Meet the Team

Sandy Brackett
Executive Director

Sandy has lived in the beautiful community of Landaff since 2015, after leaving the NH lakes region where she and her husband, Andy, resided for 15 years.  She was born and raised in central Massachusetts. Sandy is a graduate of Springfield College in Springfield, MA. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and a minor in business where she graduated in the top 10 of her class. Sandy has been the Director of Educational Services for a nationally and internationally recognized health and fitness company out of NYC for the last 12 years.  Prior to that, Sandy was both a Manager and then an Assistant Manager of two major school bus companies, out of Fitchburg, MA and Belmont, NH respectively. Locally, she is the editor of the “Landaff Ledger”; a member of the Friends of Landaff; the outgoing Treasurer for the Lisbon Friends in Council. Sandy was also a past secretary for the Lisbon Stump Jumpers; a past program lecturer/member of the Mount Hope Grange #77 and a past Landaff Planning Board member. Sandy enjoys organic gardening, cooking healthy meals, exercising and caring for her 1 dog, 2 cats, and 7 chickens! She lives by her favorite saying “Smiling costs nothing and says everything.”

Ryan Carlaw
Program Director

Ryan Carlaw grew up in Manchester, NH and became involved with the YMCA at the ripe age of 6. Camp Mi-Te-Na and Leader Corp, a teen volunteer program, were his two biggest interests. Growing up at the YMCA, he held numerous positions including CIT, afterschool counselor, summer counselor, village head, ropes course director, hobbies director, and teen director. He spent long summers living at Camp Mi-Te-Na helping with rental groups, sports teams and school groups make use of the high ropes course and other camp facilities. He was awarded the Youth of the Year his senior year for his involvement with Leader Corp and the YMCA.

Ryan completed his BA in Communication from Keene State College. His focus was on interpersonal communication and enjoyed applying communication theory to helping youth develop teamwork and leadership skills through the use of games and activities.

He moved up to the North Country with his wife, Mira, his son Ty and daughter Kya in May of 2020. Mira enjoys her position at Littleton Regional Healthcare, working with a great team in the operating room. Ty is enjoying his first-grade classroom at Lafayette Regional School and Kya has been spending her days playing with Boomer, her puppy.