Staff & Bios

Southern New Hampshire Services, Child Care Aware of NH Team

 

Program Manager

Tracy Pond
Position:  Child Care Resource and Referral Program Manager
Location:  Main/Southern Regional Outreach Office
Phone:  (603) 578-1386, ext.30 Email:  tpond@snhs.org
Tracy Pond is the Program Manager for Child Care Aware of New Hampshire.

 In this capacity, Tracy provides support and oversight to all Child Care Resource and Referral Regional Outreach Offices and Child Care Resource and Referral Staff to ensure that high quality delivery and accountability of child care resource, referral, recruitment, training and targeted technical assistance is consistently and thoughtfully provided throughout the state of New Hampshire. Tracy has over 17 years of experience in the field of early care and education and has served in various capacities within the field: as a Navy Licensed Family Child Care Provider, Center Float, Lead Infant & Preschool Teacher, Child Care Resource and Referral Coordinator & Child and Adult Care Food Program Coordinator, Child Care Licensing & Evaluation Coordinator, Adjunct Faculty Member and as a Mentor for the Trainer Development Program. Tracy has a Masters’ Degree in Early Care and Education through Wheelock College. She is the parent of two children, who both continue to be the catalysts for what drives her work in ensuring that all families have access to quality child care programs and that the programs serving them have access to quality professional development opportunities and experiences in the field of early care and education. In her spare time, Tracy likes to spend time with her children, read, dance, hike, take photos, kayak and work on training her Boston Terrier, Harlan Reddison Rose McGee Pond, “Harley” for short.
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Child Care Resource & Referral Outreach Team

Lead CCR&R Outreach Coordinator

Karen Abbott
Position: Lead Child Care Resource & Referral Outreach Coordinator
Location: Main/Southern Outreach Office
Phone: (603) 578-1386, ext. 31 Email:  kabbott@snhs.org
Karen Abbott began working at Child Care Aware of New Hampshire in October of 2014.

She started at CCAoNH as a Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialist. Currently Karen holds the the Lead Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Coordinator position. She is a graduate from North Shore College with an Associates in Early Childhood Education, Karen has spent over 30 years caring for children.  Her roles have been as a teacher, an assistant director, and as a Center Director.  Karen also spent 2 years working with Autistic children both in a residential setting and school setting. Karen is credentialed by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Child Development Bureau as an Early Childhood Master Teacher with an Infant Toddler Endorsement and as an Early Childhood Administrator. Karen lives in Southern New Hampshire with her husband, their 5 daughters and 1 son, a dog and 3 bunnies. Karen enjoys volunteering in several community groups that her children are involved in.
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CCR&R Outreach Specialists

Nicole Michalczyk
Position:  Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialist

Location:  Main/Southern Outreach Office
Phone:  (603) 578-1386 ext. 31 Email:  nmichalczyk@snhs.org
Nicole Michalczyk began working for Child Care Aware of New Hampshire in August 2017.

During high school, Nicole found that children were her passion and she started working as a School Aged Group Leader and a Teacher Assistant. Once she graduated Middlesex Community College with an Associate’s in Liberal Studies, she became a Lead Teacher of a Preschool Head Start class for over 8 years. Nicole then moved into a Home Visitor position, where she was able to help parents and provide families with health, nutrition, and community resources. Now Nicole is a Child Care Resource and Referral Specialist continuing to help families get the resources that they need. She currently lives in Southern NH with her husband, son and a cat. She enjoy the outdoors, cooking and gardening.
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Megan Keim
Position:  Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialist
Location:  Concord Regional Outreach Office
Phone: (603) 227-6381 Email:  mkeim@snhs.org
Megan Keim began working for Child Care Aware of New Hampshire in January 2019.

Megan has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood education from NHTI. Currently, she is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree from Granite State College in Human Services with a minor in Criminal Justice. She has over seven years of early childhood experience. Megan began her career as a teacher and in a variety of different centers. Then Megan became an on-site director for a before and after school program. Meg loves spending time with her family and friends outside.
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Debbie Verdicchio
Position:  Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialist
Location:  Eastern Regional Outreach Office
Phone:  (603) 330-0962 Email:  dverdicchio@snhs.org
Debbie Verdicchio began working for Child Care Aware of New Hampshire in August 2015.

