Ben Amsden Interim Director of Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University
Ben Amsden is the Interim Director of the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University and Research Assistant Professor of Tourism Management and Policy. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the Center, which includes promoting faculty and student engagement with community organizations, identifying and developing external funding for on-and-off campus partners, coordinating with administrative offices and academic departments, conducting externally funded research, advising graduate students, and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, and Penn State University, Ben’s research interests include the impacts of tourism development on rural communities; farm based recreation and tourism; the local food movement; the socio-ecological factors of place attachment; and natural-resource based volunteer stewardship programs.
Matthew Benson Attorney of Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson
Matt Benson is a corporate attorney and advises his business clients on a variety of legal and business issues. He represents entrepreneurs of all types and at all stages of their businesses, from start-up to exit.In his work with start-up and other privately held companies, Matt has counseled his clients on a variety of corporate matters, including entity formation, obtaining angel round financing, venture capital or other debt and/or equity financing, executive and employee compensation, contract issues, equity ownership matters, and exit strategy issues. In addition, he advises his technology-related companies on a wide range of matters specific to them, including software licensing, licensing of intellectual property, and website development matters.
Matt also advises doctors, dentists, and other health care professionals on a variety of matters, including ownership issues, the buying and selling of medical practices, and negotiating employment and other contracts with hospitals.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire High Technology Council, is Chair of the NHHTC Entrepreneur Forum Presenter Committee, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Manchester Area Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Leadership New Hampshire class of 2013-2014.
Keryn Bernard-Kriegl Executive Director of NH Children's Trust, Inc.
Keryn Bernard-Kriegl is the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Children’s Trust; NH’s lead agency for the elimination of child abuse and neglect. She has worked with and on behalf of children for more than 25 years. Keryn holds her MS in Family Studies from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts and a Certificate in Supervisory Skills from the University of New Hampshire where she also received her BS in Leisure Management and Tourism Program Administration. Keryn served as a board member and President of Family Support New Hampshire, a network of family support agencies that support prevention. Keryn has served on several other non-profit boards including New Hampshire Child Advocacy Network Steering Committee; Garrison Players Arts Center; and Out and About. Keryn has held many volunteer positions including steward, religious education teacher, youth group advisor, intergenerational dance committee DJ, and house manager. Keryn resides with her partner and two sons in Dover. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends and is grateful for all of life’s blessings.
Anthony Blenkinsop City Attorney of City of Dover
Anthony I. Blenkinsop is the City Attorney for Dover, New Hampshire. As the City Attorney he serves as legal counsel to the City and its various departments. Prior to joining the City of Dover, Anthony served nearly ten years at the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office. Anthony was promoted to the position of Senior Assistant Attorney General in 2007 while working in the office’s Civil Bureau, where he served as legal counsel to numerous state agencies, boards, and councils. From 2011 to 2013 Anthony served as the Director of the Charitable Trusts Unit at the Attorney General’s Office. As Director, Anthony oversaw charitable trusts and non-profits operating in New Hampshire through registration, education, and enforcement. From 2012 to 2013 Anthony served on the Board of the National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO), an association of state offices charged with oversight of charitable organizations and solicitations in the United States. Anthony is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and Suffolk University Law School. Anthony is a resident of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he was a member of the Planning Board from 2008 to 2013, serving as the Vice-Chair in 2013.
Frank Boucher Sr. VP of Finance of Northeast Delta Dental
Mark Brown Director of Corporate Potential of Grappone Automotive Group
Mark is the Director of Corporate Potential/Acting Marketing Director of the Grappone Automotive Group, a fourth generation family-owned auto dealer group in Bow, NH that employs 300+ employees. He is one of six directors on the leadership team.
Mark leads the strategic planning, organizational development, marketing, and training for Grappone, and is currently leading the company and its team members through significant, system-wide organizational change.
Mark has been working as a business coach, consultant, facilitator and trainer for more than 20 years, specializing in leadership and team development. He has designed and delivered leadership development and training programs for a wide variety of organizations, including ING, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, The World Bank, The United States Forest Service, Cox Enterprises, and Nationwide. He also served on the research faculty team at George Mason University’s Mason Enterprise Center, designing and delivering training for more than 1,000 small business owners in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area. A former business magazine editor and public relations consultant, Mark worked for Outward Bound for many years, as a wilderness instructor, course director and program director. For the past 20+ years he worked for Outward Bound as a senior facilitator and program manager, designing and facilitating leadership programs and retreats for organizations across the United States. He currently serves on the advisory board for Stay Work Play.
