Local Non-Profit Welcomes Five New Board Members

PORTSMOUTH, NH, JULY 2, 2015 – Leadership Seacoast, a non-profit organization that positively impacts Seacoast communities through the development of knowledgeable leaders, recently held its annual meeting and elected a new slate of officer and appointed five new members

The board appointed a fresh line up of officers to lead the board in the coming year; Chairman Molly Hodgson of The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman Sonya Merritt of Optima Bank and Trust, Secretary Susan DeRoy of Monarch School of New England, and Treasurer Jonathan Cohen of People’s United Bank.

The group then elected five new board members to serve a three year term. Claire Howard of Devine Millimet; Don Campfield of Wellesley Financial Group; Kristi Vazifdar recently of Star Island Corporation; Brian Frankenfield of Long Term Care Partners; and Rachel Rouillard of Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership at UNH. New members will join the existing board of directors, which include Christine Sieks, Heidi Choate, Kenneth Clark, Sharon Delaney, and Janet Guen.

As Leadership Seacoast welcomes new officers and board members, it will say farewell to retiring members Pat Closson, Kathy Beebe, Callie Carr, Andrew Share, and Debbie Kane. “We are so grateful for the years of service from our retiring members,” said Jennifer Wheeler, Executive Director of Leadership Seacoast. “We look forward to working with new members to continue to develop knowledgeable community leaders in the Seacoast.” For more information on Leadership Seacoast and its curriculum or becoming a corporate sponsor, please visit: www.LeadershipSeacoast.org.

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 jwheeler@leadershipseacoast.org or check out our website at www.leadershipseacoast.org.