Her career in Early Childhood Education started over 20 years ago and she has worked with children of all ages, from infants to Kindergarten. She holds an Associate’s degree from Plymouth State University in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Studies and Integrated Arts from Granite State College.  Debbie has an Early Childhood Master Teacher Level II credential with an Infant and Toddler Endorsement as well as Early Childhood Master Professional credential.  Debbie live in the seacoast area and enjoys theater, cooking and yoga.
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Training & Technical Assistance Team

Professional Development Support Coordinator

Donna Lake
Position: Professional Development Support Coordinator
Location:  Western Regional Outreach Office
Phone:  (603) 903-0830 Email:  dlake@snhs.org
Donna Lake began working for Child Care Aware of New Hampshire in January of 2016. 

She began at CCaoNH as a Training and Technical Assistant Specialist. In December of 2017, She moved into a new role as the Professional Development Support Coordinator. Donna has worked in Early Care and Education for over 14 years.  During those years, Donna has held the positions of Lead Teacher in a multi-age infant toddler program and as the Assistant Director.  Donna is also a trained Occupational Therapy Assistant and worked for 6 years as the Occupational Therapy Assistant in a local school district prior to her career move.  Donna holds an Associate’s Degree from River Valley Community College, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Granite State College. Donna is credentialed as an Early Childhood Teacher, Early Childhood Administrator and Early Childhood Master Professional:  Individual Mentor & Program Consultant. 
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Training & Marketing Specialist

Jennifer Ganim-Smith
Position:  Training and Marketing Coordinator
Location:  Main/Southern Regional Outreach Office
Phone:  (603) 578-1386, ext.32 Email:  jganim-smith@snhs.org
Jennifer Ganim-Smith began working for Child Care Aware of New Hampshire in December 2014.  

She began as a Training and Technical Assistance Specialist before taking her current position as the Training and Marketing Specialist.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Florida International University with a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement.  She then continued on to complete her Master’s Degree in Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood Education. Jenn has always been dedicated to providing high quality educational programs in her roles as an Elementary Teacher, Early Childhood Educator, and as a Program Center Director.  Now she continues to promote high quality programs in the state of New Hampshire through her work with Child Care Resource and Referral.  She lives in Southern New Hampshire with her husband and three children.  
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Lead Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator

Shannon Quinn
Position:  Lead Training and Technical Assistant Coordinator
Location:  Concord Regional Outreach Office
Phone:  (603) 227-6383 Email: squinn@snhs.org
Shannon Quinn has been in the field of education for over twenty years.

She has worked in child care, Child Care Resource and Referral and the public school system. She graduated in 2002 from Plymouth State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood and is currently pursuing her Masters in Leadership from Granite State College.  She is credentialed through the NH Early Childhood Professional Development System as a Master Professional with endorsements of Individual Mentor, Program Consultant and Workshop Trainer. Shannon enjoys working with many different ages and experiencing the different phases of childhood, firsthand in her work.
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Training & Technical Assistance Specialists

Meg Atwood
Position:  Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialist
Location:  Concord Regional Outreach Office
Phone: (603) 227-6381 Email:  matwood@snhs.org
Meg Atwood began working for Child Care Aware of New Hampshire in November 2017.

Before her employment at CCAoNH, Meg worked with children of various ages in both Vermont and New Hampshire for the last 8 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies from the University of New Hampshire. Meg completed an internship at the Child Development Bureau. She has always been passionate about implementing emergent curriculum with toddlers and strengthening relationships with families. Meg continues this work of helping families by becoming a Child Care Resource and Referral Outreach Specialist. In her free time, she loves spending time with her dog, friends, and cooking with her husband.
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Chris Brown
Position:  Training and Technical Assistance Specialist
Location:  Concord Regional Outreach Office
Phone: (603) 227-6383 Email:  cbrown@snhs.org
Chris Brown began working for Child Care Aware of New Hampshire in February 2019.  

