Regardless of the role they play here on campus, Spaulding Academy & Family Services values each and every individual on our staff. Every day, our team works together to provide quality programs and services for our students and build strong, respectful relationships. In fact, many of our employees consider their Spaulding Academy & Family Services colleagues as family.
Below are just a few of our family members and staff events to provide insight to our culture here on campus. Check back often as we will continue showcasing more of our cherished staff and fun team activities.
It’s been almost 21 years since Kristine Groz of Northfield started her career at Spaulding Academy & Family Services. Her gentle and patient demeanor made her a great fit for her first position as associate teacher in the neurobehavioral classrooms. Her time working with now-retired teacher Theresa Hemmer served as a mentorship opportunity. Kristine credits her ...Read More
Jesse Kosman‐ Holland began her Spaulding journey 10 years ago after working as a cook at Campton Cupboard, a grocery store in Campton, New Hampshire. She learned there was a dining services opportunity at Spaulding and was immediately drawn to the position after hearing about the students and their touching life stories. Based on her ...Read More
Doris Theberge is described by her colleagues as skillful, compassionate and understanding, as well as a great listener with amazing clinical skills. She is always willing to lend a helping hand and cares deeply about the children she works with every day. Doris has led by example since her first day at Spaulding –almost 40 ...Read More
A nursing veteran, Caroline Hanly has over twenty-seven years of nursing experience, including management, education and mentoring of nursing staff as well as facilitating the ongoing assessment of patient and family needs to implement a coordinated team care plan. Prior to joining Spaulding, she worked as Nursing Supervisor and an Emergency Department Registered Nurse at ...Read More
Alexsus Bougie always wanted to work with children with neurological and developmental disabilities. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 2013, she began her career as a Residential Assistant at Spaulding Youth Center. Her position quickly developed into a mentor and counselor role in the organization’s Lambert residence before she took on the responsibility ...Read More
Nick Silva is described by his colleagues as engaging and calming with Spaulding students, as well as respectful, a great listener and impactful in what he does every day. It truly is no wonder why he is so well-liked by students and staff members alike. Nick began his journey at Spaulding in 2014 as an Academic Aide ...Read More
Catrina Bosh began working as a Teaching Associate at Spaulding Youth Center in 2008. She was drawn to the position after learning about Spaulding’s unique students and knew she was up for the challenge. In her role, Catrina is responsible for assisting students in the classroom, orchestrating projects and leading various activities. Though it is ...Read More
Carol Sanborn is described by her colleagues as a creative, wise and positive go-getter and problem solver. While some say time changes everything, that is certainly not the case for Carol’s work ethic – she has been part of the Spaulding Youth Center family for almost 35 years! Carol began her journey at Spaulding thirty-four years ...Read More
Kevin Flanagan spent the last sixteen years working as a Health & Risk Management Advisor for a public risk pool, a nonprofit organization that provides health and safety benefits to New Hampshire public schools and municipalities. After careful consideration, Kevin decided to leave his job and take some time off to explore his options and ...Read More
Ashley Donahue knew her professional interest was niche. She always wanted to work with children with emotional and behavioral disorders and wanted to make a difference in the lives of those who were not fortunate enough to have a caring, loving childhood. Ashley had spent time working at the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) clinic for ...Read More
Rhoda Forrest has worked with children with special needs for over twenty years. She spent most of her career in Vermont working as a Reading and Writing Intervention Specialist, Speech Language Pathology Assistant and Paraprofessional. Rhoda never thought she would cross the border and work in New Hampshire until she learned about Spaulding Youth Center. ...Read More
As one of the organization’s longest-tenured employees, Linda Pletch knows Spaulding Youth Center inside and out. Her experience working in the organization’s clinical services, educational and residential programs for the past thirty years make her nothing short of an expert on all things Spaulding. This knowledge combined with her positive and insightful personality led her ...Read More
Kate Schwarz, Sam Doucette and Jennifer Lutz It has been said that Spaulding staff members are like a big family. They are supportive of one another, practice teamwork on a daily basis and are always willing to lend a helping hand. So, it is really something special when actual family members work side-by-side at our organization. Kate Schwarz, Samantha ...Read More
Dennis Galimberti is no stranger to hard work – his extensive military background required it. Right out of high school, he was Active Duty status and stationed in Germany for four years. From there, he earned his criminal justice degree, working in that industry for fifteen years before seeking out his passion. He started his journey ...Read More
As one of the organization’s longest-tenured employees, Gary Lavallee has story upon story about his experiences at Spaulding Youth Center. After graduating from Springfield College with a double major in Psychology and Community Leadership Development, Gary began his career in health care and was inspired by the recently developed behavior modification approach. After two friends ...Read More
