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About New England Crane School

Anna DeBattiste

Frank Donahue

Mark Kenney


Olimpia Piccoli

New England Crane School was founded in 2010 by Larry DeBattiste, an NCCCO-certified operator with 25 years of experience in the heavy construction and marine industries, and his sister Anna DeBattiste, a training professional with 20 years of experience in training and instructional design. 

Today the business is managed by Anna, who also occasionally provides written examination services. Training is conducted by NCCCO-certified operator Frank Donahue, a 45-year veteran of the crane industry. Frank was trained as an NCCER-certified instructor, and is also an NCCCO practical examiner. He was the owner of A1 Crane Service in Dover, New Hampshire from 1996 to 2006, and has also worked for several of northern New England’s largest crane rental services. He has been training and testing crane operators since 2008.

NCCER practical exams are conducted by Mark Kenney, who also manages logistics, teaches signal/rigging classes, and provides classroom support for operator classes. Mark's background is in facilities management and property maintenance, and he has been working with New England Crane School since 2012. 

Administrative support and written examination services are provided by Olimpia Piccoli, who joined the team in 2018.  Olimpia is a yoga and dance instructor and has also been in arts education.

Our beloved mascot Jave departed this world in 2016, but he is still with us in spirit.