Executive board

nhsaa president

Dr. James C. Morse 

Phone: (603) 868-5100 Ext. 2001

Email: jmorse@orcsd.org

Jim graduated from the University of Maine in Orono in 1977 with his bachelors degree in education and his masters degree in education in 1986. He then went on the get his Ed.D. from the University of Sarasota in Sarasota, FL in 1996. He started his administrative career in Unity, Maine, as an elementary school principal. He then went on to work as a school principal for Limestone Public Schools and was later appointed as the superintendent. From there, Jim was hired as a superintendent in Portland, Maine where he served for three years. He then joined the Oyster River Cooperative School District as the superintendent in 2012 where he currently remains today.


In addition to his education background, Jim is involved with many different educational organizations. He has served as an NHSAA Executive Board Member for many years before becoming President. In addition, he has worked with the ASCD, AASA, MSSA, and NAFIS organizations throughout his career.

Throughout his career, Jim has had many successes. He was awarded 2018 Superintendent of the Year for his outstanding contributions to the school district. His colleagues have only great things to say about him and his support. This has helped drive him in his mission to help all students.


In his spare time, Jim enjoys art, motorcycling, and traveling. His goal is to act as a role model for those reared in poverty, abuse and alcoholism and show them that education provides a path to a rewarding life for oneself and future generations.


Welcome Jim! We are glad to have you as part of the team!


nhsaa president elect

Mr. Russell Holden

Phone: (603) 267-6541

Email: rholden@sunapeeschools.org

Superintendent, SAU #85

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nhsaa vice-president 

Ms. Esther Asbell

Phone: (603) 775-8400

Email: easbell@sau16.org

Associate Superintendent, SAU #16

Executive director/treasurer

Dr. Carl M. Ladd

Phone: 1 (866) 753-4479

Email: carl@nhsaa.org

Dr. Ladd earned his Bachelor of Science and teaching certification from Lyndon State College, a Master of Education with honors from Norwich University and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Plymouth State University, both specializing in Educational Leadership. In 2010, he earned his Doctorate in Education from Argosy University with a specialization in Educational Leadership. In 1996, Dr. Ladd was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar National Finalist.

Dr. Ladd has been a teacher of students in grades 6-12 and at the graduate school level. He has served as an assistant principal and principal at the elementary and middle school levels and as a Superintendent of Schools in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In addition, Dr. Ladd served as a school board member for eight years, of which seven were as chairperson. He was named the 2014 NH Superintendent of the Year. He is the Executive Director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association. Carl and his wife Michele, an elementary teacher at Abbot-Downing Elementary School, reside in Concord, NH.

student support center director

Ms. Jennifer Pomykato

Phone: (603) 225-3230

Email: jennp@nhsaa.org

Jennifer Pomykato joined NHSAA as the Director of the Student Success Center in 2015 after more than 30 years in public education. Following a successful teaching career as a high school and elementary special education teacher, Jennifer served for six years as an elementary assistant principal and then as an SAU Administrator and Director of Student Services for the next decade. During her distinguished career as a district-level administrator, Jenn earned professional recognition for her contributions to children and families.


As a highly respected professional, Jennifer was elected to the executive board of the NH Special Education Administrators Association, serving as president, vice president and treasurer. Additionally, Jenn served as regional chair of the Seacoast Special Education Directors for eight years and continues to be an active participant in a variety of local and statewide committees.