Hoffman-Haas

Carolyn Benthien

Carolyn Benthien Associates, LLC
Partner

More than 40 years of organizational leadership comprise Carolyn's professional experience. Since 1994 she has been a co-owner of the consulting firm Benthien Associates, specializing in organization development, strategic planning, fund development and facilitation for businesses and nonprofits. Prior to consulting she served as President and CEO of three United Ways including 11 years as President of United Way of Greater Manchester.

Throughout her career, Carolyn has assisted several thousand organizations develop vision and mission statements, organizational and governance structures and strategic plans. In the area of fund development, she has directed and/or designed strategies for fund raising efforts in annual appeals, major gifts, endowment building and capital campaigns, raising more than $175 million for small to medium non-profit organizations, primarily in New Hampshire.

Carolyn has served on numerous boards of directors (both for profit and not for profit), committees and task forces. She was a founding board member of Leadership Manchester, Leadership New Hampshire, the Women’s Fund of NH and the Manchester Regional Community Foundation. She is a past board member of Citizens Bank New Hampshire, the Elliot Health System, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and the NH Center for Nonprofits and was the first woman in Manchester Rotary, the first woman president of that organization and the first woman chair of the board of the then 111 year old Society for the Protection of NH Forests. She lives in Goffstown, NH.

Carolyn earned a Bachelors degree from Northwestern University, an M.Ed from Ohio University and advanced management certificates from Harvard University and the J.F. Kennedy School of Government. She is the mother of two adult children and 3 grandchildren.

Barry Brensinger

Lavallee/Brensinger Architects
CEO

Barry Brensinger received a Masters degree in Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelors degree in Visual Studies (Design) from Dartmouth College, where he received the Marcus Heiman 
Award for Excellence in the Arts. A member of the American Institute of Architects, Barry holds national registration with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and is registered in five states. He is an active member of the AIA’s Healthcare Interest Group and the American Society of Healthcare Engineers. In 2013, he received the NHAIAClinton Sheerr Award for Design Excellence.

Healthcare has been the focus of Barry’s work throughout his career. Under his leadership the firm’s Healthcare Design Group has become the most experienced healthcare planning and design team in northern New England.

Barry has been repeatedly honored as a community leader through his dedicated work with various 
not-for-profit organizations.  He has served as chair of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Manchester Regional Community Foundation. In 2016, he received the David F. Goodwin Outstanding Neighbor Award from NeighborWorks.  In 2007, he was named the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. In 1999, he was the recipient of Manchester’s Good Samaritan Award and the Manchester Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year.  Barry has been active in community affairs as the vice chair of Catholic Medical Center; chair of NH Business Committee for the Arts; and trustee for Neighborworks of Southern NH. He has been a member of UNH Manchester, NH Voc. Technical College Manchester, and NH Technical Institute Advisory Boards; Salvation Army Advisory Board; Chair of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce; Director of Child Health Services; and Vice President of the Manchester Boys and Girls Club.

Barry’s recent work includes a new corporate headquarters for IDEXX Laboratories, the new City of Manchester Municipal Complex, and St. Joseph Hospital Ambulatory Care Center.

John Callahan

Retired Businessman and Entrepreneur

John has spent his career as an electrical engineer in sales, marketing and top management in the electronics and semiconductor field.  Both during his work career and since retiring, he has been an active community volunteer with these organizations (partial list):

  • Home Health & Hospice Care – Board of Directors (7 years) Past Board Chair (3 yr.)
  • YMCA of Greater Nashua- Chair-Board of Trustees, Chair-Planned giving steering committee, Finance Committee, Financial Development Committee, Investment Committee
  • Town of Hollis – Trustee of the Town Trusts
  • Beaver Brook Association – Financial Development Committee, Investment Committee
  • Nashua Healing Garden & Labyrinth Committee – Co-chair.

 

In the past he has been involved with:

  • Nashua Jaycees 1973-1979
  • Nashua Chamber of Commerce (1980-1992)
  • Beaver Brook Association (2004-2006), Chair of Capitol Campaign – Raised $1,700,000
  • YMCA of Greater Nashua; Board of Directors (12 years) and Board Chairman – (2002-2003)

 

John lives in Nashua. 

