Pedro is a Community Engagement Coordinator at New Futures, working to embolden communities and demonstrate the importance of advocacy. Before joining New Futures, Pedro received his B.A. in Sociology from Colby-Sawyer College in May 2014. His post-collegiate extracurricular activities focused on social justice, education, and racial equity. Graduate of the Equity Leadership Fellowship program, Pedro has participated and supported efforts to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by people of color, LGBTQA+ community, and groups of diverse cultural, religious and spiritual backgrounds.
In the last two years, Pedro has worked in Hillsborough County as an At-Risk Youth Specialist for the Manchester School District and as a Cultural Affairs Coordinator for Mayor James Donchess of Nashua. His work in Nashua focused on developing relationships between low-income minority communities and the local government.
Pedro grew up in New York City and has been a New Hampshire resident since 2010. He currently lives in Concord and enjoys hiking, rugby, and Gardening.
Pittsfield Listens Board Chair.
Kim Parks is the Parent Organizer with Pittsfield Listens. She brings her experience as a Pittsfield community member, Parent, and former Parent Leader with the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Team of Pittsfield Listens. Kim was inspired to become involved by her children’s experiences as Youth Leaders with Pittsfield Listens. She is driven to make a meaningful difference within the community and its schools, especially for historically marginalized community members.
Kim has three grown children who graduated from Pittsfield Middle High School (PMHS) who are now in college, and a fourth child currently enrolled in PMHS. She has an associates degree in Human Services and works in the mental health field. Kim moved to Pittsfield from Maine in 2015, finding Pittsfield to be the kind of town that she wanted to raise her children in- with the hometown feel that she was used to in rural communities in Maine.
Amanda Pawlik has experience as an educator of all ages, teaching most recently in Hartford, CT and Dover, NH. Originally from Manchester, NH, Amanda brings a love of theatre and the arts, having traveled to schools across the country as an actor and teaching artist for Hampstead Stage Company, located in Center Barnstead, NH. As an artist and educator, she is passionate about exploring stories from many perspectives and giving voice to those who need it most. Amanda is excited to meld her experience in the arts with the work of Pittsfield Listens.
Jenny Lynn Wellington has been an educator for 15 years, teaching in New York City and Pittsfield, NH. She is passionate about educational equity and believes everyone deserves to have the best education possible in order to be their best selves. Besides writing and reading poetry, she enjoys her cat, friends, eating delicious food, and traveling around the world with her husband.
Molly Messenger is the Director of Pittsfield Listens, an organization dedicated to redesigning and reinvigorating the way its community makes educational progress by fostering leadership and empowering residents to develop systems and structures that ensure greater public participation in school decision-making. Molly brings a wealth of experience in education and rural organizing with youth, parents, and families to her work in Pittsfield, engaging residents on issues and polices that impact their education and their lives. She also leads problem solving through roundtable dialogues, collaborating with local organizations to facilitate small group conversations that help the community navigate through a particular issue.On a daily basis, Molly works with youth and families who have been marginalized through historical education structures to ensure that the community’s models of education put all children in a position for future success.
Molly is a Carsey Fellow for New Hampshire Listens, which works to help build, strengthen, and sustain civic infrastructure to support a strong democracy. New Hampshire Listens does this through facilitator training and process design to ensure fair, inclusive, and informed outcomes for local and statewide projects. Molly also serves on the boards of Ossipee Listens and Global Awareness Local Action, a non-profit that strengthens communities by bringing people together to discover passions and cultivate skills that enrich rural lives and livelihoods. She has a B.A. in Anthropology & International Affairs from University of New Hampshire, during which time she spent a semester with the School of International Training in Kenya.
Farm to School Lead, Steering Committee alternate
Tara Pinto is a lifelong resident of Pittsfield. She graduated from Pittsfield High School and went on to college to get a degree in Early Childhood Education. She worked with youth in the private sector before joining the Special Education Department at the Pittsfield School District from 2004-2017. She currently works with Special Education students at Barnstead Elementary School, is still a resident of Pittsfield and enjoys volunteering her time to the families of Pittsfield, including as the Pittsfield Listens Parent Lead to the Farm to School Initiative.
