Board Members

Board of Directors

Stephen Armstrong, President, Newsletter Co-Editor

    • Past President of NEHTA

    • Past President of the National Council for the Social Studies

Melissa Beck, Membership Chair, Laska Award Chair

    • Norton High School (Norton, MA)

Lori Bihler, Vice President

    • Framingham State University (Framingham, MA)

Kristen Borges, Treasurer

    • Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School (Hamilton, MA)

Keith Dauer, Board Member

    • Past President of NEHTA

    • The Morgan School (Clinton, CT)

Edward Dorgan, Board Member, Kidger Award Chair

    • Past President of NEHTA

    • Regional School District #10 (Burlington, CT)

Emily Dunnack, Board Member

    • Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge, MA)

Rena Klein, Recording Secretary

    • Bridgewater State University (Bridgewater, MA)

Michael Medeiros, Board Member, Webmaster

    • Dedham High School (Dedham, MA)

Linda Morse, Journal Editor

    • Foxbourough Regional Charter School (Foxboro, MA)

Charles L. Newhall, Board Member

    • Past President of NEHTA

    • St. John's Preparatory School (Danvers, MA)

Sandy Senior-Dauer

    • Past President of NEHTA

    • Westbrook High School (Westbrook, CT)

Torrey Trust, Board Member

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst

Robert Maloy, Board Member

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst

Former Board Members

    • Amy George

    • Jeremy Greene

    • Joseph Harrington

    • Henry Hicks

    • James Moran

    • Don Perault

    • Kenneth Relihan

    • Philip Whitbeck

In Memory OF Henry Francis Hicks, Jr.

Steve Armstrong captured Henry Hicks when he said, "Henry WAS NEHTA."

Henry was a lovable Renaissance man. A self-proclaimed Tory who believed that the British should have won the Revolution, he was a scholar, raconteur, and middle school social studies teacher for many years. Oh, to have sat in on a few of those classes!


Henry had two notable passions, circuses and military music. He and his wife Amy had arguably the most valuable personal/private collection of circus memorabilia in the world and were honored guests at well-known circus venues. In his circus library, I saw a book from the 14th century. Last count, Henry had over 1500 military cds from around the world


Henry was a voracious reader of history and also a well-known re-enactor, portraying John Adams at the Adams National Park and other groups, notably at the House of Delegates at National Council for the Social Studies when the New England History Teachers Association celebrated its 100th Anniversary.


Henry was also a Primitive Methodist minister, still giving sermons in his 80's. And what an enjoyable speaker! When I asked him to be the keynote speaker at the annual Connecticut Council for Social Studies Conference, Henry chose as his topic, "Everything that is wrong about CT," with quotes. Did I mention that he was also proud to be the official hog reeve of Needham, MA?


So many more wonderful stories to be told about this remarkable man, mentor and cherished friend.


-Sandy Senior-Dauer



Henry was one of a kind and the soul of NEHTA. Always welcoming and spirited, Henry embodied the collegiality of history lovers and teachers.


-Charles Newhall



Henry Hicks was a giant in NEHTA when I first joined the organization. To me, he WAS NEHTA.


-Steve Armstrong



Obituary for Henry Francis Hicks Jr. | Eaton Funeral Home