Byron Champlin

Byron O. Champlin retired in 2018 after 27 years with Lincoln Financial Group and its predecessor companies in Concord. He most immediately served as Regional Director of Foundation and Community Relations, managing local philanthropy and community engagement activities in New Hampshire as well as communications for Lincoln Financial Foundation.

Previously, Champlin was director of public relations for Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., press officer for the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and a reporter for a daily newspaper.

After almost six years representing Ward 4 on Concord's City Council, Champlin was elected in a special election last March and again last November to an at-large City Council seat. He currently chairs the city Parking Committee, is an alternate on the Planning Board and sits on the city's Fiscal Policy Advisory Committee, Community Development Advisory Committee, City Manager's Review Committee, and the Rules Committee.

Champlin sits on the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, where he is a past chairman, and co-chairs the Chamber’s Creative Concord Committee. In 2019, Champlin was appointed to the NH Executive Branch Ethics Committee. Presently, Champlin is a director of three New Hampshire nonprofits: the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, CATCH Neighborhood Housing and the Capitol Center for the Arts. He was a founding director of the New Hampshire Writers Project and in the past has served on the boards of the New England Foundation for the Arts, Leadership New Hampshire, Families in Transition, and Plan NH.

Ellie Cochran

Retired Development Executive

Ellie Cochran has over forty years of experience on local, state and national boards; having served as board chair for Special Olympics NH and Special Olympics International Presidents’ Advisory Council, and board member and development chair on educational institutions and nonprofit organizations. She is also a certified Kellogg board trainer.

Ellie began her professional career in marketing and sales for New England Telephone followed by eight years as a stay-at-home mom and community volunteer. She returned to the work force in a variety of development capacities at The Derryfield School and after seventeen years left to join New Hampshire Charitable Foundation where she recently retired as Director of Philanthropy after nearly a decade.

Ellie currently serves as a trustee of NeighborWorks, is co-chair of Elliot Hospital’s Building on Hope capital campaign, Derryfield School’s capital campaign, Manchester Proud Council member and member of the President’s  Advisory Council at Colby-Sawyer College. She was recently named one of the first Trustee Emeritus at The Derryfield School. 

Ellie is a Manchester native.

Kathy Collinsworth

Monadnock Humane Society
Executive Director

Kathy has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past 15 years and is the current President of Monadnock United Way. She previously served on the Board of Directors and has fulfilled various volunteer roles at MUW for the past 10 years. Kathy is the former Executive Director of Stonewall Farm where she spent 6 years of her career. Prior to her role at Stonewall Farm, she worked in Community Health Education at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene and in Quality Management at Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services.

Committees / Clubs Served

  • Elm City Rotary Club
  • Corporator of Savings Bank of Walpole
  • Giving Monadnock Advisory Board
  • Friends of Open Space
  • Council for Healthier Community
  • Monadnock Partnerships
  • Monadnock Food Co-op
  • Community Connections Afterschool Network

Kathy is a native of the Monadnock Region. Her son, Seth, is a Freshman at UNH studying Environmental Engineering. They reside in Keene with their two dogs and cat. Kathy enjoys hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, family and reading.

Bradford Cook

Sheehan Phinney
Attorney

Brad is head of Sheehan Phinney’s Estate Planning and Probate, Government Relations and Not-for-Profit, Charitable and Religious Institutions Practice Groups. He is a past President of the firm and has practiced with Sheehan Phinney since 1973.

In 2012, Brad was named to Business NH Magazine's "2012 Influencer Index " as a "Political and Nonprofit Maestro". In 2011 he received the Good Samaritan Award from Pastoral Counseling Services, and in 2015 he received the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2001, Brad was recognized by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce as its Citizen of the Year. That same year, he received the Eugene M. Van Loan III Leadership Award from Easter Seals New Hampshire. In 2012 he was the National Easter Seals 'Volunteer of the Year'.

Brad's list of professional and civic involvements is extensive. He currently serves as Chair of the Warren B. Rudman Center Campaign, is a past President of the Little Sunapee Protective Association and past President of the Boys Club of New London where he received its William Beall Award, and is a past board member, Secretary, and member of the Executive Committee of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire (BIA). He is a Trustee of Canterbury Shaker Village and his congregation’s church council. Brad is a member and Chair of the N.H. Ballot Law Commission on which he also served in the 1980s.

