Team and Board
Beth Clay is the Executive Director for Appalachian Mountain Teen Project. She began at AMTP as the Laconia Mentor in October 2014. Beth studied at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and Bond University in Australia. She holds a BS in Childhood Studies; with concentrations in Adventure Education and Social Work. Beth came to AMTP after several years in public education in Georgia and New Hampshire. She has more than 15 years of experience working with youth in various settings worldwide, including multiple roles at summer camp, diverse academic classrooms, as a coach and a mentor. Her leadership, community presence, and passion for working with teens to overcome challenging experiences fit well with the mission of AMTP. In 2011, Beth was selected by Teach For America from over 55,000 candidates across the country to teach in inner city Atlanta, Georgia. In 2013 she was a national finalist for the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award. She is the Vice-President of the Alumni Association for the international performing arts, education and community action program, Up with People. Beth is also the 2013 recipient of the James E. McClellan Everyday Hero award. Beth currently mentors in the Laconia community.
Nate serves as the Associate Director and youth mentor for the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project. Nate holds a BA in Psychology from Prescott College and an MA in Education from Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. Nate also holds a TIEGE – Emotional Growth Certification, Level IV, GCLI Leadership Lab. Nate comes to AMTP with approximately 15 years of experience working with teens and extensive experience in program development and administration. From 1996 – 2000, Nate served as a founding member and Head of School of the King George School, an “emotional growth” school in rural Vermont. From 2000 – 2002, Nate worked as a consultant with Emotional Growth pioneer, Linda Houghton, to coordinate workshops, training materials, and outreach to therapeutic and traditional schools. From 2003 – 2004, Nate served as a founding member and field director for Adirondack Leadership Expedition, a wilderness therapy program for youth in New York. From 2004 – 2010, Nate held a variety of administrative and faculty positions working with youth at the Hillside School in Marlboro, Massachusetts. Nate currently mentors in the GWRSD and Laconia communities.
Elena started as a Teen Mentor at AMTP this fall and recently took on the Program Specialist role. She is a graduate of Smith College with a double major in Math and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. After graduation, she spent a year and a half working at a local rock gym outside of Philadelphia as an Instructor and Assistant Team Coach. She moved to New Hampshire in fall 2015 for the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program where she served as a Direct Service Advocate at New Beginnings Without Violence and Abuse. There she provided crisis intervention and ongoing support for victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Two summers ago, Elena led a group of high school students to Costa Rica through the Experiment in International Living, a program that focuses on cultural immersion and experiential learning. Elena is a Wilderness First Responder, has experience leading all types of outdoor trips, and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. When she is not out climbing at a local crag, she can be found whitewater kayaking, hiking (and exploring the White Mountains!), or hanging out by a campfire. Elena is currently a mentor for the Laconia community.
AMTP also appreciates our wonderful college and graduate school interns, and our volunteers who help to make so much of our programming possible!
Donna holds a doctorate from Harvard University in Educational Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, a M.Ed. in Counseling (UNH ’83), and a C.A.S. in Risk and Prevention (HU ’95). She is NH licensed in guidance counseling and school psychology. Prior to co-founding AMTP in 1987, Donna was a community organizer for an anti-poverty program and taught for 9 years in public schools. Donna was on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education from 2001-2008. Donna currently works as a professor at Leslie University.
Holly holds a M.S. in Environmental Studies from Antioch College and a B.S. in Outdoor Education from State University of NY, Cortland. She is a certified classical homeopath and currently directs Homeopathic Healthcare. Prior to coming to AMTP, Holly was a classroom teacher and environmental educator for 7 years