Board of Directors

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Alyx Lyons, Chair

Elementary Parent; Charlotte, VT

 

Alyx (she/her) has two kids at the Schoolhouse – a Sophos (fifth grade) and a Tau (second grade). Both kids are long-timers at the school, both starting in preschool when they were two years old. Even before having kids at the Schoolhouse, Alyx has been indirectly involved with the school over the past couple of decades – in a multicultural performing and educational group Kwanzaa with a couple of alum teachers, and even as a housemate to alum teachers. When her kids came along, she had no doubt that she wanted them to go to the Schoolhouse.

Alyx is a creative and strategic senior project manager with experience in planning, portfolio management, and operations. She has over 30 years of experience across multiple sectors – from natural foods retailers and coops, to energy sustainability, to academia, and in the behavioral services sector where she currently works. A whole-systems thinker, she is skilled at helping individuals and teams move ideas to action. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Geology from the University of Texas (her home state) and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Vermont.  

When not taking long walks in the woods with the family dog, perfecting her sourdough starter, cooking elaborate family meals, she is happy being a baseball/piano/soccer/etc. queer mom.

Christina Colletti, Vice Chair
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Alumna; Burlington, VT

 

Christina (she/her) is a Schoolhouse alumna and Burlington, Vermont native with expertise in child psychology and an enormous love for The Schoolhouse.

 

Christina earned a BA in Psychology from Hamilton College, an MS in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont. Early experience taking care of four children in a neighboring family inspired her to spend a decade building expertise in the field of child psychology. She has since put her varied skill set to use in public arts and a return to childcare. She currently works as a senior gallery staff at the non-profit, city-run Burlington City Arts, where she engages with the public in a customer service capacity. She also provides childcare to individual families in the community.

 

Christina thrived at The Schoolhouse and feels enormous gratitude for her time there. She has great appreciation and respect for its mission, values, and contributions to the Vermont community, and it is her honor and pleasure to now be a member of its Board. In her free time, Christina enjoys swimming in Lake Champlain, hiking, theater, documentary films, and spending as much time as possible with her two nephews and other family and friends.

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Steven Maneely, Treasurer

Preschool Parent; Shelburne, VT

Steven (he/him) is the father of a child in the preschool program and one preschool alum. Steven is an accountant who has devoted his career to the non-profit sector and works currently as the Accounting Manager at the Howard Center. He also serves on the finance committee of Pathways Vermont.

 

Being a lifelong Vermonter and son of a public school teacher, Steven embraces the philosophy of the Schoolhouse and surrounding community.  Depending on the season you can find Steven and his family in the garden, in the lake, or on the mountain.

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Liz Doran, Secretary

Elementary Parent; Hinesburg, VT

 

Liz (she/her) is a research professor at the University of Vermont, where she currently studies regional land use change and human motivation to address water quality challenges in the state of Vermont. She is the parent of a K-1 Alpha student.

Liz holds a PhD in Environmental Science from The Nicholas School for the Environment at Duke University in North Carolina, where she studied Sustainability and Urban Climate in the context of long term regional land use planning. She also holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University, and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Duke.

Liz brings to The Schoolhouse board over ten years of experience serving in leadership positions for both educational and environmental non-profit boards and organizations. She is a pilot, runner, skier, and cyclist, and she enjoys sharing adventures of all kinds with her family.

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Lorraine Carter-Lovejoy, Faculty Liaison

Middle School Teacher and Preschool Parent; Burlington, VT

Lorraine (she/her) is originally from Richmond, VA. She attended West Virginia University, where she studied music and wildlife management. She spent these days hanging in the woods to look for ginseng, and playing trombone at football games across the country.

After working in outdoor education and for Outward Bound, Lorraine moved to Vermont in 2012. She taught at Centerpoint School, Rock Point School, and then worked in HR administration at the UVM Medical Center.  At Schoolhouse she teaches the middle schoolers, who are active learners interested in creating a meaningful educational experience for themselves. What she likes about Schoolhouse is the flexible and supportive community for both teachers and students.

