Board of Trustees

Dawn Averitt

Dawn, a parent of two Crossroads students, is a consultant and Founder of The Well Project and the Women’s Research Initiative on HIV/AIDS (WRI). For more than two decades, Dawn has built, served on, and worked for non-profit Boards in a variety of capacities. She is passionate about community building and engagement and has extensive experience in strategic planning, development, and advocacy.

Jay Benson

Jay is a financial adviser to Swiftpage, Inc., Picaboo Corporation, and Andrew Pearce Bowls. He volunteers at Crossroads as a member of the finance committee and board. In addition to his Crossroads activities, Jay is a Trustee and Treasurer of the Montshire Museum. He is a current parent of two daughters. Jay holds a BA in geography from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

Lorna Brittan-Smith

Lorna is the parent of a current Crossroads student and a high school student at St. Paul’s School. She and her husband were thrilled to relocate their family to Hanover in 2014. An active volunteer at both Crossroads and in the community, she holds an AB in English from Harvard and a PhD in English and American Literature from Princeton.

Blake Darcy

Blake founded the online brokerage firm DLJdirect in 1987 as one of the first online businesses in the world. He led the expansion of the firm in the US as well as into the UK, Japan, Hong Kong, and Dubai. During this time Blake also launched a technology firm with offices in the US and India. Mr. Darcy took DLJdirect public in 1999 and later sold the firm to Bank of Montreal (eventually sold to E*Trade). In 2008 he co-founded the asset management firm Formula Investing (later known as Gotham Asset Management) with the legendary value investor Joel Greenblatt. Mr. Darcy moved to the Upper Valley with his family in 2013 and now acts as a board member, consultant, and advisor to numerous start-up firms and non-profit organizations. He is a 1978 graduate of Hamilton College.

Zheng Duan

Zheng has his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota. At present, he works at Hypertherm as a design engineer. Zheng also serves as treasurer for the Upper Valley Music School. He has a daughter who is a Crossroads alumnus.

Sean Gorman

Sean, our past Board president, is an attorney in the Hanover office of the law firm Sheehan, Phinney, Bass, and Green. His practice focuses on education, the non-profit sector, employment, real estate, zoning and land use, and intellectual property matters. Sean received his AB from Dartmouth College in English and his JD from the University of Chicago. He is a former Crossroads parent and the father of three.

David Hoffer

David serves as a Managing Director for the Lyme Timber Company LP. He is the parent of two Crossroads students. David manages conservation-oriented forestland acquisitions and dispositions. He also oversees the firm’s investment activities in wetland mitigation banking and serves as general counsel to the firm. David has served on our Board since 2013 and is its current vice president, and he has been an integral part of the Finance Committee. He received his AB in social studies from Harvard University, his JD from Harvard Law School, and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Alyssa Kelley

Alyssa is a founder and the COO of SignalQuest, LLC, an inertial sensor manufacturing company where she helped grow the company from startup to international leader in inertial guidance systems. She also served as a communication consultant for a Fortune 500 company, developing core values and shared corporate culture for diverse teams. She attended the Tuck Business Bridge program at Dartmouth following her BA in Psychology from Bates College. She is a Crossroads parent and mother of three.

Ellie Kyung

Ellie is a marketing professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Before becoming an academic, she was a consultant with Monitor Group where she specialized in marketing and multi-channel strategy issues. Ellie received her BA in economics and international studies from Yale University and her PhD and MPhil in marketing from the Stern School of Business at New York University. She joined the Board in 2014 and is the parent of two Crossroads students.

Laurel Mackin

Laurel is employed as the Recreation Director for the Town of Thetford. She has been integral to strategic planning and development efforts. Laurel is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds dual degrees in English and communications. She received her MA from Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication. Laurel is the mother of a Crossroads student and an alumnus.

Nina Sand-Loud

Nina Sand-Loud is a parent of a Crossroads Academy student and a Hanover High School student. She and her family moved back to the Upper Valley five years ago after a ten-year absence spending time in Boston and then Akron, Ohio, before returning to DHMC. Nina and her husband Keith met at McGill Medical School and then completed a residency in pediatrics at DHMC. Nina then went on to pursue further training in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and practices as a developmental behavioral pediatrician at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, seeing children with a variety of developmental disorders such as learning disabilities, speech and language disorders, autism, and AD/HD.

Larry Shaper

Larry, a former Crossroads parent and former Board member, has returned to us to serve once again on our Board. He is employed by Domus, where he designs custom houses, additions, and renovations. Larry has been a key member of our Building and Site Committee.

Posie Taylor

Posie, our Board president, is the grandmother of a Crossroads student, a strategy and development consultant and former Director of the Aloha Foundation. She has been an integral part of our development efforts where she has served as Annual Fund Grandparents Chair, and she is an active member of our Development and Strategic Planning Committees. Posie received her BA from Middlebury College, her MA in medieval English literature from Columbia University, and her MALS from the University of Michigan.

Mary Jo Turk

Mary Jo is a Crossroads parent and mother of three.  She is an Associate Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and Co-Director of the Norris-Cotton Cancer Center Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Program.  She received her BS from John Carroll University, her Ph.D. from Purdue University, and completed postdoctoral training at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Mary Jo and her husband Jake Reder have lived in the Upper Valley since 2004.