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 was elected to two terms on the Hooksett School Board and has also served 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.” 

Lucy Weathers, Assistant Director

Lucy Weathers is a Manchester native and Central High School alumna who is passionate about the education of Manchester students. She received her Bachelor’s degree in 2013 from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and returned to work in Manchester after graduation.  

Lucy first worked with an AmeriCorps*VISTA member at Manchester Community College as a mentor for first year college students. That experience inspired her to become an AmeriCorps*VISTA for NH Campus Compact. For two years she served as the college and career coordinator for the STEAM Ahead program at Manchester High School West, assuming the position of a VISTA leader in her second year.  

In the past, Lucy has also enjoyed working at several camps around the state. Discovering the importance of meaningful summer experiences for young adults and children alike has been the perfect preparation, in many ways, for her new role with Breakthrough Manchester.  “Breakthrough Manchester is such an incredible opportunity for students in the city. The program complements the great work of Manchester teachers and gives new generations of learners and educators a place to grow.”


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

2015-2016 Advisory Committee Members
Meg Tatro
Nigel Donovan
Theresa Dolloff
Bill and Kathy Gillett
Mary Heath
Marc Hurlbut
Joan Izen
David Scannell
Jonathon Ross
Susan Grodman


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.