Staff

jenJennifer Marshall – Executive Director

As NHDI’s first executive director in many years, Jennifer reports directly to NHDI’s Board of Directors and oversees all aspects of the organization’s day-to-day operations and development activities. She is originally from Canfield, Ohio, and is a 1992 graduate of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

Jennifer brings an extensive background in intercollegiate and international sports administration to NHDI. As marketing manager for the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in Geneva, Switzerland, she worked with global sponsors and the FIBA Study Centre partners, and also managed many elements of the federation’s involvement in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Prior to FIBA, Marshall served as assistant athletics director at the University of Dayton, managing all communications for the 17 sports teams of the Dayton Flyers. She gained valuable administration and development experience at Georgetown University as the assistant director of Hoyas Unlimited, the annual fund supporting the school’s athletic programs.

She resides in Hancock, New Hampshire, with her husband, Chris, and their three children, Lindsay, Connor and Landon.

Kristen LeachKristen Leach – Artistic Director

Kristen is a Keene State College graduate with a BS in elementary education. She enjoys teaching and inspiring children. In addition to serving as NHDI’s Artistic Director since 2007, Kristen also:

● Teaches at one of the year-long schools.
● Choreographs and teaches the eXceL and Minions teams on Saturday mornings.
● Directs NHDI’s Summer Intensive.
● Is a member of the artistic faculty at MoCo Arts where she teaches jazz and hip-hop and choreographs for the musical theater program.
● Teaches for the winter dance program at Vermont Academy.
● Enjoys working with NHDI alums when she choreographs musicals at Keene High School and Monadnock Regional.

photo-mansfieldPeter Mansfield – Music Director

Conductor, composer, arranger, and pianist, Peter Mansfield is a native Bostonian having majored in music at Harvard College. In 1981 he began an ongoing affiliation with the Boston Pops Orchestra, where he has worked under maestros John Williams and Keith Lockhart as pianist, composer, arranger and orchestrator. He was music coordinator for several special projects, including the Pops’ 2008 season’s Bernstein on Broadway, and High School Sing-off.

In 1985, Peter met Jacques D’Amboise and has since served as conductor, composer and arranger for the National Dance Institute in Boston, New York and New Hampshire.

Peter’s other notable achievements include:

  • Conductor and Music Director of Concert On Ice since 1988.
  • Nominated for a Cable Ace award in 1995.
  • Began an ongoing engagement in 2005 as arranger and orchestrator for singer/songwriter Elisabeth Von Trapp, granddaughter of the legendary Captain Von Trapp.
  • Peter joined the faculty of the Boston Conservatory as Professor of Music Theater Repertoire and Performance in 2005, where he recently served as Music Director/Arranger/Orchestrator for the world premier Heaven and Hell, a new musical theater work based on a 1998 CD by rock/pop artist Joe Jackson.

photo-lisaLisa Cook – Residency Director

After years of studying modern, ballet and jazz dance at MoCo Arts in Keene, Lisa Cook now blends her love of dance and passion for teaching children into direction of NHDI’s Residency program.

Prior to NHDI, she was a preschool teacher in Florida for eight years and an aide in the library and classrooms at Chesterfield School.

She has directed and choreographed several drama productions at Chesterfield School and choreographed Seussical The Musical for Hillcat Summer Theatre in Hillsborough, NH. You’ll find her during the summer at MoCo Arts’ Creative Arts at Keene (C.A.K.E.) and at NHDI’s Summer Intensive.

jessJess Codman – Teaching Artist

Jess grew up in Dublin, NH, and fell in love with dance at the age of 6 as a student of Wendy Dwyer. A former dancer with the NHDI, Jess has taught dance at at the institute since 1999. In 2001 she developed NHDI’s Residency Program, traveling and leading dance residencies for students grades K-8 across the state of NH. She served as NHDI’s Residency and Summer Camp Directors for five years from 2001-2005. She returned to NHDI in 2014 as the teacher for South Meadow School.

Jess loves to get outside and move. She was a competitive swimmer for 10 years and competed in cross country and track in both the high school and college. She can’t imagine her life without dance … whether in a studio, gymnasium or field somewhere, or back in the kitchen of her Hancock home with Rob, Nora, Gavin and baby Oliver.