Mark lives with his wife and son in Bow.
Kristen Carroll Executive Director of Grace Limousine
A strategic Human Resources and Operations Consultant, Kristen Carroll has worked with hundreds of organizations, from small businesses to large employers with over 15,000 employees, creating operational efficiencies, conducting risk audits, maximizing opportunities for savings and cost reduction, while enhancing the overall employee experience. Carroll was a 2010 recipient of the 40 Under Forty award in the State of New Hampshire.
A national and international lecturer, Carroll has been widely published in countless trade magazines, blogs, web sites and guide books. Presenting to a wide range of audiences from San Diego to Dubai, Carroll has tailored her research and knowledge to meet the ever-changing needs and demands of a global workforce and marketplace.
In addition to her corporate work, Carroll is an accomplished artist and photographer, represented by dozens of galleries and museums throughout the US and abroad. She is also a recording artist, with her debut album, produced by Mosrite Records in Nashville, TN in 2009. Carroll also volunteers her time through various mentorship programs, providing job seeking skills to the unemployed and underemployed. She is also a regular contributor to Huffington Post, and has appeared on Huffington Post Live.
Michael Cashion Owner of Villari's Martial Arts
Mike Cashion has grown up in NH over the last 25 years. He has been training, teaching and
working in the martial arts over the last 13 years while working a multitude of other jobs and
attending multiple schools. Mike has taught thousands of people on the mats and has continued
to work with thousands more off the mats through the martial arts, free outreach, programming
at local schools and non-profits, and much more throughout NH. His focus is on the youth and
young professional demograpics.
The overall goal is to be a positive role model for as many of the youth in whatever way
possible. In addition to being a role model he helps provide the tools for them be a successful
problem solvers that are not afraid to try new things, take chances and learn from their
experiences. Mike does his best to walk his talk and demonstrate how crucial it is to be an
active and contributing member of the NH community. He also fights for the Young Professional
Demographic that NH is having a difficult time maintaining and growing after high school and
Mike currently resides in Concord, NH and is a die hard downtown Concord fan. Even though
he is a huge fan of Concord, he travels throughout NH volunteering and making a difference. He
volunteers for many different organizations including: Girls Inc, Concord Young Professionals,
NHTI, InTown Concord, the Boys & Girls Club, Capital Area Student Leadership, local
elementary, middle and high schools and more.
Favorite Quote: “Dont walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not
lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.” -Albert Camus
Amy Chhom Director of Real Estate and Development of Anagnost Investments, Inc.
Amy is proud to be employed with the Anagnost Companies where she has been performing all functions of Real Estate Development, Marketing, Management, and Sales under the mentorship of Dick Anagnost since 2002.
After working several years in Residential and Commercial Property Management, Amy was promoted to Director of Real Estate and Development for Anagnost in 2005. As Director, Amy has assisted in the Development of Elliot at River’s Edge Manchester and over 250 Units of Affordable Housing in Greater Manchester.
Recently, in February 2013, Chhom was promoted to Vice President of Metropolis Property Management Group, Inc. in which she is Responsible for Operations and Management of the total Real Estate Portfolio consisting of Residential Market/LIHTC Apartments, Multi-Tenanted NNN Commercial Properties and Real Estate Brokerage, Sales, & Leasing throughout Southern New Hampshire.
Amy remains active in the community of Manchester by serving on several boards to include InTown Manchester and the Holy Cross Family Learning Center.
Originally from Massachusetts, Amy now calls Bedford her home where she is raising two young children with her husband, Sar Chhom.
- Graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, Boston MA, BFA – Fine Arts/Art Education
- Graduate of Greater Manchester Leadership, 2009
- Member of Greater Manchester Nashua Board of Realtors
- 2013, 40 Under 40 Award Recipient, Union Leader
Glenn Coppelman Economic Development Director of NH Community Development Finance Authority
Glenn is Economic Development Director for the NH Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA), a State entity that provides funding for community development projects statewide. He is responsible for overseeing economic development grant making for the agency, as well as the implementation of CDFA’s Investment Tax Credit Program. Glenn came to CDFA in 2001 after a 23-year career in the private sector where he held management positions in sales, marketing and business development for several high technology firms.
