SDGA of NH Board Members
President: Donna Green, MA
Donna Green represented Sandown on the Timberlane Regional School Board from 2014 to 2018. She was recognized with a Nackey Loeb First Amendment Award for her 2016 NH Supreme Court victory, Green v. SAU55, that established the right of all people in New Hampshire to receive public information in electronic form if it so exists. The New England First Amendment Coalition also honored her with an Antonia Orfield Citizenship award in 2017 in recognition of the importance of that case.
Before retiring, Mrs. Green was a writer specializing in Canadian business and personal finance. Her blog on Timberlane school issues won a New Hampshire Press Association award in 2014, the same year she was honored as Sandown Citizen of the Year. She served on Sandown’s planning board for four years, as an alternate on the Sandown ZBA for three years, and two years on Timberlane’s budget committee before her school board service. She was a member of the NH Legislature’s Commission to Study Issues Relating to Pre-existing Districts Withdrawing from a Cooperative School District. She is waiting impatiently for grandchildren.
Vice President: James Johnson
I was employed for 35 years with the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare. My responsibilities Included reviewing case records for errors, interview clients who receive public assistance, Food Stamps and Medicaid. I contacted third parties such as Social Security, Department of Revenue’s Child Support Unit and law enforcement to nvestigate and compile records on absent parents’ whereabouts so support could be collected for their children. I also conducted an audit of Medicaid vendors which resulted in thousands of dollars being recouped and jail sentences for guilty parties.
My one year of service on Brentwood’s Budget committee confirmed that board members are provided very little information to actuate an honest assessment of school budget actual needs.
I was educated at Stoneham High School and at Boston State. My lovely wife, Joann , and I moved to New Hampshire in 1993. We have two adult children. Meghan is married and living in Virginia Beach. Jackie Rose attends the University of New Hampshire.
Financial Officer: Timothy Jandebeur
Timothy Jandebeur has a long career in retail management and ownership before retiring. He has been a member of the Northwood School Board and joint board of SAU44 for the last five years. His experience in elective office in Northwood is extensive and includes service as a selectman, a budget committee member and on the planning board. He was instrumental in making recommendations for the Town Administration Study Committee which looked at Northwood’s town government and facilities. He sits on the committee for the town’s Bean Hole Bash, a popular annual celebration in which he enjoys taking an active role, most recently as an auctioneer. Mr. Jandebeur’s degree in Forestry from the University of Montana has served him well in managing the large acreage he shares with his wife. They have three grown adopted children.
Secretary: Jody S. Underwood, Ph.D.
Jody has served on the town of Croydon School Board since 2010 in various roles including Chair (2012-2016) Secretary (2011-12, 2016-17), and Vice Chair (2017-18) . She also serves as School Choice Liaison. During that time, she completed the withdrawal from an AREA agreement and put into place a formal tuition agreement with the neighboring Newport school district. She met with superintendents and school board members from districts and private schools in the area about accepting Croydon students to their schools through informal tuition agreements. Dr. Underwood also oversaw the separation of Croydon from SAU43 (with Newport) and started their own, very small, SAU99. Jody is an Education Fellow at Granite Insitute, where she has done research on town tuitioning in New Hampshire and New England, and has delivered presentations about school choice around the state. Dr. Underwood received her B.S. in computer science from Hofstra University, her M.S. in computer science with a focus on artificial intelligence from Rutgers University, and her Ph.D. in Education from The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Professionally, she has conducted research and development around the use of technology for learning and assessment in the classroom since 1987.
Accountability Standing Committee: Harriet Cady, Chair
Harriet Cady is a well-known Right-to-Know watchdog and a founding member of Right to Know NH. In 2015, she was given the Antonia Orfield Citizenship Aware by the New England First Amendment Coalition for forty years of exemplary advocacy for open government. She has served two terms in the state legislature representing Rockingham 2, and was the legislative liaison for the Granite State Taxpayers, successfully advocating for the passage of SB2, the bill that changed local governments throughout the state. With long and extensive local government service in many capacities, Mrs. Cady has also worked with governors, federal and state senators, and many legislators. She continues to be involved in having legislation written for consideration each term of the legislature. Mrs. Cady has a degree with Honors in Public Administration. She has three adult children, a son who was tragically killed by a drunk driver, and six grandchildren.
