Board of Trustees
We’re proud to present our amazing Board of Trustees. Their care, enthusiasm and dedication to helping students exceed has brought Coastal Waters Chartered Public School from concept to reality. We invite you to take a moment to read their stories below.
Board Chair and Treasurer
Bill is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over twenty years of strategic and operational accounting and business experience across a variety of industries – public accounting, marketing, manufacturing, telecommunications, education, healthcare, and non-profit organizations. He has experience auditing, consulting, and managing grade schools, universities, and tech schools in Maine and New Hampshire. He is currently the CFO and COO of a social services non-profit organization in Portland, Maine that serves people in recovery. His previous experience on the Board of Directors, consulting, and management for other non-profit organizations provides the needed financial and administrative operational insight required for the successful set-up and operations of the school.
Jasmine is a Waldorf graduate who attended both Pine Hill and High Mowing School in Wilton, NH. She is an experienced Waldorf Handwork teacher, and a parent of two Waldorf students. She graduated from UNH with a BA in Natural Resource Economics and Environmental Conservation. For many years she sat on the Board of Directors of a private Waldorf school in Maine, where she taught as well as held the role of Chair of Development in charge of fundraising and event planning; she has also worked in the marketing world. Her vision of a free public Waldorf school is becoming a reality thanks to the enthusiasm, hard work, and experience of her fellow Development Team members.
Jasmine is the Chair of the Fundraising and Development Committee. If you are interested in supporting our Fundraising or Development efforts, please contact Jasmine.
Board Member - Secretary
Emily M. Hinnov is a Waldorf parent with a PhD in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire. She has taught at the undergraduate level for many years on a variety of humanities-related subjects, to include: women’s literature, film studies, college writing, an internship in the humanities, transatlantic literary modernism, and British Literature from Beowulf to Virginia Woolf. Emily is currently an English Professor and Program Coordinator at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth. She is a scholar in the field of literary modernism and has published several books, chapters, and articles since beginning her doctoral program. Emily has also served on a variety of administrative committees as both a faculty member and an administrator in higher education.
Emily resides in Exeter with her husband, our high schooler (enrolled at Coastal Waters), and our rescued Pomeranian/Chihuahua. As a Waldorf parent while our child journeyed through middle school, she understands what a difference a warm, engaging, holistic, and challenging atmosphere makes for students, teachers, and families. We are so pleased to have the opportunity to return to Waldorf-based education for our teen. Emily feels fortunate to have the serendipitous opportunity to become part of the Coastal Waters community and looks forward to continuing to serve on the Board as we build a vibrant new school.
Lauren has worked in the education space for over fifteen years, both in consulting roles for nationally distributed alternative schools and state departments of education and more recently working in higher ed. Through these experiences, she’s honed expertise in instructional design for adult learners, learner experience design, lean start-up methodologies, and strategic planning.
She loves collaborating with others from diverse perspectives to create paths to scale from visionary ideas. Lauren is excited to be part of the Coastal Waters team and to help increase educational options for seacoast NH families.
Tristan is a first-generation high school and college graduate. He advocates for diversity, inclusion, and belonging and is passionate about bringing people together, supporting better outcomes, and building community.
Tristan's path to success has been non-traditional, and he's excited to support the Waldorf pedagogy. Tristan’s a successful entrepreneur and private equity strategy consultant for a global management consulting firm where he specializes in supporting corporates and investment professionals throughout the investment lifecycle. His most recent experiences focus on technology assets in the financial services and education sector, commercial real estate, CPGs, agriculture, and manufacturing. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an AA from Great Bay Community College. In his leisure time, he is a food and beverage storyteller, plays ultimate frisbee and dominoes, learns new musical instruments, and supports various projects to help build resilient communities.
