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Jan Epstein, Principal, Belvidere Central School /Waterville Elementary School

I am a native Vermonter and reside in Chittenden County with my two children. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Saint Michael’s College and my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Castleton University. In 2017, I completed the Principal Program at the Upper Valley Educators Institute in Lebanon, NH. When I'm not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, cooking and occasionally traveling to someplace new.



Mary Anderson, Principal, Cambridge Elementary School

I am extremely proud and fortunate to have served as Principal of the Cambridge Elementary School for the past 16 years. I began my career in education 24 years ago on the Canadian border at the Jay/Westfield Elementary School where I taught Kindergarten, Reading Recovery, and sixth grade (but not all at the same time). It was there that my colleagues encouraged me to pursue education leadership and the rest is history. I cannot think of a more rewarding career - one where you are given the opportunity to work alongside a passionate and devoted community who each and every day work tirelessly to prepare our students for the future and change people's lives for the better. In addition to my experience, my education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Johnson State College and a Master's Degree in Education from Trinity College of Vermont. I live in Lamoille County, also known as the heart of Vermont, with my husband, son, and two Tibetan Mastiffs, Sterling and Mansfield. I am a seventh generation Vermonter hailing from Addison County where my ancestors helped to settle the town of Weybridge. I come from a long line of educators and farmers. When I am not at school, I can be found working in my five acre garden and orchard. I also love to spend time with my family and friends, travel, cook, and enjoy the beauty of our great state. 

Melinda Mascolino, Principal, Eden Central School

I am proud to be a member of the awesome team of educators at Eden Central School. I began here as the principal in 2016. Previous to that I was a special educator for twenty-nine years, before becoming the assistant principal at Newport City School for two years. My experiences teaching have reinforced my belief that all children can succeed if we match our teaching to their needs and show them respect and love. I live with my family in Hyde Park Village. My two oldest children attend Lamoille Union High School while my youngest daughter is in the 6th grade. We are happily busy with soccer, lacrosse, biking and the many other activities children bring to our lives. Someday I hope to have time for a gardening hobby!


Diane Reilly, Principal, Hyde Park Elementary School

It is a privilege and a pleasure to be a part of the LNSU team and to serve the Hyde Park School and community. Originally from Pennsylvania, I moved to Vermont to attend college. After attending the University of Vermont, I completed my undergraduate program at Trinity College of Vermont with a degree in Elementary Education/Mathematics and Science. After starting my family, I attended the University of Vermont for a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Emotional/Behavioral Student Services and am currently pursuing a Doctorate degree from Grand Canyon University in Cognition and Instruction. Over the course of my career in education, I have enjoyed working with students as an Elementary Teacher, Specialist K-8 (Heath Educator and Family and Consumer Science), and  it has been my greatest joy to be an Elementary Principal. My husband and I live in Georgia,Vermont, with our adult children and granddaughter nearby; for fun I like to cook, read, and spend time with family.

David Manning, Principal, Johnson Elementary School

I have been the principal at Johnson Elementary School since July 1, 2009. Previously, I served as the Assistant Principal and Guidance Director at Hazen Union School in Hardwick and as a high school guidance counselor at Peoples Academy in Morrisville. This year marks my 19th school year working in public schools in the Lamoille Valley. I grew up in Connecticut and attended Trinity College in Hartford, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. After a winter as a ski instructor at Okemo Mountain (where I fell in love with Vermont!), I earned a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College in Massachusetts. While working at Hazen Union, I completed the necessary coursework at Lyndon State College to obtain the Vermont School Administrator Endorsement. I live with my three sons in Hyde Park, Vermont. You may contact me at 635- 2211 ext. 210 or [email protected] 

Sherry Lussier, Director, Green Mountain Technology & Career Center

Following 20 years as a school counselor in both Career and Technology, as well as K-12 public schools, I came to Green Mountain Technology & Career Center as Assistant Director and then Director. I have a B.S. in Teaching Broad Field Social Studies, an M.Ed. in Teaching and Counseling, and a Doctorate in Management of Youth Programs. I have a husband and two grown children. I am licensed and certified in many eclectic areas, including being NASA certified to handle moon rocks!

