Rogers, Erika

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Director of Alumni & Development - Alumni & Development

B.A. University of NH,
M.S. University of Connecticut

A New Hampshire native, I came to Dubin School after completing my Masters Degree in Ecology to teach biology, marine biology and AP biology at Dublin School.  After six years of teaching, coaching dance and being a dorm parent, I worked in the college counseling office for two years before becoming Dir. of Development and Alumni Affairs in 2007. My interests include dance, travel, gardening, and fiber arts.  I live in Dublin NH with my husband and daughter. 

How would your friends describe you in three words? Hardworking, Friendly, Professional

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? My favorite course was in college was entitled Eukaryotic Cell and Development or "Cell Hell" as many students called it because it was known to the hardest course to pass. The course taught the entire process of how a single fertilized cell divides, differentiates, and develops into a complete organism. The complexity and elegance of this process was mind-blowing. I will never forget the final exam, there was one question: "Make me a chicken?" 15 hand-written pages later when I walked out of the exam (there were no laptops then) I knew I had learned a lot.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? My favorite place on campus is the Quad. I love watching the comings and goings of everyday life - A student racing across so as not to be late for class, faculty members walking and talking on the way to lunch, Frisbees flying on the first warm spring day, Maypole dances, Winterfest tug-of war battles. It is truly our "living room." I also like thinking about all the alumni who have walked in and out of the Schoolhouse, imagining their younger selves and trying to connect the many stories they have told me over the years.

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome?  I built a house in Alstead NH. When my husband and I decided to build a house off campus in 2004 it caused a chain of events that shifted my career from the Dublin classroom to the administration - A choice that has had many positive outcomes for me, my family and I hope Dublin School. After six years of driving back and forth we ended up selling the house and moving back to Dublin - our true home. I am not sure I would be where I am now if we had not built that house. (So glad we built it, wish we could have got more for it when we sold it!)

If I had a free afternoon I would... Grab two ice coffees and head out with a friend to the nearest garden center to buy plants for my garden and then work in the garden until it is time to BBQ.

Russell, Eric

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Associate Director of Alumni & Development

Brown University - BA Organizational Behavior and Management

I really wanted to be a teacher, specifically a math teacher because I had so many wonderful educators in my life. Over time I have grown to realize that teaching isn't my passion, nor what made the difference in my school years. Instead what mattered then and today is learning - hence my other career as a life coach. Ultimately if we can learn how to learn, we can make our way through life just fine. 

I came to Dublin School because it is one of those rare places. A place where a life can pivot in the most extraordinary and positive ways. My parents raised me with the same philosophical framework: become exposed to people, places and things that can transform and pivot your life in beneficial ways. I've in turn passed the same onto my children who are now living it out loud as adults. I'm not sure that my golden retriever will get it, but we are both still works in progress.

What book has made you think the most? Actually there are several books. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell has been highly enlightening and confirms that success springs from a slew of factors not so easily identified, understood or replicated. Anything written by Jack Finney but especially Time and Again. I read this around age 13 and again as required reading for a college history class. The historic accuracy, intrigue and suspense of this fantasy thriller is gripping. It primes the pump of the imagination to envision what might be possible. Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Truly funny - life can be absurd.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? My four children are the teachers that have changed my life the most. All four of them in different and new ways taught me what love truly is. Throughout the years I was afforded to raise them, they each in their own way challenged me to be more, to be better, to grow and to embrace life in ways that any sane person never would. I now marvel at who they are as adults and that they've made it there even with me as their dad.

I am most happy when... Cooking...................

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome? Philosophically, are there mistakes? Isn't an outcome the direct intentional or unintentional result of the known and unrealized actions that brought that outcome about? Perhaps a "mistake" is then something that was unexpected and therefore always presents something positive - the opportunity to learn.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Sitting and reading on a favorite large rock just off shore into the surf at Point Judith (while the tide is out of course). For me the ocean and living bodies of water are places of renewal - what are described in Celtic traditions as spiritual "thin places".

Speers Christopher

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Bates College, B.A.

I grew up as a faculty brat on a small boarding school campus in Delaware, so arriving at Dublin felt a lot like coming home. While growing up in the mid-atlantic, my family always brought my three younger brothers and me north to New Hampshire and Vermont for summer and winter vacations. I took a "gap year" after high school and got a taste for politics and the real world while working as an intern in the Governor's office in Massachusetts. 

I got the travel bug early on and have been fortunate to see the world. I worked on a pig farm in Germany, studied abroad in Kenya, led trips out west, gone on safari in South Africa, led hiking trips up Kilimanjaro and through the Serengeti, explored the great pyramids of Egypt, and once coached cricket at a school in Botswana. Before arriving at Dublin I lived in Boston and ran cultural exchange and homestay programs for international students coming to the US. 

Rosy, our dog Enzo, and I are excited to be living in the Monadnock dorm and beautiful Dublin, NH!

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? My Mom and Dad (both high school English teachers). They model the best of who I want to be when I grow up.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Attentive. Patient. Adventurous.

What is your favorite place on campus and why?  Memorial field. I love going up there right at dusk, or just as the sun is rising. Our dog Enzo loves running around the field.

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome? I turned down a job at Dublin right out of college. I know, big mistake...what was I thinking! Instead I went to work for the Governor of Massachusetts. I spent two years traveling all over the commonwealth, country, and to over a dozen countries promoting Massachusetts. Most importantly though I met a beautiful woman named Rosy. After some convincing she finally agreed to marry me. Now we've moved to Dublin and I'm excited to join the Development team. So in the end, things have a funny way of working out!

If I had a free afternoon I would.. Head to the lake with our dog, a good book, and hope to run into some old friends.

Stone, Donna

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Alumni & Parent Programs Coordinator - Alumni & Development

NH Community Technical College Business/Secretarial

Donna moved to Dublin, New Hampshire in 1985 where she began work at Yankee Publishing and the Old Farmer's Alamanc in the customer service department. During her 15 years at Yankee and the Old Farmer's Alamanc her work included; Credit and Collection, Accounts Receivable, Classified Advertising Representative, and the Administrative Assistance for the Old Farmer's Alamanc Sales Staff. Currently her work at Dublin School is a multitude of tasks, which range from creating queries and reports to assisting in events on campus and anything else in between. She feels that each day she arrives on campus, is a new day, a day to be grateful to be part of an amazing community.

Donna lives in Dublin with her husband David, son Zachary and two dogs (Katie & Allie), along with 8 chickens. In her free time she likes gardenening, skiing, sports (especially the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots), and spending time with her family.

What book has made you think the most?: Our recent Community book - Zeitoun

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?: Wonder Women. I want to make everyone happy, everyone to feel good and to live life to it's fullest.

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?: Thank you for being a friend.

What teacher has had the most impact on you? How were they special?: My Coach/Math Teacher: No matter if you win or lose you are all part of a team.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?: Reliable, Helpful, Honest

You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people. Who would you choose and why?: 1. Bill Belichick 2. Terry Francona 3. Julia Roberts

Just imagine those three people in one room, I bet Julia Roberts could give those two guys some advice.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?: Sandra Bullock