This is the History of and Reporting Guide for The Hyde School in Bath, ME (Also located in Woodstock, CT (this location is closed), Bronx-NYC, New York , Washington, DC (this location is no longer affiliated with the Hyde Foundation/Hyde School in ME), & New Haven, CT (reportedly closed))




On this page you will find incomplete staff and complaint histories with sources cited, the general advisory against segregated congregate care with sources cited, and a reporting guide for those unlawfully harmed or firsthand witnesses to unlawful harm by or at this location to report violations of the law to the proper authorities/law enforcement.  The staff list itself will not be updated with additional names out of a sense of fairness where those providing the names ask for anonymity or confidentiality.  This program is no longer eligible for merciful release as a guest sermon is on file.  However, it can graduate the COPE Conversion Program by meeting the Honesty In Marketing Standards (HIMS) or permanently close to be removed from the watch-list/released from the COPE Conversion Program.  If permanently closed prior to graduation, it will be buried in the virtual graveyard.





Additional Information
Lavoe Davis Exec. Dir. of Development ALL LOCATIONS There is no additional information on the staff of the Hyde Schools.*
Richard Curran Web Design  
Pam Hardy Director  
David Fiss Assoc. Dir. of Development  
Joseph Gauld Founder  
Laura Gauld Exec. Dir. of Boarding Schools/Head of School  
Malcolm Gauld President  
Alyssa Hemingway CFO  
Diane Jellis Development Assoc.  
Cindy Morgan Business Manager  
Rose Mulligan Marketing/Media  
Mark Murrell "Web Dude"--Their unprofessional title, not ours.  
Carolyn Smith Director of Int'l Programs  
Deb Smith Development Assoc.  
Carl Young Coordinator of Dev. Svc.  
Beverly Coleman Counselor Bath, ME Location
Gene Devlin Admissions  
Laura Gauld Exec. Director  
Claire Grant Senior Coordinator  
Ken Grant Director of "Special Projects"  
Connie Hardin Technology Director  
Don MacMillan Headmaster/Math  
Louise Dupuis Director of Student Health  
Mary Moore "Family Education"  
Ross Sanner Admissions Sanner reportedly now works for The Orme School in Arizona.
Carolyn Smith International Director  
Rich Truluck Student Director/Science  
Will Beckham Teacher  
Baxter Bulloch Teacher  
John Chesterton Math  
James Eberhart Math  
Colin Foye Science  
Eva George Teacher  
Claire Grant Government  
Ken Grant Science  
Pete Gregory Math  
Casey Mercer Foreign  
Hillary Kidwell English  
Logan Kidwell History  
Steve Levesque History  
Fan Lou Chinese  
Sean Ireland Director of Advancement Ireland no longer appears to work for this program.
Gigi MacMillan Director "Family Education"  
Frances Murray Alumni Relations Murray no longer appears to work for this program.
Scott Andresen Director of Facilities Andresen no longer appears to work for this program.
Gigi MacMillan Program Director MacMillan no longer appears to work for this program.
Louise Mason Health Director Mason no longer appears to work for this program.
Mukhaye Muchimuti Foreign  
Matt Newberg Music  
Heidi Newberg Art  
Renee Brechter Wilderness Brechter no longer appears to work for this program.
Jeff Burroughs Math Burroughs no longer appears to work for this program.
Melissa Burroughs English Burroughs no longer appears to work for this program.
Tim Keene English Keene no longer appears to work for this program.
Claire Oliverson Assistant Oliverson no longer appears to work for this program.
James Redstone History  
John Romac Math/Science  
Karol Rush "Family Education" Rush no longer appears to work for this program.
Fitz Sargent Visual Arts Sargent no longer appears to work for this program.
Randy Smith Science  
Sophia Thich Math/Foreign Thich no longer appears to work for this program.
Gabrielle Voeller Science Voeller no longer appears to work for this program.
Heather Beam Reception  
Brandy Bradford-Smith Admin. Asst.  
John Brawn Food Services  
Sandy Brawn Kitchen  
Jennifer Bruton Admissions Bruton no longer appears to work for this program.
Susie Chubbuck Business Associate  
Mary Denzer Admin. Asst.  
Susan Dube Registrar Dube reportedly worked at the Woodstock location until 2008 when reportedly transferred to the Bath, ME location and is still very much employed by The Hyde School.
