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Juniper Hill School Board of Trustees


Helen Ayotte

Helen is the Director of Engineering at Summit Utilities, Inc. She has worked in the natural gas industry since graduating from Boston University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2005. She attended business classes at night and received her M.B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University in 2010.  Helen and her husband, Brian, welcomed their eldest daughter, Evie, into the world in 2012, then their second daughter, Flo, exactly three years later in 2015.  Helen is tremendously grateful to have access to the caliber of education available at Juniper Hill School for her two amazing daughters. 

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Jane Carroll

Jane Carroll has 30 years of fundraising experience in academia, social service, and cultural organizations. She led the major gifts program at Boston College during their first comprehensive capital campaign in the mid 1990’s. As Vice President of Development for the YMCA of Greater Boston, she raised funds to build and renovate Y’s in greater Boston. Jane also led a campaign for the Vermont Humanities Council. From 2010 until she retired in 2017, Jane was Vice President of Development at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA. Board and committee work have included: Board of Directors Women in Development of Greater Boston, Standing Committee First Church in Boston Unitarian Universalist, Council of Visitors Mount Auburn Cemetery, Development Committee Pemaquid Watershed Association, Town of Bremen Center Committee. Jane recently joined the board of Costal Senior College. Jane has a BA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an MBA from Simmons School of Management. Jane and her husband vacationed on the Pemaquid Peninsula for 25 years, before buying a seasonal cottage on Biscay Pond in 2011. In February of 2018, they purchased a year-round home in Bremen and are delighted to make Maine their home. Jane is proud to be part of an organization committed to creating “happier, healthier, and smarter” children.

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Laura Graham

Laura Graham is a Senior Planner with the Land for Maine’s Future, the State of Maine's competitive grant program for conserving working farmland, working waterfront, and public access to lands of recreational or natural significance. A recent arrival to our community, she and her husband, Steven, have had a long love affair with the State of Maine – beginning with their wedding in Castine many years ago. After years of admiring our community from afar, they are delighted to be able to call Maine “home” – especially as they were able to persuade one of Laura’s daughters, son-in-law, and two of their grandchildren to join them in Alna. Laura brings with her a background in family mediation, law, and business operations. Laura was the managing partner in the law firm she built with her partner in Concord, Massachusetts.

A founding board member of the Jericho Road Project (a non-profit that sought to identify and attack systemic barriers to economic and social equality), Laura has over twenty years of experience in the non-profit world. Her particular interests are governance, strategic planning, and marrying operations to mission. Laura’s other committee and volunteer work included serving on the Standing Committee of the First Parish in Concord, Massachusetts (both as member and then board chair), serving on the board of the Massachusetts Bay District of the Unitarian Universalist Association (both as member and then board Chair), and serving as a Transitions Consultant for the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Laura earned her undergraduate degree in Art at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, and her J.D. at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She is the proud grandmother of four amazing granddaughters, two of whom are students at Juniper Hill School.


Warren Miskell

Warren Miskell is a Donor Stewardship Manager with The Nature Conservancy, where he also serves as a certified Wildland Fire Fighter and helps with prescribed burns in Maine and New Hampshire. Warren earned his MAT and teaching certification through Tufts University and the Shady Hill School Teach Training Program, and taught grades 3-8 at independent schools in Massachusetts; The Fiji Islands; Washington, DC; and Montreal, Quebec. After moving to Maine in 2000, he worked as a Lake Science Educator, a Wood Turner, renovated a house and volunteered at The Nature Conservancy before starting his current position at TNC.

Warren also serves on the Board of North Yarmouth Academy, a role he has filled for the past 7 years.


Kate Ziminsky

Both my life and career choices, have been rooted in and grounded by the natural world. As a registered Maine Guide, certified Wilderness First Responder and state Wildlife Rehabilitator; I have spent most of my career teaching and facilitating experiences in the “Field”. Presently, I am working at The Waynflete School, in Portland, Maine, where I am both an Early Childhood educator and working with students enrolled in grades 4-12, as an Academic Support teacher. Dovetailing nicely with my passion for Ecological study is my commitment to health and wellness. As the owner of “Wave of the Day” Wellness, I teach surfing lessons, fitness classes and promote healthy eating with Tower Gardens and whole food nutrition. Most importantly, I am the mother of a ten year old daughter and an eighteen year old son. My connection to Juniper Hill School is organic and clear. I have had the privilege to call Anne Stires my colleague and friend for the past twenty years.