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About New England Crane School

Anna DeBattiste

Frank Donahue

Mark Kenney

Stephanie Dent


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

NCCCO training and practical testing is conducted by NCCCO-certified operator and NCCER-certified instructor Frank Donahue, a 50-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.

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. 

Administrative support and written examination services are provided by Stephanie Dent, who joined the team in 2019. Stephanie is also an instructor of other trades and a wellness practitioner.

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