Glenn earned his Bachelor’s degree from Framingham State College, and his Master’s in Resource Administration and Management from the University of New Hampshire. He is a Certified and Credentialed Economic Developer through the New Hampshire Economic Development Association and Northeastern Economic Developers Association, and is also the recipient of the Daniel Quinlan Award for outstanding community planning, and the Community Builder Award from the Gideon Masonic Lodge.
Glenn lives in Kingston at Evergreen Farm where he grows Christmas Trees and maintains the mid-1800s farmstead. He is also very active in the community, serving on the town Planning Board, Historic District Commission, Capital Improvements Committee and Rockingham Planning Commission. Glenn is an old car buff and an avid Contra Dancer, as well.
Paul Deschaine Town Administrator of Town of Stratham
Paul Deschaine has been the Town Administrator in Stratham, NH for 25 years and is one of the longest sitting managers in a single NH community. In fact, Paul is the first and only Administrator Stratham has ever had. As Town Administrator to a three-member Board of Selectmen, Paul functions as coordinator, interface, and liaison between the Board and the public; Town departments; volunteer groups, boards, and commissions; and local, regional, state, and federal government entities.
Paul serves on the Board of Directors and as Secretary of the Regional Economic Development Center of Southern NH (REDC). The REDC is a non-profit regional economic development agency serving the Southeastern region of NH. Paul and others as incorporators saw a regional need to assist communities and businesses to meet their growth and expansion challenges. Paul previously served as Treasurer of the REDC.
Paul also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Lamprey Regional Cooperative, a 13-member town cooperative formed to meet the solid waste needs of its members. The Cooperative was formed in 1978 to offer environmentally sound disposal options to member communities at a time when each community operated its own “dump.” The Cooperative currently offers contract disposal and hauling services.
Paul moved from Maine to Stratham in 1988 with his wife Mikki and two children, Sarah and Mathieu. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine at Augusta and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine.
Christopher Dunbar Business System Analyst of Dept. of Information Technology, State of NH
Chris Dunbar is a business system analyst for the Waste Management Division of the NH Department of Environmental Services. He provides information technology and geographic information system support to the Solid Waste Management, Oil Remediation and Compliance and Hazardous Waste Bureaus. Chris integrates thee technologies to increase the use of risk-based decision making for contaminated site remediation, improve reporting and increase program efficiencies.
Chris grew up in Newton, Ma and received his bachelor’s degree in marine fisheries management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After college he developed environmental education programs in the US and Thailand as a US Peace Corps Volunteer. Chris went on to be an oceanographer and survey vessel captain with a professional focus on the integration of hydro acoustic technologies to investigate contaminated aquatic environments.
Chris returned to Thailand following the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami with the US Agency for International Development (UAID) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The programs Chris led implemented community-based disaster management, provided access to micro-finance and enhanced environmental sustainability to enhance local livelihoods. Since he returned from Thailand in 2010 and moved to New Hampshire to work at DES, Chris has earned a master’s degree, run a ½ marathon and was a member of the Environmental Leadership program 2010 class. He recently bought a home in Bow and has gained a love of landscape gardening, local foods and home improvement. Chris is also a skilled sailor, musician and photographer.
Liz Gray Business Services Manager of DRED - Economic Development
Originally from New York, Liz Gray came to New Hampshire for college, fell in love with the Granite State and decided to stay. Liz is now the Business Services Manager at the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, one of four divisions at the state Department of Resources and Economic Development. She leads a team of eight business specialists and travels around the state, connecting businesses and manufacturers with programs and services to help them grow and prosper.
A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a B.S. in Environmental Conservation and International Affairs and later a Master's in Public Administration; Liz is drawn to public service and state government. Working first for then-Governor Jeanne Shaheen, followed by time with the New Hampshire State Senate, Liz joined Governor John Lynch’s team soon after his election as the director of scheduling. At the conclusion of his fourth term, she was his policy advisor in the areas of economic and workforce development. In her first months at the Division of Economic Development, she implemented Lean process improvement techniques, which is making a positive impact in the way her team works with business clients, and she is now a certified Lean Continuous Improvement Practitioner.
