Board of Trustees

Helping Define and Oversee Our School’s Vision

Lauren Magrath

PRESIDENT

Lauren Magrath is a former NDS parent of two young girls who each loved their teachers, their friends, their days and years at the school. She volunteers for the Board because she believes in the importance of the service NDS provides for the community at large and for parents who want to be able to work knowing their children are not just cared for, but loved and nurtured. Lauren has spent most of her career in higher education, primarily in admissions and now as a development officer at Williams College. She and her husband settled in Vermont more than a decade ago and while they came for the culture, they now love it for the people and the community. Lauren earned her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and master’s degree from the University of New Hampshire.


Stacey Colegrove

VICE PRESIDENT

Stacey Colegrove has been a member of the NDS community since 2014.  She is the mother of a five-year-old son who attended NDS and a three-year-old daughter who currently attends NDS.  She joined the Board in 2016. As an elementary school teacher at Manchester Elementary-Middle School for the past fifteen years, Stacey is deeply committed to the growth and development of children.  She appreciates how much her own children have treasured coming to NDS, how caring and supportive the teachers are, and the wonderful connections her family has made among the NDS community. Stacey has deep roots in Vermont, having grown up in Rutland, attending both the University of Vermont and Castleton State College, then settling in Manchester in 2005.  She earned her masters degree from the University of New England.


Lindsay Melzig

TREASURER, BUILDING & GROUNDS COMMITTEE CHAIR, FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR

Lindsay is proud to have served on the Northshire Day School Board since 2015, having held the positions of Secretary and Treasurer. Her work with the Board took on new meaning, though, when her newborn son joined NDS in 2018, allowing her to really understand the significant service that NDS provides in the community. Currently Lindsay works in Women’s Merchandising for Orvis, and was previously a Sales Planning Manager with Under Armour. She’s extremely passionate about her career at Orvis, and enjoys spending her free weekend time exploring southern Vermont with her family of three.


Ashley Short

SECRETARY

Ashley Short is a Special Education teacher in the Anchor Program at Manchester Elementary Middle School. She lives at home with her husband and two children. Ashley loves running and reading when she can find the time. She is an avid advocate for children and making sure they are all getting what they need in order to be successful.


Julie Mackey

MEMBER, DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CHAIR

Julie is the parent of two (soon to be three) children at Northshire Day School. Northshire provides a safe, stimulating, and nurturing environment for kids to learn, grow and develop that allows her to be a working professional while trusting her children in their care. Julie is a science teacher at Maple Street School and is passionate about education, science, and instilling a love of learning in her students. She and her husband love living in Vermont and raising their three children in this wonderful community. Julie earned her bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and Master of Education from the University of Maryland.


Nick Gault

MEMBER, SALARY AND BENEFITS COMMITTEE CHAIR

Nick and his wife Megan moved to Vermont from Baltimore, MD in 2012 after years of vacationing in the Manchester area. In 2017 they welcomed the first child Taylor to their family. Nick is the Director of Human Resources for the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union in Bennington, VT.  He has been a board member since 2018 and is the chair of the Salary/Benefits committee. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities, traveling all over New England, and spending time with his family.


Jon Comeau

MEMBER

Having lived in the Manchester area for over 25 years Jon has seen the important role NDS plays in our community. The importance of NDS and the education it provides took on new meaning when he became an NDS parent. He saw how NDS excelled in preparing his daughter for the next steps in her education and wants others to have that same opportunity.  Jon is a Product Development Specialist at Orvis for Dog products. Jon joined the board in 2019.

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