Board of Trustees

The Founders Academy Board of Trustees

Patricia G. Humphrey, M.Ed. - Founder, Board Member

Patricia Humphrey is a devoted supporter of the public charter school movement and has offered much of her life to this cause. She is the Founder of the New Hampshire Center for Innovative School (NHCIS) and a Founder of the Academy for Science and Design (ASD) in Nashua. Patricia is an experienced school administrator, educator, and board director. She has taught K-8 in New York City and in New Hampshire, and has directed a unique, independent school in New York City. Patty has extensive experience with public policy and fund-raising.

Kimberly Lavallee - Founder, Treasurer, Board Member
Kimberly Lavallee is an active supporter of the Public Charter School movement. She is a Co-Founder of The Founders Academy Foundation and serves as the Treasurer. In addition, Mrs. Lavellee currently serves as a board member of the Academy for Science and Design, a Public Charter School in Nashua. She currently chairs the personnel committee. Kimberly’s professional background is in the commercial and residential real-estate industry where she worked for 23 years in the appraisal field, managing approximately 70 appraisers throughout three states. She is also a devoted mother of two boys that keep her very busy.

Richard Hyotte, Chairman, Board Member
Rick Hyotte is currently the Director of National Sales for Davis IT & Engineering and has been for over 10 years. Davis is a National Staffing Agency that provides Engineering and IT Professionals all over the country. He relies on his communication abilities to build strong, lasting relationships with clients, to ensure they reach their business goals. By taking the time to understand the needs of clients, and acquiring detailed knowledge of business trends, growth potential, and other related issues surrounding the clients, Rick is able to provide quality customer service. In addition, he is able to manage multiple high volume accounts and manage a team of sales professionals. His efforts facilitated in the internal growth and expansion of existing business,billings, and company’s profit. Before joining Davis he worked at a Fundraising and Event Company (All-Pro Productions & All Pro Appearance) where they raised millions of dollars for various charities and planned corporate events for area businesses. Prior to All-Pro Productions, Rick was the Executive Producer of The Big Show on Sports Radio WEEI in Boston. Rick Hyotte graduated from Curry College with a Bachelors' in Business Administration and a minor in Communication- 1993.

Brenda Lombardozzi, Board Member
Brenda is originally from Massachusetts but has lived in New Hampshire for the past 18 years and currently resides in Windham. She graduated from Framingham State University with a BA in Economics in 1986 and received a certification in Legal Studies from Northeastern University in 1995. Brenda started her career in the financial field working with mutual funds, trust, and compliance. In 1995, she changed careers and worked as a Paralegal for a Boston law firm, Warner & Stackpole in both their corporate and litigation departments. She has experience with all aspects of establishing legal entities, corporate records, filings, and regulations. She also worked on the litigation side for large-scale discovery projects. In 1997, Brenda and family moved to New Hampshire where she joined the legal department of the Tyco International, Ltd., her duties included the maintenance of the corporate records for over 200 companies and subsidiaries. Brenda and her husband Rich have two children; one attends The Founders Academy and is currently enrolled in the seventh grade. She is an active volunteer at Founders and has participated in and chaired a variety of charity events & fundraisers for 10 plus years.

Sean Thomas, Board Member
Sean Thomas is a native of Framingham, Massachusetts and a longtime political activist in his adopted home of Manchester, New Hampshire. A 1992 graduate of St. Anselm College with a degree in Mathematics, Thomas has served as a political advisor to former Manchester Mayors Raymond Wieczorek and Frank Guinta, as the Property & Contracts Manager at Boston-Manchester Regional Airport and currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff to US Congressman Frank Guinta. His service to his community extends beyond the political realm being an active member of St. Raphael’s Church in Manchester and as a former Board Member of New Horizons for New Hampshire. He was named as one of 40 Under Forty for the Class of 2009 and his personal interests include ice hockey, golf, mediaeval history, Gregorian chant, cooking and reading.

Craig D. Johnson, CFP®, CLTC, Board Member
Craig is an experienced supporter of the public charter school movement. Craig was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire.  He resides in Bedford with his wife Suzanne and two children, Samuel and Livia. Craig attended Florida State University for his undergraduate studies. He then received his Certificate in Financial Planning through Merrimack College. Craig is a Certified Financial Planning Practitioner and The Business Development Director for Rise Private Wealth Management, a boutique wealth management firm in Bedford. Craig is a member of The NH Estate Planning Council, The NH Society for CPAs, and The Financial Planning Association. Previous to joining Rise Craig was a Vice President for Fidelity Investments in Boston and a Regional Vice President for Genworth Financial.

Matt Mercier - Acapella Technologies
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Maureen C. Mooney, Ex Officio
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Christopher Kline, Ex Officio
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