Liz lives in Concord with her husband, Bryan, and their son, Noah.
Lynn Guillette Director of Payor & ACO Contracting of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Lynn Guillette is currently the Director of Payor and ACO Contracting for Dartmouth-Hitchcock. In this role, she leads the commercial payor and ACO contract negotiations, contract administration, and contract modeling activities on behalf of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock system. Lynn also serves as the Director of Finance for the OneCare Vermont Accountable Care Organization. For two years prior to joining Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 1998, Lynn was the Controller and Interim Chief Financial Officer for West Central Behavioral Health Services. Lynn also worked at a public accounting firm specializing in audits of financial institutions for ten years before crossing over to the health care industry. Lynn earned her MBA in Leadership from Franklin Pierce University, a BS in Healthcare Management from Granite State College, and an AS in Accounting from Champlain College. Lynn has been licensed as a CPA since 1990. She is the past president of the NH-VT Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and a past board member of the Good Neighbor Health Clinic.
Lynn is an avid Duke University men’s college basketball fan and enjoys spending as much time as possible in Key West, Florida. Lynn lives in Lebanon with her husband, Jeff, and their cat, Cali.
Amadou Hamady Refugee School Impact Coordinator of International Institute of New England
Amadou Hamady works as a social worker with refugee and immigrant youth in the Manchester public schools and larger community. Amadou has earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)at the Faculty of Sciences and Economics in Nouakchott, Mauritania and following that worked in the nonprofit sector. Upon his arrival in the US, he learned English, took some undergraduate social work courses and later earned a MSW from UNH. In addition to his work with Manchester students that is supported by the International Institute of NH, Amadou coordinates an innovative education partnership with St. Anselm College that targets refugee, immigrant and underrepresented youth from Manchester's public high schools.
This dedicated husband and father lives in Dover, NH and hopes one day soon to be joined by his family who still live in the West African country of Mauritania.
Susan Hatem Community Grants Director of NH Humanities Council
Susan MacDonald Hatem is the Community Grants Director at the New Hampshire Humanities Council, an independent non-profit organization with programs statewide. She oversees the award-winning speakers bureau, Humanities to Go, and a competitive grant making program. Susan connects community organizations with humanities scholars in order to provide the New Hampshire public with opportunities to explore history, culture and ideas from our state and around the world. A Lakes Region native with deep New Hampshire roots, Susan majored in history at Yale, lived and worked in Mali, West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and earned her law degree at the University of California at Berkeley. She returned to New Hampshire to clerk for U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Hugh H. Bownes and practiced business and immigration law in Concord for ten years. She then switched gears to raise her four children and volunteer in the Bow schools and library. She is a member of the Leadership Greater Concord Class of 2009 and a long-time member of South Congregational Church (U.C.C.). Susan likes to read, attend soccer games and classical music concerts, hike and ski. She is married to Jim Hatem, a Manchester business lawyer, who makes her laugh.
Laura Jacobi SVP/CFO of Lake Sunapee Bank
Laura Jacobi serves as First Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Accounting Officer for Lake Sunapee Bank and its parent company, New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc. As CFO for a $1.2 billion public company with 30 locations in New Hampshire and Vermont, she is responsible for financial reporting to SEC, regulators and Company stakeholders as well as an integral member of the Company’s management team. Born in Lowell, Mass., she has lived in New Hampshire for the past 17 years. Laura has a B.S. in accounting/finance from the Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester and an MBA in accounting from Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.
Laura was included in Union Leader’s “40 Under Forty” Class of 2013 and was named 2012 Young Professional of the Year by Business NH magazine and Stay Work Play NH.
In 2010, she founded and became the director of the Northern New England Chapter of Flashes of Hope, a nonprofit organization which provides free photo shoots for pediatric cancer patients and their families. The chapter she founded serves not only children in New Hampshire, but children in Maine and Vermont as well. In 2012 Northern New England Flashes of Hope provided 300 photo shoots with approximately one-third of those held at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.
In addition to her work with Flashes of Hope, she has been a wish granter and volunteer for Make-A-Wish of New Hampshire for the past 15 years, a director of Newport of Area Chamber of Commerce including serving twice as president, and a volunteer and participant for The Prouty and Relay for Life.
