Elected school district officials now have a resource devoted entirely to educating and empowering them to assert their lawful authority and be responsive to their electorate.

The School District Governance Association of New Hampshire (SDGA NH) has been created to establish a forum for past and present school district elected officials and others with elected fiduciary responsibility over a school district budget.

The aim is four-fold:

  • to educate elected school district officials as to their proper role and responsibilities
  • to promulgate best practices in good governance and prudent budgeting
  • to formulate model school district policies so elected officials will have an independent, alternative resource
  • to propose and monitor legislation that enhances local control in education and openness in administration

School Administrative Units were designed to be subject to the will of elected school district officials but too many have developed overweening power over the governance and finances of school districts. Policies and practices tend to consolidate power in the SAU office instead of empowering elected representatives of the people to direct the administration.

The long-term goal of SDGA is to restore local elected control in school districts, and push for some legislative changes to increase transparency and accountability for the ultimate benefit of our children’s education.

The Association meets on the first Saturday of every month in Concord. Voting membership is open to past or present elected officials with fiduciary responsibility over a school district’s budget. Non-voting membership is also available for those who share our mission.




Jody Underwood, Ph.D.

Jody has served on the Croydon School Board since 2010 in various roles including Chair (2012-2016) Secretary (2011-12, 2016-17), and Vice Chair (2017-19), and is also School Choice Liaison.  She shepherded a bill that clarifies the law to allow private schools to be included in town tuitioning agreements. She completed the withdrawal from an AREA agreement and put into place tuition agreements with the schools to whom Croydon tuitions their students after they leave the K-4 Croydon Village School. Dr. Underwood also oversaw the separation of Croydon from SAU43 (with Newport) and started their own, very small, SAU99.

Jody is also an Education Fellow at Granite Institute (http://graniteinstitute.org), where she has written research papers about how New Hampshire uses tax dollars for private schools and on how town tuitioning works in New Hampshire and New England. She has delivered presentations about town tuitioning and school choice around the state.

Professionally, Dr. Underwood has conducted research and development around the use of technology for learning and assessment in the classroom since 1988. She 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.

She and her husband moved to New Hampshire in 2007, where they live on a large off-the-grid property with their two dogs.

Vice President



Financial Officer

Norman J. Silber

Norman J. Silber, a resident of Gilford, New Hampshire, is a lawyer and political activist. Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, he is a graduate of Tulane University with a B.A. (major in English; minor in chemistry) and a J.D. He worked his way through law school in New Orleans as a part-time private detective. He then spent the next 3 years working for a Wall Street trust company, while attending graduate business school at night; after which he returned to Florida. For the next 40 years, he helped form a real estate investment company and practiced civil law. After escaping from Miami in 2012, he settled in Gilford.

He is an active member in good standing of the New Hampshire Bar (since 2007), and of The Florida Bar (since 1970). He is also admitted to practice law in the US District Courts for New Hampshire and for the Southern District of Florida; the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; the US Tax Court; and the US Supreme Court.

He served in the NH House of Representatives 2017-18 (House Election Law Committee) as one of 4 elected representatives for 2 towns. He was an active supporter of Right to Work legislation, and one of only 14 “Republicans” who voted in the House against the 2017 budget that passed to increase the size of state government. He was a designated speaker (as a freshman legislator) before the full House on several bills when under consideration before full votes- all of his advocated positions were vindicated by full votes in the House. He is a longtime member of the Republican National Lawyers Association, with a special interest in election laws and prevention of voter fraud. He is a Life Member of the NH Liberty Alliance, with very high grades for both years of his term in the House. He is also a Life Member of the NRA. He is a supporting member of numerous and various other liberty organizations, including The Federalist Society (past Board member, Miami lawyers’ chapter); the Cato Institute; the President’s Club of Hillsdale College; Judicial Watch; Second Amendment Foundation; Americans for Prosperity; School District Governance Association (current Board Member & Treasurer); Pacific Legal Foundation; etc. He served on the Town of Gilford Planning Board for several years, as well as the Gilford Budget Committee (2 years as Chair). He is a past President of the South Florida Council of Boy Scouts (40,000+ Scouts in 3 counties) for 3 years; and a past member of the Board of the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts.

His practice is currently limited to advising NH lawyers on Florida real estate and probate & trust matters. He has for decades held the highest available peer-review rating by the well-known Martindale Hubbell Law Directory.

Based upon his longtime interest in the Constitution, he is a regular speaker on the Constitution & the Supreme Court of the United States.

Secretary (Acting)

Susan Morin

Susan served as a member of the Weare School Board from 2015 to 2018. A thirty-year resident of the town, she was very active in the schools as her four children were attending.

She is a past President of the PTO and was a member of the committee responsible for establishing public kindergarten. She was a resident member of the Space Needs Committee for the elementary school which recommended to the board not to establish an Upper Elementary. As a school board member she was focused on school climate and culture as well as a responsible district and SAU budget.


Standing Committee Chairs


Karen Testerman

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.

Communication and Outreach



Curriculum and Assessment

Dana Buckley

Dana is a resident of Candia where he has served on the Budget Committee, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and currently the school board. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, he is a network engineer for the city of Nashua with a daughter and son currently in NH public schools.

With regard to public education he is particularly interested in and concerned with the issues of local control, parental rights, curriculum and assessment, and the declining ability of our nation’s public education system to be competitive in the global community.

Legislative Affairs

Doris Hohensee

Doris Hohensee moved to New Hampshire in 1979.  Mother of six children, who were home schooled and later attended Nashua public schools.  Member of the Nashua Board of Education since January 2016.

Doris has been an education activist since 1990, becoming familiar with New Hampshire state laws and regulations as well as the federal initiatives that affect our schools. She has worked with state legislators to pass a number of bills protecting teachers, parents and local control.

Policy (Acting)

Arthur Green

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.


Tom Murray

At Large

Jim Lefebvre

Jim is a resident of North Conway, New Hampshire, locating there after he left the US Army in 1987. While on active duty, he spent a considerable amount of time in the Federal Republic of Germany during the Cold War period, and also as the Director/Master trainer of the Active Duty Retention Department, Recruiting and Retention School, Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN.

Jim received his BA degree in history from the University of Vermont, and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UVM in the early 1990s. After he received his Master’s, he spent over 20 years working for a major Defense firm. During this period, he worked as a site manager on five different Army Installations and as a Fire Brigade member, traveling to various US and overseas locations experiencing difficulty. He retired in 2017.

Jim has served several terms as a member and Chairman of the Conway Budget Committee, and is in his last year of the most current term. He has focused on town and school district spending and ways to improve performance while removing unnecessary infrastructure and personnel. He continues to be active as a volunteer with the American Legion, the New Hampshire Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and the Knights of Columbus.


Honorary Members

Arthur Green

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.

Past 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.