Facilities Committee and Advisor to the Board
Matt is a successful Technologist, Technology Consultant, Real Estate Investor, and Entrepreneur who focuses on systems and strategies which make businesses operate at their highest levels. Over the past 25 years Matt’s focus on team-based results via Agile methodologies have helped start-ups and established companies alike become more effective and efficient. This includes TechTarget, an early 2000’s tech start-up which was taken public on the NY Stock Exchange in 2007, multiple financial and insurance institutions, as well as real estate companies, real estate contractors, and investors. Matt currently manages Data & Analytic teams at a large insurance company, acts as a technical consultant for XPlore Brands, holds a volunteer position as Financial Director for Frye’s Measure Mill (a historic water-powered mill in Wilton, NH) and operates a real estate investment portfolio. Matt’s strong results-based background and executive & team coaching ability will help our school achieve the results we desire.
Advisor to the Board
Doug has spent the last 25 years trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. He earned a BA from California State University, Chico in Audio Engineering and Music Education, then an MA in Vocal Performance. After a short stint as a brewer, he earned an MS in Finance from Saint Mary’s College of California. Since then, Doug has helped individuals plan and invest for retirement, worked as a consultant to private equity investors, and as a consultant to endowments and foundations. In this capacity, he conducted Operational Due Diligence, ensuring that investment managers were taking necessary precautions and implementing proper procedures into everything from cash controls and securities trading, to compliance, IT and cybersecurity, and human resources.
Doug has recently transitioned to the non-profit sector, working as a financial analyst for a Community Development Finance Institution that helps residents of New Hampshire with low incomes or lack of access to credit to become homeowners, as well as businesses, especially minority owned or those making a positive impact, grow, and support their communities.
The opportunity to bring Waldorf-inspired education and values to the Seacoast community is very exciting and Doug hopes that others will join on this journey.
Doug is the Chair of our Facilities Committee. He would love to hear from you for any reason, but especially if you have facility ideas and are interested in assisting with our facility set-up.
Sabrina Jess, PMP
Advisor to the Board
Sabrina is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and technical writer, but still has trouble figuring out how to operate any TV setup with multiple remotes, and hates closing any of her Chrome tabs. She has a varied background in marketing and communications, with experience in technical writing, copywriting, branding, lead generation, social media management, and more. She has worked with startups and tech giants alike to craft their messages and help their customers.
Her interest in education stems from her own childhood, and now from her experience as the mom of two young children. She hopes to give her children a different kind of education and school experience than she had. She’s eager to grow a school community that prioritizes connection with each other and the natural world, and that honors the unique learning differences of every child.
Nancy Wilson, M.Ed.
Advisor to the Board
Nancy has been working with a variety of age groups for many years. She holds a M.Ed. and Waldorf certification from Antioch University New England. Her Waldorf Training ranges from Early Childhood through Grade eight. She spent many years working with and for Pine Hill Waldorf school serving as a Founding Teacher and Assistant Director for their child care program and later as a kindergarten teacher. She also served as the Executive Director of a related non-profit organization, A Child’s Nature - Care and Education.
Nancy’s experience has included human resources, admissions/enrollment, recruitment, operations management, working with state licensing, curriculum development, mentoring, and acting as a supervising teacher for both high school interns and interns attending the Waldorf Teacher Training Program at Antioch University New England.
In addition to her experience as a teacher and administrator, Nancy has worked in sales and marketing in the natural food industry and has experience with business development, branding, and social media management. She is currently a social media consultant for Xplore Real Estate/Xplore Monadnock as well as The Herbal Path Portsmouth.
She is passionate about bringing Waldorf Education to the public sector. As a result, she has stepped away from teaching full time to focus her energy on supporting the development of Coastal Waters Chartered Public School.
Priscilla Band Weston
Advisor to the Board
Priscilla is a Realtor® with Coldwell Banker, and interior designer with 11 years of experience in real estate investing and renovation consulting. In recent years, she has successfully launched two small businesses using her knowledge of financing, lean management, and marketing acquired from her time working in both for-profit and non-profit organizations, including The Philadelphia Zoo and Yankee Magazine. A mother of four, she credits Waldorf education for expanding her childrens’ creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking.
The Board of Trustees meets Monday at 6:00 p.m. If you wish to attend the meeting please email our Board Chair, Bill Libby, at email@example.com.