  • Andre Messier, Principal, Lake Region Union High School
  • Greg Young, Education Programs Coordinator, Student Pathways Division, Vermont Agency of Education

Great Schools Partnership

  • Duke Albanese, Senior Policy Advisor
  • Ian Bassingthwaighte, Communications Specialist
  • Mark Kostin, Associate Director
  • Sarah Linet, Policy Specialist
  • Gwen Merrick, Project Associate
  • David Ruff, Executive Director
  • Don Weafer, Senior Associate

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This report is authored by the members of the New England Secondary School Consortium Task Force on Flexible and Multiple Pathways. The NESSC Leads commissioned the Task Force, whose recommendations emerged over the course of meetings taking place between March 2019 and October 2020. While each participating NESSC state education agency is committed to equitable pathways, the recommendations included in this report do not necessarily mean that they have the formal endorsement of the participating agencies.

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