Lisa Kaplan Howe Policy Director of NH Voices for Health
Michael Lindquist Senior Vice President, Private Client Advisor of U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Michael is a Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. In this role, he focuses on the wealth management needs of individuals and families. He works closely with them to assist with their strategic asset allocation, estate/income tax planning, philanthropic goals, and minimizing their tax obligations.
Michael has 17 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to re-joining U.S. Trust, Michael worked at BNY Mellon, Lehman Brothers, U.S. Trust Company, and it’s predecessor, State Street Bank Private Asset Management.
Michael received a bachelor’s degree in Applied Economics from Ithaca College. In addition, he is a graduate of the ABA Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University. He holds the Series 7 and 66 securities licenses and is a Certified Trust Financial Advisor (CTFA). He is also a member of the Boston and New Hampshire Estate Planning Council. Michael sits on the board of advisors for New England Center for Children; a school for autistic kids.
Robert Mahoney Financial Advisor of Merrill Lynch
Robert joined Merrill Lynch and the Concord, New Hampshire office in early 2012 after a decade serving in the Army. Robert works with families on multi-generational financial strategies that help them plan for their future goals because they want to be prepared for life’s financial turning points. Robert’s approach is to provide sound financial advice and guidance to individuals, families, and businesses through a defined process. First, he takes the time to listen to and work with each client to understand their situation. Second, he uses the vast resources of Merrill Lynch to help them explore a wide range of possible strategies. Next, they have a mutual agreement on the strategy that fits their goals. Finally, and most importantly, he continues to monitor and follow up with each client to review the plan is on track and make adjustments as life changes.
Robert earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2001. He served honorably for 10 years in various positions as an Armor Officer. With three tours in Iraq he has gained a wealth of life and personal experiences that he brings to his business. The care and compassion he learned from leading Soldiers and their families through difficult times is the same care and compassion he brings to each client. Upon leaving the Army, he and his wife Monica moved to Goffstown, New Hampshire where they currently reside with their son, Declan. Robert gives back to his community as an active member of the American Legion, Post 16 and the West Point Society of New England. He currently holds Series 7 and Series 66 licenses and holds the Certified Special Needs Advisor (CSNA) designation. The Certified Special Needs Advisor designation is an internal Merrill Lynch self-study curriculum based on a variety of wealth management topics and a course exam.
Paul Mailhot VP, Business Operations of Dyn, Inc.
Paul joined Dyn in November 2012 as Vice President of Business Operation. In his role he is focused on ensuring that Dyn’s IT, facilities and internal systems are prepared for the scaling needed as the company grows. A fixture in the New Hampshire high tech scene for years, the Central Connecticut State University graduate spent the past 19 years in various leadership positions at Autodesk, Inc. including Sales, Sales Management, Academic Programs, Learning and Training and Business Development.
Paul has worked alongside Dyn co-founder Tom Daly on the NH High Technology Council as a member of its Board of Directors over the last 2 years, most recently serving as Vice Chair. He also one of the earliest members/supporters of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of New Hampshire.
He enjoys spending time with his three children and his wife and is passionate about technology, sports cars (Mustangs and German sports cars especially), music, golf and traveling.
Becky Merrow Town Manager of Town of Colebrook
Presently working as the Colebrook Town Manager, Becky has previously worked for the Towns of Northumberland, Lancaster and Grantham. As a native of New Hampshire, Becky has worked on funding for NH projects such as a daycare, a million gallon water storage tank, a covered bridge and several FEMA projects. She received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in paralegal studies from Woodbury College in Montpelier, Vermont. After completing her bachelor degree, she completed the Four Year Clerkship Program and, after passing the bar examination, was sworn in as a member of the Vermont Bar Association in 2009. Becky enjoys spending time with her two year old granddaughter, Maggie Lorraine.
Paul Mertzic ED Operations, Primary Care & Community Health Services of Catholic Medical Center
Paul has been a part of the health care environment in the Manchester area since 1977. His career has afforded him many opportunities as an RN to develop a strong background in cardiovascular and community health. Paul has served on a number of city (Manchester Health Department) and town initiatives to improve health/education outcomes in our community.
