2018 NHAHPERD Officers

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Mary Ellen Alger - 2018 pRESIDENT

Professor of Kinesiology - New England College

I am currently a faculty member in the Education Division at New England College, teaching in the Kinesiology and Physical Education teacher certification programs. During my 27 year career at NEC, I have also served as Director of Athletics, and Head Coach of women’s basketball and softball. I have enjoyed my past and present roles on the NHAHPERD Executive Board as past Vice President of PE, past Awards Chair, and State Advisory Council Representative. I have earned degrees from Ithaca College (NY) and New England College. Beyond work, I continue to enjoy skiing, kayaking, golf, gardening, and spending time boating in the Lakes Region of NH.








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 Sarah Flaherty- 2018 vp pe

Hi! I'm Sarah Flaherty your VP of Physical Education. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 with my graduate degree, and have been teaching physical education at Windham Middle School in Windham, New Hampshire ever since. I have the pleasure of coaching one of our middle school volleyball teams, our high school's track team, and the NH high school ultimate frisbee team in the summer. I enjoy hiking with my dog, gardening, being outside in all seasons, and traveling just about everywhere! 



eRIC cARPENTER - 2018 pAST vp pe










Kyle Donovan - 2018 Past VP Rec


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Tess Patry - 2018 VP Elect Rec

I am employed by Parker Academy as the health and physical education teacher. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2015 receiving a BS in Kinesiology: Physical Education Pedagogy. I am currently obtaining a Masters from Southern New Hampshire University in Sports Management and a certification in Athletic Administration. In my free time I enjoy being active with my family; hiking the White Mountains, down hill and cross country skiing, camping and kayaking.



 Melody Gray - 2018 VP Dance & Constant Contact




 - 2018 Past VP Dance


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Jacqueline Laufman - 2018 VP Elect Dance

I play fiddle for and call traditional dances, teach fiddle, tutor, and manage a rental property. I've co-authored a dance book, recorded several CDs and am a former school counselor. I garden, hike, skate, ski, swim, bike, play with grandkids, do carpentry-building projects and watercolor painting. This is my second term as VP Dance


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Jarrod Brooks - 2018 VP Health & Constant Contact



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Laura Short - 2018 Past VP health

University of New Hampshire - BS in Kinesiology (2007), MEd in Secondary Education (2008)

Bedford High School Wellness teacher; Key Club, National Honor Society and Superfan Club

Southern New Hampshire University - MS in Sport Management with a Graduate Certificate in Athletic Administration

Southern New Hampshire University - Health & Wellness Professor

In my free time, I am outside in any way, shape or form; enjoying the beach, hiking, and my main love of skiing in the winter. I am always expanding my mind through reading, or personal research; I will not go to bed until I have learned something new that day.



Holly Alperin - 2018 VP Elect Health 

EdM, MCHES, Clinical Assistant Professor - Health & Physical Education

University of New Hampshire

Graduated from Central Michigan University & Boston University

Love being outdoors - beach, hiking, exploring, skiing




Dianne Rappa - 2018 Executive Director




Diana Griffin - 2018 Treasurer 



Beverly King - 2018 Secretary



KrysTina Heywood - 2018 Student Rep


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Michelle Grenier - 2018 APE Rep to Board

Professor Michelle Grenier, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert in the field of inclusion and adapted physical education. She served as editor for a Human Kinetics publication entitled Physical Education for Students with Autism Spectrum
Disorders: A Comprehensive Approach. She is coordinator of the Health and Physical Education Option in the Department of Kinesiology and oversees the adapted physical education concentration at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She also
oversees the adapted physical education undergraduate and graduate certificate.




Christine Parent - 2018 AHA Rep to Board



Rose Grenier - 2018 HFH Coordinator



Marcia McCaffrey - 2018 DOE Rep to Board



Karyn Misenheimer - 2018 CoEditor Newsletter



Curt Martin - 2018 Awards Chair



Piper Cronin - 2018 EDSAC



Dave Olszewski - 2018 Media Specialist


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Matt McGuigan - 2018 Webmaster 

I graduated from Plymouth State University with a BS in Physical Education and a minor in Adventure Education. I am the PE teacher at Crossroads Academy and assistant Health teacher. Being outside is my way to stay healthy and active. Hiking, fishing , snowboarding you name it!  




Operation Codes

Adaptive PE

The purpose of this position is to promote awareness of practices and programs which serve the needs of individuals with disabilities in the context of physical activities.


The purpose of this position is to:
1. Receive, screen, file, and store all NHAHPERD records and documents of historical value.
2. Use Association historical data to develop a historical document.
3. Service the membership by granting permission for the use of documents for research and other professional purposes.

Awards Chair 

The purpose of the Awards Committee is to solicit nominations and make selections for all NHAHPERD Awards. It will be responsible for publicizing information about award recipients, purchase and preparation of the awards, and preparation of notes relative to award recipients for the President. 



This organization shall be known as the New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, a non-profit professional organization affiliated with EDA and AAHPERD.

Council For Convention

The purpose of this position is to serve as a liaison for NHAHPERD to the Eastern District Association through the EDA Council for Conventions. 

Council For Service

The purpose of this position is to serve as a liaison for NHAHPERD to the Eastern District Association through the EDA Council for Services.


DOE Representative 

The purpose of this position is to serve as a liaison for NHAHPERD with the New Hampshire Department of Education and the New Hampshire State Board of Education.

Executive Director

To serve as a general manager of the Association subject to the authority, control, and direction of the Executive Board, Executive Committee, and the President.


The purpose of this position is to: 
1. Serve as a liaison between Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart and NHAHPERD.
2. Promote NHAHPERD Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart programs in New Hampshire.



Details of this position is describe in the link above. 

Newsletter Editor

The purpose of this position is to assist in publishing the NHAHPERD News.


Details of this position is describe in the link above. 


Past-Vice President

A. To assume responsibilities for the activities conducted throughout the year in (discipline).
B. To support the Vice President for (discipline) in interpreting the work of the Executive Board and promoting programs for (discipline).

Physical Best

The purpose of this position is to serve as a liaison for NHAHPERD with the Physical Best/Fitnessgram program.


Details of this position is describe in the link above. 



Details of this position is describe in the link above. 



A. To serve as an association officer and help individuals
elected to their specific offices.
B. Serve as a guide and reminder of responsibilities.
C. Help standardize practice of NHAHPERD.

Student Representative

Details of this position is describe in the link above. 



Details of this position is describe in the link above. 


Vice-President Elect

Details of this position is describe in the link above. 

Vice President 

Details of this position is describe in the link above.