Michael Schaffnit began working at Spaulding Youth Center as a 1:1 aide in 2009. He had been looking for a new job and was convinced by his brother (also a Spaulding employee) to join the organization. Michael told himself his employment at Spaulding would only be temporary. However, once he started working with the students ...Read More
It wasn’t until Roger Bolduc began his journey at Spaulding Youth Center that he realized being an IT professional could mean more than what meets the eye. Sure, network security is extremely important in an organization; but what drew Roger to Spaulding was much more than the technical work. For him, improving the facility for ...Read More
Scott Dunlop is no stranger to Spaulding Youth Center. In fact, he grew up in Northfield, New Hampshire right next door to the organization’s scenic campus. Scott joined Spaulding Youth Center in 1995 as a Special Education Teacher following his time as a student teacher. While he was familiar with the organization’s campus and mission, he ...Read More
Joyce McKenney is no stranger to working with children or to Spaulding Youth Center. In fact, she worked at Spaulding for 23 years prior to departing the organization in 2005 to accept a position as Student Support Center Coordinator at Newfound Regional High School. In 2017, Joyce rejoined Spaulding Youth Center and was pleased to ...Read More
The Spaulding Spirit Award is a peer‐nominated award given to a staff member who exemplifies Spaulding Spirit and makes peers proud to be working by their side. We are excited to announce that Seval Vincevic was chosen to receive the Spaulding Spirit Award earlier in 2018.Read More
The Spaulding Spirit Award is a peer‐nominated award given to a staff member who exemplifies Spaulding Spirit and makes peers proud to be working by their side. We are thrilled to announce that Russ Wiles was chosen to receive the Spaulding Spirit Award for Quarter 4 of 2017. A few things his peers shared about Russ in his nominations:Read More
After working as an overnight supervisor at an assisted living facility for the elderly, Meadow Hartwell knew she needed a change. She applied to work as a Residential Counselor in Spaulding Youth Center's Young House in 2008. After her time observing the students there, she knew it was a perfect fit. Meadow spent three years as a Residential Counselor before beginning her role as a Family Worker in 2011. In 2013, she made the difficult decision to step away from her position in order to spend time at home with her two young children. Still, she maintained a strong connection to the staff and students at Spaulding Youth Center.Read More
The Spaulding Spirit Award is a peer‐nominated award given to a staff member who exemplifies Spaulding Spirit and makes peers proud to be working by their side. We are thrilled to announce that Doc Jenifer was chosen to receive the Spaulding Spirit Award for Quarter 3 of 2017.Read More
Pat Seaward-Salvati is what some may consider a lifer, but that is no sentence to this dedicated human services advocate. Even before graduating from Penn State in 1977, Pat worked with the Boys & Girls Club in Philadelphia and knew he was destined to support the needs of kids and families. Since then, he has earned extensive experience working with youth and adults, developing early intervention and behavioral programs for youth, managing court diversion programs, and providing counseling, consulting, and training to individuals, families and educational representatives. Most recently, Pat developed and implemented the Spaulding Youth Center Community-Based ISO Foster Care Program, which he also directed until April 2014. Pat's current focus is as Admissions Director, managing all inbound referral requests and admissions outreach to School Administrative Unit (SAU) representatives and state agencies.Read More
The Spaulding Spirit Award is a peer‐nominated award given to a staff member who exemplifies Spaulding Spirit and makes peers proud to be working by their side. We are thrilled to announce that Tonya Splett has been chosen for the Spaulding Spirit Award for Quarter 2 of 2017! Tonya has been part of the Spaulding family for 7 years. “Tonya always thinks outside the box. She is a real go-getter and its pleasure to work alongside her,” said her peers Nathaniel Penninger, Wally Hall and Liz MacLeod. “We are lucky to have her here at Spaulding Youth Center. Tonya is completely deserving of this award!”Read More
The Spaulding Spirit Award is a peer‐nominated award given to a staff member who exemplifies Spaulding Spirit and makes peers proud to be working by their side. We are so excited that Nicole Hilliker has been chosen as the first Spaulding Spirit Winner! Nicole has been at SYC for nearly 2 years now, and in that time, has become part of the Spaulding family.Read More
Some of the greatest stories in history started with a random event which lead to significant outcomes. The story behind Spaulding Youth Center’s longest-tenured employee began just this way. Lori Surowiec was assigned to Spaulding Youth Center as part of a work study program in high school. Following this work study at the tender age of 18, she was hired full-time as a program treatment secretary. She dedicated 28 years to this instrumental role. In 2001, Lori was promoted to Executive Secretary, where she continues to provide support today.Read More
After returning from active duty in Iraq and then spending a few years as a correctional officer, Jason Perkins started at Spaulding Youth Center in 2010 as a Residential Assistant in Cutter-Wiggins. Since then, his work ethic and accountability has enabled him to transition into an overnight role.Read More
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