Ben Gentry, Ed.D., M.Ed., M.F.A
SNHU - The Chandler Center
2500 North River Road
Manchester, NH 03106
BEN GENTRY - DIRECTOR
Though he recently defended his dissertation and completed the Doctoral program in Educational Leadership at Southern New Hampshire University, Ben Gentry remains a lifelong learner dedicated to inspiring a passion for learning in others. Since 2010, he has worked diligently as student, staff, and adjunct faculty at SNHU, earning his Master of Education in Secondary English and Master of Fine Arts in Fiction along the way.
When SNHU announced its partnership with Breakthrough Manchester in the summer of 2016, Ben had just finished his student teaching of ninth and tenth grade English for the Master of Education and secondary teacher certification. Jumping at the opportunity to help highly-motivated, under-resourced high school students, he began to build out the Breakthrough Manchester College-Bound program at SNHU that now serves 85 inspiring high school students across all four grades, and has proudly graduated 21 alums who are all attending or planning to attend college!
"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do."
SABRINA KADARIYA - PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Sabrina Kadariya is a Junior at the University of New Hampshire, studying Health Management and Policy. She is a tour guide for UNH and absolutely loves it! Sabrina was a part of Breakthrough Manchester from 5th grade to 8th grade and was the first class to graduate from Breakthrough’s College Bound program! She is so excited to work with this program to give back to all of the opportunities and knowledge that she got from this program.
DARCI DRYLIE - ADVISOR COACH, Class of 2022
Darci Drylie is a 2016 graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, having studied middle school science education and environmental science. She is entering her sixth year of teaching middle school science (6th and 7th grade) within the Londonderry School District. Darci has continued her learning by working towards a Masters in Science Education at Fitchburg State University, and will be graduating in the Spring 2022.
Working within the Breakthrough Manchester program for the last seven years, Darci has served as a teaching fellow in both the school year and summer programs and is currently the Science Instructional Coach. For the College Bound program, Darci advised a group of Pioneer students from freshman to senior year. She is excited to continue her work with Breakthrough Manchester College Bound as the Advisor Coach for the senior class.
MATT LONG - ADVISOR COACH, Class of 2023
Matt is a recent graduate of Duke University with a BA in Biology and a Minor in Education. He began his journey with Breakthrough back in 2017 as a Teaching Fellow at BTM at the Derryfield School, and then served as Operations Coordinator and Director for Student & Teacher Success. Currently, he is the Education & Workforce Development Program Coordinator at a Manchester-based biomanufacturing company called ARMI BioFabUSA.
Matt is THRILLED to be working with the students and staff at BTM-CB. He believes that everyone is a teacher and a learner, and is inspired by Breakthrough community members every day. He is excited to be supporting our fantastic advisors in their experience at BTM-CB because education is his passion.
JAKE KONSTANT - ADVISOR COACH, Class of 2024
Jake originally joined BTM-CB as a Dedicated Advisor five years ago while he was a SNHU senior majoring in Secondary Social Studies Education. He is now a full-time Social Studies teacher, teaching Medieval and Modern Europe at Pinkerton Academy and working towards his Master's in Educational Leadership at SNHU. He is also a soccer and softball coach at Pinkerton, and he is excited to be an advisor coach for BTM-CB this year!
LUCY WEATHERS - ADVISOR COACH, Class of 2025
Lucy is SO excited to be working with College Bound for the '21-'22 school year! She has worked with Manchester students for the last eight years either as a part of Americorps, Breakthrough Manchester, or GEAR UP Manchester. She is currently pursuing a Master's of Education for School Counseling and is ready to take on her role as Advisor Coach for the Freshmen Advisors.