Staff & Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Diane graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from Castleton University (formerly Castleton State College) and started her teaching career St Peter’s school in Rutland in 1967 before going to Connecticut for two years. In 1970, she moved to Bennington, taught at Bennington Elementary School for two years, and then returned to full-time teaching at Molly Stark School in 1977. In 2014, she retired from classroom teaching and served for seven years as the Coordinator for Partners in Reading, a reading program for K-2 learners at Molly Stark.
Diane has been on the Board of The Tutorial Center for many years, serving as Chair for approximately 21 years. She has been on the Standards Board for Professional Educators for the SVSU since 1992 and the Board chair since 1997. She is also a board member for the Cooper- Kelley Scholarship Fund.
Lisa is the School Counseling Coordinator at Southwest Tech in Bennington and has worked at Mount Anthony as a school counselor and in other capacities since 2001. After serving on TTC’s board for five years, Lisa took a leave, and then returned in 2019.
As co-owner with her husband of a local business, Lisa is rooted in the Bennington community.
Neal is a UVM graduate with concentrations in accounting and marketing. He has worked as a CPA, as well as an educator for Southwest Tech for twenty-two years and an accounting instructor for CCV for thirty-five years. Currently semi-retired, Neal is the newest addition to the TTC board and is enjoying serving very much.
Sharon Shea-Kennealy was born and raised in Bennington, VT. She graduated from Mt. Anthony Union H.S. and the University of Vermont, receiving a bachelor’s degree in English education. She received a Master’s Degree in Policy and Administration from SUNY Albany.
Her education career included 30 years in public education, 25 years in Bennington as an English teacher, and 5 years as Assistant Principal and Principal at MAUHS.
Sharon has served on numerous boards, including Teacher Recertification, Red Cross, and Cooper-Kelly Scholarship. She has been an active member of The Tutorial Center Board for more than 25 years.
John (BJ) Woodard
BJ is a Bennington native and graduated from The University of Vermont with a major in Physical Education and a minor in Mathematics. After moving to Seattle, he worked as a school aide in Mukilteo School District for one and a half years before getting a job as a courier for marketing company.
In 1979, he and his family moved back to Vermont where he taught students in the Bennington Program, an alternative program of Mt Anthony Union High School for which he completed his student teaching.
Because these students struggled in the main building of the high school the program offered classes that were small and individualized. I taught Mathematics, Science, Health and any other subjects that these students needed for graduation. BJ has served on The Tutorial Center board since 2020.
Adult Education Instructor
My BA in Liberal Arts/Management has helped me to manage and teach various subjects for multi-level students. In the years that I have been employed at the Tutorial Center, I have helped many students reach their goal of graduating and then becoming successful citizens of the community. I have always believed that students not only learn from me, but I in turn learn from them, and that philosophy has always made my job so rewarding!
Manchester Site Program Coordinator and Tutoring Coordinator
Catherine has spent her entire career in higher education, and, before coming to TTC, spent 19 years at Southern Vermont College. As the director of tutoring services, she was committed to providing all students with the support, skills, resources, and confidence needed not only to succeed academically, but to be responsible and educated employees and citizens. Her hope is that her experience, knowledge, and dedication will benefit TTC students and colleagues.
Amanda started in 2021 as the transition counselor and ESL instructor for TTC. She has enjoyed working with students to accomplish their educational goals, as well as career goals. Before joining TTC, Amanda lived and taught ESL in Poland, bringing energy, vibrance, and excitement to the classroom. She still strives to achieve this and to create a warm and welcoming environment for those who come through the TTC doors.
Adult Education Instructor
Elaine is a licensed teacher in Vermont. She believes learning should be personalized for each student, making it meaningful to them. She recognizes that different students learn in different ways and adjusts teaching strategies to meet the individual needs of each student. Elaine helps students realize their potential and reach their goals.
Administrative Coordinator, Accounts Receivable Specialist and Program Assistant
Jennifer has a BSBA from MCLA and enjoys working with the financial aspects of a growing business. She is especially devoted to assisting non-profits and has worked for them throughout her career.
Her passion has always been helping individuals achieve their goals, and Jennifer fulfills that passion at TTC by serving in several roles that assist students, families, neighboring schools, and community partners.
Sean-Marie Oller, Executive Director of The Tutorial Center (TTC), has been with the organization since 2017, beginning as the part-time transition counselor, moving to the Director of the Manchester site, then serving as co–director. In January 2022, the TTC board named her Executive Director. Since moving to Vermont more 30 years ago, she has been involved with education and youth advocacy in a variety of capacities.
Sean-Marie was a member of the advisory committee for the Bennington College Early Childhood Center, calling on her experience as an early childhood educator in NYC. She was also the mentoring coordinator of the Quantum Leap program at Bennington College. After spending five years helping pregnant and parenting teens at Sunrise Family Resource Center, Sean-Marie worked for 18 months as a social worker at the Department for Children and Families.
Sean-Marie served 21 years on the MAU and SVSU School Boards and six years on the Vermont State Board of Education after being appointed by Governor Shumlin. Sean-Marie was also a member of the National State Board of Education.
According to Sean-Marie, “Helping people obtain an education and the skill to advocate for themselves or their children is one of the most important tools we can offer our students.”