His interests include: Physical activity, kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, relaxing on the beach, and reading. Paul is married with three adult children and one granddaughter.
Kate Murray Planning Board Member of Town of New Castle
Kate Rushford Murray grew up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and attended Sacred Heart High School in Newport, VT. Her college career took her from the University of North Carolina to graduate schools at the University of Connecticut and the University of Illinois, where she earned a doctoral degree in Music Education, and then to Santa Clara University and the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned a second doctoral degree, in Religious Studies. She was an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of California at Los Angeles (’78 –’83), a software trainer for Frame Technology, and an independent consultant in Gilroy, CA, while raising the two Murray children, Hannah and Paul. She has written numerous articles and led frequent discussions in the fields of both music and religious art, and has served on a number of boards, including the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire, which she chaired for three years, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (Piscataqua Region), The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH, and the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH. She currently is an alternate to the Planning Board for New Castle, a member of the Historic District Commission and is on the board of the Portsmouth Historical Society and the Portsmouth Athenaeum. With the children now grown, Kate lives on the Seacoast of New Hampshire with her husband David, and her beautiful Havanese, Hershey
Nzenalu Onyenwe Obinelo Director, Family Services of Gateways Community Services
Hugo Overdeput Vice President of Colliers International
Hugo Overdeput is Vice President of Transaction Services with Colliers International in Manchester, New Hampshire. He is fluent in French, Dutch, English and Portuguese. Licensed in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, Hugo is a member of the NH Commercial Board of Realtors (NH CIBOR) and obtained his Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation in November 2003 at the CCIM National Convention held in San Antonio, TX.
Before joining Colliers International, Hugo ran his own consulting firm in Portugal, Europe. During that period, Hugo was contacted by Planal sa, the owner of a 2,000 acre exclusive resort in Southern Europe known as Quinta do Lago, to implement, develop and direct their worldwide commercial division. Under Hugo’s management, the biannual “Unique” magazine, published by Planal sa, received the Algarve Tourism Board Award in 1996. Prior to Portugal, Hugo was active in the financial banking industry, as the International Sales and Marketing Director for SWIFT, sc, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.
Samantha Pause SVP- Sales, Marketing and Service of Mascoma Savings Bank
Samantha Pause currently works for Mascoma Savings Bank in Lebanon, New Hampshire. She has been in banking for over 25 years, spending the last 21 years at Mascoma. She started her banking career at First Twin-State Bank in White River Junction, Vermont where she filled many roles including Teller, IRA and Loan areas, and the Marketing area. She came to Mascoma in 1999 and helped to create the Bank’s Collection Department. After spending several years in Collections she became a Branch Manager, and eventually moved into the Marketing area. She has received several promotions throughout her career and most recently is a Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Service at Mascoma Savings Bank.
Samantha currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Child and Family Services in Manchester, NH. She also serves on a Child and Family Services Regional Board in Lebanon, NH. She has been a Regional Board Member for over ten years. Samantha also serves on the Board of Opera North in Lebanon, NH. She currently is Vice President and will become President of the Board in October 2013.
Samantha lives in Lebanon. She has two sons, Philip and Mathew who are attending college.
Adam Pignatelli Associate of Rath, Young & Pignatelli, PA
Adam grew up in Nashua, graduated, magna cum laude, from Tufts University and earned his law degree from American University. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and medical-legal matters in State and Federal Courts, and before the New Hampshire Boards of Medicine and Dentistry. Before returning to New Hampshire, he practiced for five years in Washington, D.C. Aside from his love of the outdoors, Adam has been involved in several political campaigns and local organizations. He lives with his wife, Jessica, and son, Ethan, in Concord.
Suzanne Prentiss Manager of Emergency Medical Services of Concord Hospital
Sue Prentiss is the Manager of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at Concord Hospital. A nationally registered Paramedic since 1995, Sue has held leadership positions in public safety and healthcare at the national, state, regional and local levels. Sue first came to NH in 1992 as the Project Director for Dartmouth Medical Schools’ federally funded rural health outreach initiative focusing on EMS. Since that time Sue has served as the Administrator of the Woodsville Rescue Ambulance, the State of NH’s Trauma System Coordinator and Chief of EMS at NH’s Department of Safety. Sue has received the 2010 North Country Public Safety Foundation’s President’s Award, a Meritorious Service Medal from NH’s Fire and EMS Committee of Merit in 2010 and in 2012 the NH Fire Standards and Training Commission’s Academy Award.
