NATIONAL CENTER FOR COMPETENCY-
The National Center for Competency-
“1,000,000 mentors for America’s school”
“To institutionalize real world, hands on, learning opportunities for our students by serving as the prime catalyst in harnessing mentors at the local, state, and national levels”
Fred Bramante s a former middle school Science teacher, a former candidate for governor,
a life long entrepreneur, and a past Chairman and long standing member of the New
Hampshire State Board of Education. Appointed by both Republican and Democratic governors,
he led a full-
Fred consults with state departments of education, and national and regional associations across America. He has been a featured speaker and presenter at numerous education conferences. He holds a BS from Keene State College (1970) and an MA in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State University (2006). He has been honored to receive the Alumni Achievement Award from both Keene (1995) and Plymouth (2009). In 1964, Fred graduated 206th of 212 students in his high school; that year his applications for admission to both colleges were rejected.
Nischal Chandra has over 18 years of experience in the IT industry as an engineer. In parallel he has over 22 years of experience education/training industry as instructor, entrepreneur and executive.
He started his career in 1991 at the Educational Studies Program (ESP), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), while still in high school. He developed and taught his first course in electrical engineering.
Besides NCCBL, the following are Nischal’s current positions:
• IT Department Chair, Apollos University
• Senior Engineer/Scientist, IBM Corporation
• Board Member, New Hampshire Council for Professional Education
Nischal holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and M.S. in quality assurance.
John Freeman currently serves as superintendent of schools for the Pittsfield, New
Hampshire School District, a position that he has held for five years. Pittsfield
is a small, rural school district located in central New Hampshire; Pittsfield’s
population is approximately 4100, while the school’s enrollment is approximately
575 students, PS-
The Pittsfield community has been engaged in a high school redesign project that focuses on increased academic achievement, greater student ownership for learning, 21st Century skills and social/emotional learning, changing adult roles, and community engagement.
Prior to his current service as superintendent, John Freeman served the Pittsfield community as the elementary school principal for nine years. Additionally, Freeman has served as a school or district leader in Maine and Massachusetts, following public school teaching in New Jersey and North Dakota as well as an administrative internship year in New York. Freeman has also taught as an adjunct at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at colleges and universities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Among other commitments, Freeman has served as a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, and youth soccer coach in his current hometown of Strafford; he has also served on the Board of Directors of the Strafford County YMCA and the Greater Manchester Family YMCA. Freeman’s wife, Marian, is a kindergarten teacher at St. Elizabeth Seton School in Rochester, the Freemans are proud parents of three adult children.
Arthur “Skip” Hanson brings his vast experience on every educational level to the NCCBL. He has served as teacher, coach, athletic director, team and club advisor, assistant, principal, principal, assistant superintendent, superintendent, and college professor. Dr. Hanson is currently the New Hampshire Liaison for the New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC).
His recent educational initiatives:
Organizing NH Educational Summits with Secondary-
Construction of 2000 Pupil Exeter high School
Construction of 1500 Pupil Cooperative Middle School
His community and professional service include: Rotary International, Stratham Community College President’s Leadership Council, NH Commissioner of Education’s Leadership Council, various state and national education committees, Trustee, Great Bay eLearning Charter School, and Trustee, Virtual Learning Academy Charter School.
Mary McNeil is currently a Professor Emerita (Plymouth State University) and an educational consultant. She serves on the New Hampshire Professional Standards Board and is actively involved with an international consortium of universities focused on excellence in teacher education preparation. Dr. McNeil’s recent experience has included teaching in the doctoral program in Educational Leadership at New England College.
Throughout her career, Dr. McNeil has been a contributor to the profession through her many publications in educational journals and her book chapters. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences on topics related to special education and leadership. She has been a successful grant writer garnering millions of dollars for innovative projects.
Additionally, she was president of the Partners of the Americas (Vermont-
Dr. McNeil served as a member of the New Hampshire State Board of Education and is currently a member of the Professional Standards Board for the State of New Hampshire.
While at Plymouth State University, she was Director of the CAGS Program in Educational Leadership and also Director of the Pakistani Institute for Teachers. She was the founding editor of the New Hampshire Journal of Education and remains on the board of reviewers.
She served as Associate Dean at Chapman University in Orange, California where she collaborated with colleagues to expand the global initiatives of the College of Educational Studies and to review and revise curriculum and program offerings. She taught in the PhD program and served on dissertation committees.
After receiving the BBA from Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX) in 1982, Joel also passed the CPA exam that year.
As the President & CEO of Olbricht Storniolo Group, Joel's professional interests
are many and varied. They include leadership, income and estate tax planning, business
management and decision-
Joel's professional affiliations include board positions with several organizations: Alexander Eastmen Foundation, NH Estate Planning Council, NH Society of CPAs, Derry (NH) Economic Development Council, Chester College of NE, and the Derry 21st Century Learning Community Corporation.
Joel spends his personal time with his wife and two children in addition to volunteering
his time to local non-
Jamie Richardson grew up in Peterborough, NH and attended local public schools. He studied Psychology at Dartmouth College, where he spent a term interning with the New Hampshire State Board of Education and helped to design the rules that established "Real World Learning" in New Hampshire. After graduation in 2006, Jamie worked for Governor John Lynch in several different roles, most recently serving as Policy Director. Jamie currently resides in Concord, New Hampshire.
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