Matthew Bickford

I am a New England native, born in Haverhill, Massachusetts and grew up in Atkinson, New Hampshire. Upon graduating high school, I served in the US Army and had a tour in Southwest Asia during the Gulf War. Returning from the US Army, I served for 10 years in the New Hampshire National Guard. I graduated from Keene State College and received an MBA from Franklin Pierce University, as well as working for my Doctor of Arts in Leadership Studies, studying volunteers in non-profit public organizations. I worked for the Timken Company and GS Precision, and served on the board for the Cathedral of the Pines. I have been in education for over 10 years, and currently teach Manufacturing at the Cheshire Career Center attached to Keene High School. I have lived in the Cheshire County area for over 27 years and reside now in the Hinsdale area.

I believe in the mission and vision of Making Community Connections. My teaching philosophy centers on project based and experience based learning. I feel that lifelong learning is an important concept and a skill of the 21st century. Making Community Connections emphasizes my beliefs in education and I wish to help move the organization in a positive direction.

Kendra Carter

I’m a lifelong resident of the Monadnock Region where I live with my husband and two sons, former and current students of MC2. I’ve worked at Savings Bank of Walpole for the past 19 years, currently as VP, Retail Administration where I oversee procedures, training, and general operations. I’ve had the honor of participating in numerous financial and leadership programs such as The New England School of Financial Studies at Babson College and Leadership Monadnock, and was a 2018 recipient of the Trendsetters award for outstanding contributions as a young professional to business and community life in the Monadnock Region. I’ve served the past 9 years on the Keene Day Care Center board as member, secretary, and President. As an advocate for access to learning models and environments aimed to meet a variety of different learning styles free of financial barriers, I believe continued support of these programs enhances the individual learners rate of success in life as well as the greater community. In my spare time I enjoy outdoor activities, road trips, live music, and family time with my husband, sons, and our rescue dogs.

Savannah Drowne – Treasurer

I am an Alaskan Native, raised in Massachusetts, then briefly moved to New Hampshire, prior to moving back to Massachusetts. I am a graduate from Franklin Pierce University 20’, with BA in English, minor in Accounting, and am currently pursuing my MBA-Leadership at Southern New Hampshire University. I am passionate about the growth and development of children, and serve on the Board of Trustees at MC2 because I support the unique mission, vision and values of the school, and am fascinated with the teaching model that empowers students. I am currently an Associate Treasurer Analyst for C&S Wholesale Grocers, LLC, and serve on the Board of Directors as Secretary for Hundred Nights, Inc. 

Dr Yves P Gakunde

A doctoral graduate from Antioch University, New England, currently working for the City of Keene as the Purchasing & Contract Services Manager. I am a member and Past President of the Keene Elm City Rotary Club. I enjoy being on the MC2 Board of Trustees and on the board of various organizations in the New Hampshire area and Rwanda, my homeland. I am grateful to be one of the co-founders and advisors for the Monadnock Rotaract Club for young professionals in the Monadnock Area. I was honored and humbled to be one of the 2017 Trendsetters, and I was recently awarded a second Paul Harris Award by the Keene Elm City Rotary Club for the “Service Above Self.” When not at work or volunteering, you will find me outside gardening or biking! If I am nowhere to be found, there is a big chance that I am home enjoying cooking, reading, and kicking it back with a glass of wine and a movie!

Kathleen (Katie) Hamon – Chair

I grew up in the Monadnock Region before heading to Dartmouth College for a B.A. in Mathematics. Since then, I have worked in the field of education, interning for a summer at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH before heading to Beverly, MA to teach math, literacy, and technical theater at Landmark High School. While there, I earned my teaching license and an M.S.Ed. in Moderate Special Needs from Simmons College. After eight years teaching in the classroom and simultaneously working with Landmark Outreach for much of that, I moved out west to get an M.A. in Policy, Organization & Leadership Studies from Stanford’s Graduate School of Education. I currently work for the CK-12 Foundation to support students and educators through curriculum enhancements, training, and professional development, including development of the CK-12 Certified Educator Program. I was able to move back east in 2017, first to Massachusetts and then back home to the area, where I reconnected with family and friends, and got involved with MC2. I am grateful for this opportunity to support an amazing program and help drive change in a field for which I am passionate and believe true differences can be made in people’s lives. 

Caitlin McLaughlin – Secretary

I grew up on Boston’s North Shore, and I earned my BA in Political Science at Salem State University in 1996. After completing a year of law school at the University of Denver, I became an educator, and I returned to SSU to complete a M.A.T. in Middle School Mathematics and a C.A.G.S. in Educational Leadership. I settled in Keene three years ago with my husband and son, and I am very happy living here. My professional experience includes working as a Middle School Math Teacher, as well as an Instructional Coach and a Curriculum Director. As the parent of an MC2 student, I deeply appreciate the school’s philosophy of personalized learning and the way that the school engages students in their learning process. I feel like my child is thriving, and I want other families in the Monadnock region to have access to everything that MC2 has to offer.

Larry Monson – Vice Chair

Larry lives in West Chesterfield, NH with his wife Samantha. He credits his successful career in the auto industry to the many teachers who helped him in school as a person struggling with Dyslexia. He started as a sales consultant early in his career and quickly moved up the ranks, first as a Finance and Insurance Manager and then in the position of Sales and ultimately General Manager at several large car dealerships in Utah, Georgia, and now here in New Hampshire. Currently, he is the general manager at Monadnock Ford in Swanzey where he oversees the development of business strategies, and recruits, hires, trains, and motivates a staff of 38.

Monson, who went to school in the 1980’s says, “As a student with Dyslexia, I depended on teachers who went above and beyond the normal teaching practices of the time. I strongly believe my success in the business world would not have been possible without those teachers who truly inspire greatness. MC2 understands that each child learns differently and their unique approach to education enables every child to thrive and succeed.”

Chris O’Reilly – Executive Director

I completed my undergraduate work at Keene State College and attended both Antioch University and Plymouth State University where I earned my graduate and post-graduate degrees.

In my former professional life, I was a small business owner, worked in the residential and commercial construction trades, and was a technician in the recreational motorsports industry. I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, kayaking, and cycling whenever I get the chance.

I look forward to continuing to serve the students and families in our community with an opportunity to engage in a student-centered learning environment that fits their individual needs.

For Information on policies and to view board minutes please visit our Board Minutes & Policies page.

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