A resident of West Lebanon, NH since 2004, Sue has been elected to the Lebanon City Council for three consecutive terms representing her neighborhood of Ward One. Her current term expires in 2015. Sue graduated from Saint Michael’s College in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and will complete her Master’s in Public Administration in August 2013. Sue served on the Executive Committee of the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)’s and the National Fire Protection Association’s 1719 Technical Committee. As part of her duties at Concord Hospital’s Emergency Department Sue manages the contract for the Infield Care Center at the NH Motor Speedway. Sue and her husband Chris keep busy with their teenage daughter Phoebe and yorkie Maisy.
Ryan Robinson Chief Service Officer of Mainstay Technologies
Dominique Rust Vice President & COO of NH Catholic Charities
Dominique Rust, VP & COO for NH Catholic Charities, is responsible for the operational management and development of programs within the social services division in addition to managing the human resources and IT departments. As COO, she is active on the governance and program evaluation committees of the Catholic Charities’ Board. A graduate of Plymouth State College, her prior experience includes accounting and administration work in for-profit organizations within the retail and publishing fields. Dominique is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Manchester. She is the current Board Treasurer of the Manchester Community Health Center and a member of the management team for the Manchester Homeless Services Center.
Dominique and her family live in Hooksett, NH.
Mark Sandler Southern Division Manager of PSNH
Mark Sandler is the Southern Division Manager for Public Service of New Hampshire Customer Operations. Mr. Sandler began his career with PSNH in 1980 and has held various positions throughout the State during his 33 years with the Company. In this current role, Mr. Sandler manages the construction, operation and maintenance of the electrical distribution facilities, is responsible for organizing and directing emergency restoration, as well as establishing, growing and managing key community relationships throughout southern New Hampshire. He currently serves as a Director for the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and is an active member of the Business Advocacy Committee. Mr. Sandler has been committed to numerous charities within the Greater Nashua and Manchester areas since 1981, most notably Easter Seals and United Way. Mr. Sandler resides in Bow with his wife, Michele, and their two sons.
Rick Sawyer Planning Director of Town of Bedford
Rick Sawyer has served as Planning Director and Zoning Administrator for the Town of Bedford, New Hampshire since 2007. Prior to working in Bedford Rick was the Deputy Planning Manager for the City of Nashua, New Hampshire for ten years. Rick began his professional career as a Landscape Architect for Berkshire Design Group in Northampton, Massachusetts. Rick also served as Project Manager for the Center for Campus Planning at the University of Massachusetts.
In 1993 Rick obtained a Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture degree from Rutgers University where he graduated with honors. Rick also studied in the Masters of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Massachusetts from 1993 to 1995. In 2000 Rick became a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Rick has been a member of the American Planning Association since 1997. Rick currently serves on the Legislative Committee for the New Hampshire Planners Association and is a former member of the Executive Board serving as the Legislative Liaison.
Rick is a New Hampshire native having been raised in Stratham and graduating from Exeter High School. Rick now lives in Exeter with his wife, Laura and two children.
Jodi Stewart Director, Community Relations & Marketing of Dartmouth Hitchcock
Jodi Stewart joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 2001 after working as an Associate Consultant with Strategy Development Group in Marblehead, MA involved in strategic planning initiatives for health care companies and Fortune 500 companies throughout the U.S. She is now the Director of Community Relations & Marketing for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock physician group practices in Concord, Manchester and Nashua, New Hampshire. Her primarily roles include all activities related to communications and marketing: internal and external communications, marketing and advertising, public/media relations, and community relations and events.
She serves on the Board of the Friends of CHaD (Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock) and the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Manchester. She has served as Campaign Coordinator for Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s United Way campaign since 2002 and has been on the Granite United Way, Southern Region Cabinet since 2011. She is currently a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development (SHSMD), the New England Society for Health Care Communications (NESHCo), and a graduate of Leadership Greater Manchester, Class of 2004.