Brad and his wife Kathleen Dillon Cook live in Manchester and New London. They have three grown sons.

Jim Cook

Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson
Attorney

A founding member of Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson, Jim Cook is a business lawyer who is known for his interest in technology companies and other entrepreneurial businesses.

Jim advises clients on issues ranging from business start-ups, to financing and growth, to a sale or other exit.  Examples include choice and formation of business entities, buy-sell and other ownership agreements, angel, venture capital, private equity and corporate investments, debt and royalty-based financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, in-bound and out-bound technology licensing agreements, equity-based and other incentive compensation plans, sales and distribution agreements, executive employment agreements and other commercial and contractual arrangements.

Jim is active in the community, holding numerous positions in professional, technology, and non-profit organizations including:

  • New Hampshire High Technology Council
    Director 1991-2013; former President
     
  • Entrepreneurs Foundation of New Hampshire
    Member; Advisory Board Member 2009-; Chair, Grants Committee 2011-
     
  • Leadership New Hampshire
    Director 2000-2006; Secretary 2002-2006
     
  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Manchester Regional Advisory Board
    Director 2000-2006; Chair 2005-2006
     
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Hampshire
    Director 2000-2006; Secretary 2003-2006

Kathleen Cook

Norwin S. & Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation
Grant Manager

Michael Daily

Consultant

Michael Daily is a retired senior manager, nonprofit leader, and consultant.  He had over 20 years of senior business leadership as a CFO and a COO.  In 1995 he sold his business interests and turned his attention to the nonprofit sector.  He has 18 years of nonprofit consulting experience.  He consults in on nonprofit business planning, sustainable nonprofit business models, financial turnarounds, and senior management compensation. 

He has founded two nonprofits and served on six nonprofit boards.  He recently retired as Executive Director of the Executive Service Corps, which provides affordable management consulting to nonprofits in Northern New England.  His latest project is as a litigation consultant and expert witness for a Native American School.  He is a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School.

Jane Difley

Jane Difley was named President/Forester of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests in 1996.  She is the fourth President/Forester to lead the Society since it was founded in 1901.

Jane has extensive experience in the field of forestry.  Prior to coming to the Society, she was the Executive Director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council, and spent 10 years working with the American Forest Foundation where she was named Vice President of Forestry Programs and National Director of the American Tree Farm system.  During that time, Jane was elected President of the Society of American Foresters, the national professional association for forestry.  She was the first woman to be elected to this post in the organization’s history.

 

Jane spent five years as a consulting forester and research assistant for forestry.  She received an MS in Forest Management from the University of Massachusetts in 1979, and a BA fromConnecticut College in 1971.

Meredith Funston

Camp Onaway
Director of Advancement

Since 1990, Meredith has been serving on boards of organizations in youth development, education and the arts, currently helping advance the missions of The Circle Program and Concord Chorale.

Following her board service on the Camp Onaway Board of Trustees, Meredith became the first chief operating officer of the Camp's development program, charged with planning and implementing advancement services for a 103 year old residential girls' summer camp in Hebron, New Hampshire. Working with board members and colleagues, she manages all fundraising and alumnae relations activities as well as related communications and marketing efforts in order to increase alumnae engagement, develop donor relationships and stewardship, and grow the Onaway Camp Trust Endowment.

Meredith is also founder & principal consultant of a full-service, retained executive search consulting firm conducting searches in all functional management areas to identify leaders among mid-level and senior executives in a variety of industries. Search consulting services extend to HR consulting and executive coaching in areas of staff development, hiring and retention, performance management and corporate culture, to ensure the best possible hiring and performance outcome.

Prior to her executive search career, Meredith was an executive with Neiman Marcus, the world renowned luxury goods specialty store devoted to the perfection of customer service, quality and leadership in the fashion industry. Her tenure spanned 18 years in leadership positions including Human Resources and General Management.

www.camponaway.org

www.circleprogram.org

www.concordchorale.com

www.meredithfunston.com

 

Ben Gayman

Devine Millimet & Branch, PA
Shareholder

Ben Gayman is a member of Devine Millimet’s  Corporate department and provides legal advice in organizational, financial, real estate and other business matters.

