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De LightHouse Holyoke está dirigido por un calificado grupo de asesores, directores y personal de base.

Catherine Gobron

y co- fundador de LightHouse. Antes de LightHouse que pasó 12 años en North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens, dirigiendo el programa existe desde 2005. Su visión , el liderazgo y la unidad fueron ingredientes esenciales en el crecimiento de la estrella del norte , pasando de ser una pequeña organización no lucrativa local a una movimiento internacional. Catherine es miembro del Consejo de Administración de Liberated Learners, el programa general de conectar todos los centros que utilizan el modelo de North Star.

Catherine tiene dos licenciaturas de la Universidad de California, Santa Bárbara y una Maestría en Educación, Artes Creativas en el aprendizaje, de la Universidad de Lesley. Ella también tiene una certificación Montessori de Nueva Inglaterra Montessori Teacher Education Center. Catherine es un blogger en el Huffington Post y otros sitios en línea, escribiendo sobre las posibilidades de la educación moderna, y la forma de poner de cabeza prácticas convencionales para apoyar a los adolescentes para acceder al futuro de su elección.

Catherine es un líder en el movimiento internacional en el aprendizaje autodirigido, y también un experto en el trabajo con diversas adolescentes . Ella es uno de los principales conductores en el esfuerzo de llevar el aprendizaje personalizado a Holyoke porque sabe de primera mano que este enfoque mejora la vida de los estudiantes, que luego ondulaciones hacia fuera en las familias y en la comunidad. Ella siente una profunda responsabilidad para crear opciones educativas para los adolescentes.

Puede ponerse en contacto directamente con Catherine a catherine@lighthouseholyoke.org



One-minute intro video filmed in the spring of 2015, pre-LightHouse opening.



One-minute intro video filmed in the spring of 2015, pre-LightHouse opening.

Josiah S. Litant

Josiah is Co-Director y Co-Fundador de LightHouse. Ha sido en el campo de la educación durante casi veinte años , como maestro, mentor, y administrador en todos los niveles de edad. Antes de co-fundador de LightHouse Holyoke, Josiah pasó una década trabajando con estudiantes universitarios en el Hampshire College, donde fue el Decano Asociado Senior de Estudiantes hasta 2014. Él tiene una pasión particular por la educación progresiva, con un enfoque en cuestiones de estudiante la identidad, la inclusión y la promoción.

Josías ha servido previamente en las juntas de Hampshire College and North Star, el programa en el que se basa el modelo de LightHouse. Él es también el director ejecutivo y consultor de organizaciones Principal en J. Litant Consulting, una empresa de consultoría de organización que trabaja con empresas educativos y sin fines de lucro. Además, Josías ha consultado con orgullo como un facilitador con el National Conference for Community and Justice of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.

Josiah tiene Maestría en Administración Educativa de Goddard College y una licenciatura en educación de la Universidad de Hampshire . Él y su familia viven en Amherst, Massachusetts .

Puede ponerse en contacto directamente con Josiah a josiah@lighthouseholyoke.org

Carlos Peña

Carlos lleva viernes Días de la Comunidad en LightHouse. Él es un miembro del personal de la fundación y un factor esencial para el éxito del programa. Carlos tiene un título de la Universidad de Massachusetts Amherst, y es un artista, screenprinter, y poeta. Vive en Holyoke y está muy involucrado en la comunidad.




Aurelis Troncoso

El personal del núcleo. Escritor, actor, activista, Aurelis Troncoso es un recién graduado de la Universidad de Hampshire. Ella enseñó dos bloques en LightHouse del año pasado y se unirá al equipo de personal Core este año como maestro, mentor y asesor.

Los logros de Troncoso incluyen la co-organización de una exposición internacional en Cuba titulado Addimú pa ‘mi, que celebra el arte neo-africana. Ella ha sido recibido en dos ocasiones del Premio Ingenio reconocimiento de sus esfuerzos como un líder excepcional dentro de la comunidad de la Universidad de Hampshire y más allá. Ella cree que la educación puede transformar la vida y es una de las claves para la descolonización de la mente, cuerpo y espíritu. Ella reside en Holyoke.

