Leadership

Staff

Becky Berk, M.Ed., Executive Director

Becky has dedicated a 25-year career to the education and social service sectors in New Hampshire.  A graduate of Swarthmore College, she taught middle school science at both Cairo American College in Egypt and at The Derryfield School before joining the United Way of Greater Manchester (now Granite United Way) as Director of Allocations and Agency Relations.  That experience introduced her to a wide range of social service and non-profit programs in the Manchester area.

Becky also worked as the Associate Director of the NH Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports at SERESC, a statewide program that works with schools on establishing positive school culture and developing effective systems for preventing and responding to academic and behavioral difficulties.  Most recently, Becky came from the NH Children’s Trust, an organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, where she served as the Quality Improvement Director.

Becky has served on the Boards of Directors for the Webster House, Child and Family Services Manchester office and the NH Community Loan Fund.  She has served two terms on the Hooksett School Board in the past, and she currently serves as the school district moderator.  ”Breakthrough Manchester is exciting and very meaningful for me, as it combines my interests in equity in education, non-profit management, social justice, and mentoring the next generation of teachers, learners and leaders.” 

 
Meredith Zackey, Program Director

Meredith has deep experience with Breakthrough, having fulfilled almost every conceivable role with the Breakthrough sites in the Philadelphia area.  She has conducted professional development trainings, supervised Teaching Fellows, served as a Dean of Students, hired and trained new staff for site expansion, coordinated the work of Instructional Coaches and provided group and individual support and guidance to students. Meredith brings that expertise and deep perspective to Manchester.

Meredith received her B.A. from Haverford College and her Masters in Educational Public Policy from Georgetown University. In addition to her extensive work with Breakthrough, Meredith supervised a team of AmeriCorps members with City Year in Philadelphia, where she organized an extensive college and career fair and served as liaison between the program, district administrators, and school staff.

Most recently, Meredith completed a year of service as the Coordinator of the Principal Effectiveness Team of the District of Columbia public school system. In her work with this grant-funded initiative, Meredith worked closely with school leaders and superintendents to evaluate district policies and their impact on student achievement.

“I’ve dedicated my career to working with students who are underserved by the system,” Meredith states. “This work is challenging, but the students I’ve met in Philadelphia and the District of Columbia have shown me that passion, commitment, collaboration, and an unwavering dedication to hard work can truly yield sensational results. I’m thrilled to be joining the Breakthrough, Derryfield and Manchester communities, and I will work tirelessly to help Breakthrough Manchester students and their families navigate the path to success.” 

Advisory Committee

Breakthrough’s Advisory Committee is comprised of diverse stakeholders who support the dual mission of Breakthrough Manchester and are committed to its programmatic and financial success and sustainability.  Advisory Board members cultivate effective relationships with stakeholder groups, maintain a singular focus on the program’s mission and serve as Breakthrough ambassadors to the education, business, philanthropic and client communities.  Read the full description here: Advisory Committee Member Job Description

2014-2015 Advisory Committee Members
Christine Cikacz
Nigel Donovan
Jane Gardner
Bill and Kathy Gillett
Mary Heath
Marc Hurlbut
Joan Izen
Alicia Parker
Reina Reidy
Jonathon Ross

 

The legal and fiduciary responsibility for Breakthrough Manchester rests with the Board of Trustees of the Derryfield School.  The Derryfield School founded the program in 1991 and continues to serve as Breakthrough’s host site and fiscal agent, providing significant in-kind support to support the achievement of our dual mission.