Board of Directors

New England League of Middle Schools are leaders in promoting middle level best practices by providing collaborative learning experiences that support students’ academic, social, and emotional growth and success. 

As of July 1, 2021


Board Chairperson

Julie Gardner


Presque Isle, ME


Co-Board Chair-Elect

Christopher T. Pollet

Tyngsborough Middle School

Tyngsborough, MA


Co-Board Chair-Elect

Jessica Kennedy

Westfield Middle School

Westfield, MA


Connecticut - North

Timothy F. Phelan

East Granby Middle School

East Granby, CT

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Connecticut - East

Jessica Hanover

Old Saybrook Middle School

Old Saybrook, CT


Connecticut - South

Dulcey Worth

James H. Moran Middle School

Wallingford, CT

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Massachusetts - North

Michael McLaughlin

Austin Preparatory School

Reading, MA

Massachusetts - South

Vincent Hayward

Norton Middle School

Norton, MA

Massachusetts - Central

Christopher Fontaine

Leicester Middle School

Leicester, MA


Massachusetts - West

Dr. Peter J. Gillen

West Springfield Middle School

W Springfield, MA

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Maine - North

Melanie Brown

Ellsworth Elementary Middle School

Ellsworth, ME


Maine - South

Robert Griffin

Auburn Middle School

Auburn, ME

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New Hampshire -North

Mary Ellen Arigo

Retired Educator

New Durham, NH

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New Hampshire - South

Dona Boardman

Hampton Academy

Hampton, NH

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Rhode Island

Rebecca DelBarone

Governor Christopher DelSesto Middle School

Providence, RI

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Vermont - North

Dr. David F. Brown


Essex Junction, VT


Vermont - South

Jennifer Stanchfield

Experiential Tools

South Newfane, VT

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Teacher Representative

Jacqueline Hanlon

Somersworth Middle School

Somersworth, NH

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Professor Representative

Anita Stewart McCafferty

University of Southern Maine

Portland, ME


Business Representative


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Advisors to the Board


Advisor for Assessment/Finance

William Downey

Retired Educator

Marlborough, MA

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Advisor for Diversity/Social Justice

William Ivey

Stoneleigh-Burnham School

Greenfield, MA

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Advisor for Programs/Membership

Mary-Elizabeth McCafferty

Auburn Middle School

Auburn, ME

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MidLines Editor

Brenda Houle

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