Board of Trustees

Lisa Barnes ’76

Lisa is a Human Resources consultant specializing in not-for-profit, start-up, and small business concerns. She is currently on the board of directors and VP of Outreach for the New England chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She is also currently on the leadership team for S.T.O.P. (Students Together Opposing Prejudice), a nationally recognized seven-week program for 6th through 12th graders. Lisa was the director of the Sudbury Teen Center, an after school program for middle school children. Previously, she taught life skills through tennis to an underserved community and also served on the board of the Hawai'i Arts Alliance and SHRM (HI chapter of the society for human resource management).

A 1976 graduate of The Well School, Lisa, older brother Gregg, and their mother, Katy Barnes, joined The Well community in 1968 as Lisa and Gregg began first and third grade. Katy taught first grade and Kindergarten at The Well for the next 17 years. After starting her college career with a focus on early childhood development, Lisa received her B.A. in Sports Psychology from UNH, where she raced for the alpine ski team. Lisa lives with her husband in Wellesley, MA, and spends time with her parents in Hancock.

dennis calcutt p ’18 ’21 ’26
vice Chair

Dennis is the project director of the Monadnock Region System of Care, a grant held by the Cheshire County government and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, serving the Monadnock Public Health Region. He has more than 25 years of experience working with children, focusing on mental health, with a particular interest in building community. Dennis is a New Hampshire Listens Fellow in the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. 

Dennis holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, a B.A. in Psychology and Education from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, and a core certificate from the Institute for Nonprofit Leadership and Management at the Boston University School of Management. He was also a 2013 class member in Leadership New Hampshire. Dennis lives in Francestown with his wife Tiffany and their three girls.

henry harris p ’20

Henry works with at-risk youth and families as a program director and a mental health counselor. His clinical experience includes Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and neuropsychological testing with a focus on dyslexia and other learning challenges. Henry was previously the Director of the Franklin Family Resource Center (Franklin, NH), located in each of that city’s three schools. Currently, Henry serves as the Community Outreach Director for Southern New Hampshire Services, working to create a strong network of partnerships across Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties that help support the agency’s mission to empower families and individuals by connecting them to life changing opportunities.

Henry holds a B.A. in Psychology from Rivier College, and a Masters in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire. Henry is also an avid skier and an accomplished musician and songwriter. He lives in Manchester with wife Terrie and son.

David johnston p’29

David works in the banking industry for an alternative investment service provider and specializes in accounting and operations on a global level. Prior to his experience in the financial services industry, David served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a Field Artillery soldier. During this time, he deployed overseas to Iraq and was also stationed in South Korea.

David holds a B.S. in Finance from Fairfield University and an M.B.A with a concentration in Finance from Boston University. David lives in Peterborough behind the Well School with his wife Hannah and their two kids. David enjoys playing Sunday soccer, getting out on the squash court, and working outside on the weekends.


Jeff Kutler

Jeff has over thirty years experience in the asset management industry. He began his financial career in 1981 and has held successive institutional sales and client service positions with several top tier asset management firms. Prior to starting his business career, Jeff served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Jeff lives in Hancock with Cathy and Jacob. His older son and daughter-in-law, Winston and Audrey, had their first child, and Jeff’s first grandchild, Hazel, in August 2019. They live in Keene.

Loretta Laurenitis p ’97

Before moving to New Hampshire in 1994, Loretta was already familiar with The Well, as her niece and nephew attended the school and her sister, Arlene, was a faculty member. Loretta's son Sam entered The Well as a 6th grader in 1994 and graduated in 1997. Loretta began working at The Well as an assistant teacher in 1996 and remained as a faculty/staff member until her retirement in 2013. In addition to teaching (math, language arts, teacher assistant/support roles), Loretta provided operational and administrative support for the school. Loretta also helped bridge the transitions in directorship from Jay and Toni Garland, the original founders, to Akhil and Lee Garland, and then to Meg Williams.

Loretta graduated from Smith College, then worked as a Head Start teacher and foster care worker before attending graduate school in psychology, followed by a post doctoral fellowship and subsequent employment as a psychologist. Loretta resides in Peterborough with her husband, David Bonacci. Loretta is also involved in town activities and currently serves on Peterborough's Zoning Board of Adjustment and its Recycling Advisory Committee.

susan mann p ’17

Susan and her family joined The Well School in fall 2013 when their daughter, Aria, joined the 5th grade class. Susan has worked as a nationally certified speech and language pathologist for over 20 years in a variety of clinical and academic settings. She believes that students learn best when joy and curiosity are fostered. Currently, Susan works at Souhegan High School in Amherst, NH, where she provides therapy for students in the areas of social-communication, written and spoken language, and speech. Her passion for working with children began as an undergraduate when she assisted in a preschool for youth with speech and language disorders. Susan holds a B.A. degree in English and Communication Disorders with a minor in Theater as well as a Master of Science degree in Speech and Language Pathology. In 2018 Susan also became certified as a yoga instructor.

Susan lives in Hancock with her husband, Paul, daughter, and stepson, Daniel (when not away at college). She also has two older step-children. In her free time, Susan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, teaching yoga, cooking, taking photos, kayaking, hiking, as well as creating and tending to her large vegetable and perennial gardens.

Jo eldredge morrissey ’73

Jo is a freelance commercial photographer and farmer in Peterborough and has been photographing artists at The MacDowell Colony for 26 years. She was born in Peterborough and spent 10 years in California, where she received her Bachelor’s degrees in Photo-Communications and Philosophy from California State University at Fullerton. She is an alumna from the The Well School’s founding year (she started 3rd grade in 1968), and she moved back to Peterborough so that her two children could attend The Well, too. She currently lives on her family’s farm with her partner, Don Ganley.