Maple Street School appoints four new trustees


MANCHESTER >> Maple Street School Maple Street School has announced the appointment of four new members of its Board of Trustees. Tom Deck, Diana Pagnucco, Amy Panitz and Robert Zapletal were voted in to the Board on Feb. 22. They will join nine other board members for a total of 13 trustees.

"The Board of Trustees are a motivated group of people who have a wealth of local, educational and business knowledge, all with the goal of furthering the Maple Street School mission," said Maple Street Head of School Fran Bisselle. "We are so fortunate to add these four members to our board."

"We are so pleased to welcome four new members to the Maple Street School Board of Trustees," said Maple Street Board Chair Matt Samuelson. "These new members bring with them a wealth of experience, and I look forward to the new perspective and strength that they will bring to the governance of the school."

Tom Deck is a long-time resident of historic Manchester Village with his wife, Dr. Deborah Henley, and son Hudson, who is a Maple Street School fourth grader. Deck is a trustee for the Manchester Community Library and for the Village of Manchester. He serves on the board for Manchester Youth Baseball, on the Manchester Parks and Recreation Development Committee, and he has served on the Northshire Economic Development Committee. He is a basketball coach, a baseball coach and volunteers at the Manchester Community Food Cupboard. "Community Service is something that I strongly believe in and has been a passion of mine for the last 10 years," he said.

Deck is an outdoor writer, fly fishing and wingshooting instructor for Orvis. He has published five instructional books on flyfishing and wingshooting. He recently became a real estate associate for Josiah Allen Real Estate. He earned his bachelor's degree in marketing and business management from Brockport State University.

Diana Pagnucco is the mother of two Maple Street School graduates: Maddy '10 and Max '12. She has served on the Maple Street Board of Trustees previously, and also chaired two scholarship auctions for the school. She is a health coach and blogger with Green Start Health, a practice she founded to improve health through nutrition, movement and stress management. She has served on the board of several local non-profits including youth soccer, The Little School and Mountain Valley Medical Center. At Maple Street School in her role on the Board, Diana has led strategic planning retreats.

"As my kids grow up and head to college, I've seen the many benefits of their Maple Street education play out again and again in both their academic and young professional lives," Diana said. "It's my pleasure to give back and be a part of the continuing growth of Maple Street School."

Diana earned her bachelor's degree in English and graphic design from Connecticut College.

Amy Panitz has the benefit of knowing Maple Street School through many lenses: teacher, mother and trustee. She is the mother of Maple Street School graduate Mara Hearst '06, and she worked at Maple Street for 14 years teaching 4th, 5th and 6th grade history, English, math and science. She has long meshed her love of education with her love of creating art. In 2009 and 2012, she was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt, and she has worked at all levels of elementary education throughout her career. She has served on the board of the Congregation Beth El in Bennington, and was a founding member of the public school choice project, called the Lighthouse Project, which was housed at Molly Stark Elementary School in Bennington.

"It is a privilege to now wear the honorable Board Hat and be able to give back to a truly cutting-edge educational institution," Amy said.

Maple Street School is an independent day school serving children in grades Kindergarten through eighth grade. For more information about the school, please visit


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