Ben has been providing legal advice to business clients for more than 30 years, and focuses his practice in the areas of business law, real estate, trusts and estate planning. He has experience as general counsel for large regional and New Hampshire businesses, major non-profit organizations, technology and distribution companies and for individuals.

Ben has had extensive community involvement over his career including:

  • Appalachian Mountain Club, National Board of Advisors
  • Crotched Mountain Foundation, Director, Secretary & Past Chair
  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Tillotson Fund Advisory Board, Past Incorporator
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic and Hospital, Member, Assembly of Overseers
  • New Hampshire Institute of Art, Board of Trustees
  • Girl Scout Movement, Lifetime Member
  • Harry Gregg Foundation, Trustee & Secretary
  • Manchester Boys & Girls Club, Trustee & Past President
  • Manchester Regional Community Foundation, Incorporator
  • Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Trustee & Chair (1993-2002)
  • Trust for New Hampshire Lands, Trustee & Vice Chair (1986-1993)
  • United Way of Greater Manchester, Campaign Cabinet Member & Solicitor (1998 & 2002).

Ben and his wife live in Manchester and love to be outdoors at the beach or in the woods (summer & winter) on hikes, bikes and skis and they enjoy spending most of their free time with our children and their families.

John Gilbert

Synchrony Advisors, LLC
President

John A. Gilbert offers three decades of experience as an environmental engineering practitioner, business leader, and consultant. His background includes 15 years of senior level business management and leadership as founder/CEO of a $10MM environmental engineering firm with three offices, serving clients in the northeastern United States and nationally.

In addition to senior technical oversight of sensitive projects, as CEO, John was responsible for oversight of accounting and financial management, benchmarking and reporting procedures; legal and risk management; human resources management; information technology systems; health and safety processes; and quality assurance practices. He led business development efforts, successfully implemented an internal ownership transfer from founder to senior management team, and implemented an Employee Stock Ownership Plan as a key element in ownership transfer.

John earned a B.A. with honors from Williams College and an M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University. He is a 1998 graduate of Leadership New Hampshire and served as a facilitator and presenter of the Environment Day in that program for several years. John has business management training in Pathways to Principal, Balanced Scorecard, Predictive Index, Lean Manufacturing, and Vested for Growth best management practices. He has lectured at Franklin & Marshall College and Southern New Hampshire University on environmental and business management topics.

As a leader in the non-profit sector, John has served on a number of boards supporting diverse areas of interest including conservation, affordable housing, religious, and youth sports organizations. His contributions have included serving as an interim executive director; board chair; chair of finance and audit, development, coaching, and executive search committees; and member of finance, asset management, development, project, and policy committees. He has spoken on these matters at regional and state-wide conferences of non-profit organizations. Currently, John serves as Chair of the Board of the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits and on the Board of Leadership New Hampshire. In addition, he serves as Chair of the New Hampshire Water Council and recently chaired the Governor’s Commission on Water Sustainability.

John has partnered with for-profit and non-profit businesses to improve sales, profitability performance, financial stability, sustainability, and critical operational issues. He has extensive experience and expertise in board leadership, governance, organizational and financial management issues in difficult economic environments.

William Gillett

Carol Jue

Retired Clinician

Carol has worked in the field of individual, group and therapy in a variety of ways. Most notably, she has seved in various capacities at Monadnock Family Services in Keene as a therapist and clinician for 20 years. In addition, she served as the Exectuive Director of the Hospice of Chesire County and as a Housing Manager for the Keene Housing Authority.

She has had a variety of community involvement experiences, including board involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western New Hampshire, serving most recently as board chair as well as collaboration discussions with the 3 other BBBS agencies in NH. She also currently serves on the Board of the Ladies Charitable Society.

She lives in Keene with her husband, Ken.

Ken Jue

Ken Jue Consulting
Consultant

Ken Jue is an accomplished consultant committed to creating conditions that will improve the well-being and longevity of people experiencing mental illness.