Lisa Laplante Mailroom Manager Monitors/censors incoming/outgoing mail.
Angela MacDonald Business Associate  
Kate Phenix Exec. Asst.  
Wanda Smith Admissions  
Marilyn Sprague Admin. Asst.  
Heather Cavalli Director Woodstock, CT Location
Michael Dawes Special Projects Dawes no longer appears to work for this program.
Robert Felt Headmaster/Assoc. Head of School  
Kevin Folan Dean of Students/History Teacher  
Rachel Folan Dean of Academics  
Laura Gauld Exec. Director  
John Rigney Asst. Director  
Sean Saucier Math  
Holly Thompson Admissions  
Terry Walsh Asst. Dir. of Athletics  
Jason Warnick Admissions  
Pamela Bertschy History  
Thomas Bragg Dean  
William Cutrer English  
Lynn Dawes Counselor  
Mark Duethorn History  
William Fabiano History  
Jilliam Forgue Foreign Forgue reportedly no longer works for this program.
Charles Fraser Chemistry  
Colin Fredericks Ropes Fredericks reportedly no longer works for this program.
Brett Freebody Art  
Cindy Guan Advisor  
Ian Matthew Harrington Foreign  
Daniel Jaye Math Jaye reportedly no longer works for this program.
Wesley Jenkins History  
Linda McGuire LEAD Program Director McGuire reportedly no longer works for this program.
Laura Michaels Foreign  
Julie Nix Biology  
Daniel Osar Counselor  
Meara Palmer-Young Math Palmer-Young reportedly no longer works for this program.
Sarah Robison Math  
Amanda Sherman Intern Sherman reportedly no longer works for this program.
Denice Manhardt Developmental Relations Manhardt no longer appears to work for this program.
Louise Owens Admin. Asst. Owens no longer appears to work for this program.
Heidi Randall Counselor Randall no longer appears to work for this program.
Angela Saint-Louis Retail Store Associate Saint-Louis no longer appears to work for this program.
Katherine Smith Asst. Headmaster Smith no longer appears to work for this program.
Liz Smith Librarian Smith no longer appears to work for this program.
Henry Fisher Dean Fisher no longer appears to work for this program.
Rob Colgan Wilderness Colgan no longer appears to work for this program.
Donna Dubinsky Director "Family Education"  
Michael McGuire Wilderness Program McGuire no longer appears to work for this program.
Bobbie-Jo Saucier Trainer Saucier no longer appears to work for this program.
Katherine Sedgwick Art Sedgwick no longer appears to work for this program.
Stephanie Thiel Science Thiel no longer appears to work for this program.
Joshua Welch Science  
Katherine Wynen English Wynen no longer appears to work for this program.
Irene Boudreau Admin. Asst.  
Lori Cooke FLC Coordinator/Dean  
Doug Crane Food Services Crane no longer appears to work for this program.
Lisa Derrico Admissions Derrico no longer appears to work for this program.
Gary Giambattista Facilities Director  
Barbara Hackett Registrar  
Jo-Ann Hanley Mail Clerk Censors/Monitors incoming/outgoing mail.
Judy Hendrickson Admin Asst  
Mamie Hortsmann Admin Asst  
Marie Janket Business Associate  
Maureen Kenney Director of Dining Svc.  
Jenna McGuire LEAD Coordinator  
Karen McGovern Admin. Asst.  
Linda Morgan Bookstore Morgan no longer appears to work for this facility.
LornaKay Murdock Health Dep't Director  
Amy Neal Admin. Asst.  
Traci Nelson Admin Asst  
Susan Nowak Technology  
Kathy O'Dea Admissions  
Susie Racine Reception  
Susan Schofield Executive Asst.  
Deb Smith Admin Asst  
Colleen Warnick Int'l Student Coordinator  
Mary Ann Tingley Admissions Tingley no longer appears to work for this program.
Kerri Walsh Librarian  
Tyler Plourde English  
Jesse Sataloff English  
Kirstie Truluck English  
Patty Clark Admin Asst.  
Deb Penham Admissions  
Mike Aronski Asst. Dean of Students/History Teacher  
Alexandra Keyes Foreign Language Teacher  
Mike Gaines Math Teacher  
Robert Tunney Biology Teacher  
Liz Atwood Math Teacher  
Peter Rowe Staff Formerly worked for now closed Elan.
Sarah Sargent Teacher  
Alison Henderson Teacher  
Brooke Felt Art Teacher  
Patrisha Uber College Office  
Mary Agnes Edsel Residential/Dress Code  
Craig Cunningham Math/Chemistry/Physics Teacher Name provided via e-mail by survivor on 4/16/22.
External Link:
----- Original Message ----- [FEEDBACK]
From: [Sender Removed to Protect Anonymity]
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2011 7:01 AM
Subject: Re: The Hyde School Staff List Update

