Leaf Team

An interdisciplinary team of co-leaders & co-learners


Ground Team

LEAF teachers, mentors, and volunteers are working to implement our mission ever day. 



Dakota Benedetto


Chris Becker, Humanities

Sean Marden, STEM

Marty Castriotta, STEM

Heather Holloway, Film

Walt Alderman, Entrepreneurship

Bree Watson, Dance

Nancy Salwen, Music

Dakota Benedetto, Visual Arts & Theater




Shana Frank, Math Coach

Bob Shalit, Science Coach

Caroline Putnam, ASL (Sign Language)

Barb Davis, Spanish

Trevor Anderson-Salo, Mandarin

Joel McCarty, Timberframing

Johnny Bolster, Product Design

Vincent Sodders, Martial Arts

Bill Whyte, Creativity

Laura Syria, Food & Garden Program



Partner Organizations

Interested in becoming a partner? Please contact us. 


Florentine Films
Walpole, NH

Bensonwood Homes & Woodworking
Walpole, NH

Badger Balm Company
Gilsum, NH

The Hannah Grimes Center
Keene, NH

AACT: The Alstead Area Citizens Trust
Alstead, NH

Kroka Adventure Camps
Marlow, NH

Orchard Hill Breadworks
Alstead, NH

Village Roots CSA
Alstead, NH

Mole Hill Theatre
Alstead, NH

United Tool & Stamping
Alstead, NH

Flying Cloud Dairy
Alstead, NH

Mill Hollow Heritage Association
Alstead, NH


Board of Trustees

Read more about our board members and our meeting minutes at the links below. 

Katy Haas
Chair, Founder

Erik Walker
Vice Chair

Sally Eaton
Secretary, Founder

Catherine St. Pierre

Beth Leineau

Beth Leineau

Denise Burchsted

Sherry Aldrich

John Cenney

Daniel Maynard-Wyczik

Dennis Molesky

Trustees Emeritus

Dakota Benedetto
Former Chair, Founder

Barbara Davis
Former Secretary, Founder

Lonn Livengood
Former Treasurer

David Benedetto
Former Trustee, Founder