Board of Directors
Rey Garofano, Chair
Alumna parent, Essex Junction, VT
Rey is a Schoolhouse alumna parent. Her daughter attended the preschool and elementary program at the Schoolhouse. As a Housing Program Officer for the State of Vermont, Rey works to make sure that every Vermont family has a safe and secure place to call home. Rey has over 20 years of diverse, well-rounded experience in the fields of business, project management, and government. Rey holds a business administration degree from Champlain College. Rey also owns Tala, Taste of Persia (a Vermont based Persian baked goods company) and is a contributor to the Burlington Vermont Moms Blog. Rey lives in Essex with her husband and daughter.
Suzie McCoy, Vice-Chair
Middle School Parent; Hinesburg, VT
Suzie’s son has been at The Schoolhouse for 5 years so far and plans to stay through 8th grade—they are big fans! She is currently in Marketing and Sales for Front Porch Forum, has taught Media Literacy at UVM & SMC, taught French, Spanish and Math at the middle and high school levels, and worked in the micro computer industry. She is an advocate and activist for women’s issues, and environmental and social justice. She holds degrees from UCONN, Sacred Heart University, SMC & L’Universite de Rouen, France.
Bob Hill, Treasurer
Alumnus Parent; Jericho, VT
Bob Hill is a parent of two Schoolhouse alumni: Nora and Mason. Both of his children thrived at the school, and this inspired Bob to bring his experience and energy to the board. Along with his partner Laury Shea, Bob has owned and operated Clay Brook Farm, an organic vegetable farm in Jericho, for the last twenty years. Bob also served as Agricultural Representative on The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission and participated in the five year update to the county’s regional plan. Bob holds a BA in Environmental Science from Colby College. Besides family, his interests are playing guitar, fly fishing, and the Red Sox/Celtics.
Anne Mollo, Secretary
Elementary & Middle School Parent; Charlotte, VT
Anne is both a professional freelance writer and a certified massage therapist. She has written for many different industries, including: finance, architecture, telecommunications, health care and education. Her massage practice spans 30 years and is a blend of Swedish, Esalen and STR/AIS sports massage. In her free time, she performs at storytelling events (a la The Moth), or occasionally as a comedy improviser and stand-up comic. Anne is also a member of the Founders Club at the Vermont Comedy Club, Vermont’s premier comedy venue in downtown Burlington. At home she can be found puttering in the garden or paddling her kayak in the lake.
Elementary Parent; Williston, VT
Johanna is a Schoolhouse parent and high school teacher, specializing in English language acquisition and literacy at Champlain Valley Union High School. Johanna has dedicated her life’s work to education and supporting educational practices that nurture the development of the whole child and the love of learning. Schoolhouse is a perfect fit for her son!
Elementary Parent; Shelburne, VT
Natanya Helak has been a member of the Schoolhouse Board for 6 years, serving as Chair from 2010-2015. She has two children who currently attend Schoolhouse. Natanya is an Energy Healer and Coach with a private practice in Shelburne, VT. She also enjoys fiber arts, singing, and doing just about anything that involves spending time in nature. She especially loves exploring these interests with her children.
Alumna Parent; Burlington, VT
Pamela’s son Jonah attended Schoolhouse from 2000 – 2006. Pamela joined the board in 2015. While she was a Schoolhouse parent, she assisted with the property acquisition of the current site, updated the bylaws, helped with ongoing legal issues, and worked with teachers and parents to improve the education program. Pamela is an attorney, conflict specialist, and educational consultant who most recently has worked nationally and regionally on education change—especially for children with disabilities—and has a long history assisting businesses and non-profits. Pamela loves to sing, make jewelry, take walks and learn French.
Elementary Parent; Williston, VT
Brooke joined the board in late 2013. A Massachusetts native, Brooke and her spouse, Andrew Thomas, relocated to Williston, Vermont in 2006. Brooke has 10+ years work experience in Women’s Health Care, specifically Prenatal Diagnostics and Genetics. She currently holds the role of Business Development Manager with Sequenom Laboratories. Besides her interest in Women’s Health, she is an active advocate for the National Down Syndrome Society and The Multiple Sclerosis Society. In her free time she enjoys all things outside that Vermont has to offer as well as blogging, Pilates, calligraphy, reading and being an active participant in the Schoolhouse programs. She currently also serves on the Alumni School Board of Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, NH. Her active family enjoys traveling, lacrosse, skiing, fishing, hiking and trips to Cape Cod. Brooke’s three oldest children, William, Finnegan and Piper are currently enrolled in the Elementary and Storytime programs.
Liz Shayne, Head of School
Middle School Parent; Burlington, VT
Liz has spent her professional career in and around education and became the Head of School at The Schoolhouse in August 2011. Liz was a middle and high school teacher, administrator and technology specialist at the Spence School, an independent K-12 school in Manhattan.
Liz is co-founder of the Rosie’s Girls Summer Program, an award-winning trades exploration program for middle school-aged girls, and she continues to serve as a consultant to the program’s replication partners nationwide. She has served on the board and advisory committees of area non-profits, including the Fletcher Free Library, Vermont CARES, and The Schoolhouse. She received a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University and an AB in Modern European History from Harvard University.
Liz’s two children have attended Schoolhouse, and she served on the Board of Directors for seven years before becoming Head of School.