Class Members Participate in United Way’s Walk a Mile


Tym Rourke, Director of Substance Use Disorder Grant-making and Strategic Initiative for the NH Charitable Foundation addressing the Leadership Seacoast class of 2016

Dover, New Hampshire, January 27, 2016- Leadership Seacoast, an organization committed to developing informed and active community leaders, recently completed its second interactive workshop of 2016: Health and Human Services Day. The day-long program, sponsored by Minuteman Health and Piscataqua Savings Bank, was held at the McConnell Center in Dover, New Hampshire.

Tym Rourke, Director of Substance Use Disorder Grant-making and Strategic Initiative, NH Charitable Foundation, opened the session with the omnipresent topic of opioid abuse, prevention, treatment and related mental health issues occurring not only on the Seacoast, but across New Hampshire. “The nature of the issue is staggering – and under the weight of the challenge, it can make finding a place to start change difficult,” said Rourke

Mary Ann Cooney, Deputy Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services covered statewide initiatives, trends and opportunities. This led up to participants completing the Walk a Mile (in their shoes) Poverty Simulation, sponsored by the United Way of the Greater Seacoast. This simulation was designed to allow participants to understand the challenges low-income families face trying to survive from month to month.

Due to the support from our yearlong sponsors; Bottomline Technologies, Revision Energy, Devine Millimet and Calypso Communications, Leadership Seacoast is able to provide meaningful experiences for every student, offer scholarships to participants, create further opportunities for alumni, and secure the best speakers and venues. For more information about Leadership Seacoast and becoming a corporate sponsor, visit or contact Jennifer Wheeler at 603-334-6063 or


About Leadership Seacoast

Based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the Leadership Seacoast program provides existing and future community leaders the opportunity to engage with the people and organizations that shape the Seacoast’s economic structure and social fabric. Leadership Seacoast offers its participant’s unique insight into how business, community, and politics integrate to create successful societies and how small actions can have a significant impact on the greater global good. Leadership Seacoast alumni make a difference in their communities through networking, active involvement, and personal action. Since its inception in 1988, Leadership Seacoast has created a strong foundation that values diversity of opinion and consensus building to find solutions to challenges affecting the Seacoast’s community and its future. For more information about our programs please contact us at or check out our website at