Jon Trossbach

El personal del núcleo. Jon internado a tiempo completo el año pasado entre LightHouse y el nuestro programa hermana, Estrella del Norte. Jon es un apasionado de todas las cosas de las matemáticas, así como la programación, construcción y tecnología de todo tipo. Jon se une a nosotros en LightHouse como un funcionario básico este año.




Kelly Albrecht

Treasurer, LightHouse Board of Directors.  Entrepreneur, Project Manager, Developer, Systems Administrator. Kelly Albrecht is an expert Linux Server Admin, having been responsible for several servers where over 100 sites and services are run and maintained.

As a Web Developer and Project Manager, Kelly has implemented web-based IT solutions for over 10 years and has extensive experience in all aspects of website design and development.

As an Entrepreneur, Kelly Albrecht has founded several businesses including the left-click IT strategy and consulting firms as well as the Last Call Media web development agency.
He is a regular presenter at Drupal Meetups, Camps and Conferences and stays involved in his local IT industry as the Executive Director of NERDs.

Kelly graduated Summa Cum Laude with departmental honors in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts.


Geb Bailey

LightHouse Board of Directors.  Geb Bailey has been involved in business and non-profit work for 35+ years. After a brief (three year) high school teaching career, Geb spent 19 years as the sole proprietor of Bonducci’s Café in Northampton and Amherst. MA. Following the sale of that café in 1997, Geb went to work for his coffee roaster in Hartford, CT. When he left that position a few years ago, he had spent the past 5 years as VP of Operations and Sales. Geb is the Chair of the Enchanted Circle Theater Board of Directors, and spent 30 years on the Board of North East Center for Youth & Families.

Geb and his wife Marsha moved to Holyoke eight years ago from Northampton. They are pleased to be part of an increasingly progressive and active Holyoke community.


Dan Bouquillon

Lighthouse Board of Directors. Dan is an alum of North Star: Self Directed Learning for Teens and a Holyoke native. Dan thrived in the personalized education model and started attending classes at HCC at the age of 15 while also working and traveling. He graduated from HCC at 18 years old with an Associates of Liberal Arts and transferred to Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. After graduating college Dan came home to work at the Center for EcoTechnology and the MassSave program in Western Massachusetts. He is now thriving at Paragus Strategic IT in Hadley as a network administrator for a variety of organizations and serves on the Paragus Strategic Planning team. Dan currently lives in Northampton but is excited to be moving back to Holyoke in the next few months.

Denise Brown

Secretary, LightHouse Board of Directors.  A native of Holyoke, MA and educated in the Holyoke school system, Denise Brown is a graduate from the Bay Path College with B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Executive Management and a M.S. in Communication and Information Management. She is currently pursuing her PhD. in Higher Education with a specialization in Leadership in Higher Education.

Denise has a diverse background in community outreach and social involvement through assisting the American Cancer Society and Western Mass Elder Care. Denise serves as the Program Coordinator for the PhD Program at Smith College School for Social Work, serves as Adjunct Professor and Academic Advisor at Springfield College-School of Human Services, Adjunct Professor at her alma mater Bay Path College, and has served as Academic Advisor and Adjunct Professor at Holyoke Community College in the School of Nursing and the Business Department.



Laurie Herrick

LightHouse Board of Directors.  Laurie is the founder and President of RAINMAKER Consulting, a Holyoke based company which specializes in fundraising and organizational development for nonprofit organizations and foundations. The objectives of Lighthouse are very consistent with her commitment to the personal transformation that comes with learning.

She is a veteran fundraiser and organizational development consultant. In this role she has provided fundraising training for boards and development professionals, coaching on capital campaigns and planned giving programs, executive coaching and strategic planning. Laurie has been responsible for raising tens of millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S.

Laurie was the founder and President of Coast to Coast Distributors, a multimillion-dollar wholesale distribution company. Her involvement in the not-for-profit world was initially focused on activism dedicated to ending the root causes of hunger and poverty.

Laurie has her B.S. from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. She was trained by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, Al Gore in influencing policy on climate change and Muhammad Yunus in replicating the Grameen Bank microlending model. She established Syracuse, New York’s first microlending program.