I have some more information, but this is just background.

We have a punishment system in place here that may seem very abusive to some, but simple to others. It is based on a code of ethics: Sex Ethic, Drug Ethic, Attitude, Lying, Stealing, Brother's Keeper (snitching), and Becoming of a Student. When a student violates one of these Ethics, they go to the Deans (Tom Bragg, Kevin Folan, Mike Aronski, Casey Turner, and Joshua Welch) to see what the punishment should be. for very minor breaks in ethics, which include swearing at a teacher, or staying up passed lights out, they hand out 5:30s. a 5:30 is when you wake up at 5;30 am and go do a workout (pushups, sprints, whatever the faculty member running it feels like making you do) for one hour until regular wake up at 6:30. Times for 5:30s change depending if we have late sleep in or normal wake up. Then, for cases slightly bigger than that, they give Sunday Work Projects or SWPs. On an SWP you have to wake up for the 5:30, then go do manual labor or work in the kitchen until breakfast, do more labor all day long until dinner, and after that they might have you do a study hall for the rest of the night. Occasionally SWPs go off campus to do some work on a farm or other things. In very bad cases, such as sex ethic, stealing, lying or Brothers keeper, and sometimes attitude if the Dean isn't in the best mood, they will put you on 2-4 (Going out to Work.) It is called 2-4 because you're usually on for 2 to 4 days, sometimes more if you tick off the teachers. The Dean's call it work crew. Every day that you are on 2-4, you have to wake up, do a 5:30, then work until breakfast, after breakfast, work until dinner, and then a study hall for the rest of the night. Similar to SWP. Some of the work included is raking leaves, hauling metal, and chopping wood in the fall, shoveling snow in the winter, and doing field work in the spring. Working in the kitchen is a year round option. In extreme cases, they might send you to outpost, which is Hyde's version of wilderness. In outpost, you go with a teacher or someone and spend a few days in the woods, trying to "learn about yourself" I don't have that many details because I have personally never been but I have been told it isn't the most pleasant thing. 

Other than the Ethics system, the also have kids do Lunch and Dinner crew once a week, and every few weeks have breakfast crew. For lunch and dinner crews, they split kids up into their teams and each day of the week have a different sports team do work in the kitchen after meals. For breakfast crew, kids have to go 15 minutes early to breakfast, set everything up for the day and then do the same thing as lunch and dinner crews, except Breakfast crews are split up as the floors for the Dorm Buildings. 

Thank You for all of this, and Im glad I can help

[Name Removed to Protect Anonymity]
The overall concerns regarding the above report from a recent student of The Hyde School are suspected labor law violations and the use of "work/labor" as a punishment/disciplinary measure.

HEAL would advise students and families to report possible labor law violations to the Maine Department of Labor. (  Describe the work provided, whether on-site or for a neighboring farm or business and what, if any, compensation you received for your labor.  If The Hyde School is violating labor laws, the Maine Department of Labor is the resource that should be contacted to request an investigation.

