Our Board of Trustees is passionate about creating a better educational experience.

Jessica Baker

Board Chairperson

Jessica Baker is the Chief Program Officer for AchieveUnite, a consultancy organization focused on performance partnering, strategy, partner program and education.  Jessica is a seasoned Channel expert with over 20 years of experience working with hardware and software vendors to help them win with solid channel strategies. Prior to joining the AchieveUnite team, she held leadership positions at Progress Software, Compuware, Signiant and Softek.


Jessica has received many honors from her time in the channel.  She was recognized as one of the 2012 People You Don’t Know But Should by The Channel Company’s CRN magazine, as 2011- 2015 Women of the Channel by CRN magazine and awarded a 5- Star Program distinction 4 times by CRN magazine.   She sits on several channel leadership boards and regularly writes for her blog and is a contributing author for many channel publications.


Jessica is also the proud mother of a Kreiva student and is actively involved in the Hooksett BSA organization where she currently serves as the Fundraiser Chair.  

Kara Hewett

Board Secretary

Kara Hewett is a Co-Founder of Kreiva Academy and brings with her the experience of that process along with passion and knowledge of the schools’ missions and vision. Kara became an active supporter of choice in education and the Public Charter School movement when her oldest child was entering school 8 years ago. Kara currently works as an Administrative Assistant in a public school.  She, also, currently has 2 children in local Charter Schools and 2 children who attend district school.  Her professional and educational background in accounting and finance combined with her passion for helping others and serving her community has made her of great support to our board by bringing both necessary skills and a drive to help our school continue to grow and thrive.

Nicole Tower

Board Vice Chairperson

Nicole St. Hilaire is a trauma informed social worker and healthcare professional. She is currently the Director of Member Engagement for AmeriHealth Caritas New Hampshire. Her past experience includes leadership roles in nonprofit and the state government as well as recent experience working with home health and Medicaid Managed Care. Nicole taught undergraduate courses in Social Work, Sociology and Criminal Justice, as well as adult learners through educational and training programs. Nicole is the proud parent of a Kreiva student. Passionate about social justice and equity, she received her master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University School of Social Work and is currently pursuing her MBA at Southern New Hampshire University.

Jake King

Board Member

Jake is the Founding Partner, Lead Instructor and CEO of Thrive Outdoors. He has spent thousands of hours in the wilderness, in group and solitary settings, learning and growing. He has led hundreds of youth and adult day and overnight trips, teaching wilderness survival and leadership skills and is passionate about passing this knowledge on. A father of four, Jake has made it a point to be prepared and to know his family will have every opportunity to Thrive in any emergency situation.


Jake has spent the last 20 years in social services, working with at-risk youth, recovering addicts, the homeless, and inner city adults & youth in various roles such as yormer Army Airborne Ranger, former local Police Officer, former Police Explorers Leader, former security director for an  inner-city high school, former Skills Clinic Coordinator for Eastern Mountain Sports, former youth counselor for a local youth detention center, former fitness director and personal trainer for area YMCAs, former youth leader at Journey Church and currently lead outreach and instructor for Thrive Outdoors. Jake also sits as the Program Director of The CCEH Concord Emergency Cold Weather Shelter , is a member of Hooking for the Homeless board and  sits on Reality Check's board.


Jake, along with his partners Ed,  Vinnie, and Geralynn started Thrive Outdoors as a way to increase knowledge of the natural world, help instill confidence and positive self worth in all its students, teach survival in extreme circumstances, and help guide people to a better understanding of stress reduction & real leadership.


Jake is the creator of Thrive Outdoors BIG 5 Principles of survival and their everyday life application, the Life Triangle, and  other Thrive Outdoors original curriculum.

Ciaran Devery

Board Treasurer

Ciarán has over 20 years’ experience, gained in the USA, the UK and Australia, advising clients on domestic and international financial and US taxes issues. Ciarán assists with issues such as: personal tax compliance for individuals, trusts, estates and partnerships, tax planning and voluntary disclosures to the Tax Authorities.
Ciarán’s main work duties include:

  • Financial Management (Practice) - management of overall business
  • Financial Management (Clients) - management of diverse client portfolio
  • Client Engagement Management - international tax, accounting and/or financial management for individuals, trusts, estates, partnerships and employers.

Examples of work undertaken include:

  • Deloitte Australia - Partner in charge of Melbourne practice with responsibility for management of $7.2 million in revenue and a team of between 25 and 30 employees
  • Standard Chartered Bank - responsible and accountable for managing the Bank’s global payroll risks associated with their annual $8 billion spend on around 84,000 employees in over 75 countries.
  • Deloitte London - Senior Manager in charge of Enterprise Group US offerings with responsibility for management of $2 million in revenue and a team of up to 10 employees

Dana Smith

Board Member



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