Imhoff, Peter

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Chief Financial Officer

BA St. Lawrence University
MBA Columbia University

The first half of my adult life was spent as an investment banker helping state, local governments, hospitals and 501C3 organizations finance major capital programs. I worked extensively with the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority in rebuilding the NY subway and commuter railroads in the 1980s, NY State Controllers Office and State Budget Division in funding their accumulated deficit, and Virginia Rail Express in bringing commuter rail to Northern Virginia. In all, I was involved in the issuance of over $30 billion in municipal securities. After a series of difficult mergers, I decided I wanted to do something different with my time and spend more time with my family (Teresa, our sons Josh and Charlie and our daughter Bette) .

That journey, filled with a number of different stops, including helping a couple of internet startups, designing and building a house, helping lead a zoning fight against a bad developer, designing another house on a beach in Prince Edward Island, and finally, moving with my wonderful family to Dublin, NH. In NH, I found a small private school that has changed my life.

Serving for eight years as the President of this school has been the most rewarding thing in my life. I look forward to my next chapter serving as the Director of Communications of Dublin School.

What book has made you think the most? Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. Mind blowing, absurd and brilliant in equal measures.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? I had so many great teachers in college. It would be unfair to single one out even if I could. I have to say though that the greatest teacher I have had is the internet. We live in a time where anything I need or want to know I can find instantly. There is an expert willing to teach me the most mundane things, generally for free. There has never been a better time to be a self-learner.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? Not a course, but I went to Kenya for a semester in 1978 through St. Lawrence. To say that it changed my life would be understating the impact it had on my perspective in understanding the world. There is nothing like living with a family in a mud hut or being on the outside looking in to understand both our universal similarities and beautiful differences.

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome? My father used to say, "It doesn't matter how many mistakes you make in life, just don't make the same one twice -- eventually you will be OK".  So I guess every single one.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? I love to try and capture our athletes digitally at their moment of triumph and joy. It is something I am trying to be better at every day (although it is easy to get caught up in the excitement and miss the shot!).

Allbee, Andrea

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Controller

BA - Castleton State College
M.A. in Criminology - Indiana University of Pennsylvania
MBA - Union College

As a native Vermonter, I grew up in Brattleboro, VT. Being the daughter of Law Enforcement Officer, I wanted to be in the FBI, which explains the degree in Criminology. After discovering that the FBI would require me to live in a major city outside of New England, I moved onto Plan B. Plan B was accounting. After focusing on public accounting for the first part of my career, I decided that I wanted to work in an environment where individuals never stop learning, so I decided to specialize in accounting for educational institutions. I live in Vermont with my husband, dogs, cat, and horse. I enjoy hiking, biking, and following my equestrian pursuits.

What book has made you think the most? How Stella Saved the Farm by Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble. A simple book to read that can have a big impact on the mindset of a team/organization's mindset and ability to be innovative.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Generous, Trustworthy, and Enthusiastic

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? History of Medieval Europe (or any History course) - I love history, but in particular I love studying this time period. In high school and in college, I could not take enough courses on this topic. I had terrific professors that brought history alive.

I am most happy when... I am riding my horse, Nitro. There is a wonderful peace you feel when you are at one with a horse and have developed a trusted partnership to the point where you can think about a movement and the horse does the movement.

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome? When I purchased my horse, Nitro, he was too young and green (untrained) for my knowledge and riding level. We made a lot of mistakes in the early years, and I had some bad accidents. Twelve and a half years later, I am glad I stuck with this horse and didn't listen to the advice of selling him. He is my "heart horse" and we have a great partnership. Sometimes the difficult horses are the ones you learn the most from and I have learned a great deal. I wouldn't be the rider, or person, I am today without him in my life and the struggles I have had with him.

If I had a free afternoon I would... I would spend the day at the barn where I board my horse. I would ride my horse and then go and find work to do, cleaning pastures or something until it's time to bring in horses. Riding and working at the barn is very therapeutic for me, especially in the summer when we get to unload the bales of hay for the next year.

Brehm, Ann

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I grew up in Vermont and still have many ties to Brattleboro which is about 45 minutes from here. We moved to Harrisville about two years ago and I love the quiet. I have worked in education and technology for many years. I appreciate being in an environment where I learn new things everyday. I have three children, including a Dublin student, and two Boston terriers.

