Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a group of educational, business, and community leaders who have kindly agreed to contribute their expertise to complement the skills of our Executive Director, Board of Directors, and our other volunteers.

The role of the Advisory Council is to help us to establish and review goals, to suggest ideas for making our processes and relationships work better, and to act as outside ambassadors for our organization.

Angela Foss

Associate Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at Southern New Hampshire University

Angie Foss HeadshotBeginning her career in industry as a video game developer and armed with a background in Computer Engineering gives Angie the perfect lens in academia to shape the curriculum for other like-minded individuals interested in technical degrees and careers. Angie is passionate about supporting, promoting, and increasing the next generation of innovators. She believes in fostering creative thinking and removing the boundaries between disciplines. Angie believes the key to innovation is through diversity and inclusion.

Brady Sadler

EVP, Growth & Innovation at GYK Antler

Brady Sadler HeadshotBrady Sadler is a marketing executive and entrepreneur with a passion for developing creative partnerships and strategies that support business growth.

In his role as EVP, Growth & Innovation at the marketing firm GYK Antler, Brady leads business development efforts including marketing the company, identifying new client and partnership opportunities, and exploring new service offerings. His passion for the arts led to co-founding 1band 1brand, a boutique b2b consulting firm championing the alignment of artists and brands for mutual benefit.

Brady is also proud to support a number of non-profits including the Friends of CHaD (Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth) where he served for ten years as a board member, the Manchester Community Music School where he took piano lessons and participated in a local ‘Dancing With The Stars’ competition and the Rock On Foundation, GYK Antler’s in-house non-profit supporting youth sports and arts initiatives.

Fred Bramante

Founder and President of the National Center for Competency-Based Learning
Former Chair of the New Hampshire Board of Education

Fred Bramante HeadshotIn 1995, Fred Bramante received the Alumni Achievement Award from Keene State College, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Science (1970). In 2009, Fred was given the Alumni Achievement Award from Plymouth State University where he received his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership (2006). In 1964, Fred graduated 206th of 212 students in his high school; that year his applications for admission to both colleges were rejected.

Fred, a former 8th grade Science teacher, left teaching to put a full-time effort into his fledgling music business. With his life savings of $600, Fred founded Daddy’s Junky Music (1972) and grew it from the smallest of over 11,000 music dealers to the 15th largest in America.

Fred is a former candidate for governor and the past Chairman of the New Hampshire State Board of Education. Appointed by both Republican and Democratic governors, Fred served on the State Board of Education longer than anyone in the state’s history. In 2003, Fred led New Hampshire’s first full-scale effort to redesign public education since 1919. Fred’s work, chronicled in his book Off the Clock: Moving Education from Time to Competency (Bramante & Colby, Corwin Press. 2011), has received rave reviews in education circles around the nation.

Today, Fred is the Founder and President of the National Center for Competency-Based Learning (NCCBL) whose vision is “the world as the classroom.”

Jamie Saucier

Director of School District Engagement at Reaching Higher New Hampshire
Founder, Chair & Developer of the Voices of the (603) A cappella Festival
Co-Chair of NH Citizens for the Arts

Jamie Saucier HeadshotJamie Saucier is a native of New Hampshire, having grown up in Derry and currently residing in East Kingston with his wife, sons and daughter. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Pre-teaching. While at UNH, he was heavily involved in all choral ensembles and a cappella groups. He musically directed Alabaster Blue, a co-ed a cappella group, and founded Not Too Sharp, an all-male barbershop and a cappella group.

After graduation, Mr. Saucier went to work in the public schools in the New England and New York areas. While in New York he attended Ithaca College and received his Master of Music degree in Music with a specialty in Music Education. After having taught for four years he went for a change of careers and started his position at UNH Manchester as the Student Activities/Involvement Coordinator. While in this position he has raised tens of thousands of dollars for local charities and founded many musical student clubs (Milling Around, a cappella group; Brick and Mortar, theatre group among others).

He is the coordinator, founder and director of Voices of the (603), an a cappella festival for middle and high schools in the state of NH. He completed his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Educational Leadership with a specialty of Arts, Leadership and Learning from Plymouth State University. He is the co-chair for NH Citizens for the Arts, a statewide advocacy and education organization promoting public support of the arts. Most recently he is the Director of School District Engagement for Reaching Higher NH, an organization supporting public education in NH.

Anat Eshed, Ph.D.

Anat Eshed HeadshotAnat spent most of her professional life as a physicist, working as a researcher at MIT developing new materials for a wide range of applications from communication to health. Currently, Anat is a staff member at a nonprofit organization in Concord, NH working with families, communities, and at the state level to improve educational outcomes for students.

Anat has an extensive volunteer experience in a variety of programs including Destination Imagination Team manager, Math Olympiad club coach, member of the NH State Department of Education science curriculum revision committee, and a judge at the NH annual science and engineering exposition.

When Anat does not lend her time to work or volunteer activities, she enjoys time with family, swimming, taking university courses, traveling, music, and her Maine Coon cat.

Jill Schoonmaker, MEd

Retired Executive Director of NHICC and Affiliate Director for NH Destination Imagination

Jill_Schoonmaker_162x192Jill’s other roles include: Gottalikachallenge Camp Creator/ Director, Teacher of the Gifted and Talented, Picture Framer, Amateur Chef, Wife, Mom and Queenie (grandma).

Defining Characteristics:

  • Eyes: Two.
  • Hair: Yes.
  • Weight: NO, too impatient.
  • Height: Just right, feet touch the ground.
  • Wardrobe: At last count, 257 T-shirts in various sizes and designs. Never wears the same one twice, making her difficult to spot in a crowd.
  • Strange earrings: Hangs unusual things from earlobes&emdash;may have flashy tendencies.
  • Habits: Talks to everyone about this rapidly growing, youth-oriented, problem-solving, STEAM-focused, innovative organization. Occasionally wears a watch but usually depends on others for this information, shows blatant disregard for temporal things.
  • Warning: Has been seen running with scissors!

We are very pleased to be able to list an additional advisor who has agreed to assist the members of the Advisory Council in their work on behalf of our organization:

Steve Marchand

Principal at SRM Consulting, LLC
Former Director of Public Relations at the University of New Hampshire
Former Mayor of Portsmouth NH