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Our Trustees

Derick Anderson, Derry Coop. School District Liaison

Derick owns and operates Wingate’s Pharmacy and Compounding in Nashua.  Derick earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Northeastern University in Boston.  Over the past sixteen years in pharmacy Derick has held various board positions within the pharmacy industry including board member for the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists, Vice President of the Massachusetts Pharmacist Association, and President of the Massachusetts Independent Pharmacy Association.  Derick has advocated for patient access to customized medicines throughout his career.  Derick was elected to the Derry School Board in 2016 and became liason to the NEXT Board of Trustees in 2017.  Derick and his wife Kristyn have three children with two currently in the Derry School District.


Katie Anderson, Chair

Katie earned a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Lowell and holds two specialty sports medicine certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She has been a physical therapist for over thirty years and currently works in Massachusetts. Originally from Massachusetts, Katie moved to Derry in 1995 and has raised her family here. She has two daughters; one graduated from Pinkerton Academy and currently attends Hofstra University and one currently attends Next. In addition, Katie has previously served as a volunteer at Barka Elementary School for five years.


Adam Burch

Adam owns Derry Joint & Spine Center and lectures part time for the University of Phoenix. He moved to Derry with his wife Valorie in 2012 and opened his own practice in 2015. He’s been active with The National Ataxia Foundation, Project New Hope, Boy Scout Troop 98 and the American Diabetes Association for the past several years. He has helped raise money for research, ran health education workshops and been a keynote speaker. He is a perpetual learner that loves to share what he knows with others.

Adam and Valorie both graduated from a very rural high school that did not have a wide variety of resources to help students reach their highest potentials. While Adam had difficulty finding more challenging courses in some subjects or getting a jump-start on a college education, his wife had some difficulty with the standard classroom lecture format and didn’t have access to more effective alternatives. Both were at times frustrated with the traditional high school classroom and both would have had a very different experience if a school like Next had been in their area.

As a business owner, Adam sees the need to have a well-educated and capable workforce and as an educator he knows that not everyone learns the same way. What draws him to Next is that it allows students to take different approaches to the same end goal.

When not working or volunteering, Adam seeks to be outdoors and active as much as possible. Hiking, biking, swimming, camping or snowshoeing are all possibilities when the weather permits. When those aren’t an option he engages in one of his many (maybe too many) hobbies like woodworking, leatherworking, cooking or working on his motorcycle.


Craig Cerino

Craig Cerino is veteran of the United States Army and, by education, a 20+ year professional in the Information and Technology field and has been active in PTSA, Autism Speaks, the Compaq Mentor/Tutor program and instrumental in various Intern/Co-Op programs Massachusetts. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Craig comes from a strong family oriented background. Growing up, Craig had instilled in him the notion of family and community. Family first above all else. Followed closely by the community you live in. Whether that community be the town, city, state or country in which you reside. It is your responsibility to ensure that family and after if that community thrive.

Craig takes his responsibilities of helping those behind him very seriously. Having been involved in the Compaq Mentor/Tutor program while stationed in Florida as well as being integral in starting College Level Co-Op programs at two of the last three companies he has worked with. He feels strongly that it is the responsibility of those in the position to help to do so. This help comes in the form of “any means possible”. It is the responsibility of those that can to do so.

Craig has been personally involved in helping countless under (or non) experienced high school and college level students identify and pursue the path they are interested in both in education and work experience. Most especially in the Computer Science/Information Technology field. This involvement has included (but is not limited to) Colonial High School and Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, FL., Career fairs and Co-Op programs at UMASS Lowell, Framingham State University, Northeastern University, Bunker Hill Community College and Tulane University.


Shannon Hudson, Treasurer

Shannon holds a B.S. in Corporate Finance and Accounting as well as a Masters in Taxation, both from Bentley University.  She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Massachusetts and is in the process of acquiring a reciprocal license for the state of New Hampshire.  Shannon has nearly a decade of accounting expertise and recently took a job at Howe, Riley and Howe, a local accounting firm, as a tax manager.  Prior to that, she spent eight years working in the Personal Financial Services group at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston.  Originally from Maine, Shannon moved to New Hampshire eleven years ago and has been a resident of Derry for the past six years with her husband Jon and Chiweenie Bella. In addition to serving in the treasurer role for the Next School-board, Shannon serves as the treasurer for the homeowners association in which she and her husband reside.


Jennifer Lague, Vice-Chair

Jen is the business manager of Korbey, Lague & Murphy, PLLP, a CPA & wealth management practice owned with her husband, Ron. She is currently on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army, Derryfest committee and PTA President at Derry Village School. Her past positions include the Derry Cooperative School Board, including work on the transportation, food service, bully prevention, negotiations and fiscal advisory committees. Together, Jen and her husband Ron, have 5 children, ranging in age from 9 to 37, and two grandchildren. Jen has volunteered as coach of basketball, soccer and t-ball over the years. She’s been active with both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and has been a volunteer in the Derry schools for 15 years. Her latest endeavor is a Facebook group called “Bringing Derry Together” in hopes to create community involvement and encourage volunteerism in the town. Jen is a proud supporter of the Next Charter School and looks forward to serving with the board.


Jolene McWhirter

Jolene has been an educator for 20 years. Born in Canada, Jolene began her teaching career in Quito, Ecuador. After spending three years teaching physical education and English and learning some Spanish, she relocated to New Hampshire. She has been teaching eighth grade science at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School since 2001 and has also been a team leader since 2002. Since 2013, she has embraced the Results Only Learning philosophy, changing the way she teaches and assesses her students. Jolene has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Alberta, and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Rivier University.

During her time at GHHMS, she has also been involved in various extracurricular activities. She co-directed the school play for five years, coached softball for five years, and has coached field hockey since 2013. In her spare time, she also plays the bagpipes with the New Hampshire Pipes and Drums Band. She looks forward to this new adventure of being a board member to support the students, families and faculty of Next.



Nichole Reimer, Secretary

Nichole holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in nonprofit management from Boston University and a B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Ma. Nichole has two decades of experience as a nonprofit manager and has worked with organizations both large and small including The Fayerweather School in Cambridge, MA, The YMCA of Dallas, TX, and Granite United Way.  Nichole currently works as an independent consultant serving both corporate and nonprofit clients. She has been very involved in the Derry community as a volunteer at St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Derry Village School and the Cross Country and Track & Field Coach for West Running Brook Middle School. Nichole currently has a son attending Next and lives in Derry with her husband and 3 children.


Brenda Willis, Derry Coop. School District Liaison, Non-Voting Member

Brenda has been a tireless advocate for the children and youth of New Hampshire since moving to Derry in 1982, working with a variety of organizations including New Hampshire PTA, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry and the Community Leadership Program at UNH. Brenda has been a member of the Derry School Board since 2001, serving the board as chairman, vice chairman and secretary during her tenure. Her commitment to community service and education is rooted in a family of educators and public servants. She has been the recipient of the Derry School District’s World Changer Award, the NH PTA Member of the Year Award, the May Company Community Service Award, the Derry Education Association Friend of Education Award, and is a member of the UNH Community Leadership Program’s Warmth from the Millyard Project that was recognized with the 2010 Spirit of New Hampshire Award. Brenda has 2 children who attended Derry Public Schools, St. Joseph’s Regional Junior High and Pinkerton Academy.