Joan Izen

PTAN Project Director

Joan Izen has happily called New Hampshire home for more than thirty years. After a brief stint in the JMIHigh
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/special 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.


Michelle Lewis

PTAN Project Staff/Facilitator

Michelle grew up in northern NH and after living in different areas of the country she returned to NH to raise a family.  She holds a Master’s Degree in School Counseling and has worked with families and systems for nearly 20 years.  Michelle is a skilled facilitator, having successfully led numerous statewide initiatives focused on educating and promoting collaboration for student success.  Michelle is experienced in working at the national, state and local levels and understands the changing needs of systems.  She believes in what the research shows, when families, schools, and communities work together, children succeed.  In addition to her work on PTAN, Michelle is the Parent Information Center’s Executive Director and Project Director for NH’s Race2K project.


Mary Beth LaSalle

PTAN Project Staff/Facilitator

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.


Hillary Pincoske

PTAN Project Assistant

Hillary Pincoske grew up in New Hampshire and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Psychology. She has spent the past 20 years working at a small independent school as an educator and the Assistant Director of Program. She is pleased to join the PTAN staff and start her newest adventure.

Hillary resides in Concord with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, working on projects around the house and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.