Ken provides consulting and training services that advance community engagement in mental health issues and social inclusion of people experiencing mental illness. He works with health and human service organizations, government agencies, and industries throughout the U.S. and internationally.

With a career spanning more than 40 years in mental health services, including a long tenure as chief executive officer of Monadnock Family Services, Ken was recognized by Keene State College of New Hampshire with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Human Letters in 2007. Ken received his B.A. from Trinity College in 1967 and Masters in Social Services Administration in 1969 from Case-Western Reserve University. He held a commission in the U.S. Public Health Service and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons following completion of his graduate level education. He began his career in mental health at a community mental health center in Colorado, and in 1978 joined the staff of Monadnock Family Services, a community mental health center in southwest New Hampshire. He became its chief executive officer in 1998.

Ken lives in Keene with his wife, Carol.

Deborah Kosits

Deborah Leonard Kosits, President of Resonance Strategies, has more than thirty years’ experience creating significant organization change for businesses and individual leaders as a global business HR executive and consultant. Working with world class companies, small businesses and nonprofits, client groups create practical change and individuals get “unstuck” as Deb works to understand the functional, structural, cultural and business stressors affecting them.

Engagements include strategic planning, organization crisis interventions, coaching individuals adapting to new roles and teams to new managers; establishing and refining talent development processes, aligning employees to customers and partnering with leaders to create a highly motivated workforce. Clients include Alliance Bernstein, NH Community Development Finance Authority, Citibank, Irving Oil, Bayer, Johnson and Johnson, Millipore, Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire Music Festival, Maine Medical Health, Liz Claiborne and L’Oreal.

Deb has lived and worked in Hong Kong, China, the Middle East and North America, and has served major clients in South Asia and Europe. She holds a BA in Asian Studies and an MA in Bilingual Education, Chinese and English, from Seton Hall University.

Passionate about cooking, music and all things Chinese, Deb lives in New Hampshire with her husband, son and two golden retrievers.

Kirk Leoni

Managing Director

Kirk B. Leoni is the managing director of Nathan Wechsler & Company, PA. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, cum laude, at the University of Massachusetts, Isenberg School of Business in 1976. He spent nine years at Coopers & Lybrand where he became an audit manager concentrating on emerging businesses. Kirk joined Nathan Wechsler & Company, P.A. in 1985 and was admitted as a principal in 1989.

Kirk is an active member of his community. He serves as a board member and Treasurer for Canterbury Shaker Village, as a board member for Child and Family Services, and also serves on the board of directors of the Tillotson Corporation. He also serves as co-Chair of the Granite United Way Merrimack County campaign committee. He has previously held board positions including board member and Treasurer for the Concord Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Leadership New Hampshire, board member, Treasurer, and chairperson of NH Public Radio, Treasurer of the Audubon Society of NH, Chair of the Southport Youth Sailing Foundation, Treasurer of the Concord Community Music School, and Treasurer of the Weare School District.

Kirk is a member of the New Hampshire Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a graduate of Leadership New Hampshire class of 2009.

Grace Mattern

Author and Nonprofit Advisor

For thirty five years, Grace has been deeply involved in the movement to end violence against women, serving as Executive Director of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence until June 2011. She served as the Co-Chairperson of the National Greenbook Policy Advisory Committee and as Vice-Chairperson of the National Network to End Domestic Violence Board of Directors. Currently she is the Vice President of the Advisory Council of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits.

She is now a writer and her poetry and short fiction have been published in numerous literary journals and magazines. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, with a concentration in creative writing. Mattern received a Poetry Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and was the first recipient of the Jean Pedrick Memorial Fellowship for a residency at Vermont Studio Center and her first full-length collection, The Truth About Death, was published in 2012 by Turning Point Books.

Melinda Mosier

NH Charitable Foundation
Director of Donor Services

Melinda Mosier has been with the NH Charitable Foundation since 2008. She held the role of senior program officer and lead staff for the Monadnock Region for eight years specializing in stewardship and philanthropic planning before being appointed Director of Donor Services in 2016.

