John Prendergast – Litchfield, NH
Chairman & Treasurer – Executive Committee
For the past twelve years, John has owned and operated an FAA-certified aircraft component overhaul business in Londonderry, NH. Previous to that, John held various management positions including President of two regional airlines. John is a graduate of Boston College’s School of Management. Before entering the airline industry, he worked as a CPA for the accounting firm that is now Deloitte and Touche.
Paul G. LaFlamme, Jr. – Nashua, NH
Paul is the grandson of the founder of the organization, Albert A. LaFlamme. Paul is a real estate broker doing business in the Nashua, NH region. For four years, Paul ran his own firm, At Home Realty, at which time he sold it to another firm. Paul’s passion to carry out his grandfather’s legacy and his commitment to community service is clear as he is a former New Hampshire State Representative and has previously served on other nonprofit boards such as SJ Community Services (Meals on Wheels) and Grey2K USA.
Ann Prendergast – Litchfield, NH
Ann has been a volunteer with the Spartans’ organization for over 10 years. An energetic mother of four, Ann now has over 25 years of volunteer experience with several youth organizations including those dedicated to music, sports, civic, and community activities. Ann is a college graduate with prior executive administrative assistance experience and as such brings strong planning and organizational skills to her volunteer activities. As part of the Spartans’ administrative staff, Ann contributes to the daily operations of the Corps’ internal management.
Paul G. LaFlamme, Sr. – Hollis, NH
Paul grew up in Nashua, NH and is the son of the founder of the organization. He is a graduate of Nashua High School. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1972, he went to work for the Tulley Buick Dealership in Nashua, where he still works as a member of their management team. Paul attended Daniel Webster College and NH Vocational Technical College and is a graduate of General Motors University of Automotive Management. He is a former member of the Spartans and has spent most of his life working with and traveling with the Corps as a member, a parent, a bus driver, and as a board member.
John Prochilo – Andover, MA
John is the Chief Executive Officer of Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network. He is a graduate of Boston University and has served on several governing and advisory boards during his 25 years as a hospital administrator. John met his wife Cheryl in 1973 when they were both marching members of local drum and bugle corps.
Rev. Mark Jackson – Lexington, MA
Mark is the senior minister of the First Baptist Church in Lexington, MA. Prior to moving to Lexington, Mark served as the minister of the First Baptist Church of Nashua, NH for seven years. From March of 2003 until November of 2008, Mark was a part-time motor-coach driver for Spartans Coach Lines. He drove one of the buses for the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps on many trips including parades, regional competitions, a presidential inauguration, and several national competitions.
Richard Rigolini – Everett, MA
Richard works in administration at Boston University. He is a member of the Spartans design team and started working with the corps in 1997. Richard has previously been on the design teams of many local high school bands and drum corps. Richard is currently the President of the New England Scholastic Band Association, was an adjudicator for Winter Guard International and Drum Corps International, has been a member of the DCI Rules and Systems Task Force and held a position on the WGI Board of Directors as a representative of the Sacred Heart Color Guard from Roslindale MA. Richard is currently the vice chair of the DCI open class advisory board.
Andy Smolko – Nashua, NH
Andy is the Owner of CertaPro Painters of Nashua, NH, Newburyport, MA and Westford, MA. He grew up in NJ where he marched in two local Drum and Bugle Corps from 1969-1976. After his marching career was over he was color guard and visual instructor for several high school bands, an all-girl Drum and Bugle Corps and many winter color guards – medaling in several championships. Over the years he has continued to follow Drum Corp closely over the years and has a particular interest in the Open Class because he believes that it is an important part of the activity. In 2015 he was invited to join the Spartan’s Board of Directors. Andy has a BS Degree from the University of South Carolina in Industrial Engineering and Business Administration.
Samantha Wade – Norwood, MA
Samantha Wade is a graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in music industry. She began her career in music administration with The Boston Landmarks Orchestra as the Supervisor of Operations for three years. She then worked as the General Manager of the Lexington Symphony for four years. Sam is now working as the Director of the Great East Music Festivals for Inspire Arts & Music. She has taught local marching bands on and off for the past 15+ years. Sam was a member of the front ensemble for the Citations in 98-99, and the Spartans from 01-04. She loves to volunteer for the corps and give back to an organization that had such a positive impact on her life.
Guy is currently employed as an engineering assistant with BAE Systems. Guy started marching in drum corps in the late 1960’s in local eastern Massachusetts and Mayflower circuit Corps. Starting in 1972, he marched the first 3 years of DCI in a top 12 drum Corps. Both of Guy’s sons have marched in the Spartan organization starting in 1999. He and his wife, Barbara, have been active members of the Spartan’s organization ever since.