Jodi received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire where she majored in Health Management & Policy. She has two daughters, 5 and 8 years old, and resides in Bedford, New Hampshire with her husband. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family on Winnisquam Lake, gardening, traveling and outdoor recreation.
Keliane Totten Community Benefits Director of Concord Regional VNA
Keliane Totten, M.Ed., MCHES, is the Community Benefit Director at Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association. As Director, she plans, develops, coordinates, and evaluates agency wellness and community health education programs for people of all ages in the communities we serve. In addition, she leads collaborative initiatives internally and externally with those involved in community health, home health, and hospice programming.
Keliane has previously worked in community relations for Granite Ledges of Concord and Partridge House assisted living communities. She was also a Program Manager for Breathe New Hampshire where she worked on youth tobacco prevention programming and asthma management education.
Keliane received a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education and Wellness Management from Plymouth State University (PSU). She also obtained a Master's Degree in Health Education, with a concentration on alternative health and healing from PSU. Keliane is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.
Keliane resides in Bow, N.H. with her husband Doug and her two young children.
Eric Valliere Executive Director of Symphony NH
Eric Valliere has been Symphony NH’s Executive Director since 2005. In that time, the organization has seen a substantial increase in contributed and earned revenues and the implementation of a new vision for serving all of NH. Audiences have risen 44% since 2008.
Before joining SNH, Eric was Director of San Francisco’s Noe Valley Chamber Music series, and as Executive Director of Volti (a professional chamber choir specializing in contemporary music). While at Volti, he developed the Choral Arts Laboratory, a nationally-recognized residency program for gifted young composers of vocal music (now entering its tenth year). At Noe Valley Chamber Music, he instituted the Noe Valley (h)EARS initiative, which brought contemporary and/or rarely heard music to each of the series’ programs.
For several years, Eric was an active music critic, frequently contributing to andante.com, the San Francisco Classical Voice (sfcv.org), and classicstoday.com. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from the New England Conservatory, where he also taught undergraduate music history and where he also earned Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in music. He holds a B.A. in Drama from Tufts University. He currently serves as a volunteer for the Bubs Foundation, which assists public schools in the Boston area who wish to bring a cappella music to their students. He is also Chair of the New England Orchestra Consortium, and serves on the boards of directors for the Nashua Area Chamber of Commerce, Nashua Arts Commission, and NH Citizens for the Arts.
Gemma Waite French VP of Marketing and Public Relations of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Gemma Waite French is the Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Gemma joined the Chamber in March of 2009. In her role at the Chamber, she oversees a three-person department that covers membership, programs/events, and customer relations.
Prior to joining the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Gemma was the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America. Gemma began her career in television news. Her first job was at WHDH-TV in Boston as a news writer. From there she went on to WCSH-TV in Portland, Maine where she worked as an assignment editor and associate producer. In 2003 she landed her first on-air job as a reporter and anchor for WAGM-TV in Presque Isle, Maine.From 2003-2006 she returned to WCSH-TV (Portland) and WLBZ-TV (Bangor) as a reporter and anchor covering general news stories.
Gemma graduated from Boston University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a concentration in political science. Gemma is a 2010 graduate of the Leadership Greater Manchester program. Gemma is a member of the Advisory Board for the Palace Theatre. Additionally, Gemma serves as a board member for the New Hampshire Women’s Initiative, and as a Board Member for the Manchester Young Professionals Network. She also represents the Chamber annually at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Gemma lives in Exeter with her husband Ben.
Daniel Will Shareholder of Devine, Millimet & Branch
Dan Will practices in the area of litigation and enjoys a diverse practice with various concentrations. On behalf of a variety of business clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to family businesses to nursing homes and hospitals, Dan has handled contract and business obligation claims, including between businesses and vendors, and brokers and sales personnel, among others. Dan also has extensive experience in ERISA litigation, charitable property tax exemption litigation, state and federal securities litigation and the defense of claims brought against credit unions.
Dan has represented clients at every stage of litigation, from temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunction hearings through discovery and trial in state court, various federal district courts, as well as in the New Hampshire Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and various administrative agencies.
Prior to joining Devine, Millimet, Dan spent a year clerking for the honorable Morton A. Brody of the United States District Court for the District of Maine, and for the Honorable Norman H. Stahl of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Dan received his JD from
Boston College Law School.