Retreat Sponsored by Northeast Credit Union

DURHAM, NH, JANUARY 7, 2015— Leadership Seacoast, a non-profit organization that positively impacts the communities of the Seacoast area by developing a base of effective, knowledgeable, and engaged leaders, recently commenced its 2016 program with an opening day retreat at the Browne Center for Innovative Learning in Durham, New Hampshire.

northeastThe event, sponsored by Northeast Credit Union (NECU), serves as an opening retreat and introduction of its 37-member class of men and women from across the Seacoast Region. These individuals were selected through a highly competitive process to participate in the six-month program which explores issues affecting the cultural, social, political, and economic lives of seacoast residents through a carefully crafted mix of workshops, presentations, field trips and hands-on experiences.   “NECU diligently works to make a difference in the lives of our members and the health of our communities,” said Timothy Collia, NECU President & CEO “We are honored to support Leadership Seacoast and its mission to further community involvement by creating informed and engaged citizens.”

2016-Class-Picture-RetreatLeadership Seacoast was founded in 1988 by a group of seacoast community leaders devoted to encouraging volunteer involvement and strong regional leadership. The Leadership Seacoast Class of 2016 includes:

Erin Allgood (Dover), NH Food Alliance; Debra Altschiller (Stratham) Haven; Anne Baker (Stratham) Chris Sununu Enterprises; Justin Barnes (Portsmouth) University of New Hampshire; Kristen Barton (Portsmouth); Kevin Baum (Exeter) Hoefle, Phoenix, Gromley & Roberts; Amanda Beaulieu (Kittery) Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce; Diane Bessey (Old Orchard Beach) Monarch School of New England; Robert Bogardus (Portsmouth); Katie Carleton (Lee) Care Pharmacy; Timothy Connors (Kennebunk) SUBMEPP; Jill Dignan, The Harkness Group; Carey Fitzgerald (Portsmouth), Home Instead; Susan Geier (Newmarket) Strafford County Community Action; Andrew Guyton (Stratham) Guyton Group; Nate Hastings (Dover) University of New Hampshire; Kristin Jeffrey (Portsmouth); Brian Jusseaume (Stratham) NH Air National Guard; Rebecca Kates (Durham) Prescott Park Arts Festival; Everett Lamm (Stratham) Core Physicians; Nathan Legere (Brentwood) Revision Energy; Katie MacKinnon (Rochester) Dover Chamber of Commerce; Liz McConnell (Brentwood) Southern District YMCA; Jill McFarland (Portsmouth) Bottomline Technologies; Beth McGuerty (Stratham) Thermo Scientific; Wes Merritt (Durham) Merritt Chiropractic; Emily Moore (Dover) Wentworth Douglas Hospital; Alyssa Morse (Seabrook) Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank; Pamela Peterson (Newmarket) Devine, Millimet & Branch; Erik Potts (Stratham) Panorama Wealth Strategies; Suzanne Rapoza (North Berwick) Mark Wentworth Home; Walter Roberts (Kensington) Wells Fargo Advisors; Pam Shaw (Durham) Dover Adult Learning; Shiela Shea (Portsmouth); Amy Sherwood (Amesbury) International Association of Privacy Professionals; Gemma Waite-French (Exeter) Optima Bank & Trust; and Jennifer Wallace (Dover) Hilton Worldwide.

In addition to the sponsorship from Northeast Credit Union, financial support from other corporations and individual community members allows Leadership Seacoast to be able to offer valuable learning opportunities to students every year. 2016 Leadership sponsors include Bottomline Technologies, Devine Millimet, Calypso Communications, and Revision Energy. For more information on becoming a sponsor, please visit or call 603-334-6063.


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. Affiliated with the National Community Leadership Association, Leadership Seacoast offers its participants 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


About Northeast Credit Union

Northeast Credit Union (NECU) has been a trusted neighbor and the financial partner of choice for people since 1936. Our central focus is our members and the communities in which we serve. We have over $1 billion in assets and serve 110,000+ members at branches in Berlin, Concord, Conway, Dover, Exeter, Gorham, Lebanon, Lee, Manchester, Merrimack, Northwood, Plymouth, Portsmouth, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and Rochester. We offer a wide range of financial products and services. Along with traditional checking and savings accounts, they include mortgage and investment products, business accounts and lending services, as well as innovative online and mobile services. Come discover the difference at Northeast Credit Union, please visit, stop by one of our branches or call 888-436-1847 for more information. Federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration. Equal Housing Opportunity.