Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

Board of Directors

Sunnybrook Montessori School is an independent, not-for-profit preschool (ages 3-7) in Lancaster, NH. For forty years Sunnybrook has been a vibrant community for children and their families. Sunnybrook began as a parent cooperative and then became a private business managed by Geradine Tobin for nearly 30 years. In 2006, Gerry’s daughter-in-law, Laura Tobin, purchased and managed Sunnybrook through the end of the 2008-2009 school year.

As of July 1, 2009, Sunnybrook, harking back to its roots, once again became a nonprofit organization run by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is made of parents, engaged community members, and alumni with ties to Sunnybrook’s long history.

The Board of Directors is the managing body of Sunnybrook Montessori School.  The board is responsible for planning and program governance, policy management, financial management, personnel management, and public relations. Board members are available to answer questions, take suggestions and recommendations, and provide information about the school and the board.

You will find below a list of the current board members and minutes from the board meetings. The Board of Directors meets on the second Monday evening of each month in the Sunnybrook classroom. Meetings are open to the public.

To contact the Board of Directors, you may e-mail [email protected]

To contact the president of the board, Matt Kelly, you may e-mail [email protected]

Meet our 2019-2020 Sunnybrook Montessori School Board Members

Matt Kelly
Matt is a New Hampshire transplant with three young children. He joined the board in 2017 and enjoys volunteering his wife’s free time to Sunnybrook. He works for a local utility company.

Gail McVetty
Gail is a native of Lancaster and a new employee of the Lancaster Elementary School where she will be teaching third grade. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Design.  After 8 years of living and working in southern Maine, Gail and her husband Chris made the decision to move back to the community they had loved as children to raise their own family. She has had the privilege of staying home with her three young children for the last five years here in northern New Hampshire. She is now ready to jump back into the field of education and is excited to share her passion as a member of the Sunnybrook board.  Gail’s youngest daughter will be attending as a three year old in the fall and she can’t wait for her to be involved in such a wonderful early childhood community and to grow as a young learner and explorer!

TREASURER: Stacey Zemla
Stacey Zemla
Mother of two.
Fort builder.

I’m passionate about children and their education. I value play and self-directed learning. I love Sunnybrook and I consider my children fortunate to spend their formative years at this wonderful place.

Zeanny Egea
Zeanny is very excited to join the Sunnybrook Board in the 2016-2017 school year. She is a mother of 2 boys and a baby girl. She is a native of Costa Rica, former lawyer in her country but decided to follow her heart once she moved to the United States and TEACH.  She has been teaching Spanish for the past 10 years.  She now teaches Spanish programs and works part time for the UNH Cooperative Extension as a Nutrition Educator. She has been part of the Sunnybrook Family since 2010 teaching Spanish, substitute teaching, and volunteering during school hours. As a mom of 2 former students, she knows that the children in Sunnybrook are receiving the best foundations for their future education and for their practical life.

Meryl Nevins
Meryl Nevins
Owner and farmer at Prospect Farm in Lunenburg, VT. Meryl has been living in the North Country region for the last eight years. Before farming full time she worked in the non-profit sector in the region. She is excited to get involved and grow deeper roots in our direct community.

Ben Prinkki
Ben Prinkki
Ben is raising two daughters with his wife, Bridget.  Ben enjoys building stone walls, poetry, music, and exploring the contours of life with his family.

Alayna Signorello
Alayna Signorello (2)
Alayna is a 5th grade teacher at the Warren Village School and lives in North Woodstock, NH. She grew up attending the Cornerstone School, a Montessori school in southern New Hampshire, and went on to teach in an outdoor Toddler classroom there. Alayna is excited to be connected with the Montessori community in northern New Hampshire.