Also, work should be a rewarding experience and should not be used as a punishment.  To use work/labor as a punishment conditions youth to hate and dislike work and see it as a punishment or mark against their character if they must work.  This is contrary to creating a strong work ethic in which an individual feels work earns them self-worth, self-esteem, self-respect, and an honest living.  The excesses of Hyde's use of work as their primary form of punishment is a serious concern.

Survivor Statement (Goes with video at top of page.)


All segregated congregate care providers, including those on our watch-list, are welcome to contact us to correct any information or provide additional data that may assist with delivering the whole truth to the public.  The HEAL Mission of COPE (HEAL) found in many cases where this offer has been abused or resulted in revealing additional basis for our concerns. For some examples see feedback.  Now, we are willing to look at the facts and may have questions or require documentation backing up any claims.  We do verify licensing, academic backgrounds, and other qualifications when investigating and researching programs on our watch-lis/enrolled in the Conversion Program to assist consumers seeking additional information on such programs or victims requiring assistance with getting corroborating evidence of their claims.  We do that in order to make sure the information we provide is accurate and verified and cite our sources.  In the event any information we've posted is in error, we're happy to make a correction. 

HEAL does not support segregated congregate care for many reasons which include that many such facilities are abusive, exploitative, fraudulent, and lack effective oversight often as a result of fraudulent misrepresentation coupled with the ignorance of those seeking to enroll loved ones in such facilities, programs, schools, or centers without a valid court order and involuntarily.  In the United States such involuntary placements done without a court order are apparently illegal as they either violate the Americans with Disabilities Act community integration requirement or due process rights of those involuntarily placed.  Now, in regards to parents, in the United States parents have the right to waive their own rights, but, not the rights of their minor children.  See for more information.  Now, most facilities on our watch list include waivers, indemnity clauses, and sworn statements legal guardians must sign assuring the program that the parents/legal guardians have the right to make the placement involuntarily and without due process in a segregated congregate care environment, however, California and federal prosecutors as well as settled law appears to suggest that is not the case.  In fact, in the David Taylor case found at , Taylor sued Provo Canyon School and his mother as co-defendants.  His mother was found liable for 75% of the damages awarded to Taylor as a result of multiple complaints including false imprisonment, while the program was found only 25% liable because the mother owed a duty of due diligence to investigate anyone to which she would entrust care of her child and she failed to do so. 

Now, HEAL opposes segregated congregate care and we find most placements are happening illegally in the USA which if the youth understood their rights would result in unfortunate outcomes for the parents, particularly when they don't exercise good judgment and support the fraud and abuse rather than their own children when they need remedy and justice.  And, HEAL supports all victims of fraud and abuse in seeking remedies at law for any crimes or torts committed against them.  And, that's true whether or not the program or victims are in the USA. 

HEAL has a 5 point argument against segregated congregate care we'd like you to consider:

a.  Segregated care is unconstitutional and a civil rights violation.  It is only permissible if a person is unable to survive independent of an institutional environment.  For more on this, watch the HEAL Report at  Or, see:  which includes in part:    "United States v. Florida – 1:12-cv-60460 – (S.D. Fla.) – On April 7, 2016, the United States filed an Opposition to the State of Florida’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment.  In the Motion, the State had asked the Court to rule, on a variety of grounds, that the United States could not recover damages for unnecessarily institutionalized children to whom the State had been deliberately indifferent."

b.  Institutionalization is always dehumanizing and coercive.  Institutionalization always harms the institutionalized and deprives them of protected civil rights.  Dr. David Straker, Psychiatry Professor at Columbia University's School of Medicine (Ivy League) explains this in detail at  "Many institutions, from prisons to monasteries to asylums, deliberately want to control and manage their inmates such that they conform and do not cause problems. Even in less harsh environments, many of the institutionalization methods may be found, albeit in more moderated form (although the psychological effect can be equally devastating)."  (See website linked in this paragraph for more info.)