Chris Damato, Assistant Director, Green Mountain Technology & Career Center

There is not a Technical Center Assistant Director in Vermont who is as lucky as I am. I get to work with a top notch faculty at a facility that is the envy of the other Technical Centers in the state. My role here is very diverse, I address discipline and other day-to-day issues at GMTCC as well as develop trainings to support workforce development in Lamoille County and the state of Vermont. I have worked in many of the industries related to the programs we offer; timber framing, running a food truck, camera man, and autopsy technician are all on my resume. In addition to my industry work, I have taught geography, worked with a college admissions program and adult basic education. I have a B.S. from Texas State University in Geography and a M.Ed. from Johnson State College. Outside of work, I enjoy being outside with my two kids and wife, learning to play my guitar and other instruments, and I read as much as I can.

Brian Schaffer, Principal, Lamoille Union High School

I am a school administrator with over 16 years of strong leadership experience primarily in rural K-8, elementary, middle, and high schools. I graduated from Lehigh University with a M.A. in Education Leadership at the age of 26, and moved to Alaska in 1999 to become a Principal. I have served in a variety of leadership roles including: Student Advocate, Student Services Director, Assistant Principal, Statewide Correspondence Principal, K-12 and Middle School Principal. For my work on behalf of all Lamoille learners, I was the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Educator of the Year from Outright, VT. I was also awarded the 2016-2017 National Association of Secondary School Principals High School Principal of the Year for Vermont. My family and I currently reside in Morristown, VT, where we love skiing, riding, hiking, and playing in the Green Mountains. 

Dana Jewett, Assistant Principal, Lamoille Union High School

I am fortunate to serve as the Assistant Principal of Lamoille Union High School. I have been with Lamoille for over 15 years and really enjoy working with my students - even during challenging situations. Previously, I was Assistant Principal at the elementary level for several years and also served as an enrichment/computer teacher at the elementary level. My family includes my wife, Vicky, three grown children and four active grandchildren. In my spare time, I love to hike and be active outdoors.

Wendy Savery, Principal, Lamoille Union Middle School

I began my career as a high school social science teacher, followed by a position as a PreK to 6th grade special educator, upon receiving my Master’s Degree as a Learning Specialist. In 2000, I started my administrative career as a Director of Student Services, which began an 11-year journey working at the supervisory union level, including positions as a Curriculum Director, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent. In 2011, I moved to northern Vermont to be closer to my grandchildren. In addition to my current position as Lamoille Union Middle School Principal, I have also worked as a principal at the elementary level. Having been in education for over 30 years, I am no stranger to the challenges of ongoing change within the public school setting. I am known for my ability to think from a systemic point of view due to my varied experiences across all grade levels. In addition, I have taught at the college level and bring a unique perspective on the importance of preparing students for post-secondary education, as my family and I operate two small businesses locally. When not at work, you’ll find me spending time with my family and two dogs, and, when the weather permits, motorcycling around the beautiful back roads of Vermont. 

Denise Maurice, Assistant Principal, Lamoille Union Middle School

I am a graduate of The University of New Hampshire with a BS in Mathematics Education and have a Master of Education from Union Institute and University. Since 1993, I have had the pleasure of working with all grade levels of students, PreK- Grade 12. I started with high school students at Stevens High School in Claremont, NH, teaching mathematics and then moved on to Northfield Middle/High School in 1997 after marrying and moving to Barre, VT, where I live with my family. While at NMHS, I taught 8th grade students through seniors in AP Calculus and was the department chairperson for a number of years. In 2008, I decided to change paths and joined the Department of Education as the NECAP mathematics coordinator, but found that working in a cubical was not my thing and I rejoined public education as the administrator in Roxbury, VT, and curriculum coordinator for WSSU. Being an elementary administrator in a small rural school was an exciting transition and I enjoyed working with kids, families and educators to expand opportunities for students.  Northfield Elementary was my next stop and where I worked with a much larger staff to organize school improvement efforts. From NES, I took a different path into private school for a couple of years to experience the PreK-grade 8 environment and found that I truly enjoyed working with middle school students which led me to LUMS where I’m now the Assistant Principal. 

