Circle Program Interim Executive Director Teri Bordenave
Teri Bordenave, MHSA, has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1979 in a variety of senior leadership roles, as a consultant and trainer. Teri served as CEO of Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region for 20+ years and has been involved in leadership transition as interim executive for 5 organizations prior to joining the team at The Circle Program. Her experience as a seasoned executive, coupled with her work as a trustee on both local and national governing boards, gives her a unique perspective. In 2010, she founded and continues to facilitate, a quarterly roundtable for nonprofit Board Chairs on Maryland's eastern shore. Teri holds a Masters of Human Services Administration from Antioch University New England where she focused on organizational development, consulting and training.
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.
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.
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.”
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.