 

In addition to teaching at Schoolhouse, Lorraine also runs Wildflower Wilderness Expeditions, a hiking/expedition summer camp for teens. She also plays and coaches ultimate Frisbee. In her free time, Lorraine likes to ski, canoe, travel, and “yarden" with her family in Burlington.

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Natanya Lara

Alumna Parent; Shelburne, VT

Natanya (she/her) has been a member of the Schoolhouse Board for many 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.

Will Mitchell

Alumna Parent; Shelburne, VT

Will (he/him) is the grateful parent of two boys who spent their critically formative middle school years at The Schoolhouse. 

Will is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with BS degrees in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering.   Will is a career semiconductor verification engineer with decades of experience working on some of the industries most complex digital designs, including: server class microprocessors, memory subsystems, network processors, gaming chips, DSPs, network hubs, medical devices and assorted digital logic.  

Will is a co-founder and Executive Vice President of Correct Designs, an engineering and consulting services company serving the semiconductor industry for over two decades.  In addition to providing consulting services to company clients Will manages business operations at Correct Designs including finances, contracts, employee placement and recruiting.  Prior to founding Correct Designs Will spent a decade as a Senior Engineer at IBM developing server class microprocessors.  

With a passion for the outdoors, Will enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, backpacking and boating.  Will lives in Shelburne with his wife, two sons and the worlds sweetest dog. 

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John Oliver

Preschool Parent; Burlington, VT

 

John M. Oliver (he/him) is the parent of two preschool children whose lives have been irrevocably enriched by the wondrous community that is the Schoolhouse. John is the spouse of a former Schoolhouse faculty member and a firm believer in the Schoolhouse's inclusive mission and principles-based pedagogy.

 

John is a professional educator, writer, and actor. He currently serves as the Director of Community Education Initiatives at Centerpoint, a non-profit human services organization serving adolescents, families, and their communities. John's work specifically is in collaborating with adolescents to design specialized, therapeutic educational experiences that help them achieve the lives they wish to live. He is also an adjunct instructor of English at the Community College of Vermont. John earned a BA in Economics from Middlebury College and an MA in English from the Bread Loaf School of English and considers himself to be a lifelong student. He is currently studying local ecology and the evolution of white supremacy culture in the United States. He has been a teacher his entire professional life aside from a brief stint chopping wood and baking pizzas.

 

John lives in Burlington with his partner and children. He loves being in their garden, paddling small boats, throwing frisbees, and telling stories with friends. He feels deeply honored to serve the Schoolhouse community.

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Rhonda Pagnucco

Alumna Parent, Charlotte, VT

 

Rhonda (she/her) is passionate about education and supporting students and families in developing communication skills and systems to enhance their personal and academic paths. Rhonda is a licensed speech-language pathologist with expertise in working with preschool and early elementary students.  She earned an MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders with an emphasis in Early Childhood Special Education from The University of Oregon and a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Queens College. Rhonda is also trained in several movement practices and teaches classes that invite folx to develop and deepen connections with their physical body as a way of accessing aliveness, strength and joy.

 

Rhonda’s child attended The Schoolhouse from 2018-2022 and had an extraordinarily positive and transformational school experience.  During that time, Rhonda was an involved member of the community and Zeta Owls parent group.  She particularly enjoyed participating in Schoolhouse traditions such as short courses and seasonal celebrations.  Rhonda feels very connected to The Schoolhouse mission and is grateful for the opportunity to serve the community as a Board member.  

 

Rhonda enjoys traveling with her family, surfing reasonably-sized waves, snowshoeing, seeing live music, dancing and cooking. Rhonda is originally from New York and has called Vermont home since 2004.  She lives in Charlotte with her husband, teen and very large dog.

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Liz Shayne, Non-Voting Member

Head of School, Alumna Parent; Burlington, VT

Liz (she/her) 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.