Board Members of Seacoast Community School
Kristin Jeffrey has been committed to quality and equity in education for over 15 years. After graduating from the Binghamton University in New York, she joined Teach For America, a national, nonprofit organization and began her career teaching in South Texas along the Mexican border. Over the years, she continued teaching in California and then joined the organizational staff of Teach For America- focusing her work on teacher development and then moving to the Human Assets team of Teach For America. Kristin returned to school at Teachers College-Columbia University and received her Masters in Education Leadership. Kristin is the chair of the Seacoast Community School board. She is a member of the development and governance committees and led the hiring process and transition of the School’s new Executive Director in 2016. She lives with her husband and two children, 12 and 9 years old in Portsmouth. She is a member of the Portsmouth School Board and a Leadership Seacoast alum. Kristin loves meals out with family and friends, runs along the beautiful Seacoast, and travel to new places any chance she gets.
Tamara Hindle brings over 10 years of fundraising experience to her role as vice chair of the board of Seacoast Community School. Tamara began her fundraising career at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. After two defining years there, Tamara moved to an organization that provided early childhood education to low-income families in Boston through center-based and in-home care. Here, she saw first-hand the value of having access to quality, early childhood education. Marriage took Tamara north to Portsmouth where she found a position at New Hampshire PBS in Durham. Tamara worked in the Communications department for seven years before moving to the Membership department. She is currently the Director of Individual Giving and works with donors of all giving levels and is responsible for a $2.4M budget. Tamara has two boys, 8 and 10 years old, both of whom who attended Seacoast Community School when they were younger. They are currently enrolled in the after-school program, PEAK.
Alicia, a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Engineering, has a 15 year career in technology and project management. Alicia spent over 10 years with the consulting firm Accenture helping her clients with complex system implementation and business process redesign before going to work at the University of New Hampshire where she is an Associate Director of the Academic Technology Department. Alicia’s three children each began attending the Seacoast Community School as infants and Alicia joined the Seacoast Community School Board in 2015 as a way to give back to the school that she and her family loved so much and to serve the mission of the school in providing that same excellent care to all families of the Seacoast. Alicia is currently serving as secretary of the board. Alicia lives in Rye with her husband Jon and her three young children.
Josh is an attorney with the Devine Millimet law firm and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNH School of Law. At his firm, Josh works on a variety of complex litigation matters, including various types of professional ethics and responsibility matters. Josh is also a member of the Devine Millimet Business Taxation group. Prior to joining Devine Millimet, Josh served as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice Gary E. Hicks at the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
Josh has been a member of the Seacoast Community School board since 2015. He is currently the treasurer and a member of the finance and governance committees. Josh lives in Portsmouth with his wife and two daughters.
I like to see people succeed. I like to help people help themselves succeed. Sometimes personal circumstances, for example finances, health, geography, etc. get in the way of people achieving the simple yet
fulfilling goal of financial independence. Daycare is expensive. Often too expensive to allow a parent to work and thereby achieve financial independence.Seacoast Community School’s mission aligns with my mission of financial independence for those who seek it. I am honored to be a member of the SCS Board. I also assist with fundraising by serving on the Development Committee. I am in my second year serving as a board member and Development Committee member. I grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts and graduated with a BA from UNH in 1987. I moved to Boston after graduation and worked as a
project manager in financial services. After ten years in Boston I found my way back to the Seacoast and my husband and I are raising three children here, ages 15, 17 and 19. I quit working while my kids were little and when my youngest was in school full time I went back to work in real estate. Today I continue to work in real estate, running my own residential sales and rental office in Rye. I give back as much as I can to the community that has given so much to my family and me. I am able to bring a business perspective to the board that includes insight in leadership, risk assessment and project management, as well as my personal and business connections, all keeping at the forefront the goal of making childcare safe, affordable and attainable for all.
Kirsten Barton moved to Portsmouth over ten years ago and has been involved with advocacy for equity in education and setting high standards for nurturing our kids. With a background in science and a wonderlust that has followed her from both coasts of North America to England and five countries in Africa, Kirsten looks for the good in everything that she does and is dedicated to the high standards set at Seacoast Community School for early learners. Kirsten Barton is a new member to the board at Seacoast Community School. She joined after enjoying the time she spent helping with the enrichment committee. She is an alum parent as her youngest daughter who is now in middle school was a student at SCS. Kirsten loves being an active member of the greater Portsmouth community and can be found most days at Bikram yoga or in her backyard garden.
Matt is a Vice President with People’s United Bank where he has provided financial services for over 10 years. He currently holds his FINRA Series 6, 63 and life licenses. Matt holds an M.B.A. from the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at UNH, as well as degrees in Sociology and Business Management. Matt is an Alumnus member of Leadership Seacoast’s class of 2009, served as a Board Member of Catapult Seacoast and is an active United Way volunteer. Matt lives in Newmarket, NH with his wife Briana, daughter, and dog, Buddy Bear. In his spare time he enjoys hiking New Hampshire’s beautiful White Mountains.
Jerry is a manager at BerryDunn; a CPA and Consulting firm in their Healthcare/Not-for- Profit Practice Group. He has extensive experience working with not-for- profit entities such as social service agencies, higher-education institutions, hospitals, and home health agencies. Jerry enjoys helping his clients through new and complex accounting situations, explaining the regulations in terms that they can understand and implement. He is committed to training both clients and staff members in best practices, and remains accessible for questions beyond the
classroom or boardroom. Jerry also takes an active role in recruiting new talent to the firm. Each year he introduces students to BerryDunn’s corporate culture and the benefits of beginning their careers with a firm that emphasizes staff growth and retention. Jerry graduated from the University of New Hampshire with Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s of Science in Accounting. He is a new member of the Board and has served on the Finance Committee since July 2017. Jerry lives in Portsmouth with his wife and daughter.
Melissa is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and a focus on Individual and Family Development. In 2007, she earned her Masters in Education. For 10 years, she taught in Somersworth, NH as 3rd/4th grade Elementary School Teacher. She also served as Lead Teacher and was a member of various committees including Leadership Committee and Professional Development Committee. She has always had a love for children and a passion for learning and teaching. Melissa is a new board member at Seacoast Community School. She lives in Portsmouth with her husband and two young children.
Sam works at Vigilant Capital Management as a Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst. Prior to joining Vigilant, Sam was an Investment Director at RS Investments. Sam holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the CFA Society of Boston and the CFA Institute. Sam earned his BA in Economics from Colby College where he was captain of the Alpine Ski Team. Sam serves on the finance committee and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters. He lives in Portsmouth, NH with his wife, Margaret, daughter Charlotte, and yellow lab Winston. Sam completed the Lake Placid Ironman and spends his free time enjoying the outdoors, skiing, hiking, surfing, and biking.