She has 22 years of experience in Montessori preschool education, as both a lead teacher and a director/owner. She arrived in the USA in 1981 and became a citizen in 1990. She has a Bachelor of Science and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Newcastle University in the UK and a preprimary credential from the American Montessori Society.  She also holds credentials through the NH Early Childhood Professional Development System as a Master Teacher Level 2, an Administrator Level 1, and a Master Professional with endorsements of Individual Mentor, Program Consultant and Workshop Trainer. She is delighted to be expanding her work into the wider world of the education of NH’s young children. She lives in Southern Hampshire, with occasional forays to Portland ME, with her husband. Her 4 children now live up and down the East Coast.
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Liz Costa
Position:  Training and Technical Assistant Specialist
Location:  Eastern Regional Outreach Office
Phone: (603) 330-0961 Email:  ecosta@snhs.org
Liz Costa began working at Child Care Aware of New Hampshire in 2017.

She has over 10 years of diverse early childhood experience. Liz began her career in the field as a nanny, but has also been a children’s fitness instructor, early childhood teacher, education coordinator and administrator.  She earned her Associates Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Essex Community College before starting her Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Administration at Ashford University.  She then continued on to complete her Masters of Education with a concentration on Family and Society Services from Ashford University.  Liz is passionate about ensuring that all families feel supported in helping their children navigate their early academic careers.  She supports early childhood teachers to stay connected and passionate about the field and she continues to promote the crucial role early childhood development plays in children’s success. 
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Connie Davis
Position:  Training and Technical Assistant Specialist
Location:  Main/Southern Regional Outreach Office
Phone:  (603) 578-1386, ext.32 Email:  cdavis@snhs.org
Connie Davis began working with Child Care Aware of New Hampshire in 2013.

Since Connie owned and operated a family child care program from her home for over 15 years, the transition to assisting families with their childcare search as a Resource and Referral Specialist was an easy one.  Currently as a Training and Technical Assistance Specialist with Child Care Resource and Referral, Connie embraces the opportunity to connect with early childhood professionals to promote professionalism and best practices in the early childhood settings.  Connie earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and is credentialed through the New Hampshire Early Childhood and Afterschool Professional Development System as a Master Teacher with an Infant & Toddler Endorsement and a Master Professional with a Program Consultant Endorsement.  Outside of work, Connie enjoys running, tennis and baking.
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Lisa Piccolo
Position:  Training and Technical Assistant Specialist
Location: Concord Regional Outreach Office
Phone:  (603) 227-6383
 Email:  lpiccolo@snhs.org
Lisa Piccolo began working for Child Care Aware of New Hampshire in January 2019.

She went to Plymouth State University and has a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education K-8 with a minor in Child Welfare and Family Services. She began her work in the field as a camp counselor, working with children ages four to ten years. Lisa began teaching kindergarten after she graduated and taught that age group for 14 years. While working in the kindergarten classroom, she was also an office assistant, working with the other teachers and classroom to help with curriculum development and classroom management.
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Suzanne Regan
Position:  Training and Technical Assistant Specialist
Location:  Main/Southern Regional Outreach Office
Phone:  (603) 578-1386, ext.32 
Email: sregan@snhs.org
Suzanne Regan has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for 36 years.

She has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She started as a Toddler teacher and then gradually moved up the ladder to Lead Teacher, Assistant Director and finally a Director of a Bright Horizons. She took her program through NAEYC Accreditation twice, and then became a Validator for NAEYC. Suzanne has also worked in Child Care Resource and Referral, Early Intervention, 21st Century Afterschool and is currently the Program Coordinator for the Early Childhood program at Nashua Community College.  Suzanne lives in southern NH with her husband of 28 years, and she has two grown sons.
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The Child Care Aware of NH team before we started helping families find quality child care and working to improve early childhood program quality.