About Us

The Concord Trust for the Enhancement of Public Education, a non-profit organization established in 1997, provides grants to fund innovative projects that enhance the educational experience in public schools in Concord, New Hampshire.  Each year, The Concord Trust funds a variety of creative educational projects based upon grant requests made by Concord teachers, administrators, and staff.

The Concord Trust makes a difference in Concord’s public schools by encouraging innovation and collaboration. Several pilot programs initially funded by Concord Trust grants have been incorporated into the Concord School District curriculum. All of Concord’s schools have applied for and received grants from the Trust. Since its inception, the Trust has awarded grants totaling over $185,000. The Concord Trust for the Enhancement of Public Education is independent from the Concord School District, but works in collaboration with the Concord School Board and administration to ensure that grants complement the curriculum and facilities. The Trust is administered by a volunteer board of trustees and has no paid staff.

Mission

To promote and support innovation and enhance the public educational experience in the Concord School District by securing and granting funds to projects that strengthen public education.

Board Members

Ashlyn Hiley

Ashlyn Hiley

Chair

Trustee: 9/2013 to 6/2019

Ashlyn Hiley has 2 children who attend Concord Public Schools.  She is an active school volunteer, both in and out of the classroom. Ashlyn has a Masters in Social Work and focused her practice on therapy with young adults. Originally from New York, she moved to Concord with her family in 2005. She is thrilled to play a part in fostering innovation in Concord schools and loves to visit the schools to witness grants in action.

Susan Reynolds

Susan Reynolds

Vice Chair

Trustee: 9/2015 to 6/2019

Susan Reynolds joined the Concord Trust in 2015. She has lived in Concord since 2000 and has three children, two of whom currently attend Concord public schools. She is employed as an occupational health and safety consultant and is a board member of the Safety and Health Council of Northern New England. Susan was inspired to join the board of the Concord Trust after witnessing grants in action in her own childrens’ classrooms.

Kristin O’Connor

Kristin O’Connor

Treasurer

Trustee: 9/2015 to 6/2018

Kristin O’Connor joined the Concord Trust in 2012. Kristin is excited to help out with the education of our students here in Concord. Being active at her children’s schools has always been important and becoming a board member for The Concord Trust seems like just the right fit. She has received the Point of Light recognition from Beaver Meadow twice and also the Champion for children award for her volunteer work at Beaver Meadow. Kristin is a mother of two and has been working as a Consultant for AAC, Inc. since 1998.

Tina Annis

Tina Annis

Secretary

Trustee: 9/2016 to 6/2019

Tina Annis joined the Concord Trust in 2016. She has two children who attend Concord public schools.  Tina is a New Hampshire native and has been practicing law for over fifteen years.  She owns her own law firm, Annis & Zellers PLLC in Concord, and works in the area of Trusts and Estates.  She is a frequent speaker in the community about estate planning issues.  Tina is pleased to be a part of the Concord Trust organization and excited about fostering innovative ideas in the classroom.

Roger Brooks

Roger Brooks

Trustee: 9/2013 to 6/2019

Roger Brooks Ed.D was an educator in Concord for 35 years, as an elementary teacher then principal. Beginning with a stint in the Peace Corps, Roger has a decades-long history of award-winning community service, especially in the arts. In addition to serving on the board of The Concord Trust, Roger is currently the chair of the NH State Council on the Arts, a member (and past chair) of RB Productions, Community Theatre, former Treasurer of the Concord School District, an Adjudicator for NH Theatre Awards, and Doorkeeper for the NH State Senate.

Jennifer Eggers

Jennifer Eggers

Trustee: 9/2014 to 6/2020

Jennifer Eggers grew up in Durham, NH attending the Oyster River public schools. She is a board certified Family Medicine Physician, has a Master’s in Public Health, and teaches at New Hampshire Technical Institute. She believes strongly in the value of education for all. Jen is the proud mother of two boys who have attended the Concord Public Schools.

