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Anna DeBattiste

New England Crane School was founded in 2010 by Larry DeBattiste, an NCCCO-certified operator with over 30 years of experience in the heavy construction and marine industries, and his sister Anna DeBattiste, a training professional with over 25 years of experience in training and instructional design. Today the business is managed by Anna, who also occasionally provides written examination services.
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Frank Donahue

NCCCO training and practical testing is conducted by NCCCO-certified operator and NCCER-certified instructor Frank Donahue, a 55-year veteran of the crane industry. Frank 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 and working with New England Crane School since 2011.
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Mark Kenney

NCCER training and practical testing is conducted by NCCER-certified operator Mark Kenney, who also manages logistics and teaches signal/rigging and overhead crane classes. Mark’s background is in facilities management and property maintenance, and he has been working with New England Crane School since 2012.
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Heather Chandler

Heather Chandler joined NECS in 2022 as the new office manager and NCCER written examiner. She lives in the Upper Valley on a lake with her husband and their hound mix. Heather has experience in education and research and looks forward to meeting new people and encouraging their success.
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Olimpia Piccoli

Olimpia Piccoli, previous office manager and NCCER written examiner, rejoined the team in 2021 and is now our back-up examiner. A native New Yorker, she has been in education for over two decades and loves to help people learn new skills and hone existing ones. Olimpia lives in VT and enjoys yoga, making art and all things outdoors.


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