Leadership Seacoast, a non-profit organization that positively impacts Seacoast communities through the development of capable leaders, proudly announced the addition of two community level sponsors: Northeast Credit Union and Optima Bank recently donated $300 each to the leadership organization. The sponsorship will provide on-going programming support for the 2011 class year which started in January 2011 and ends in June 2011.

Northeast Credit UnionFor more than 75 years, Northeast Credit Union has been a vital part of the communities it serves. Committed to helping its members manage finances, invest in the future, and achieve life goals, Northeast Credit Union believes that serving its members extends to serving the communities its members live and work in.

Optima Bank & TrustLocated in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Optima Bank & Trust is a locally owned bank responsive and sophisticated enough to serve the needs of the business owners, entrepreneurs, professionals and executives who keep the Seacoast on the move.

Leadership Seacoast recently completed its second in a series of eight day-long community-focused sessions. Justice Day was held at the Strafford County Complex in Dover, New Hampshire where class members examined the criminal justice system, toured the court and jailhouse and learned about the many challenges facing the Seacoast region.

Thanks to alumni and Strafford County Clerk of Courts, Julie Howard (LS ’07) the 2011 class was exposed to best practices in criminal justice in Strafford Superior Court. This year’s agenda featured a discussion of trends and innovative programming, speakers included Rockingham County Superior Court Justice Tina Nadeau; Joe Diament (LS ’89), director of New Hampshire’s Division of Community Corrections; Christine McKenna, chief probation and parole officer in Exeter; and Anne Rice from the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office.