Our Board of Directors

Gretchen Cole

As a lifelong resident of the Upper Valley I am very excited to be a part of the GMCC board. I am the Patient Experience Coordinator for Alice Peck Day Hospital working in the Department of Risk Management, Corporate Compliance, and Health Information Management. I am also a certified Dementia Practitioner and have worked over 20 years in the healthcare/long-term care field.

As a mother of 3 children, I appreciate the challenges associated with being a working parent, finding great childcare, and putting my trust in others to take care of those most precious to me. I am new to the GMCC board and I am already impressed with the commitment of its members and staff towards the shared vision for future programming, the heath of the organization, and the commitment to the GMCC Mission. I am looking forward to working with the board, parents, staff, and children of the GMCC community.

Natalie Chaput, Vice Chair

 

My family and I have been part of the GMCC community for several years. My oldest daughter started attending GMCC in 2013. Both of my children have thrived in GMCC programs and my husband and I have always felt that the educational and fun activities that are planned for the children each day have greatly benefited our children. They have been and continue to be loved and nurtured by GMCC’s hardworking and dedicated staff.

As a board member I hope to support the staff, children and parents that are part of this community and help GMCC continue to be one of the best childcare facilities in the Upper Valley. In my professional life I am a high school and middle school Spanish teacher and the education of young people is very important to me. As a working parent it is essential to have reliable and quality childcare that also prepares children to enter into the school system.  I look forward to working for and with the board for many years to come and sharing my passion for education

Nicole Dexter 

I joined the Board of Directors in November of 2018. My family and I have been a part of GMCC since 2013. As a parent with young children who have attended Green Mountain, I am honored to be able to serve on the board. I have been a Manager at Bar Harbor Bank and Trust for 8 years with over 16 years of banking experience. I have a passion for being involved in my community. Some examples of how I volunteer my time are that I am the current chair for the Prouty Walk committee, a reading mentor for a young student in the Upper Valley through a program called “Everybody Wins Vermont”, and I frequently volunteer my time at the Haven Food Shelf.

My favorite job of all is being a mom to my two kids. Watching them grow through this amazing institution makes me proud. Knowing my kids are learning in a safe and fun environment gives me peace of mind that when I can’t be there, I know that GMCC will be.

 

Sharon Miller-Dombroski
Executive Director

Children’s early social and emotional wellbeing is paramount to school success and lifelong happiness. After graduating from Colby-Sawyer College with a degree in Early Childhood Education, I have dedicated nearly all of my career working with children and families.

My passion is creating places where children feel happy safe and secure allows them to explore their worlds and learn. Supporting parents who are navigating their world with little ones in it is just an added benefit. I am also dedicated to nurturing teachers as they learn developmentally appropriate practices that allow children to learn and grow.

I live in Wilder, Vermont and have two children.  Amanda who is in college, and my son Jonathan who will be heading into high school next year.

Julie Follensbee

I have been a Board member and the Board Secretary since 2016. I am a Wetland Ecologist for the State of Vermont. I am also involved in the Lebanon PTO. Our family keeps busy though the winter and spring skiing and making maple syrup.

My children have been cared for at GMCC since 2013.  The reputation of the organization and the long tenure of the teachers are two of the main reasons our family chose GMCC for our children’s care. I go to work every day knowing they are safe, nurtured and enriched. I admire how dedicated and hardworking all our staff are.

Christine Kidd
Chair

Being the chair of Green Mountain Children Center is an honor. I am very proud to be able to give back to a wonderful organization to has worked hard to help my 2 boys grow, learn and be nurtured since they were 3 years old.  I have been a member of the board of directors since November 2013 which has allowed me to be more involved in the overall functioning of the organization.GMCC has been an important part of our family’s life for many years now and it is a joy to be part of this organization.

Jennifer Packard

I joined the board of the Green Mountain Children’s Center in 1996 after enrolling our daughter. As a very shy child, we though she would benefit from the socialization and structure offered through the curriculum at GMCC. As I learned more and more about the programs and resources offered it became abundantly clear that our families’ philosophies were very much in line with that of the organization.  It was because of these shared principals that I accepted a position on the board and remained active as a Director, Vice President and President during my 13 year tenure.   I recently rejoined the board as a community member as I see the immense value that the Center offers to the families of the Upper Valley.

My husband Richard and I currently live in Wilder, Vermont with our 17-year-old son Riley and our two Golden Retrievers Lola & Piper. Our daughter, Samantha, recently graduated from the University of Maine is currently working as a Director in Training for GMCC. Professionally, I am the Director of Corporate Relations for the Blue-Sky Restaurant Group, Jesse’s & Molly’s in Hanover, NH where I have been for almost 23 years. In addition, I am the current Chair of the Hanover Chamber of Commerce and hold board seat on the Upper Valley Nighthawks.

Ashley Parker 

I am a new community member of the board.  I believe that quality early childhood education has the power to positively impact children.  Having a high-quality program in the Upper Valley especially on both sides of the river is very important to me.  I want to know the next generation of children in the Valley are given every opertunity possible for their future.

I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration in Marketing and Management from Castleton University and a Masters of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Southern New Hampshire University.  I have had the pleasure of working with the senior population for 15 years and currently serve as the Assistant Administrator of Historic Homes of Runnemede overseeing the care of 42 residents and 30 staff.  I also serve on the board of Windsor County Partners.  I grew up in Wilder, and now live in Hartland, Vermont.

 

 

 

 

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