Central Office Administrators

Catherine Gallagher, Superintendent

I consider myself most fortunate to serve Lamoille North as Superintendent of Schools. The road to this position has been a journey that began well before my family moved from California to Vermont when my children were very young. I am a fourth generation San Franciscan and the first of my siblings to leave California. I received my B.A. in physiology and psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and after graduation worked in the fields of advertising and law for the next several years. Shortly thereafter, I was accepted into Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, where I received my M.Ed, with a concentration in Administration, Planning and Social Policy.  I returned to California and accepted a position as Director of Human Resources for a consulting firm, specializing in conflict resolution and spent eight years working in that capacity.   I left my position to start our family and moved to Vermont when my children were toddlers.  In addition to raising my children, I pursued coursework that I needed to serve as teacher and administrator. My first position in education was as paraeducator at an elementary school until I accepted an offer in 2008 to serve as a special educator at Johnson Elementary School. This began my tenure with Lamoille North.  While at Johnson Elementary School, I moved into the role of Education Support Services Coordinator, which included a brief period where I served as Interim Principal, until such time that I assumed in 2012, the role of Director of Student Support Services for the Supervisory Union.  In 2016, I was appointed Superintendent for our Supervisory Union.  I am thrilled to be part of a dynamic system that consists of exemplary teachers, administrators, community members and most importantly, students and families.  

Debra Clark, Business Manager

Though I cannot be considered a “native” Vermonter, as I was accidently born in Florida, I grew up in Charlotte, VT, where my grandparents once farmed. After a few years of traveling and exploring life, I went back to school and earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Champlain College. I have been part of captive insurance administration, mental health administration and higher education administration. In 2016, I made the move to public education administration and happily embraced the role of Business Manager at Lamoille North Supervisory Union. I live in Glover where I enjoy spending time with family, working with my mother in our gardens and helping my husband with his 60 head of Angus cattle.

Jennifer Hulse, Director of Student Support Services

I have been fortunate to serve the Lamoille North Supervisory Union in a variety of capacities since 2007.  I came on board, initially, in 2007 as the Special Education Coordinator for the Lamoille Union Middle and High School and remained in that role until 2014. I returned for the 2015-16 school year in the role of Assistant Principal for the Lamoille Union Middle School. Currently, as the Director of Student Support Services for the LNSU, I oversee special education budget development, hiring, professional development of special educators, assist in the evaluation and supervision of special educators, provide technical support to our building principals and staff, and, most importantly, work with families to help navigate the special education process.  Additionally, I oversee our Migrant and Homeless students and English Language Learners. I received a Bachelor Degree from Johnson State College in Biology and a Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of Vermont. I hold Endorsements from the Vermont AOE as a Consulting Teacher, Principal, Special Education Director and Superintendent. In my free time, I enjoy skiing, cycling, and hiking.

Charleen McFarlane, Human Resources Director

I am honored to serve as Human Resources Director for Lamoille North! My career has been concentrated on lifelong learning and I am proud to be supporting our staff and students. Following high school, I obtained a business degree from Champlain College. I then began working at the Vermont Humanities Council where I advanced to the position of Administration and Finance Director. Fourteen years later, I became aware that Lamoille North had an opening for an Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and was pleased to be hired in 2003. Over the years at LNSU, I was able to assist during transitions in the human resources department due to my background. I decided to apply for the vacant Human Resources Director position in 2015 and am honored to have been selected. I currently hold the globally recognized SHRM-SCP certification. I live with my husband, daughter, son, 2 dogs and a cat. Additionally, I have co-owned a successful auto repair business with my husband since 1995. I am also a founding member and officer of the Vermont Jeep Association which was established in 2001, and I was a former Brownie Girl Scout leader. My philosophy is one of service, respect and emphasizing “human” in human resources. Through this, HR is pleased to support our staff to help empower our students for academic success.  Equity-Access-Opportunity.

