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 Northshire. 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, first in admissions and now as a development officer at Williams College. She and her husband settled in Vermont fifteen years ago and while they came for the life outdoors, they 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.


Julie Mackey

VICE-PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CHAIR

Julie is the parent of three children, two who currently attend Northshire Day School and one alumna. 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 and admissions officer 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

SECRETARY, 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.


Robyn V. Harrington

TREASURER, FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR

Robyn Harrington is the mother of two sons, in high school, who attended NDS between 2006 and 2014. NDS was an essential resource for Robyn and her family during their youngest years, and her sons enjoyed a highly positive and attentive, caring environment during their time there. Robyn has lived in southern Vermont for close to 30 years and works in real estate asset management at Manchester

Capital Management LLC. Robyn earned her bachelor’s degree from Williams College. She joined the

NDS board in early 2020 and is excited to give back to this important community organization.


Jon Comeau

MEMBER, BUILDING AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE CHAIR

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.


Lindsay Melzig

MEMBER

Lindsay is proud to have served on the Northshire Day School Board since 2015, having held the positions of Secretary and Treasurer. Her work took on new meaning, though, when she became a mother in 2018; now her two children attend NDS, which allows 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 Vermont with her family of four and her two labs.


Molly Hemkens

MEMBER, FAMILY COMMITTEE CHAIR, MARKETING COMMITTEE CHAIR

Molly is a parent of two sons who are alums Northshire Day School. She really enjoyed watching her sons learn, play and develop their social and emotional skills while at NDS. She is excited to develop

an extended community within NDS where families can support and connect with each other, as

well as help NDS continue to be successful within the community long term. Molly currently is a

Freelance Designer, and previously worked in apparel design and development for Mountain Khakis, Orvis, and L.L.Bean. She earned her BFA in Industrial Design from Rochester Institute of Technology.


DANNY SAWTELLE

MEMBER

Danny and his wife Meghan are the proud parents of one student at NDS with one more on the way.  Growing up in Greenwich, NY with two parents who were public school teachers instilled the value

of education, and the transformative effect it can have on a community early in life.  This has been reinforced through the wonderful experience that their son has had at NDS.  Serving on the board

is an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge he has acquired through 17 years in the financial services industry to further the mission of providing a nurturing and stimulating environment for all children enrolled at NDS.   


JACQUELYNE WILSON

MEMBER

Jackie just recently retired from her career as an educator in the Manchester area.  She began her educational career as a teacher at Manchester Elementary Middle School and on July 1 of 2020 she retired as the Superintendent for the Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union.  Jackie was originally

from Cape Cod but has been a resident of Manchester since 1986.  Jackie has many connections

in the region and cares deeply about education and the well-being of our youngest learners.  She

is excited to join the Northshire Day School Board of Trustees and looks forward to continuing

to serve her community in this new role. 

Contact the board directly at ndsboard@northshiredayschool.org

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