Board of Directors
Zebra Crossings is governed and supported by a volunteer Board of Directors.
We are grateful for their time and commitment to our mission.
Adam Chandler, Esq., Chair - Exeter, NH
Attorney at Vrountas, Ayer & Chandler, P.C. in Manchester, NH
Adam Chandler is a sharehold with Vrountas, Ayer & Chandler, P.C., in Manchester. His expertise in both defending employment claims and handling construction disputes have led Adam to be a frequent speaker on both topics. He has a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his JD, with honors, from the Boston University School of Law. Prior to moving to New Hampshire, Adam practiced law in Providence and Boston.
Adam is originally from northern Michigan. Both he and his sister were diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes while teenagers. He now resides in Exeter with his wife, Rachel, and daughter, Amelia. When not working, Adam enjoys playing basketball, attending concerts, and outdoor activities.
Karen Niland , Vice -Chair - Madbury, NH
Lecturer Nursing Department at University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH
Karen Niland is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in Obstetric, Pediatric, Family and Reproductive Health. She is a lecturer in the Nursing Department at the University of New Hampshire and the Faculty Advisor for the UNH Student Nursing Organization. Karen has a long history as a passionate community volunteer including director and founding board member of Oyster River Parents and Preschoolers; a community enrichment, recreation and social organization. She has been the Curriculum Enrichment Chair at Moharimet School for 5 years establishing two favorite school activities: the annual Moharimet Pumpkin Stroll and creation of the Moharimet Pumpkin Patch. Karen resides in Madbury, NH with her husband Keven and their two middle-school children: Spencer and Phoebe, Speedy the turtle, and a lively flock of chickens. The Niland family loves to have fun outside: camping, fishing, lobstering, hunting, skiing, gardening, maple sugaring and hiking.
Sarah Larson-Dennen, Secretary- Durham, NH
Teacher at Oyster River School District in Durham, NH
Sarah has been a classroom teacher since 1998 teaching in Massachusetts and New Hampshire at both the middle and elementary school level. Currently, she is a fourth grade teacher at Moharimet Elementary School in the Oyster River Cooperative School District in Durham, NH. Sarah teaches in a self-contained, inclusive classroom where she works with students dealing with a variety of health issues and learning disabilities. She enjoys exploring the outdoors with her students: maple sugaring, nature journal writing, painting and growing pumpkins. She works to create a safe place for all students to be a part of a community and understands the importance of involving families in all aspects of learning. Sarah also works with the University of New Hampshire’s Teacher Education Program as a Cooperating Teacher for masters degree candidates
Before becoming a classroom teacher, Sarah worked as an experiential educator at The Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Rockland, Maine, The Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, VT and Merrowvista Education Center in Center Tuftonboro, NH. Sarah and her husband, Chris, are actively involved with Camp O-At-Ka, a boy’s camp on the shores of Sebago Lake Maine. Sarah grew up in Wolfeboro, NH on a small family farm and is a graduate of Brewster Academy. She has a BA in English and Women’s Studies from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York and a MEd from the University of New Hampshire. Sarah lives in Durham with her husband, Chris and their son, Reed.
Jessica Whalen, Treasurer - Barrington, NH
Teacher at Moharimet School in Madbury ,NH
Jessica Whalen has been a K-4 Physical Education at Moharimet School for five years. Prior to teaching there, she taught 5th-8th grade Physical Education for 8 years at Oyster River Middle School. She received her B.S. from the University of New Hampshire in 2000, majoring in Kinesiology, with a concentration in Pedagogy. In 2001 she completed her Master’s degree in teaching.
One of the classes she has taught for the last 12 years is an Adapted Physical Education class. This class is designed for our population of students who need more than the general P.E. class can offer. She has taught students in this class with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, emotional and behavioral issues, as well as other health impairments. The goal of this class is to preview for students what they will be seeing in their general education P.E. class. Much time is given to modifying activities to suit the needs of all students. It is also used as a time for students to work on their social skills.
Jess is a resident of Barrington, NH where she lives with her husband and two boys. Her time outside of school is spent as a Cub Scouts Den Leader, coaching her children’s sports teams, and enjoying time as a family.
Lisa Waller - Exeter, NH
Physican Assistant, Pediatric Pulmonoloy at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH
Lisa Waller is a board-certified physician assistant who practices pediatric pulmonology at Elliot Hospital in Manchester. She joined Elliot Hospital and New Hampshire’s Hospital for Children in October 2011. Prior to this, Lisa was working with Georgia Pediatric Pulmonology Associates and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta- Scottish Rite Hospital. Lisa graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in Health Management and Policy. She received her Masters of Medical Science at Emory University School of Medicine and her national board certification in 2004.
Lisa has been involved with the inpatient and outpatient pulmonary care of children for the last six years. She has particular interest in asthma, cystic fibrosis, ciliary disease, chronic lung disease of prematurity and the pulmonary sequelae of muscular disorders. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. While practicing in Georgia, Lisa served as part of the medical staff for Camp Breathe Easy, an asthma specialty summer camp. She appreciates how camp-based programs allow children with serious illnesses to experience the joys of childhood while gaining confidencein self disease management. Lisa is a New Hampshire native, growing up in Amherst. She now resides in Exeter. She enjoys running and has done several half marathons to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Naomi Gauthier, M.D. - York, ME
Pediatric Cardiologist at CHaD at Wentworth Douglass Hospital in Dover, NH
Naomi Gauthier, MD is a board certified pediatric cardiologist at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinic with faculty affiliations with Dartmouth Medical School and Harvard Medical School. She received her Bachelor of Science from Duke University, her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and completed her pediatric residency at the University of California, Davis, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, and stayed for an additional year as Chief Resident. She completed her pediatric cardiology training at the University of Virginia, and moved back to New England with her husband and three sons to practice in coastal New Hampshire and Maine.
She is a founding member and co-chair of the New England Congenital Cardiology Association and also serves as Vice President of the New England Congenital Cardiology Research Foundation, a granting agency to provide funding for research and education to help patients with congenital heart defects. She is involved with the American Heart Association, both as a board member and also serving on several national committees. More locally, she founded and runs a non-profit camp for children with heart defects, and volunteers in various ways for youth at the local community level. She also founded a pediatric multi-specialty clinic designed to address her vision to develop a health care model of specialty care, education, and recreational programming that directly interacts with the local community, puts disabilities in perspective and allows each child to reach their full potential. Naomi has served four years on the Zebra Crossings board as one of our founding Board Members.
Michael Mengers - Durham, NH
Marketing and Events Manager at The Farm at Eastman's Corner, Kensington, NH
Mike joined The Farm at Eastman's Corner in August 2014. Prior to that he has worked as the Community Events Manager at the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce for three years. Chamber events which he managed include Apple Harvest Day, Cochecho Arts Festival, Dover's 4th of July Celebration and Festival of Trees. Prior to the Chamber, he worked as Parks & Recreation Director for the Town of Durham and is still an active member of the Durham Parks & Recreation Committee. Mike also spent many years at Oyster River High School as a Paraprofessional, baseball coach and ski team chaperone.
In his free time, Mike enjoys travelling with his fiancee, Jilly, and dog, Roots. The three are expert road trippers as they have driven cross-country many times. In addition to seeing new sites, travelling allows them to visit friends and family scattered across the country. Mike also enjoys mountain biking, going to concerts and baseball games. Prior to his professional career, Mike attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Justices Studies in 2005, as well as a Master of Science in Recreation Management & Policy in 2009. Mike has served on the Zebra Crossings Board of Directors for a year prior to shifting to the Advisory Committee.