She holds a B.S. in international political science from Northern Arizona University where she completed two terms of service as an AmeriCorps volunteer in the public school system working with Hispanic and Native American youth. Melinda was a professional in the development field of higher education for nearly 15 years prior to coming to the Foundation. Most recently, she was at Keene State College where she served as Assistant Director, Associate Director and then Interim Director of Development managing annual fund, major and planned giving and alumni and parent relations.

An active leader in her community, Melinda has served on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations including Sophia’s Hearth Family Center, Hannah Grimes, Giving Monadnock, and Arts Alive. She has also served as a guest lecturer for the Higher Education Resource Services at both Bryn Mawr and Wellesley Colleges and is a former Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholar.

Mike Ostrowski

Retired

Mike Ostrowski has been the CEO/President of Child and Family Services of NH for over 30 years and just retired at the end of 2013.  He has worked in the field of human services for 39 years.  From 1982-86, Mike served as President/CEO of Family and Children’s Service of Midland, Michigan.  From 1972-82 he was Program Director for Family and Children Services of Oakland, Pontiac, Michigan, prior to which he was a caseworker. Mike has served on the board of directors for the National Council on Accreditation, Child Welfare League of America, and was President of Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.  His interest in children’s public policy grew out of his work as a practitioner.  Under his leadership, approximately 20,000 children and families per year are served through Child and Family Services.

Mike’s community work includes :Commission on New Hampshire Courts; ;Past President of the Manchester Rotary Club; Chair of Leadership NH; Chair, NH Center for Nonprofits; Advisory board of Endowment for Health.

Mike and his wife live in Bedford.

Mary Rauh

Retired Organizational Consultant

Mary Rauh is a founding board member of the NH Women’s Initiative the chair of the Founding Mothers Panel and was on the board of the Women’s Policy Institute from its founding. She is also on the boards of NHPR and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, and is also a past chair of PPNNE and has served on the national board of PPFA. She is a founder and past chair of the Women’s Fund of NH, and is retired from her career as an organizational consultant.

Mary and her husband live in New Castle.

Teresa Rosenberger

Devine Millimet & Branch, PA
President of Devine Strategies

Teresa, is President of Devine Strategies, which offers a wide array of expertise and strategic relationships that help solve complex problems. Teresa is the former President of FairPoint Communications in New Hampshire, works extensively helping clients develop strategies for success and growth. Teresa has significant experience in regulatory matters, government affairs, public relations, grassroots organizing and economic development. 

Throughout her 30-year career Teresa has been involved at both the national, state and local level. She began her career at U.S. News and World Report magazine. She has been a member of the speech writing and research staff at the White House under the presidencies of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. Teresa has worked on issues in the State of New Hampshire for the last decade and a half. 

Her extensive community involvement includes: New England Council, Board of Directors; Business and Industry Association(BIA), Board of Directors; Named one of New Hampshire’s most Influential Women in Business; Member of the Economic Development Advisory Board (appointed by the Governor); Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair and Board Member; Josiah B

Teresa, is President of Devine Strategies, which offers a wide array of expertise and strategic relationships that help solve complex problems. Teresa is the former President of FairPoint Communications in New Hampshire, works extensively helping clients develop strategies for success and growth. Teresa has significant experience in regulatory matters, government affairs, public relations, grassroots organizing and economic development. 

Throughout her 30-year career Teresa has been involved at both the national, state and local level. She began her career at U.S. News and World Report magazine. She has been a member of the speech writing and research staff at the White House under the presidencies of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. Teresa has worked on issues in the State of New Hampshire for the last decade and a half. 

Her extensive community involvement includes:

  • New England Council, Board of Directors
  • Business and Industry Association (BIA), Board of Directors
  • Named one of New Hampshire’s most Influential Women in Business
  • Member of the Economic Development Advisory Board (appointed by the Governor)
  • Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair and Board Member
  • Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, Former Board of Directors
  • Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, Past Chair and Board Member
  • New Hampshire Historical Society, Past Chair and Board Member
  • New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, Former Board of Trustees
  • Capitol Region Healthcare Board, Former Board of Directors
  • Concord YMCA, Board of Directors, Past Chair
  • Past Member NH Telecommunications Advisory Board (appointed by the Governor)
  • Past Member State / Capital / Regional Zoning Commission

Teresa lives in Concord.

artlett Center for Public Policy, Former Board of Directors; Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, Past Chair and Board Member; New Hampshire Historical Society, Past Chair and Board Member; New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, Former Board of Trustees; Capitol Region Healthcare Board, Former Board of Directors; Concord YMCA, Board of Directors, Past Chair; Past Member NH Telecommunications Advisory Board (appointed by the Governor); Past Member State/ Capital/ Regional Zoning Commission.

