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LEADERSHIP

Jamie Forbes, CEO & Survivor

Jamie is the founder and leader of Learning Courage. His experience includes nearly two decades in the private sector in both finance and marketing roles, where he honed his business acumen, strategic thinking and creative approach. Jamie has also consulted with, helped start, and been involved in board leadership of other nonprofit organizations.

His work with schools began when he shared the story of his own abuse as a student at Milton Academy. During the resulting investigation, he observed first-hand how important and yet challenging it can be for both survivors and school leaders to support healing.

Learning Courage came out of his observation that schools needed guidance keeping survivors at the center of incidents of sexual abuse and misconduct. Central to his findings in this work is that being survivor-centered is in the best interests of not just survivors but also the institutions where the abuse occurred. The best way to improve the sector's response to sexual abuse, he reasoned, was to create an organization that collected and shared what they learned. The Learning Courage name speaks to the K-12 school audience which focuses on education and learning and also the necessity to always learn about how we can do this work better.

Jamie graduated from Connecticut College and lives in Portsmouth, NH with his wife, two daughters and a dog that thinks he’s actually human.

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AMY WHEELER, Executive Director & SURVIVOR

Amy joined Learning Courage in the fall of 2019. A survivor herself, Amy has been an independent school educator and administrator for over 30 years. She began her career as an English teacher, dorm parent and coach at Lawrence Academy and understands the full life boarding school faculty and staff lead. Since then, she has worked as an administrator in K-8 day schools, 6-12 day schools, and a 6-12 all girls boarding school and knows well the impact of sexual misconduct on students, faculty, staff and institutions and the importance of training and prevention. Her experience on a number of independent school boards also gives her insight into the larger institutional issues that arise from both historic and current sexual misconduct on independent school campuses. 

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KATE HENRY, Director OF FInance & Operations

Kate joined Learning Courage in the fall of 2019. She brings over twenty-five years of IT experience focused on the financial services, manufacturing and med-tech sectors. Her expertise includes business planning, account management, program/project management and client service.  She has worked managing global teams providing strong leadership including developing individual and team performance goals, coaching managers and senior individual contributors, and driving major change initiatives. Kate brings a calm demeanor, attention to detail and natural ability to create process in her work.

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Amy Wheeler

Amy Wheeler, VP of Memberships

Amy Wheeler joined Learning Courage in the fall of 2019. A survivor herself, Amy has been an independent school educator and administrator for over 30 years. She began her career as an English teacher, dorm parent and coach at Lawrence Academy and understands the full life boarding school faculty and staff lead. Since then, she has worked as an administrator in K-8 day schools, 6-12 day schools, and a 6-12 all girls boarding school and knows well the impact of sexual misconduct on students, faculty, staff and institutions and the importance of training and prevention. Her experience on a number of independent school boards also gives her insight into the larger institutional issues that arise from both historic and current sexual misconduct on independent school campuses. We welcome her expertise on our team.

Kate Henry

Kate Henry, VP of Operations

Kate brings over twenty five years of IT experience focused on the financial services, manufacturing and med-tech sectors. Her expertise includes business planning, account management, program/project management and client service. She specializes in transforming and integrating complex voice and data infrastructure for acquisitions.
Kate brings a calm demeanor, attention to detail and natural ability to create process in her work.

CONTACT US

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
info@learningcourage.org

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