What book has made you think the most? So many to choose from... I recently re-read the short story "The Great Stone Face" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I had read it as a kid and back then there was a magical quality to it enhanced by the fond memories I had of traveling to the White Mountains with my parents and seeing The Old Man in the Mountain.

My father told of how his grandfather had worked on the face to shore it up even back then. When I read the story last month, I had the pleasure of reliving those childhood memories. The story also brought to mind this year's presidential race and the notion of how easy it is for people to get caught up in superficial matters rather than substantial ones. Dublin's school's motto of “truth and courage" reminds us to look deeper, ask questions, and decide for ourselves what we believe. We live in the shadow of a different mountain, but we strive to be the best version of ourselves.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? I have been fortunate to have and known many fine teachers. I think the educator who had the strongest impact is my high school drama teacher Bob Smatresk. He was the first one who saw me as an individual and realized that my curiosity extended well beyond the classroom. He offered books and performances that expanded my thinking. We had the most exciting discussions about themes and what worked or didn't work and that lit a spark in me that has never gone out. I try to see the unique qualities in each of our students and I can thank him for that.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Caring, practical and tenacious.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? I guess I have three favorites. The dining hall at lunchtime because there is a great energy and sense of camaraderie, the porch of the boathouse in late afternoon because I love the light playing on the water, and last but not least, the bot cave in lower Lehman in February, where all the creative engineering makes me smile!

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome? Naturally I understand that there are small mistakes that people make all of the time. But I believe that the path of life is long. Sometimes you go in a direction you have planned out, but you end up in a place that you didn't expect. Is that a mistake? Or is it an opportunity to learn about myself and others that I might not have encountered without the side trip. I am the result of all of my experiences and that in and of itself is a positive outcome.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Nordic skiing of course!

Bergeron, Susan

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Bookkeeper

U. S. Army - Executive Administative Assistant

New England born and raised. Saw a lot of the world through my Army experience. My children are also New Englanders and are mostly out on their own. Looking forward to the truly empty nest! (I think).

What book has made you think the most?: The Harry Potter books, reading them and talking about them with my kids.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?: Mindreading

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?: Follow The Yellow Brick Road

What teacher has had the most impact on you? How were they special?: I thought my swim coach/English teacher was the scariest, he made me make sure to get things right to avoid the evil stare he'd perfected.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?: Tall, taller and tallest!

You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people. Who would you choose and why?: Probably some Celtics basketball players - so I can feel short!

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

 

Mayo, Karen

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BS Bentley College; MBA Plymouth State College

I am married with a son who is a junior in high school (15-16). Both my husband and I grew up in NH, in different parts of the state. We love to travel, whether it is getting in the car on a weekend to see what we can see that is new and different within a day's drive, or going out west to a national park that we haven't been to yet. 
My work life has been in the accounting field, spanning being the controller of a small retail mail-order company, to being the internal auditor of a NH banking organization, to running my own CPA firm.

What book has made you think the most?  'Deadline' by Chris Crutcher is a young adult novel that explores some deep themes. It features an 18 year old boy who finds out he is dying during his athletic physical exam before his senior year, and what happens during the year after he decides to keep his illness a secret. I've thought about not only secrets and their consequences, but responsibilities of being in relationship to others, higher power beliefs, and more.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? My college Philosophy course was so different from my typical pragmatic, detail-oriented work and (then) school life, that I really enjoyed it. I wish I had kept all of the books that were required reading, and my notes and tests, so that I could go back now and remember how and what my younger self was thinking.

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome? I did not sit for my Certified Public Accountant exam as soon as I graduated from college. Instead, I went directly into private industry accounting, and decided to sit for the exam a number of years later. It would have been much easier right out of school, but it ended up working out. To become a CPA, a person needs to pass the exam and have a number of years of experience working for a CPA firm. Most folks do that right out of school, beginning with a CPA firm as their first employer. If I had done that, I would have left accounting all together, since I found working in public accounting stressful and boring. So even though it was more difficult to pass the exam and then get my experience for the CPA designation, I knew that it was a short term stress that would ultimately lead to many more avenues of job possibilities. And I love what I am doing now :)

If I had a free afternoon I would... Meet with a few girlfriends and take a hike in the woods looking for newts or mushrooms or anything else interesting, or going out for a sweet treat in town, or both!

What is your favorite outdoor activity? I love easy hikes with great views - my current favorite is going to Rollins State Park in Warner, NH, where we drive 3 miles up the mountain, and hike the last half mile. You can see a 360 degree view, from Mt. Washington to Boston, on a clear day.