Board of Trustees

The board of trustees is the governing body of Mountain Village Charter School. Volunteers who sit on the board are responsible for overseeing the school’s mission, strategy, and goals.

The board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month in the school at 5:15pm.  Visitors are welcome.

Approved meeting minutes can be viewed here.

Mountain Village Charter School Board of Trustees Meeting: June 20 2017

Mountain Village Charter School Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda:

June 20, 2017 5:15 pm at Mountain Village Charter School:

  • Call to Order and Introductions
  • Review of agenda items
  • Public Comments
  • Head of School Report
  • Mission Moments Upcoming events/Monthly Priorities/goals Updates on Projects List/ HOS calendar
  • New board member, discussion & vote
  • Board 2017 strategic plan- schedule
  • Strategic Plan Updates
  • Landworks

Sub-Committees updates

  • Governance
  • Curriculum development
  • Development: Annual campaign update, thank you letters?
  • Finance
  • HR
  • Facilities
  • Task Force Updates:
  • Summer program
  •  Winter program

Next Meeting: July 18, 2017

  • Executive Session (if needed)
  • Adjourn


Our current board members include:

Katy Gautch | Founder, Board Chair

Katy has worked in the non-profit field for 13 years, in several different states, always serving children and families. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology. Never one to hold just one job, Katy has held complimentary positions throughout the years, working in developmental preschools, serving as a NH Reads AmeriCorps member, and teaching skiing to children. Currently Katy manages two programs for a local non-profit. The first is a diagnostic child development clinic. The second program is a statewide program working with children with chronic health conditions and their families. Katy oversees a volunteer family council, which helps to direct services and activities for the program. Katy is an active volunteer in the communities in which she lives and works, sitting on many dynamic committees, with the belief that serving community is a solid investment in social capital. Katy is one of the 2012 award recipients for NH Public Citizen of the Year. She lives in Rumney, NH with her husband Josh Nossaman and their son, Emmit and daughter, Olive. Katy was inspired to pursue this project because her whole family believes nature based education blended with a Montessori approach is critical to a successful education.

Thea Dodds | Founder,  Chair-elect

Thea is a professional photographer and author. She started the wedding and portrait photography business, Authentic Eye Photography, in 2005. Thea co- founded the internationally recognized non-profit, Greener Photography, in 2008. Thea has over 15 years experience as a photographer, 8 years experience as a business owner and 4 years experience as a non-profit board member. She earned a Bachelors degree in photography and anthropology from Hampshire College in 2001. Her photography work has been featured in gallery shows, published in various magazines including Newsweek, ABC, CNN, The Huffington Post and others and has received recognition in international competitions. She has developed a wide range of skills as a sole-proprietor including marketing, strategic planning, budgeting and bookkeeping. Thea is also the proud parent of 2 young children, Kyra (3 years) and Aubrie (6 months). She was inspired to pursue this project after seeing her daughter Kyra thrive at Mid-State Montessori pre-school in Plymouth, NH. Thea currently lives with her family in Rumney, NH on a mini-farm with chickens, maple syrup production and honeybees.

Jamie Hannon | Trustee, Secretary

is an Assistant Professor of Adventure Education in Plymouth State University’s Department of Health and Human Performance, where he also coordinates the M.Ed. program in Adventure Learning. He has worked at Plymouth State University since 2006, teaching a variety of practical and theoretical courses in adventure and environmental education. His research interests include the role of nature in human growth and development, psycho-evolutionary aspects of the human-nature relationship, the use of unstructured natural environments in education settings, and the use of wilderness experience programming for the purposes of spiritual growth. Jamie first worked in education in 1981, and he has been directly involved in outdoor and environmental education since 1985. He has been a field instructor and program director for outdoor education centers, a wilderness educator throughout North America, a classroom teacher of Biology and Literacy, youth counselor and mentor in the Lakes Region, and college professor. Jamie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies and Biology from St. Lawrence University and a Master of Science degree in Forest Recreation Management from the University of Maine, as well as a Doctor of Education degree from Plymouth State University. Jamie lives in Wentworth, NH with his wife, Danielle and their three young daughters, Heron, Corva and Lutra.

Richard T. Hage | Founder, Trustee

Richard T. Hage has 43 years experience in Higher Education Administration at four institutions (State University of NY and University System of New Hampshire campuses) in the role of Director, Dean and Vice President. Mr. Hage most recently served as Vice President for Student Affairs (1986-2010), Plymouth State University (PSU). He currently works part-time at PSU overseeing Undergraduate & International Admissions, Financial Aid, and as ELS Language Center Liaison. He is actively involved in the community serving on the Board of Directors of Coop Peru and the Pemi Youth Center.

Craig Churchill | Trustee, Treasurer

Craig Churchill is a history teacher and the head women’s hockey coach at New Hampton School. Craig is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire where he earned a BA in Political Science. He later earned his M. Ed in Secondary Education, graduating with honors as a member of the International Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi.

Craig has worked at Brewster Academy as the Director of the Annual Fund and in 2007 transitioned to the classroom where he taught U.S. History and coached lacrosse, ice Hockey, and ultimate frisbee.  A graduate of Proctor Academy, Craig and his wife Jen live on the New Hampton campus with their four children, Quinn, Malcolm, Maeve and Cole and their dog Sage and Cat Po.


Kelly Whitcomb Langley | Trustee

Kelly is the founder/owner/director of White Mountain Montessori School in Holderness.  A mother of two daughters, Kelly is a passionate for Montessori educator.  She began her journey with this remarkable method after enrolling her daughters at the ages of 3 and 7 yrs. old at Bodhi Tree Montessori School then located in Rumney.  Kelly began working at Bodhi Tree as an assistant and then entered the Early Childhood Education Program to become a credentialed EC Montessori Director.  After Bodhi Tree closed Kelly opened White Mountain Montessori School which began in Campton in 2004.  White Mountain Montessori  is now located in Holderness, with the addition of an Infant/Toddler Program. Kelly continues to own, direct, and teach full-time, the teaching part being her favorite by far.

Prior to finding Montessori Education, Kelly graduated from Plymouth State College with a BS in Psychology. Kelly worked in a variety of different settings with adults and children with disabilities.

When Kelly is not teaching she enjoys skiing, beaching, reading, family and friends.


Ian Sindlinger | Trustee

Ian is a child and family therapist at Genesis Behavioral Health. Ian is also one of two instructors for Child Impact class, which is a 4 hour class supporting divorcing parents to reduce impact on children. He has 7 years of experience in therapeutic interventions, crisis management and supporting/planning therapeutic environments and activities. Ian earned both his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Plymouth State University.  Ian has worked in two therapeutic school settings, where he developed and facilitated therapeutic recreational activities. He also supported development of individual students and organizational routines to improve functioning to reduce opportunities for crisis.  Ian has lived in the Plymouth area for 10 years and currently owns a home in Rumney, with his wife Chantal and Dog Maxxi.


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