c.  Institutionalization is not in the best interest of children.  Institutions are not ever better for a child than living with a loving family.  Source:       

d.  Reform schools, residential treatment programs, and other segregated congregate care settings have been shown to be ineffective and harmful.  Best source on this currently is:

e. Boarding Schools, even the "good ones", result in a form of social death, isolation, and cause both anxiety and depression.  Therefore, it is clearly not in the best interest of the youth subjected to those environments.  Sources: and

Beyond the above arguments against segregated congregate care, we have reports from the NIH, Surgeon General, Yale University Studies, and much more showing the methodologies of behavior modification are damaging, harmful, and ineffective.  You can request these documents via e-mail.  In addition, for such programs offering academic services or claiming to offer diplomas, certifications, or the like, it is important to check to see if it is a diploma mill with no accredited academic services.  Please see article: "Avoiding Scams: What You Need To Know"  for important information on how to avoid education/training scams.

If you'd like to see what HEAL suggests rather than segregated congregate care (i.e. committing a crime or tort against your child if done against their will without a court order), please see articles: "Fix Your Family, Help Your Teen" and "Emancipation Guide".

12/16/20: Conversion Program Progress Report: The Hyde School

In Connecticut, the criminal statutes of limitation are 1 year on misdemeanors, 5 years on most felonies, and no statute of limitations on more serious felonies including rape, murder and kidnapping.  For civil suits in Connecticut, the statute of limitations is 2 years.  In Maine, the criminal statutes of limitation are 3 years on misdemeanors, 6 years on most felonies, and there is no statute of limitations on murder nor the rape of a minor under age 16 at time of offense.  For civil suits in Maine, the statute of limitations is 6 years.  In New York, the criminal statutes of limitation are 2 years on misdemeanors, 5 years on most felonies, and no statute of limitations for the crimes of rape and murder.  For civil suits in New York, the statute of limitations is 3 years.  Here are your options:
1.  Report crimes such as fraud, assault, battery, false imprisonment, labor trafficking, and child abuse to law enforcement in Connecticut, Maine, and/or New York.  You can call the Bath, ME Police at (207) 443-5563, New Haven, CT Police at  (203) 946-6316, or Bronx, NY Police at  (718) 402-2270   to inquire about filing an official complaint which may provide the probable cause needed to get a warrant for investigation and/or prosecution. 
2.  File a consumer complaint with your home state's attorney general against The Hyde School (Hyde) and include your request for compensation for any harm done to you.  If your home state is Connecticut or you'd like to file with the Connecticut State Attorney General as a non-resident, here is that link:  If your home state is Maine or you'd like to file with the Maine State Attorney General as a non-resident, here is that link:   And, if your home state is New York or you'd like to file with the New York State Attorney General as a non-resident, here is that link: 
3.  If you do not wish to file a consumer complaint, you can contact a private personal injury attorney and look into suing in tort/civil court.  However, if you can't afford the retainer, you should expect to settle out of court with a non-disclosure agreement which may bar you from speaking publicly about the incident because you've agreed (even if with a grumbling assent) to the terms of the settlement. 
4.  You may send a new e-mail to with subject "Post My Feedback" and we will post your feedback (e-mail printed to .pdf disclosing your name and e-mail address and any information in your e-mail with that subject) to  and add a direct link to those .pdf files to this page . 

 5. You may also wish to provide a guest sermon.  Guest sermons are posted at , under Progress Reports/Guest Sermons at where appropriate, and on program info pages when applicable.  So, one provided by you on your program would also be placed on this page .  Guest sermons should be written into the body of an e-mail and sent to . Your first and last name will be disclosed (contact info will not be unless you expressly request disclosure).  For sermons available on our site see  (and sermon archives linked on that page).  If you have questions about this option, please contact Please see  to get an idea what your sermon may be worth.

Hyde Survivors Link Tree: 
Hyde Student Deaths (reportedly over 80 died young): 
GUEST SERMON: A Reading on The Hyde School by Guest Sermonizer Megan (Toohey) Price.


 Last Updated: February 27th, 2023

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