Tracy Croteau – Teaching Artist

Tracy grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from the University of New Hampshire. She thoroughly enjoys teaching and watching the progress that her students make as they journey through the year. “It is truly an amazing transformation!”

In addition to teaching at three schools and the SWAT team in NHDI’s year-long program, Tracy teaches Kidz-Bop and Hip Hop for MoCo Arts. She also worked with Winchester and Franklin Schools to bring dance to children in after school programs.

Danielle Fitzpatrick – Teaching Artist

Danielle has been teaching dance and theater in the tri-state area for more than a decade. She moved to Keene after graduating from UMass at Amherst to pursue a Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy at Antioch NE. She has taught creative dance, children’s theater and ballet in studio settings, classrooms, preschools, and workshops to dancers from ages 2 to 92. In addition to teaching dance, Danielle works as a dance therapist specializing in geriatrics.

Tasha Warshaw – Teaching Artist

After high school, Tasha began teaching dance for NHDI and MoCo Arts. She continues her dance education by dancing with IBIT dance company in Brattleboro. She has a strong passion for choreography, and has shown her work at the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, the Dance Complex and the American Repertory Theater. Tasha finds joy in sharing her passion for dance with her students and believes that dance should always be available to those who want it, regardless of ability.

Dufftin Garcia – Guest Teaching Artist

NHDI has been fortunate to have Dufftin Garcia as a guest teacher at several of its summer intensives, and has, on occasion, led the year-long program’s Celebration team.

Dufftin was born and raised in New York City and worked closely with Jacques d’Amboise, both as a student and teacher. He was Associate Director for NDI’s first international residency program in Israel and taught with Jacque d’Amboise during NDI’s 2004 Cultural Exchange in China.

Dufftin is currently a NDI teacher in New York, as well as Artistic Director at TEDI, NHDI’s New Jersey affiliate.

Maria Franciosa – Piano Accompanist

Kristen Hertzler – Piano Accompanist

Kristen graduated from Philadelphia Biblical University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education and Bible. She is pianist at Grace Community Evangelical Free Church in Spofford as well as the summer music coordinator at Camp Spofford. She taught elementary general and vocal music for four years in the Pioneer Valley Regional School District in Northfield, MA. Kristen also teaches piano lessons in her home.

Ashley Morse – Piano Accompanist

Ashley is a graduate of Keene State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She has worked as a professional pianist for nearly 20 years and also teaches private piano lessons In addition to her work as a pianist, Ashley is also bookkeeper and treasurer of the PTO at her children’s school.

Deb Wells Nunes – Piano Accompanist

Deb has accompanied for NHDI at Troy Elementary School since 2007. She loves watching the dancers grow and develop throughout the year and especially enjoys being able to go to the show (and not being in it!) to see and hear its fabulous musicians.

Deb is also an accompanist for the Monadnock Waldorf school and a substitute church organist when the phone rings. She plays accordion, banjo and some fiddle and plays occasional gigs as they arise. Deb lives in Royalston, Mass, on a small hobby farm with bees, goats, chickens, turkeys, and, oh yeah, her husband Joe. She spends lots of time with her best four legged friend, Bolt, and enjoys vegetable gardening, reading, riding her motorcycle, and spending time with her seven grandkids.

Tim Conrow – Administrative Assistant

Tim joined NHDI in the summer of 2015. After an up-close and personal view of the great things NHDI did for Monadnock’s youth (his daughter, Hannah, dances in the year-long program at Mountain Shadows School), he knew it would be a job that meant something.

Tim grew up in Houston, Texas, and moved to San Antonio after college. For no other reasons than they were tired of living in a perpetual furnace and loved New England, Tim and his family moved to Jaffrey in 2009. He has two psychology degrees and worked for USAA (taking care of America’s active and retired military) for 20 years.

Tim’s been married to Karen for 20 years. She is also an admin for a small non-profit that helps people, but her first love is creating and leading spiritual retreats. Meet her if you get the chance. You’ll love her as much as Tim does.

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