Jamie Burke is originally from Chesapeake, VA; she is currently a resident of Dover, NH where she has been since beginning work on her PhD in Education at the University of New Hampshire in 2007. Jamie is a dean’s list graduate from the University of Virginia (“UVA”) where she earned a BSEd in sports medicine and a Masters degree. Jamie began playing rugby at UVA where she was a four-time All-American and the winner of the prestigious Woodley Award (the rugby equivalent of the Heisman trophy). Jamie has represented the United States on the Women's National Rugby Team 24 times since her final year at UVA, including at the 2006 World Cup. Her rugby career continues to be intense as she is training hard once again to represent the USA Women's National Team in the upcoming 2010 World Cup to be held in London in August/September 2010. Jamie's long-term career goal is be involved in education policy and practice, working to develop alternative educative systems that value the life-experiences of students and are designed to increase student engagement and investment in education.
Joseph Trojnor-Barron is originally from Brookline, MA and is a graduate of Brookline High School. Joseph was introduced to rugby in high school where he was a three year starter and member of Brookline’s 2005 Division I New England High School Championship team. In 2009, Joseph earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and American Studies from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. While a Dean’s list student (GPA 3.4+) at Eckerd College, Joseph was a player/coach in a fledgling rugby program which after two years of hard work and organization qualified for the Division II USA Collegiate playoffs in 2008 and is now the #2 ranked Division II in Florida. In the fall of 2010, Joseph will be continuing his education in UMASS Boston’s Masters in Education and Licensure program. Joseph has volunteered in Brookline’s Youth Basketball and Pop Warner Football leagues as a coach and in the spring of 2010 Joseph was an assistant coach for Brookline High School’s Rugby Club. This summer he is a Division Leader and Coach at Camp Kenwood in Wilmot, NH. Joseph looks forward to teaching English and history and continuing to coach and play rugby.
Trevor Leafe is from northern rural New Hampshire where he grew up spending the majority of his time outdoors and fell in love with skiing. Beginning in 7th grade Trevor attended Burke Mountain Academy, a private ski academy where he excelled in alpine racing and cycling. After graduating from high school Trevor took a year off to focus on skiing with hopes of making the national team falling just short of making the team. In the fall of 2010 Trevor will be entering his junior year at Dartmouth College where he is pursuing a degree in history. Trevor is on the alpine ski team at Dartmouth and is highly involved in numerous community organizations, including the Rivendell Boys Mentoring program and Athletes United. Following his undergraduate studies, Trevor is interested in teaching or possibly going to law school and definitely anticipates coaching ski racing. Trevor has an ultimate athletic goal of making the USA national team and skiing in the Olympics.
Troy Bernard Norman is a native of New Zealand who has lived in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont for the last 10 years. In the fall of 2010 Troy will be entering his sophomore year at the University of Vermont. Troy is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Pre-Medical Concentration and was named to the Dean’s List (GPA 3.00+) and was a member of the Honors College (GPA 3.40+) during his freshman year at UVM. After playing rugby for 4 years in high school, Troy won the starting halfback position as a freshman on the UVM rugby team. Troy was an integral part of the UVM side which advanced to USA Rugby Division II National Championship Elite 8 this past spring.
Sarah Gersten is originally from Hooksett and is a graduate of Central High School in Manchester, NH. In the fall of 2010 Sarah will be entering her sophomore year at Tulane University in New Orleans. Sarah is pursuing a degree in communications and was named to the Dean’s List and was an honor society member during her freshman year. Sarah’s desire to try new things led her to the rugby pitch and she is now a member of the New Orleans Halfmoons women’s rugby club which is a conglomerate of several teams that lost entire memberships following hurricane Katrina. Sarah is a DJ and the assistant general manager for WTUL, Tulane’s progressive radio station. She also volunteers, teaching a Jewish music class to eighth and ninth graders at a local synagogue.