, Derry, New Hampshire


August 22, 2013

Pinkerton Academy names two to board of trustees

DERRY — Pinkerton Academy has announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Trustees.

Pinkerton Academy is a 200-year-old independent high school governed by a Board of Trustees and serves 3,100 students from four New Hampshire communities with more than 330 courses, more than any public high school or academy in the state.

New trustees are Bonnie Eckerman and Edwin Karjala. Both are residents of Chester.

Pinkerton Academy contracts with Chester, as well as the school districts of Auburn, Derry and Hampstead, to provide students with high school education leading to opportunities in higher education, the work force and military service.

Eckerman is a professional in the health-care industry, with a specialty in management of disabilities. Currently with The Children’s Pyramid, she has traveled nationally and internationally. Eckerman holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in physical therapy and a bachelor’s degree in biology. She is an alumna of Pinkerton Academy, Class of 1993.

Karjala is a professional with an extensive background in high technology. Currently, he is director of enterprise infrastructure, distributed hosting with Fidelity Investments. At The Berklee School of Music, Karjala studied Arrangement and Composition. He is an alumnus of Pinkerton Academy, Class of 1986.

“The appointment of Bonnie and Ed strengthens the perspective of Chester on the Board of Trustees,” board president Harry Burnham said. “They also reinforce The Academy’s orientation to students and technology. We look forward to their contributions as new board members.”

Eckerman and Karjala will be formally introduced as trustees to school board members and superintendents at the first group meeting of the school year between Pinkerton and its partner districts.

That meeting is scheduled for Nov. 7 at Pinkerton Academy.

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