CIRCLE PROGRAM STAFF
As Executive Director of the Circle Program, I enjoy connecting with individual donors, local businesses and grant funders to find the revenue that supports the girls we enroll in our services. We are grateful for the many dedicated and generous donors who understand and appreciate the fact that they are making an investment that will change the life of a girl for the better.
Early in my career as an English and music teacher at the middle school, high school and college levels, I had opportunities to teach at Woodside Middle School, PS 125, NY; and the Irvington Middle School and High School, Irvington, NY; and I guest lectured at CW Post College, NY; River College, Nashua, NH; and Teikyo Post College and Naugatuck Community Technical Colleges in Waterbury, CT. I have degrees in secondary education in English and music and completed graduate studies in both education and business administration at the University of Hartford, CT, and Iona College, NY.
A freelance writer for many years, I later became a theater and music critic for several statewide Connecticut newspapers that featured my opinion editorials, feature articles and arts reviews. My husband and I also owned a retail wine shop for fifteen years.
Later, I moved on to a career as the Executive Director/Orchestra Manager for two youth orchestras and four professional symphony orchestras. As the Executive Director of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, based at Harvard's Sanders Theatre, I created an educational mentoring program called "Back to Classical." For this initiative, my professional musicians traveled
into the inner-city schools of Boston and Cambridge to mentor students during a free music lesson. The students we worked with were considered to be at-risk for dropping out of high school and we were able to dramatically increase the graduation rate as the students learned to emulate the musicians' work ethic and disciplined focus. As a result of that valuable experience, I truly understand the value of one-on-one mentoring and love my current job at the Circle Program.
I have enjoyed serving as a State Arts Council Panelist for the states of Connecticut, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. As a Fine Arts Advisory Council Member for the Connecticut State College System, I advised the Connecticut State Colleges and their Presidents on arts curriculum development and best hiring practices.
In the Greater Plymouth area, I am involved in various organizations: I served as the Plymouth Rotary Club President during the Plymouth 250th Anniversary Celebration when the Club served as the town's fiscal agent. I served as the Chair and Co-chair of the Hebron Planning Board and have participated on the Executive Committees of the New Hampshire Master Chorale, the Spectacle Pond Association, the Friends of the Pemi, and Plymouth State University's Service Learning Initiative Team.
I have served on the Board of Directors for the NH Music Festival, the Plymouth Rotary Club and the New Hampshire Camp Directors' Association. I am grateful for these opportunities to engage with community partners that help to benefit the Circle Program.
Jamie Capaul has joined the Circle Program on a year-round basis as the organization's new Program Manager. Jamie has been a Circle mentor since 2014 and previously helped lead the Teen Adventure Program (TAP) during off-site hiking and kayaking trips as well as teen snowshoeing overnights. As the Program Manager, Jamie will assist with organizing monthly group gatherings for both girls and teens including field trips, educational workshops and community service projects and will create new curriculum for the girl and teen camp sessions.
Jamie will interview all newly referred girls to the program and follow up with the family and referring agency on the applicant's status. She and our Camp Manager, Lindsey Collins, will partner and maintain a working rapport with the schools and other agencies and act as a liaison for the Circle Program throughout the school year.
During the summer residential camp session, Jamie served as Co-Camp Director for six weeks and planned and led the Land Teen Adventure Program (TAP), an off-site advanced camping and wilderness leadership adventure for girls in high school that involved a major hike and mountain climb in the White Mountains. Jamie is uniquely suited for this project since she is an accomplished hiker that is proud to say she has completed a Solo Presidential Traverse.
Jamie graduated from Bryant University with a BS in Business Administration and is currently working toward a Master's Degree in Special Education from Ball State University. Jamie worked at Campton Elementary School for the past few years as a para-educator and was an advisor for their Technology Student Association (TSA). She has also worked with at-risk youth in residential programs in MA and NH and worked in Human Resources at Waterville Valley Resort for five years. Jamie is certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR and is a Red Cross certified lifeguard.
Jamie moved to Thornton nine years ago with her husband Andrew. She enjoys hiking, trail running, paddle boarding, and camping, as well as playing with her new puppy, Harris. She currently serves as a Board Member on the Campton-Thornton "Got Lunch" Program.
Lindsey Collins joined the Circle Program on a year-round basis as its new Camp Manager. Lindsey has been a familiar face during Circle Camp, serving as our waterfront director for the program’s summer residential camp sessions. She is a Red Cross-licensed and certified lifeguard and swim instructor.
In her new role as Camp Manager Lindsey will work closely with our program staff team to develop new curriculum and activities for the 87 girls and teens currently enrolled in the Circle Program. She will assume the role of Co-Camp Director for six weeks in the summer creating curriculum for swimming, boating and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). She will work with our Leaders-in-Training (LITs) to encourage them to become our future camp counselors; will manage and maintain our camp facility; and suprvise our maintenance, infirmary and camp counselors. She will also help plan and lead the Water Teen Adventure Program (TAP), an off-site, advanced camping and wilderness leadership adventure for girls in high school that involves a kayaking trip.
During the school year, Lindsey will help organize and plan monthly group gatherings for girls and teens including educational field trips, workshops and community service projects. Lindsey will collaborate with the Program Manager to orient girls as they move up to the Teen Circle Program and will work with Circle Program’s Mentor Coordinator to train and support mentors that connect with their Circle teen each month. Lindsey’s main focus will be to encourage high school teens to set goals for “life after high school” as they plan for post-secondary education (college or trade school) or begin a career.
Lindsey is originally from Richmond, Virginia and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BA in History. She received her MA in History from Portland State University. Lindsey is bilingual in English and Spanish and has been teaching Special Education at Belmont Middle School for the past year. Lindsey has a 4-year old son named Fox, whom she says loves “Jurassic Park and all things dinosaur.”
Interim Program Support
We welcome back Deborah “Fox” Smith, our former Teen Coordinator and a long-time Circle Mentor, who will return from her retirement on an interim basis to give us a hand as we re-structure our Circle Program staff team. Fox created and developed the Circle Program’s Teen Adventure Program (TAP), an advanced, off-site camping experience and leadership development opportunity for high school teens. Fox has extensive teaching experience at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. She has served on the Moultonborough, N.H. School Board and as a Student Council Faculty Adviser. Smith served as a volunteer at the Squam Lakes Science Center in Holderness, N.H. She was nominated in Clinton, Connecticut as “Teacher of the Year,” and by MARC Community Resources for the “Outstanding Practices in Education Award.” She is an avid outdoors woman and athlete who enjoys camping and many outdoors activities on a regular basis.
I am thrilled to be the Mentor Coordinator for the Circle Program. I love the Circle Program environment and the strong sense of camaraderie that surrounds everyone involved. I believe that the sense of camaraderie and the friendships we make are the heart of our journey through life.
My professional background includes a diverse mix of sales, media consulting and teaching. I grew up in Rhode Island and for over two decades I have been fortunate to follow my husband’s Navy career around the world. We have raised a daughter, and I have been blessed to be very involved in her schools and her extra-curricular activities. We have moved 10 times in the past 23 years, including overseas moves to Japan and Guam. Since my husband’s retirement from the Navy, we have relocated to New Hampshire. We love the area and look forward to making roots in the community.
During my free time, I enjoy skiing, hiking, kayaking and spending time with my husband, daughter and dog! I look forward to my time with the Circle Program and to making my new Circle friends part of my journey through life.