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Nilda

NILDA GONNELLA FRENCH, Chair

Represents: St. Albans City
Current Term Expires: 2024

Nilda is a native Vermonter, residing in St. Albans much of her life.

Nilda holds a B.S. Degree from the University of Vermont in Medical Technology also known as Clinical Laboratory Science. She also has a Master of Education Degree from Southern New Hampshire University.

Nilda and her husband, David, (now deceased) raised four children that attended St. Albans schools and that have all graduated from universities.

Nilda has had the pleasure of serving on the St. Albans City School Board, the BFA Board and the Maple Run Unified School District Board since 1994 – taking a break from 2000 to 2003. She served on the BFA transition board in 2003-2004 working side by side with the BFA Board of Trustees during the transition from semi-private to public school. Nilda remained on the BFA Board until 2017 (serving as chairperson for several years) when the supervisory union took advantage of Act 46 and became the Maple Run Unified School District (MRUSD). She has served on the MRUSD district board since its creation, most recently serving as the Vice Chair. This totals to 23 years of school board experience.

Nilda works full-time as Northwestern Medical Center (NMC), most recently in the Regulatory Affairs Department as the Risk & Accreditation Coordinator. Nilda has 4 children and 5 grandchildren, scattered about New England, New York, and Tennessee.

She loves her family, job, NMC, and St. Albans.

ngonnellafrench@maplerun.org

Nina

NINA HUNSICKER, Vice-Chair

Represents: St. Albans Town
Current Term Expires: 2022

ALISHA SAWYER, Clerk

Represents: St. Albans City
Current Term Expires: 2022
Susan

SUSAN CASAVANT MAGNAN

Represents: Fairfield
Current Term Expires: 2024
Al

AL COREY

Represents: St. Albans City
Current Term Expires: 2023

Al worked in radio for 22 years.  He worked at BFA for 28 years and has served on the school board for BFA for 12 years.  

What is your reason/motivation to serve on the MRUSD?
It's important that the new district is mindful of the taxpayers, but makes sure that all students have equal access.

acorey@maplerun.org

PETER DESLAURIERS

Represents: St. Albans City
Current Term Expires: 2024

Peter has lived in St. Albans, as did his parents and their parents. He is married (48 years) to Martha Coleman, a former ER nurse. He taught at St. Albans City School for 42 years. He has served 6 years on City Council, 12 years as mayor, and is currently retired.

Peter has 4 children, and 10 grandchildren. His only daughter, Katie, also serves on the Board. 

"I ran for the school board because I still wanted to make a difference in my community. I felt that my longevity in the community and experience as a teacher would help me bring a unique perspective. I have a BS in science education and a Master's Degree in secondary administration."

“I consider myself a moderate.”

pdeslauriers@maplerun.org

GRANT HENDERSON

Represents: St. Albans Town
Current Term Expires: 2023

JOANNA JEROSE

Represents: Fairfield
Current Term Expires: 2022
Jack

JACK MCCARTHY

Represents: St. Albans Town
Current Term Expires: 2023

Jack hails originally from Delaware, where he served as a teacher, principal, and Director of Secondary Education. In Vermont, he was the Principal of Missisquoi Valley Union High School before serving 15 years as the Superintendent of Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union. 

Jack holds a BA from American University and an MA and Doctorate from the University of Delaware in Education Leadership. Jack lives in St. Albans with his wife, Pam. They have four grown children and five grandchildren. Jack currently serves as Interim Principal of Hazen Union School. 

jmccarthy@maplerun.org

KATIE MESSIER

Represents: St. Albans Town
Current Term Expires: 2024