Teresa lives in Concord.

Connie Roy-Czyzowski

Northeast Delta Dental
Vice President, Human Resources

Connie Roy-Czyzowski is the Vice President of Human Resources at Northeast Delta Dental. She has over 30 years of experience in Human Resources and has served as Vice President, Human Resources with Northeast Delta Dental for over 15 years. Northeast Delta Dental has been recognized as one of the Ten Best Companies to Work For in New Hampshire five years in a row; recognized nationally for five years in a row as a "Best Small Company in America” by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Great Place to Work Institute among many other accolades.

Connie also received, on behalf of the Human Resources Association – Greater Concord, the SHRM Pinnacle Award for the Chapter’s work teaching women inmates job seeking skills. Over the years, she has actively participated in the governance and activities of local chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management and the statewide HR conference.

Connie also serves as a Trustee of the Community College System of New Hampshire, a member of the HR Advisory Board for Moore Center Services, Inc., a member of the Advisory Council for the NH Department of Employment Security, Corporator for the Canterbury Shaker Village, and a member of the Board of Directors for the YWCA NH.

Connie was one of six “Outstanding Women in Business” awarded by the NH Business Review in 2013. As of November, 2013, she is a Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Connie lives in Manchester.

Ed Tomey

E J Tomey & Associates
Principal

Ed Tomey began his own organizational consulting and executive advising practice more than 40 years ago, after several years as an Air Force public affairs officer, private sector corporate project manager, and vice-president of an international consulting firm. 

In his consulting and advising practice, he focuses on leadership effectiveness, organizational strengthening, strategic planning, management team-building, board development, and inter-organizational collaboration and merger. He has consulted to several hundred for-profits, nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies throughout New England and nationally.

Ed taught at Harvard University for eight years, followed by 30 years at Antioch University New England – where he was named Professor Emeritus -- offering courses in leadership, management, professional communications, and career development. In his honor, Antioch established the Edward J. Tomey Center for Organization Development, which supports the development of vibrant, successful, sustainable organizations in the nonprofit, public, and for-profit sectors.

He was the Project Consultant to The Corporate Fund from 1986 to 2004, during which time he helped strengthen the leadership, management, and governance of more than 1200 New Hampshire nonprofits.

Ed is the author of The Nonprofit Board Self-Assessment System, and Partners in Performance: A Collaborative Approach to Nonprofit CEO Development and Appraisal.

In 2012, The New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits presented Ed with the inaugural Nonprofit Board Excellence Award for his 35 years of outstanding service to the state's nonprofit boards.  

Ed earned his bachelor’s degree at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and his master’s degree at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A native of Connecticut, he has lived in New Hampshire since 1976. He and his spouse -- and frequent business partner -- Maich Gardner, live on 25 acres in Keene, where they annually host several Monadnock Region community events, and where they frequently welcome their four adult children and eight grandchildren.

Jeanine Tousignant

Jeanine & Company
Consultant

A graduate of HARTT School of Music with a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Music Management, Jeanine Tousignant joined the Manchester Community Music School as the school’s first Director of Development in June 2005. Since that time, she was first promoted VP for Advancement, and became CEO in 2009. Since joining MCMS, donations to the Music School have grown by 125%.

Throughout her sixteen year career in the field of development Jeanine has served in nearly all aspects of the field from Database Manager to Director of Development. She has worked for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New Britain Symphony, and the Buffalo Museum of Science. As she continued to grow in the field of Development, Jeanine became the Assistant Director of Development at Nardin Academy (Buffalo, NY) and returned to New Hampshire as the Assistant Director of Development at the Concord Community Music School. In 2002, Jeanine joined the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire as their first Director of Development, where she led all fundraising efforts. At the time of her departure in 2005, the development program had grown to raising nearly $250,000 annually.

