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Name: Meaghan DeMeo
Role: Immediate Past President

Hello! My name is Meaghan DeMeo, and I’m very excited to serve as Immediate Past President on the 2019 GNFC Board. I am very happy to continue volunteering my time to keep this club going as a great resource for families and as a way for parents (and kids!) to have a social life! 

I am a stay-at-home mother to Jackson (4), Benjamin (2), and Lauren (2). I live with my kids and husband in Amesbury. I grew up in Southern NH, so I was fairly new to the area as a first time mom. I volunteered for the Board as a way to meet people and have a purpose outside of being a mom. It was the best decision I could've made! 

I look forward to helping you in any way you may need. Please email me at if you need anything at all!

Name: Jenny Houlahan
Role: Immediate Past President

Hello and welcome to the GNFC! I am very excited to be serving as Co-President after spending two years as Newsletter Copy Editor. My main goals as one of the leaders for our amazing organization is to make it as inclusive as possible for all families and to continue investing our collective time and effort in volunteerism and community outreach.


I was raised outside of Washington, D.C., attended college in central Virginia and then moved to Chicago where I met my husband Nick. We moved to Newburyport six years ago and have fallen head over heels in love with the area. I previously worked in the fitness, health and management fields and now care for my daughters Sophie and Lucy full time. I enjoy staying active with my family, cooking, volunteering and taking advantage of all of the fun activities that our wonderful community has to offer.


Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, requests or other input that you might have at

Name: Heather Fontaine
Role: Co-President

Name: Jessica Wright
Role: Co-President

I am so excited to be stepping into the role of Co-Vice President of the Board of the GNFC this year! I grew up in Ipswich and after more than a decade away from the area, moved to Newburyport five years ago with my husband and dog. I now have a 4-year-old daughter who keeps me on my toes and inspires me to learn and grow right alongside her while experiencing life through her eyes. I truly enjoy coastal living and taking advantage of all the best that Newburyport has to offer. I am a realtor, a real estate investor, and a property manager. I’m also a wife, a mother, a friend, a volunteer, a ballroom dancer, and so much more. I place a high value on my relationships, am fiercely loyal, and strive to do my very best for others. If we haven't met yet, I hope we do soon.

Name: Colleen Carbone

Role: Co-Vice President

Name: Scott Nelson
Role: Co-Vice President

Our family moved to Newburyport this year from Boston.  We loved Boston, but made the choice because Finn (4.5) wanted to live by the beach.  The decision was not that simple, but his love for the sand made it an easier choice. 

Since the day he was born I realized how much I love being a Dad.  I dedicate every free moment to my wife Jen, son Finn, son Rhys (2.5) and dog Bella…. and love every minute of it!  

Upon moving here I wanted to find a way to quickly integrate our family into the community, so when GNFC sent out a message looking for a Dad’s Liaison I was excited for the opportunity.  Just ask my kids what they want to do today.  Chances are it is one word – ADVENTURE!  It will be fun to go on adventures with other Dad’s and their children.  I am sure we will make forever friends.  Join us on our next adventure

Name: Ryann Nickerson
Role: Public Relations

Three years ago I was a new mom struggling with all the things new moms deal with – sleepless nights, when to introduce certain foods, stressing as to whether is he eating enough… or too much. To add to the list, I had just moved. I was at a loss for my community and mommy friends that I left in Colorado – a place that had been home for almost a decade. I also had a running list of worries, like where do I bring Sam when he got sick, the random “is this normal?” questions, and then the obvious one, “how do I connect with other parents with young kids?” And then I met a mommy who told me about the GNFC – it was a lifesaver. I joined a playgroup, asked all my questions, snagged some good clothing and toy deals, got a ton of recommendations [from pediatricians and dentists to local activities], and have met some pretty stellar mommies. A few years older and wiser, I knew I had to give back to Newburyport, a place we have fast fallen in love with, and to this amazing organization.

I have a very active son named Sam (almost 4), Jack (almost 1), a black lab named Summit (9) with a lot of puppy left in him, my husband Jon who is also high-energy, and a big ol’ Newburyport fixer-upper that keeps me busy. On the weekends, we try to escape the house – and you can find us romping around town, in the woods, at the park, or on the beach.

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Name: Ashley Mahoney
Role: Secretary

Hi! I am very excited to join the board this year as secretary. I joined the board last year as part of the consignment sale team and have been a member since 2014. As a member, I have enjoyed volunteering for GNFC events as well as taking advantage of outings, playgroups, and all the club has to offer for families. 


I live in Newburyport with my husband, John, our son (3) and daughter (7 months). After living in various places around the north shore, we decided to move to Newburyport for all that it has to offer and have lived here for 4 years. We love walking into town, enjoying the farmers market, the parks and of course the beach. 


I am a mental health therapist at a small practice where I try to balance a flexible work schedule and be home some of the time during the week. I love meeting new people and have been so happy to meet so many amazing women in town and through this club. I look forward to the year ahead and all the great events that are in store.

