Our Partnerships

Nantucket New School

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2010 marked an historic event for two of Nantucket’s most cherished and vital non-profit organizations: the merger of The Nantucket New School and Strong Wings Adventure School. For years, our two organizations had collaborated on programming, shared building space, and worked to support each other’s unique but, in many ways, very similar missions. Under the guidance of two visionary and dedicated Boards, our organizations were combined under the umbrella of the Parents’ Nantucket Collaboration for Children. Together, united under a shared administration, our organizations have implemented extremely efficient fiscal practices, maximized the use of space in our two beautiful buildings and shared properties, and most importantly strengthened our ability to nurture, educate and support the growth of Nantucket’s children in meaningful and lasting ways. We have managed to do all of this while maintaining the integrity and spirit each organization’s missions, and expanding the depth, scope, and quality of our programming.

We have a strong and dedicated Board, an experienced, passionate administration, and a gifted, diverse and energetic faculty. Our two combined organizations provide a unique educational experience; catered to mind, body, and spirit. The Nantucket New School encourages academic excellence, respects the pace of childhood, and instills in its students curiosity, creativity, and a life-long love of learning. Strong Wings programming promotes active lifestyles and physical fitness, builds strength, confidence and character, and encourages respect and appreciation for nature. Together we create one institution that provides a diverse and holistic program, which has helped Nantucket’s children discover and realize their full potential for over twenty years.

 

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Our Board of Trustees

Courtney McKechnie | President
Craig Beni | Vice President
Carol Evens | Vice President
Michael Ericksen | Treasurer
Carlisle Jensen | Clerk
Gail Berson
Susan Burbage
Gretchen Cooney
Tish Emerson
Page Gosnell
Brian Herlihy
Grace Hull
Jason Olbres
Jack Pearson
Deborah Pilla
Ray Pohl
Morgan Raith
Elizabeth Reinemo
Sarah Alger | Trustee Emerita
Prentice Claflin | Lifetime Trustee

2021-2022 Committees

Building and Grounds
Responsible for planning and decisions related to building improvements and maintenance, safety, and future facilities needs.
Craig Beni
Ben Champoux
Lori Corry
Jason Olbres
Ray Pohl
Chris Young

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Responsible for supporting the community’s growth as a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization through professional development, events, presentations, and connections.
Morgan Raith
Valeria Alonzo
Gail Berson
Alicia Graziadei
Drew Moore
Liz Reinimo

Development/Marketing & PR
Responsible for supporting the administration in setting the annual development calendar and fund-raising efforts including special events, annual giving, business sponsorship, and other giving efforts. Supporting the administration with a marketing plan, which includes social media.

Development
Gretchen Cooney
Tracy Bakalar
Susan Burbage
Carol Evens
Courtney McKechnie
Kate Olson
Deborah Pilla
Liz Reinemo
Claire Winship

Marketing
Jack Pearson
Susan Burbage
Kate Olson

Finance
Responsible for reviewing the annual budget, including recommendations to the full board regarding tuition, reviewing the annual audit, and otherwise ensuring the fiscal health of the school.
Michael Ericksen
Lori Corry
Carol Evens
Brian Herlihy
Carlisle Jensen
Dorinda Yates

Nominating/Governance
Responsible for the identification, cultivation, recruitment, and orientation of new board members. Also responsible for Board Evaluation.
Craig Beni
Tish Emerson
Carlisle Jensen

Risk Management
Review the policies of NNS/SW.
Lori Corry
Chris Getoor
Page Gosnell
Jack Pearson
Morgan Raith

Strategic Planning
Leading the development of a strategic plan with the cooperation of the Executive Director of NPC.
Carol Evens
Gail Berson
Susan Burbage
Page Gosnell
Carlisle Jensen
Deborah Pilla
Ray Pohl

President and ED of NPC serve as ex-officio of all committees.