Harriet Kraybill

Harriet Kraybill

Trustee: 9/2015 to 6/2018

Harriet Kraybill M.S.Ed. joined the Concord Trust in 2013. She taught high school mathematics in the Concord School District for twenty years and was the Curriculum Facilitator for the Mathematics, Business, and Technology education departments for ten of those years. She retired from the Concord School District in 2011 and worked as an adjunct teacher of Mathematics at St. Paul’s School during the 2011-2012 school year. She has been a volunteer member of the Concord High School PTSO, the Music Department Booster Club, and was co-advisor for the German American Partnership Program (GAPP) for more than twenty years.

Adam Lesser

Adam Lesser

Trustee: 9/2015 to 6/2018

Adam Lesser joined the Trust in 2015. Adam has one child who attends Beaver Meadow School and a toddler who will attend soon. He taught for and directed environmental and outdoor education programs in New England, Michigan, and upstate New York before moving to Concord in 2005 to attend law school. He currently assists Boston-area law firms with litigation discovery.

Pam Wicks

Pam Wicks

Trustee: 9/2016 to 6/2019

Pam Wicks joined the Concord Trust in 2016.  Pam moved to Concord, NH with her husband and 3 boys in 2011.  That Fall, when her oldest began Kindergarten at the old Dame School, she began volunteering with the school PTA.  She is currently serving on the PTA Board at both Mill Brook and Broken Ground schools, and will begin her 3 year term on the Concord School Board on January 3, 2017.  She is looking forward to working with the Trust and the School Board to bring innovative learning opportunities to the students of Concord Public Schools.

Previous Board Members

  1. Maria Manus Painchaud (1997, founding member)
  2. Douglas Hicks (1997, founding member)
  3. Charles Leahy (1997, founding member)
  4. James Miliken (1997, founding member)
  5. Thomas O’Connor (1997, founding member)
  6. Jodi Sturgeon (1997, founding member)
  7. Christine Boezeman (1997-2004)
  8. Valerie Riley (1997-2004)
  9. Tara Reardon (pre-2002)
  10. Pam Smith (pre-2002)
  11. Susan Schoenfeld (pre-2002)
  12. Jeff Zellers (pre-2002)
  13. Gayle Braley (pre-2002)
  14. Lisa Sands (2004) Vice Chair
  15. Gena Cohen Moses (2004)
  16. Bob Cummings (2004)
  17. Ellen Koenig (2003) Chair
  18. Steven Winer (2003) Secretary
  19. Cynthia Rouvalis (2003) Treasurer
  20. Pat Lang (2003) Vice Chair, Treasurer
  21. Chris Teague (2003)
  22. Val Perkins (2003)
  23. Clint Cogswell (2006-2015)
  24. Janna Cummings (2006)
  25. Connie Boyles Lane (2006-2012) Secretary
  26. Doug McNutt (2005)
  27. Maureen Redmond-Scura (2005-2014) Chair
  28. Susan Sokul (2006)
  29. Beth Vignati (2006-2011)
  30. Patty Creedon (2007-2013) Treasurer
  31. Charles Willing (2009-2012)
  32. Roger Brooks (2010-present)
  33. Jen Eggers (2011-present)
  34. Ashlyn Hiley (2010-present) Chair
  35. Leslie Joyner (2011-2017) Secretary
  36. Harriet Kraybill (2012-2018) Chair, Vice Chair
  37. Adam Lesser (2012-present)
  38. Karen McClellan (2010-2016) Vice Chair
  39. Andrea Golding (2012-2013)
  40. Jane Berlin Pauley (2012-2013)
  41. Matt Newland (2012-2012)
  42. Kristin O’Connor (2012-present) Treasurer
  43. Kristin Phillips (2013-2015)
  44. Jeffrey Shaw (2009-2013)
  45. Susan Zimmermann (2014-2017)
  46. Susan Reynolds (2015-present) Vice Chair
  47. Tina Annis (2016-present) Secretary
  48. Pam Wicks (2016-present)