In her spare time Laurie likes to blow glass, run and hike wherever she goes, and spend time with her family.


Intiya Isaza-Figueroa

LightHouse Board of Directors. Intiya is a Development Project Manager for Home City Housing, a Springfield-based non-profit affordable housing developer. On the job, she aspires to improve not only the real estate stock in the community, but the lives of residents. She focuses her volunteer time on education and the urban environment. She is an Alumni Interviewer for Harvard College Admissions and an active alumna of Telluride Association Summer Program. She was appointed to the Holyoke Planning Board in early 2016. She grew up in a family committed to social work and activism in W Mass and is thrilled to be back in the area.

Intiya holds a BA from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she completed self-directed, inter-disciplinary “special concentration” in Urban Studies. During her time as a student she was committed to educational issues – working as a Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Officer and as a term-time tutor and summer camp teacher for ESL and immigrant students in Boston’s most economically-challenged neighborhoods. Intiya is a proud Latina and is bilingual. She is also a studio artist who exhibits and does commissioned work.

Sarah Reid

LightHouse Board of Directors.  Sarah Reid is an interior designer living in Oakland, CA. She has a  degree in Women’s Studies from Smith College and has spent years in nonprofit administration, most recently serving as the Outreach Director of North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens. Her son had a nontraditional educational experience, including homeschooling, and she is passionate about providing alternatives to school for young people.



Joan Shulman

Vice Chair, LightHouse Board of Directors.  Joan’s mission is in supporting teens and adults to live from a place of self-worthiness. Formerly a therapist, Joan now focuses her practice on coaching and consulting for healing professionals, including counselors, coaches, nurses and spiritual leaders. Prior to coaching, Joan served as the Director of Counseling Services for The Parker Charter Essential School and as a Grants Administrator for non-profits.

Joan’s passion for progressive education began as a student at Hampshire College, where she also served on the board of trustees. In addition to her private coaching practice, Joan facilitates workshops and webinars based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. She is a passionate gardener and committed to living with her whole-heart.

Joan has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University and a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College. In addition, she received her coaching certification from The Coaches Training Institute.

Diana Sutton-Fernández

Chair, LightHouse Board of Directors.  Diana personally recognizes the importance of creating opportunities and access for our underrepresented and underserved communities. She is committed to bridging the educational gap and encourages learners to pursue their passionate spirit.

She has been part of the Hampshire College community since 1999 where she currently serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for the College – a role that has the broad mandate for leading and advocating for developing partnerships across the divisions to promote diversity as central to the mission of the College.

Previous roles Sutton-Fernández has held at the College include Interim Dean of Students and Chief of Staff– roles where she has served as a member of the senior leadership team and worked with colleagues to facilitate integration of their efforts across different areas of operation. Prior to moving to the Pioneer Valley, she worked for a not-for-profit historic preservation agency in Ithaca, NY where she managed all facets of the office and supported the organizational and leadership team.

Sutton-Fernández holds an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix and a B.A. in History from Ithaca College. She has served on the board of the Care Center in Holyoke and the Latino Scholarship Association. She currently serves on the board of the United Way of Hampshire County and is a member of the Leadership Institute for Political and Public and Impact.

She and her family live in Holyoke.


Advisory Board


We are fortunate to have an array of talented and knowledgeable advisors guiding us along the way. Our Advisory Group, which is still growing, consists of mentors who have offered to provide us with ongoing feedback on all aspects of LightHouse.

Theodore Agranat, serial entrepreneur

Delcie Bean, CEO, Paragus Strategic IT, and founder of Tech Foundry

Joseph Berger, Associate Dean, School of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Kip Foley, President, Cover Technologies

Jim Fitzgerald, President & CMO Wheelhouse Strategy, Inc

Andrea Kandel, Executive Director, National Conference for Community and Justice

Farid Khelfaoui, Executive Director, SPARK

Gus Lyn-Piluso, Professor of Education, Goddard College and Seneca College

Conor White-Sullivan, Entrepreneur

Lauren Wolk, Feldenkreis Institute, NYC


“We cannot solve our problems with the same
thinking we used when we created them.”

-Albert Einstein