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.”

 

Darrel Gearhart
Administrative Assistant

Darrel grew up in Rochester, New York.  Following high school he attended college at Marion Military Institute in Marion, AL where he received his commission as an Officer in the US Army.  He later graduated from Buffalo State College earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology.  He retired from the Army after 23 years of service.  Following his Army career, Darrel and his wife Tambra moved to Easton, NH in 2005.  For almost 17 years, he worked with youth in the North Country serving as the Senior Army Instructor teaching Army JROTC at the White Mountains Regional High School in Whitefield, NH.  Darrel holds a Master of Arts Degree in Geography and Regional Planning from California University of PA, as well as a Master of Science degree in Education from Fort Hays University, KS.  He also serves as the Fire Chief for the Town of Easton as well as the Town Treasurer.  Darrel is an active member of the local American Legion and enjoys working on classic cars.  He and Tambra have two adult sons; Lucas and Paul, and three grandchildren.

 

Abigael Gagnon
Program Director

Abbey was born and raised in Berlin, NH and graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy.  She spent her high school winters teaching children how to ski at Burke Mountain in Vermont where her passion for working with children first started.  Abbey attended Castleton University and was a Student Ambassador and Community Advisor as well as an active member of Peer Advocates for Change and Habitat for Humanity.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education.  Following graduation Abbey taught Physical Education and was the Health Supervisor at a private elementary school in Manchester for five years.  After returning to the north country, Abbey spent this past summer working at Ogontz Resort as the Day Camp Leader.  In her spare time Abbey enjoys golfing with her husband and playing with their golden doodle, Brady.

 

Eileen Williams
Youth Development Professional

Eileen joined the BGCNC team in November, 2021.  She has extensive experience in education serving as a Montessori primary classroom teacher, and over 16 years as a full time professional nanny and operating her own home-based daycare.  Eileen loves working with children and creating dynamic learning experiences for each individual child.  She lives in Bethlehem and enjoys spending time with her family and two very expressive Siamese cats.  When there is time for a weekend excursion to the city, Eileen loves to visit friends to enjoy live music and theater.

 

Tayla Cummings
Youth Development Professional

Tayla joined the BGCNC team in January 2022. Tayla comes to us from Lancaster Elementary School where she worked as a Paraprofessional and Wellness Center Counselor for 6 years. She has extensive knowledge in Early Childhood Development and Social Emotional Learning. Tayla has her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at SNHU. She has a passion for helping others, especially youth and young adults. In her High School years Tayla taught Jujitsu to young children and teens at her Dojo; this is what sparked her love for teaching.  Tayla enjoys bringing new creative and dynamic learning experiences to each child at BGC. In her free time, Tayla enjoys doing outside adventures such as hiking, paddle boarding, rollerblading, rock climbing, and skydiving.