Alternate representative to the Steering Committee from the Farm to School Project, as needed.
Steering Committee and Board Facilitator
Abigail Cote is a student at Pittsfield Middle High School, class of 2020. She is a Youth Leader with Pittsfield Youth Voice in it Together (PYViiT)- the youth organizing group of Pittsfield Listens, on the 2019-2020 Steering Committee, and the Steering Committee elected representative to the Pittsfield Listens Board. Abigail is also a Pittsfield School student ambassador. She likes to read and listen to music. Something she loves about Pittsfield is the feeling of community and being so small you know everyone and everyone is so supportive of each other.
Pittsfield Listens Board and Steering Committee Facilitator.
Steering Committee Member
McKenzie Newell is a student at Pittsfield Middle High School, class of 2022. She is a Youth Leader with Pittsfield Youth Voice in it Together (PYViiT)- the youth organizing group of Pittsfield Listens. McKenzie is also on the 2019-2020 Steering Committee of Pittsfield Listens, and on the Impact and Varsity Basketball Team at school. McKenzie says “I became involved because I was trying for a long time to help the school system with a few of my teachers but I didn’t know how or where to start. Then, a few of my friends told me about PYViiT I knew I wanted to be a part!”
Pittsfield Listens Steering Committee Secretary.
Steering Committee Member
Jill Gauthier is a Parent Leader with Family and Community Engagement (FACE) – the Parent/Family organizing group of Pittsfield Listens, and a member of the 2019-2020 Steering Committee. She is also a Pittsfield PTO member, among other roles as she enjoys being active in the community. Jill has two children in Pittsfield schools- one in elementary, one in high school. She has lived in Pittsfield since 2014 and loves everything the town has to offer. She is hoping to make a big difference with her role as a Parent Leader with Pittsfield Listens.
Michele Holt-Shannon is a co-founder and co-director for New Hampshire Listens at the UNH Carsey School of Public Policy. Her work on and off campus is focused on civic engagement, community problem-solving, and building coalitions for community change efforts. She joined Carsey in 2011 to focus on process design to ensure fair, inclusive, and informed outcomes for local and statewide projects. She works to bring people together across perspectives and backgrounds to solve problems and create equitable solutions for their communities. Recent projects include statewide conversations on the American dream and NH’s kids, mental health and substance use, government innovation and efficiency, and water sustainability. She works with local leaders to strengthen community engagement through community building traditions, events to increase civic information, and problem solving on a variety of issues including education, controversial budget investments, planning, and community police relations.
She received an MA in higher education and human development from Bowling Green State University, an MTS in world religions and theological studies from Boston College, and a BS in biology and psychology from the University of Alabama. She is a graduate of Leadership New Hampshire, Class of 2013.
Pittsfield Listens Board Treasurer.
Kate Hillsgrove was an 11th and 12th grade social studies teacher at Pittsfield Middle High School and ran theRestorative Justice program. She received her B.A. in History and Secondary Education from Saint Michael’s College in 2016 and has since made it her mission to make history engaging for students. Outside of her classroom, Kate can be found on stage with the school chorus. When she is not at school, you could find her blogging, singing, or spending time with her family.
Michael Nevins is a student at Pittsfield Middle High School, class of 2020. He is a Youth Leader with Pittsfield Youth Voice in it Together (PYViiT)- the youth organizing group of Pittsfield Listens and on the Pittsfield Listens Board. Michael joined PYViiT because he wanted to make change, with a specific concern around classism and how that impacts our community and its schools. He also has a passion for mechanical and computer and electrical engineering and sewing. and enjoys tinkering away on projects- making and building things.
Pittsfield Listens Board Co-Secretary.
Stefne Ricci is a junior at Pittsfield Middle High School. She is a Team Leader of PYViiT, part of Justice Committee, and part of IMPACT. She loves music and is involved in band and chorus at the school. She is also passionate about social justice work and youth voice. Her favorite thing about Pittsfield is how community orientated it is.
Pittsfield Listens Board Facilitator