Board of Trustees

 
 

Joanne Gagnon - President

Joanne Gagnon

Vice President - Commercial Banker, Bank of New Hampshire; Secretary and Treasurer of New Hampshire Home Builder's Associate Council; Secretary of New Hampshire Regional Development Corporation; Community Development Finance Authority Investment Committee Member; Committee Member for Concord Hospital "En Blanc" fundraiser; Graduate of Leadership Concord 'Class of 2010-2011"; Member Steering Committee for Leadership Concord; Member of the Chamber of Commerce; Vocalist for a Women's A Cappella Ensemble; Aksara; Vocalist for a Christian Musical Ensemble; Friends Program President; Friends Program Trustee since 2011; Resident of Manchester.

Kathleen Ames - Vice President

K. Ames

Graduate of Augustana College with a degree in history and political science; MBA, DePaul University. Also a CPA with a background in human resources. Past board experience has included serving as past chair of the Concord Regional VNA and numerous volunteer roles with the Junior Service League. Since 2007, Ames has also served as the Treasurer of the Concord Hospital Association.

Allen Desbiens - Treasurer

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Graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics. Allen is currently acting in the position of Regulatory Affairs Manager for Eversource Energy and is directly involved as the primary liaison with the NH Public Utilities Commission on a wide range of issues. He has served on the Board of Directors of Granite State Credit Union for more than 10 years and serves on the Asset/Liability Risk, Budget, and Executive Compensation Committees. He is the past Co-President of the Concord Friends for the Performing Arts. He is a 2009 graduate of the Leadership Greater Concord Program, a Resident of Concord and a Friends Program Trustee since October 2014.

Chris Senko - Secretary

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Chris was most recently the Director of Medical Staff Services at Catholic Medical Center.  Prior to this position she was the Program Administrator for the NH-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency Program.  She has a Masters  Degree in Health Services Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Planning Administration from Pennsylvania State University.  She has served as President of the Shaker Road School Parent Teacher Group and the Junior Service League of Concord.  She continues to volunteer for the Girl Scouts as well as other committees.  She has lived in Concord since 1996.

Celia Chase

Celia 

Celia is Vice President of Marketing at OrionX Consulting focused on the technology industry. Previously, she was a Director of Marketing at Oracle.  She served as Chair of HEAR in New Hampshire, has been a Board member Child and Family Services as well as the Junior Service League , and is a 2017 gradúate of Leadership of Greater Concord. Celia has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BA from UC Berkeley.  She has lived in Concord with her family since 1996.

Catherine Devaney

Catherine Devaney 

Marist College, M.P.A.; Boston University, B.S.; Chief Executive Officer, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Concord; Former Chief Operating Officer, Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital; Former Executive Vice President, Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital; Recipient of HealthSouth Hospital of the Year in 2009; Volunteer for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; Friends Program Trustee since 2012; Resident of Bow.

Susan Geiger

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Susan is a Director and Shareholder of the law firm of Orr & Reno in Concord. Her prior positions include NH Public Utilities Commissioner and Senior Assistant Attorney General at the NH Department of Justice. Susan is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Suffolk University Law School. She has resided in Loudon for 30 years with her husband, Dan Geiger.

Lindsay Gonzalez

Lindsey

Lindsay is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire and has worked at Granite Ledges, an assisted living facility, since 2008.  She is currently the Director of Community Relations and focuses on using her local connections, communication skills and team-building experience to benefit the residents.  Lindsay graduated with an Associate Degree in Human Services from NH Technical Institute in 2008 and is currently pursuing a BS in Healthcare Management from Southern NH University. Lindsay is a graduate of 2012 Leadership Greater Concord and is involved with the Concord Regional VNA Passion for Caring Committee.  Lindsay is no stranger to the Friends Program as she was a Senior Friend in our Youth Mentoring Program from 2008-2012.

Robyn Guarino

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Robyn is an attorney with The Stein Law Firm, PLLC, in Concord. Robyn’s areas of practice are family law, estate planning and administration, probate litigation, and Medicaid. She is a Martindale-Hubbell “Client Champion”. Robyn attended The Florida State University, graduating with a B.A. with Honors Magna Cum Laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her J.D. with Honors from The Florida State University College of Law in 1995 and, while attending law school, was the recipient of the Trial Advocacy Book Award. Admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Robyn has been a resident of Concord since 2005 and resides with her husband, their twins, and three rescue pugs.

Jason LaCombe

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Jason is a Principal at Sheerr McCrystal Palson Architecture, Inc.  dba SMP Architecture. He graduated from Philadelphia Universityin 1998 and has 17 years in working in architecture and construction management. He has served on the board of the Capital Region Habitat for Humanity since 2013 and is an active member of Christ Church PCA in Pembroke.  Jason lives in Hopkinton with his wife and 4 daughters.

Laura Miller

Laura Miller Laura is the Founder and President of Marketplace New England, Inc., an omnichannel retail operation that features locally made products from NH and New England, as well as Lead Consultant for Customer Service Solutions, a small business consulting group.  She was formerly the Founder and President of Imagination Village, Inc., serving the community through educational toys and teaching supplies.  Laura has a B.S. in Business Administration through NH College.  Current community involvement includes: Board Member, past Treasurer and past Vice-President for the Zonta Club of Concord, the local chapter of an international NGO working to improve the status of women worldwide; member of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, founding member of the Merchant's Round Table Network. In her spare time, she volunteers as a foster parent for rescue dogs and social justice causes, particularly advocacy for people with disabilities and to improve opportunities for New Americans. Laura has lived in the Concord area for 22 years and currently resides in Contoocook.

Donna Rice

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Commercial Realtor and business manager at Premiere Properties. Current member of NH Commercial Investment Board of Realtors; National Association of Realtors; Member of Concord Chamber of Commerce; past member of the Concord Business Group; founding member of Downtown Concord, Inc.; past president, vice president and member of Concord School District PTO’s; past president and board member of Concord High School booster clubs; past volunteer for Capital Region Food Program-Holiday Food Basket Project. Donna accepted a position on the Friends Program Board of Trustees in October 2013. Resident of Concord.

Connor Spern

Connor Spern

Connor is the Sales and Marketing Manager for SERVPRO Concord/Lakes Region. Back in April of 2019, Connor joined the Program Committee for the Friends Program, and in October was voted onto the Board of Trustees. Additionally, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Friendly Kitchen, where she also volunteers as a weekly coordinator. She is the Vice Chair and Marketing Coordinator for Concord Young Professionals Network, and the 2019 recipient of the Young Professional of the Year Award. Connor is a member of the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness’  Communications Committee, and works overnights at their Winter Shelter. She is a member of the Leadership Greater Concord Class of 2020, a member of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Local Government Committee, and is a 2019 Spirit of New Hampshire Award recipient.

Angela Strozewski

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Angela is Senior Vice President, Operations Officer at New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp. She possesses 25 years of experience in the organization. She joined Merrimack County Savings Bank in 1990 as a bookkeeper and assumed roles with increasing levels of responsibility. A graduate of Frankin Pierce University, Angela's past community service includes mentoring a youth in our mentoring program, as well as preparing meas at the Friendly Kitchen, managing the finances of Cub Scout Pack 86, and serving on the facilities committee of Riverbend Community Mental Health.