Board of Trustees
Our leadership comes from a wide variety of professional and personal backgrounds, bringing skill and experience to our organization.
Doug Hart, Chair, lives in Sandwich, NH and Duxbury, MA. He is a graduate of Boston University and is the co-founder of Penobscot Investment Management Company in Boston. Doug has a history of serving non-profit organizations. He is an Honorary Trustee of Emma Willard School, Troy, NY, an Honorary Trustee of Plimoth Patuxet (formerly Plimoth Plantation) and Chairman Emeritus of The Wildland’s Trust in Plymouth, MA. Doug is the President of the Board of Directors of the Hardrock 100 Endurance Run in Silverton, Colorado. Locally, Doug is a member of the Board of Sandwich Home Industries, as well as the Squam Lakes Conservation Society.
Brad Holmes, Treasurer, is an experienced business professional and active volunteer who lives in Sandwich NH. Brad has worked extensively in the healthcare and business research fields and has also been a part of several start-ups including a green energy finance company he is helping launch at present. Brad is a volunteer cook at The Bearcamp Center in Tamworth, a youth ski coach in the Eastern Slope Ski Club, and has served on boards and supported non-profits for over 30 years. He and his wife Katy are avid hikers and gardeners.
Jen Huckman, Secretary, has worked in Lakes Region Municipalities for the past 10 years, and is currently employed with SAU 13. She is a graduate of UNH and Bentley University Graduate School of Business. Her commitment to local non-profits includes serving as the Clerk at St. Andrews-in-the-Valley, and as a board member of the Wonalancet Corporation / Wonalancet Chapel. She chaired a Community Christmas Day Dinner from 2013-2019, and hosted Dinner Bell in Tamworth frequently. She has a deep commitment to transgender and LGB youth, and the disability community. Jen and her spouse Tom live in West Ossipee, and are the parents of three adult children.
Alex Bradford is a life-long resident of Tamworth and a long-time professional educator who has worked at Children Unlimited and the K.A. Brett School serving the needs of children with disabilities. She is a founding camp counselor with The Bearcamp Center’s Summer Camp on the Bearcamp program, instrumental in creating our systems and programs. Alex has four adult children, is active in community theater, and loves to spend time kayaking and romping with her dog.
Todd Horn, a resident of Center Sandwich, has served on the Sandwich Children’s Center board; the New Hampton School board; the Sandwich Town Budget Advisory Committee; and as a Sandwich Town Selectman from 2020 to 2023. Before that, Todd was a teacher, coach, and head of independent schools in Colorado, Arizona, and Idaho. Todd has served on a variety of nonprofit boards (education, environment, community service) and is an active community volunteer. Additionally, Todd has trained nonprofit boards in governance, finance, and fundraising; advised social service startups; and been an executive coach to school leaders across the country. Todd studied biology and has an MBA, MEd, and EdD. He likes to hike the White Mountains, camp with his wife Jane, and fish.
Frances Strayer retired in 2015 as a public-school counselor/ social worker. She then joined the faculty of Plymouth State University in the Social Work Program until 2022. She has been on the board of the Sandwich Children’s Center, Sandwich Senior Resources, Lakes Region Community Developers and New Futures. She currently serves on the Board of the Endowment for Health. Frances lives in Sandwich with her husband. She loves to hike and garden and is passionate about social equity and justice and the environment.
Lianne Prentice, Executive Director, was raised in Sandwich and has lived in Tamworth since 1998. She worked in the Kingswood and Kennett middle and high schools before coming to The Community School, where she worked for 19 years. Lianne has been actively involved in community service, coaching youth soccer and serving on the boards of the Tamworth Community Nurse Association, the Arts Council of Tamworth, Tamworth Wireless, the Sandwich Players, among others. She currently serves on the Tamworth Select Board and as a Board rep to the Planning Board and Lakes Region Planning Commission. She studied political science and English and holds an MEd. She has three adult children happily living their lives in the world.