Jeanine is on the Advisory Board of Leadership Manchester, and coordinates the annual Arts & Culture Day. She is also on Vice President of the Manchester Rotary Club, and Secretary of the NH Business Committee on the Arts. Jeanine is past President of the Board of Directors of CONFR (Continuing Education in Fundraising). In addition, has been an active volunteer with the Greater Manchester YMCA, and pursues her love of playing the clarinet with the chamber music group Dynamic Trio and with the Manchester Community Music School Summer Band. An active member of the Manchester Young Professionals Network, she served on their Nominating Committee. She served on the Manchester Arts Commission from 2007-2009. She is active in her Manchester neighborhood, helped to start the Weston Street Neighborhood Association and has led the effort to establish Weston Street Park.

In 2010, Jeanine received The Award for Excellence in Development from CONFR, and is also a member of the 2009 of the Union Leader’s 40 Under 40 Class. She is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Manchester and a graduate of Leadership New Hampshire, class of 2012.

While Jeanine is originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, she and her husband enjoy living, working and volunteering in their community, and are at home in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Karen Van Der Beken

Karen is Chief Advancement Officer for Easterseals NH, where she focuses on fundraising, board development, and marketing. Her last major gifts project was a capital campaign, which raised $2.6 million to renovate the main facility of Easterseals in Manchester. Prior to this position, she was Chief Development Officer, overseeing fundraising and communications for Easterseals in New Hampshire and its 3 New England state affiliates. 

Karen is active in the community, presently serving on the Manchester Community College Advisory Board.  She has also served on the Board of the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, and is a former mentor for two cohorts of the Hoffman-Haas Fellowship. She co-leads a community volunteer effort called Building on Hope, which every two years, renovates a facility owned by a deserving nonprofit using donated products and services.

She has received numerous awards, most recently being named as one of the inaugural New Hampshire 200, the state’s most influential business leaders.

Bill Webb

Retired

Bill, now retired, owned and operated the Inn On Golden Pond in Holderness, NH for 33 years. Over the years Bill has served his community as Budget Committee Chair and Selectman. He founded and chaired a local, community based non-profit, Holderness 2000 Inc., which was responsible for constructing a recreation path in town and purchasing land and constructing a town common in Holderness village. He has served on numerous non-profit Boards including the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (Chair 2 years), the Whole Village Family Resource Center in Plymouth (Treasurer 2 years), the NH Charitable Foundation – North Country Advisory Board (Chair 3 years), and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (Chair 3 years.) He currently serves on the President's Council at Plymouth State University and as a Board member (Chair 3 years) of the Grafton Regional Development Corporation Board.

Bill is a graduate of Colgate University. He and his wife Bonnie live in Holderness, NH and have two grown children.

Ruth Zax

Ruth graduated from Boston University’s School of Fine Arts with a Major in Vocal Performance and has performed as a soloist in jazz, folk and classical situations, been a member of the Concord Chorale and served as Cantorial Soloist for Temple Beth Jacob in Concord for 25 years.

While working in a child care center, she obtained a Master’s Degree from UNH in Early Childhood Education. Following a short stint as the Executive Director of another child care center, she was hired by Child and Family Services as Community Organizer in the Children’s Advocacy Program where she worked on foster care, child abuse and divorce reform legislation. In 1983, she became the first full time Development Director for CFS, with major responsibilities for annual, corporate, capital, special event and foundation fund raising, including grant writing, planned giving and implementing all stages of each campaign.

During the nearly 30 years she has been with CFS in this capacity, she has helped raise over $25 million dollars for the Agency, including the largest legacy gift ever received by the agency ($1.4 million). Throughout her professional career, she has volunteered her time and skills in fund raising, public relations, volunteer management and vocal performance to a number of organizations as a board or committee member and have chaired a number of boards including the NH Association for Young Children, NH Day Care Directors Association, NH Task Force on Child Abuse & Neglect, NH Action Committee for Foster Children, Greater Manchester Child Care Association, NH Council on Fund Raising, Rotary Club of Henniker and the Henniker Summer Music Committee.

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