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June 15, 2018 - SEED recently held its annual board meeting and elected three new board members—Toby Arkwell, Cynthia A. Theodoras, and Markus Brave—each to serve an initial three-year term.  The group also voted in favor of the following officer slate for 2018-2019; Karen Duffy (president), Sue Vitko (vice president), Patrick Duffy (treasurer), and Erin Tellez (secretary). The board acknowledged and appreciated outgoing members Bob Carrier, Sue Sheehan, and Allison Neal for their years of service.

            A Dover native, Arkwell is an independent insurance agent and the owner of RW Health & Employee Benefits LLC. With a background in business administration, Arkwell is an active volunteer, serving for the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, the Dover Children’s Home, and Dover Baseball.  In 2017, Arkwell received the Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year Award. He currently resides in Dover with his wife, Kim.

Theodoras has served in the Dover School system for most of her professional life as an elementary level teacher, reading specialist, and as principal of Woodman Park School; most recently she was an intern supervisor for the University of NH Graduate school of Education where she supervised and mentored students.

Brave is the deputy sheriff for Strafford County and has worked in law enforcement for ten years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology from Southern NH University. He resides with his wife Jamie and their three children in Dover.

            “The board is excited to have Toby, Cynthia, and Markus join the team and bring a fresh perspective and a shared passion for Dover’s public schools,” said Karen Duffy, SEED incoming president. “They will be great assets to our hard working group.” Just a few weeks ago, SEED held its annual fundraiser where it raised $23,700 for academic excellence in Dover schools. SEED is underway with its endowment development campaign, Lighting the Way to Learning, a campaign to allow the nonprofit to fund grants for years to come. To accomplish this, the SEED board is committed to establishing a $500,000 endowment fund to fulfill grants in perpetuity. For more information, visit