Our Staff

Joan Izen

PTAN Project Director

PTAN Facilitator Region 7 (Upper Valley)


Joan Izen has happily called New Hampshire home for more than thirty years. After a brief stint in the Monadnock region, she has lived and worked in the southern NH towns of Londonderry, Manchester and Bedford.  Joan has been employed by SERESC since 1988. Her work reflects her unique combination of skills and interests in speech/language pathology, early childhood education, and organization development.

In 1992 she conceived and designed the Preschool Technical Assistance Network (PTAN), a statewide, grant funded project that promotes quality programs for New Hampshire’s young children with disabilities and their families.

She has served as the Project Director since it’s inception as well as facilitator/consultant in each of the different regions of the state. In addition, she has developed and implemented numerous other early childhood projects and provided consultation to various preschool, early intervention and childcare programs in New Hampshire.

Joan earned a B.S. in Communication Disorders from Emerson College and an M.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Maine-Orono. In 2008 she completed the Organization Development Certificate Program at Antioch University New England.  And in 2010 she graduated from the Leadership NH program.

When not working Joan takes great pleasure spending time with her family, is a passionate knitter and loves nothing more than a peaceful kayak trip on Lake Kanasatka.

Michelle Lewis                                                                                                                  

PTAN Facilitator Region 1 (North Country)


Michelle grew up in northern NH and after living in different areas of the country she returned to NH to raise a family.  In addition to her work on PTAN, Michelle is the Executive Director of the Parent Information Center and is the Project Director for the Supporting Successful Early Childhood Transitions Project (SSECT).  She holds a M.Ed. in School Counseling and has worked with families and systems for over 15 years.

Michelle has successfully led numerous state and federal grant programs and initiatives, the majority of them focused on IDEA.  Michelle is chair of the Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) and serves on the State Advisory Committee for Special Education.  In December 2009, Ms. Lewis received the IDEA Infant Toddler Coordinator Association Regional Parent Leadership Award.  She has presented at many state and national conferences on parent involvement in special education.

Mary Beth LaSalle

PTAN Facilitator Regions 2 (Lakes) and 6 (Monadnock)


Mary Beth has called NH home now for 37 years and terms it “one of the best things that ever happened to me!”   Mary Beth worked for 30+ years as a special education teacher and administrator in southern NH and New York State.

Mary Beth holds a BS degree in Elementary Education, N-8 from the College of White Plains of Pace University and a M.Ed. in Special Education and Learning Disabilities from the College of New Rochelle in New York.

Mary Beth was an adjunct professor of special education at Rivier (College) University and currently, Mary Beth is the Preschool Outcomes Measurement (POMs) Technical Assistance Consultant at the Bureau of Special Education at the NHDOE.  Mary Beth also provides consultation, training and support to numerous school districts and private schools through Creative Educational Consulting, LLC.

In her free time Mary Beth enjoys meeting people, cooking, traveling and hiking.

Pam Miller Sallet

PTAN Facilitator Regions 3 (Seacoast), 4 (South Central) & 5 (Southeastern)


Pam Miller Sallet is originally from Maine, and started her career working in MA and NH in early intervention.  She was the Program Specialist overseeing Early Supports and Services for NH until she decided to work part time on several grants.  She has worked for PTAN since 2002, while also coordinating an early  childhood mentorship program, facilitating a parent group at a family resource center, coordinating orientation for Early Supports and Services, supporting school districts with parent partnerships, and other short term consulting roles. Pam enjoys working collaboratively with community agencies and personnel and developing and implementing action plans.

Pam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Developmental Disabilities and Communication Disorders, and a Master’s degree in Education focusing on Early Intervention, and a Masters degree in Human Services Administration. She was a UNH LEND community fellow and is credentialed with NH Child Development Bureau as an Early Childhood Master Professional Workshop Trainer.

Pam resides in NH’s seacoast region with her husband and daughter, and enjoys walking along the ocean, traveling, supporting local restaurants and theater, and volunteering. She is on the Board of Directors for the Seacoast Science Center and has been affiliated with them for many years.

Linda Trapane

PTAN Project Assistant


Linda Trapane was born in New England and has called New Hampshire home for the last twenty three years. After attending Universities in Boston and New Hampshire, her professional career focused on nonprofit organizations and streamlining their working processes. In 1999 she joined SERESC as the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director. By 2001, her abilities were well recognized beyond her position and she happily took on the opportunity as Project Assistant for the Preschool Technical Assistance Network (PTAN). Currently her management and organizational skills are a quality that allow for productive end results on the projects set before her and have been instrumental in the growth of PTAN.

Linda lives in Chester with her husband, daughter and son and has a very active family life. She loves the beach, skiing, cooking, entertaining and spending time with family and friends.

Posted in at February 4th, 2010. .

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PTAN gratefully acknowledges the support of its funders: NHDOE Bureau of Special Education, the NHDHHS
Child Development Bureau and over 40 School Districts statewide.