While we formed a Champions Council to create the legal authority needed to contract with consultants, the real work of Manchester Proud is undertaken by volunteers from our community, businesses, nonprofit organizations, city, and schools. Below you’ll find our current Champions Council members as well as those who served on the founding Champions Council.

Champions Council


  • Chair: Katie Labranche, Teacher, Manchester School District (P)
  • President: Sandra Almonte, Owner, Don Quijote Restaurant (P)
  • Treasurer: Donna Crook, Data Analyst, Manchester School District
  • Secretary: Mike Delaney, Principal, McLane Middleton Law Firm (P)


  • Amy Allen, Assistant Superintendent, Manchester School District (P)
  • Robert Baines, Former Manchester Mayor and High School Principal (P)
  • Joede Brown, Manchester Resident (P)
  • Kathy Cook, Manchester Resident (P)
  • Diane Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive Officer, Boys and Girls Club of Manchester
  • Carol Gayman, Manchester Resident (P)
  • Dr. Jennifer Gillis, Superintendent, Manchester School District
  • Heather McGrail, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Manchester Chamber
  • Mark Mulcahy, Principal, Keller Williams Realty (P)
  • Pawn Nitichan, Executive Director, City Year New Hampshire
  • Donna Papanikolau, Teacher, Manchester School District
  • Tina Philibotte, Chief Equity Officer, Manchester School District
  • Tina Proulx, Teacher, Manchester School District
  • Andrew Toland, Director of Communications and Community Relations, Manchester School District (P)

Barry Brensinger serves as Manchester Proud’s Coordinator (P).

Aimee Kereage serves as Manchester Proud’s Community Partnerships Coordinator

(P) Indicates parent of current or former MSD student

Founding Champions Council 

  • Amy Allen, MSD Assistant Superintendent
  • Robert Baines, former Mayor and West High School Principal
  • Ellie Cochran, Development Coordinator and Philanthropist
  • Kathleen Cook, Bean Foundation Grant Manager
  • Dr. John Goldhardt, MSD Superintendent
  • Mary Heath, State Legislator and Community Member
  • Talmira Hill, Principal of T.L. Hill Group
  • Will Kanteres, Principal of Kanteres Real Estate
  • Frederic Loeffler, retired Restaurateur
  • Patricia Lynott, Former SNHU Campus President
  • Pawn Nitichan, City Year New Hampshire’s Executive Director
  • Arthur Sullivan, Owner of Brady Sullivan Properties

Barry Brensinger serves as Manchester Proud’s Coordinator.