Lindsay Batastini
Name: Lindsay Batastini
Role: Treasurer

Hi! My name is Lindsay and I am thrilled to be serving as your co-treasurer this year. Over the last almost 4 years my family has been fortunate to have made wonderful friends through the club and have enjoyed so many fun activities hosted by the club. Being a mom is constant adventure and I so enjoy sharing laughs, tears, and glasses of wine with other moms!


I grew up in Connecticut and after time in Vermont, California, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and New York; I found my way to Newburyport with my husband, Matt. We have a 3.5 year old son, a 1 year old daughter and a 5 year old goldendoodle. As a family we enjoy living walking distance to downtown and many playgrounds, spending summer days at the beach, and hosting friends for BBQs in our backyard. 


You can contact me at

Name: Christy Teel
Role: Adult Outings Lead

About Me: Hi! My name is Christy Teel and this is my second year on the Board and as part of the Adult Outings Team. I joined the GNFC in 2013, right before the birth of our son, Anderson (3). The community, resources, friendships and support of the GNFC have been invaluable as first time parents and a member of the Newburyport community. During my time on the Board, I hope to plan activities that get other members excited about the Club, our community and meeting new people. If you have any ideas for Adult Outings that you would like to attend, please reach out to me!

In addition to my involvement with the Club, I am a part-time attorney for a medical malpractice firm in Boston, and a full-time mom. My husband, Jon, and I met and live in Newburyport with our three year old son, Boston Terrier (Roscoe) and cat (Zeus). We love to be outdoors, ski as much as possible in the winter and be on the water in the summer. Travel is a passion and we hope that our children will enjoy traveling with us!

The GNFC has been an incredible resource for our family, and I am glad to be able to contribute and give back to the Club and community by serving on the Board.

Name: Nan Ma
Role: Playgroup Coordinator 





Name: Tara Bogorad
Role: Adult Outings

Christi Beebe
Name: Christi Beebe
Role: Adult Outings

Amanda Coyle
Name: Amanda Coyle
Role: Social Media

Carina Lane
Name: Carina Lane
Role: Community Outreach

I am joining the GNFC board in 2018 for the first time. I am part of the Community Outreach committee, and I am looking forward to being involved and giving back to the community.

I am born and raised in Germany. I have a degree in woman’s dress making as well as floral design. I basically grew up in a greenhouse playing in the soil as a toddler.
I moved here in 2014 after I married my husband who grew up in the Newburyport area.
We have a 21 month old son who gets all our attention in our free time, and we try to enjoy all the fun things Newburyport and surrounding towns have to offer with him.

Dory Dube
Name: Dory Dube
Role: Volunteer Coordinator

Chaitra Veit
Name: Chaitra Veit
Role: Community Outreach

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Name: Calle Dartnell
Role: Community Outreach

Liz Zimmerman
Name: Liz Zimmerman
Role: Community Outreach

Hello! Im a stay at home mom of two. My daughter, Parker, was born June 2017 and we just welcomed my son, Wally, in February 2019. We also have two crazy dogs, Ruby and Kaylie. 

Before moving to the North Shore area and becoming a stay at home mom, I lived in NY, MD and CT. Since college, I’ve worked in the field of developmental disabilities in a variety of roles. 

This is my second year on the Community Outreach committee. I’ve  always enjoyed volunteering and doing things for the community. Some previous volunteer work has been for food banks, meals on wheels, Girls on the Run, Special Olympics, & Habitat for Humanity. 

When I have free time, I love spending it with the family or running, doing CrossFit, riding the motorcycle with my husband and checking out new places. 



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Name: Nicole Plante
Role: Community Outreach

Leah Bates
Name: Leah Bates
Role: Large Events

Hi! My name is Leah Bates and this is my first year as a GNFC board member on the Large Events team. I live in Groveland with my husband, two sons and black lab. I recently joined the club as a way to get involved in the community and meet other families in the area. We have enjoyed all of the special events and kids outings we have attended so far and look forward to even more this year! I am always looking for fun activities to do with my children during the day! Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom to my 3 year old and 7 month old sons I worked as a Pre-K teacher in the area. Now that I have more free time I am excited to become more active in the community and volunteer my time. I look forward to bringing some new ideas to the club and helping to plan the wonderful large events the club offers throughout the year!

Jennifer Reardon
Name: Jennifer Reardon
Role: Large Events

 Hi all! My name is Jennifer Reardon, and I live in West Newbury. My husband, Timothy, and I have 3 year old identical twin boys. 

It is very exciting to be part of an amazing organization that does so much for the families and our community. I am more excited to serve on the board of directors on the large events committee for 2018. 

This year, I look forward to helping the organization as much as possible. My goal is to keep the large events through out the year a fun time for the children and lasting memories for parents too. Cheers to good times ahead!!

