Class of 2023 Press Release


Portsmouth, NH: December 12, 2022

Leadership Seacoast is pleased to announce the admission of 41 members to its Class of 2023 cohort.

Leadership Seacoast is a seven-month civic engagement program where participants explore regional issues affecting the cultural, social, health, political, and economic lives of Seacoast residents through the perspectives of experts, on-site visits, readings, discussion groups, problem-solving exercises, and other experiential activities during 10 focused program days.

This year’s cohort includes individuals with a variety of personal and professional experiences, expertise, and connections. With an average age of 41, members of the Class of 2023 are employed in a broad array of industries, including corporations, small businesses, nonprofits, and the government.

The Leadership Seacoast Class of 2023:

Jenna Anand, Rochester | Great Bay Community College

Danielle Barry, Newmarket | FedPoint

Thomas Bebbington, Durham | Self-Employed

Elizabeth Belsito, Hampton | Granite United Way

Robin Buckley, Berwick | Insights Group Psychological & Coaching Services

Allison Bussiere, Portsmouth | Gather

John (James) Butler, Portsmouth | Eversource Energy

Diana Carr, New Durham, New Hampshire Air National Guard

Caileigh Chaffin, Portsmouth | The International Association of Privacy Professionals

Melissa Clark, Belmont | Meredith Village Savings Bank

Martha Clyde, South Berwick | Cambridge Trust

Ryan Cronan, Hampton | The Richards Group

Shelley-Ann Cullen, Danville | Bank of New Hampshire

Timothy Cullity, Lee | FedPoint

Cheri DeLorge, West Newfield | Piscataqua Savings Bank

Gregory Doolittle, Ogunquit | Piscataqua Savings Bank

Susan Fraser, Dover | Lincoln Financial Group

Daniel Gannon, Durham | Southern New Hampshire University

Renee Giffroy, Rye | NH Art Association

Steven Gonyaw, Portsmouth | Rise Private Wealth Management

Jessica Hamilton, Portsmouth | Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity

Amy Hammershoy, East Kingston | Edward Jones

Kerry Houlihan, Stratham | Keane & MacDonald, P.C.

Alexandra Kirade, Nottingham | Civitas Strategies

Sarah Kuhl, Dover | Service Credit Union

Joshua Leonard, Barrington | Calling All Cargo Moving & Storage

Tom Maher, Newmarket | Self-Employed

Christana McKnight, Portsmouth | Star Island Corporation

Matthew Miller, Portsmouth | Bernstein Shur

Alexander Morris, Kingston | New Hampshire Air National Guard

Gabriella Olhava, Strafford | Hope on Haven Hill

Hanna Schmidt, Dover | Novocure

Nathania Sitiwatjana, Dover | TD Bank

Douglas Smith, Saco | Kennebunk Savings Bank

Brenda Spinney-Reyna, Dover | FedPoint

Jamie Swan, Dover | Community Action Partnership of Strafford County

Beth Tener, Portsmouth | New Directions Collaborative

Beth Verity, Exeter | Sentry Hill at York Harbor

Brittany Wason, Rye | The Music Hall

Jennifer Wentworth, Kittery | City of Portsmouth

Julie Wiggin, North Hampton | HAVEN

Leadership Seacoast is deeply grateful to FedPoint for underwriting the Class of 2023. FedPoint, a versatile administrator of large-scale insurance and benefits program, is located on Pease Tradeport and has long supported Leadership Seacoast as a key community partner. In addition to annual support through sponsorship, FedPoint has also supported employees’ participation in the program, with nearly 20 employees having graduated from Leadership Seacoast.

The Class of 2023 will begin their journey on Wednesday, December 14, during their Opening Day at the Brown Center in Durham. In addition to the Underwriting Sponsor FedPoint, Sheehan, Phinney, Bass and Green is also a Leadership Sponsor for the day.

Throughout the next seven months they will explore topics such as health and human services, education, economic development, criminal justice, the arts, the environment, and state and local government. Additional opportunities are provided for individual and group learning throughout the process.

For more information about the Leadership Seacoast Class of 2023, and to see photos and biographies,

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Lori Waltz-Gagnon

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