Our Board

The Dewey School Board of Directors is comprised of amazingly talented and dedicated volunteers. From a variety of disciplines, they offer varying view points and experiences that together support the mission and vision of the school. 

James Marino, Chariman
Lisa Ranfos, Secretary

has been in the field of early childhood education for 25 years as a classroom teacher in Infant/Toddler, Preschool, and Kindergarten classrooms.  Since leaving the classroom Lisa has taken on more of a leadership role in working with early childhood programs.  In addition to being a Child Care Resource and Referral Manager in the Concord area, she has been working with pre-service teachers and lab school communities since 2005. She acquired her Master's degree in early childhood education from Wheelock College and is pursuing her PhD. She lives in Allenstown with her husband and three boys.​

Cheryl Newcombe, Treasurer

is a business owner who lives in Canterbury with her rescue animals.  Her passion for animals and nature began at an early age while working next to her grandfather on his farm in Hingham, MA  She has been teaching kinder-church for children ages 3 – 5  for over 20 years, and especially loves this age group.  Cheryl has sat on previous boards and wants  to use her experience to help advance the mission of The Dewey School.

 grew up on a small farm in Dunbarton. A resident of Canterbury for 10 years, he had never visited Shaker Village until his youngest son was enrolled in the Dewey School. It was love at first sight. James' fondness for the Dewey School's approach to learning, nature-based curriculum, and community-building, have made he and his family regular visitors of both the Dewey School and Shaker Village. James has worked in the financial industry for more than twenty years, but also takes great interest in the creative arts. He earned an MFA in fiction writing 10 years ago, and has since taught English Composition and Public Speaking at Southern New Hampshire University

Brian Bernard

graduated from the University of New Hampshire before starting a journey to Colorado with his fiancé. He returned 15 years later with a wife, two kids, a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University, and a deep appreciation for his home state. Brian with his wife Felicity, daughter Josie (12), and son Theo live in Canterbury surrounded by trees. Brian has worked in the nonprofit field for the majority of his professional career, and is currently at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire where he is the Regional Program Manager for the Lakes Region. Brian likes to spend his time hiking, weightlifting, playing cribbage, and traveling with his family. In reality, Brian spends most of his free time doing chores around the house, cooking, and looking for a quiet spot to read a good book.

William Tappan

a New Hampshire native, lover of forests and the symbiotic relationship between them and humanity.  The Dewey School represents the type of school he envisioned when contemplating how to improve the learning experience for children when serving on a local school board.  He was educated at UNH, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Liverpool.  That education was used to enlighten and enrich his life and allow him to earn a living working in consulting and management.  Bill served in the US Army where he met his interesting wife, and together they have been loving, learning, discussing ideas, serving others, traveling, and raising two good men

Kelley Stonebraker
Monica Busch

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