Megan Garrett
Name: Megan Garrett
Role: Large Events

Rounding out my second year as a Newburyport resident and GNFC board member, I am excited for another term on the Large Events committee to help pay forward the warm welcome I have received from this wonderful community.


I am originally from Chelmsford, but called the Upper West Side of Manhattan home for the seven years prior to returning to MA with my husband, Brian, and rescue pug, Ruby.  We now have a two year old daughter, Beatrix, and will be welcoming a second daughter this summer.  In addition to being a mom to my “girls,” I work as a corporate event planner and look forward to switching gears and planning some fun events for area families.


Julia Doherty
Name: Julia Doherty
Role: Large Events

Name: Kristen Vicente
Role: Kids Outings 

This is my first year as a Newburyport resident, but I have deep ties to the community after teaching at the middle school for the last decade of my life.  I am now a work from home mom with my almost one year old son. When I’m not building block towers or reading the same three books over and over again, you can find me running my educational tour business, teaching barre, or spending time with my wonderful husband.

I am new to the GNFC and excited to plan some wonderful kids outings this year!

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Name: Lyndsey Pierro
Role: Kid's Outings

I am so excited to be on GNFC Board for the second year working with the Kid’s Outings team. I went to college in Burlington, Vermont where I met my husband Nathan. Having grown up in Essex, MA and being a North Shore native, I always knew that I wanted to raise my family in this beautiful coastal area. There is something special about this community that drew us here. We have been living happily in Newburyport for the past three years with our 2-year-old son Brooks.

I work full time as a Planning Manager for a Valve Company. As much as I love my job, I live for the weekends and spending quality time with my family. I enjoy running, going to the local parks and beaches, skiing, and spending time downtown Newburyport. My family has been enjoying the events GNFC has hosted over the past two years and I decided that now would be a good time to play an active role in this terrific organization. I look forward to giving back to this wonderful community and helping to create special memories for my family and yours. 


 Melissa Potter
Name: Melissa Potter
Role: Special Events

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Name: Cindy Scally
Role: Consignment Sale Coordinator

Hi! I’m Cindy Scally, mother to spunky 3 year old red head and two golden retrievers, and wife to a terrific loving man.

I’ve been a member of the GNFC since I was pregnant with my son and am a relatively new board member. I decided to join the board in order to give back to the organization that has provided so many great experiences for me and my family.  We’ve enjoyed the great events, discounts and the wonderful friends we’ve made.  Outside of mommin’ I enjoy my “day job” as a Realtor, gardening, and diy home projects.

Nicole Luedke
Nicole Luedke
Role: Consignment Sale Coordinator

Stephanie Sisto
Name: Stephanie Sisto
Role: Consignment Sale Coordinator

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Name: Lauren St. George
Role: Newsletter Managing Editor

As managing editor for the newsletter, I look forward to getting to know more members through your voices in the newsletter. Like so many others, I joined the GNFC when my first daughter was born as a way to expand our social circle. Through playgroups, forums, and events, I have fostered new friendships and become more acquainted (and enamored) with the area in which we live. I'm excited to give back to such a great group. 

In my free time, I enjoy writing, yoga, cooking, reading, and going on spur-of-the-moment adventures with my husband and daughters.

Ann Marks
Name: Ann Marks
Role: Newsletter Designer

Andrea Roche
Name: Andrea Roche
Role: Newsletter Copy Editor

I am so excited to join the board this year as a newsletter editor. I recently moved from Jamaica Plain in Boston and was part of a wonderful family support group, so I am so pleased to find an equally supportive group here in Newburyport! For a new mom, these groups have been so beneficial and in many ways, critical to my success as a parent, so I am ecstatic to contribute to the GNFC!


I live in Newburyport with my husband, Kevin, and our son Ennis (almost 2). After living in various places around the world, we settled in Boston for the past eight years. I thought Jamaica Plain was the center of the universe until our recent move to Newburyport, and there is no looking back!


I am a research and clinical dietitian, and lactation consultant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and I have a small practice here in Newburyport. I love my work in that my areas of expertise include maternal, child and family health. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the North Shore, staying active and outdoors, and meeting new people.


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Name: Morgan McNeil
Role: Newsletter Advertising


Erik Scortia
Name: Erik Scorcia
Role: Dad's Liason

Hello my name is Erik I am a Dad Liaison and one of the founding members of the Captain Dads Adventure Club, you may have seen us at playgrounds, walking the rail trail, or running the Yankee Homecoming Bed Race. What are we? Just some badass Dads doing our dad thing. My goal in joining the GNMFC Board is to bring that Dad Mojo and spread it.

I have two young boys and live here in NBPT with my wife Isabelle and our first born Chester (a Cockapoo) I grew up in Maine, and attended Boston College, been in the area ever since. We have been living on the North Shore 6 years now, and never plan to leave. I work for a Tech Company, love to travel the world and love living a Green lifestyle!