Board Chair: James Petersen
James Petersen, P.E., LEED AP, President, Petersen Engineering founded the firm in 1992 and brings 25+ years of mechanical engineering experience to building types including multi-family, office, healthcare, academic and water/wastewater. Petersen Engineering’s projects reflect James’ commitment to integrated design with a goal of significantly improving building performance. James and Alison and their two daughters live in Eliot and have been at Seacoast Waldorf School for 10-years.
Treasurer: Joe DeFelice
Joe DeFelice is a seasoned technology professional with the last 10+ years spent in various IT leadership roles. He is currently Director of Network Engineering at Akamai Technologies in Cambridge, MA, where he is responsible for Akamai’s voice and data networks and also oversees the company’s global Help Desk operations. Joe lives in Hampton, NH with his wife, Julie, and their six-year old daughter, Emily, and is actively involved in fundraising for The Jimmy Fund.
Secretary: Deb Marcotte
Ms. Marcotte was first introduced to Waldorf Education many years ago, when she was a nanny for two children who attended the Tomte Gubben School (now the Monadnock Waldorf School) in Nelson, NH. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Writing from Granite State College the same year her youngest son, whom she still homeschooled, graduated from high school. She entered the world of public education as a Title One Reading teacher, and after one year, knew she needed to work with children in a different way. And so, she decided to apply to and was accepted into, the Waldorf Teacher Certification program at Antioch University of New England. Her training brought her to Tidewater as an intern. Now she is very happy to continue on her Waldorf journey with this year’s First Grade class.
Ms. Marcotte has two grown sons, both of whom still live in the area. She enjoys her children and family, the theater, especially musical theater, singing, sewing and crafting, camping, hiking and the outdoors, and wonderful group of lifelong friends.
Trustee: Deirdre McEachern
Deirdre McEachern is a former software industry executive, now Master Certified Life Coach and owner of the business, VIP Coaching. She is also author of the book “You Only Live Once: Create the Life You Want” published in 2011. Before serving on the Seacoast Waldorf School Board of Trustees she served for several years on the Board of Directors of the Women in Business Connection in Cambridge MA. She lives in Kittery with her husband and two children, Aidan age 7 and Maeve age 5.
Trustee: Julie DeFelice
Julie DeFelice is the proud mother of Sea Star student Emily, is the Chair of Seacoast Waldorf School’s Development Committee, and is a previous member of the school’s Leadership Council. In addition to her various roles at Seacoast Waldorf School, Julie also serves on the Board of Trustees of Annie’s Angels, a Seacoast area 501(c)3 charitable foundation that is dedicated to helping families struggling with life-threatening diseases and disabilities. She is also an active fundraiser for the Jimmy Fund. Prior to Emily’s birth, Julie was the eCommerce Director for an investment newsletter located in Salem, MA, where she honed her marketing skills and completed her Master’s degree in e-Marketing. Julie lives with her husband Joe and their daughter Emily in Hampton, NH. This is her third year of the school’s Board.
Trustee: Patricia Frey
Tricia’s background is in the theater, the corporate world and baking and she left these endeavors to pursue her interest in working with children. Tricia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University in NY. She worked for 14 years as a production stage manager, company manager and actress throughout New England. She helped open Sweet Dreams Bakery in Stratham and worked there for several years. While in California for nine years, Tricia worked for Whole Foods Market in their marketing department. She has completed the LifeWays Training, was the school’s extended day teacher for two years and now she is the Beach Pea Nursery teacher and LightHouse parent/child teacher. She has a special fondness for the very youngest children and hopes to work with babies and toddlers when SWS is ready to design a program for that age group.
When not at Seacoast Waldorf School, Tricia works in the gardens at Strawbery Banke as a garden interpreter. She enjoys reading, swimming and working in her yard. In January she will be starting her eighth year at Seacoast Waldorf School.
Trustee: Rebecca Henry
PA Rep: Kate Swenson
Board of Trustees Committees
- Development Committee
- Outreach Committee
- Facilities Committee
- Finance Committee
- Marketing Committee
- Parent Association