Budget and Finance Standing Committee: Arthur Green, Chair
Arthur Green is a past member of the Timberlane Regional School District Budget Committee. He is an Information Technology Project Manager in the Financial Services sector, and has led the implementation of complex projects for many top tier banks and insurance companies. In this capacity, he has developed and executed multi-million dollar budgets. A proudly naturalized citizen of the US, Mr. Green moved to New Hampshire from Canada in 2007. He holds a BA in Economics from McGill University and is married to Donna Green with whom he has three adult children who call often.
Communication and Outreach Standing Committee: Leonard Mullen, Chair
Len Mullen is a past member of the Timberlane Regional School District Budget Committee. He is an Industrial Security Manager for a major defense contractor. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Wentworth Institute of Technology and is married to Patricia Mullen with whom he has two children — both survivors of the Timberlane Regional School District.
Curriculum and Assessment Standing Committee: Annie Collyer, Chair
Annie Collyer is the Chairman of Sanborn Regional School District Budget Committee. She is a mother of four and grandmother of five. While raising her children, she was deeply involved in their local schools, serving as room mother, on PTO’s and on the School Board. She also led teenage youth groups and was a High School Tennis Coach. Annie pursued a variety of business ventures over the years, including real estate redevelopment, Wall Street Market Technician and business owner. She is currently serving as a CASA, a child advocate for abused and neglected children. Annie is also one of the founders of the Newton-Kingston Taxpayers Association, which has worked for the past two years to education voters about local issues, for efficient use of local taxpayer money and for improvement in educational results for the children of the local communities.
Legislative Affairs Standing Committee: Karen Testerman, Chair
Karen has served as a budget committee member for Mont Vernon Village
School and for Souhegan High School. She has classroom teacher experience and is
a long time advocate of family values. Shortly after moving to NH, Karen joined a
group of grass root activists who studied and brought the introduction of Goals
2000 into New Hampshire to a standstill. As Executive Director of Cornerstone
Policy Research (the New Hampshire family policy organization she founded in
2000), she became the leading voice for the traditional family and led the fight on
numerous family rights issues.
Karen is the recipient of the Family Research Council “Family Faith and
Freedom” award and the Cornerstone Policy Research “William Wilberforce” award.
Additionally she was recognized by NH Magazine as one of their “Remarkable
Women,” by Smart Girl Politics with the “Engage” award, by Eagle Forum with the
Eagle Award for New Hampshire, and by the Nashua Area Federation of Republican
Women as their Woman of the Year. Karen is a columnist, author and current co-
host of talk radio.
A former candidate for governor, Karen has the ability to build broad
coalitions of diverse groups to accomplish common goals. These have included pro
family, pro gun, taxpayer groups, political leaders, military groups and religious
leaders. She has personal involvement with the military as a wife, mother and
daughter. She and her husband raised four children and currently reside with their
Bouvier des Flanders, Dutch.
Policy Standing Committee: Roger Barczak, Chair
Roger Barczak resides in Newmarket, NH and was a former longtime resident of Sandown, NH where he held elected positions on the Board of Selectmen and on the School Board of the Timberlane Regional School District and SAU55. He has held several appointed positions in local government and has contributed to many worthy initiatives over the years including spearheading the formation of Ethics and Internal Control policies at the municipal level. Roger is a Global Services Senior Program Manager having served the telecommunications, financial services, and cyber security sectors for over two decades. Roger brings his extensive planning, management, and organizational skills to benefit the SDGA. He is married to his wife, Donna, and they have one son who they hope will someday move back to New England.