Jade Hazard, Director of Curriculum & Instruction

It is an honor and privilege to serve the students, teachers, administrators and families of Lamoille North. I began my career in the field of education in Colorado, as a para-educator and math tutor. Wanting to be closer to my family, I moved back to the east coast to attend graduate school at Smith College and shortly thereafter, taught 2nd and 3rd  grade on the island of Nantucket. In 2001, my husband and I moved to the Green Mountains. Since moving to Vermont, I have had the opportunity to serve as a, Teacher, K-8 Mathematics Specialist, Research Assistant, Education Consultant and Curriculum Director. In addition, I have completed a second Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Mathematics from the University of Vermont and received a Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. In my free time, my family and I enjoy hiking, skiing, reading and traveling.

Janet Murray, Director of Early Education

I grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education.  I began my LNSU teaching career in 1993 at Cambridge Elementary School as a paraeducator in the Essential Early Education program.  It was this experience that led me to pursue my Masters Degree at Johnson State College in Early Childhood Education.  After graduating from Johnson in 1998, I was hired as the PreK and Early Childhood Special Educator at Eden Central School.  In addition to my work in Eden, I have been fortunate to also work as an early educator at our elementary schools in Waterville and Hyde Park.  In 2012, I began working as the Lamoille North Essential Early Education Coordinator while teaching part-time.  This experience provided me with a wonderful opportunity to work as a part-time administrator which eventually led to my current position as the Director of Early Education.  It is a joy advocating for our youngest learners and their families in partnership with the talented LNSU Early Education Team and local agency partners.  My husband Nelson and I have been living in Vermont for 31 years and we have been sailing on Lake Champlain for 25 years.  I also enjoy competitive tennis, riding my bike, and open water swimming.  

Brian Pena, IT Systems Manager

I grew up in San Antonio, TX, and left when I joined the United States Navy in 2001. I served 10 years on active duty and three more years in the U.S. Navy Reserve. I have an AA in Computer Systems Management, a BA in Information Systems Management, and an MA in Organizational Management with a focus on Organizational Leadership. I began working in the education industry in 2015 upon my arrival to Vermont. I have taught for and been an Adjunct Faculty Member with the Community College of Vermont (CCV). I am taking some time off at CCV while I integrate into my new position with LNSU. I am excited and honored to offer my services for LNSU. See you in the hallways!



Tommy O'Connor, Afterschool Connection Project Director

Tommy was born in Bristol, CT, and came to Vermont to attend Johnson State College. He graduated in 2008 with a degree in Outdoor Education- Adventure Education & Wilderness Leadership and a degree in Psychology. While at Johnson State, he was a two-sport athlete, participating in cross country and lacrosse. After completing an internship in Crested Butte, Colorado, Tommy returned to Vermont where he worked as a Behavioral Interventionist and a lead facilitator at a local challenge course. From 2009 to 2017, he was a coach with the Lamoille Union High School boy’s lacrosse team and enjoyed working with so many amazing student-athletes. In 2012 he changed directions and began working in the Admissions Office at Johnson State and traveled around the east coast recruiting students and working with Veterans and athletes in the admissions process. In 2018 he began working for the Lamoille North Supervisory Union as the Project Director for Afterschool Connections. 

Michele Aumand, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

I was born and raised in Mission Viejo, CA, and spent the first 26 years of my life on the west coast. I attended Saddleback Community College where I received an A.A. Degree in Liberal Arts. I then studied at California State University, Fullerton, where I received a B.S. in Child Development. We moved east in 1989 and have lived in New Hampshire and Vermont for the past 24 years. I spent 20 years working as an educational sales consultant for Staff Development for Educators, a company based out of Peterborough, NH, that provides professional development for educators, PreK-12, and was the first member of their million dollar sales club! In July 2015, I had the very good fortune of being hired by LNSU as Executive Assistant to the Superintendent. It has been such a rewarding experience for me to work with such a hardworking and dedicated group of professionals who have one goal in to best serve our students! I currently live in Stowe, VT, with my husband and I have two grown children, Brandon and Ashley. We enjoy kayaking, fishing and Crossfit!

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