35 Community Leaders Embark on Six-Month Leadership Program

TD Bank Celebrated as Program Year Sponsor

DURHAM, N.H.– Leadership Seacoast, a non-profit organization fostering informed and engaged leaders, officially announced the acceptance of thirty-five students into its 2012 program.  The program began with an opening day retreat at the Browne Center for Innovative Learning in Durham, New Hampshire. The day was sponsored by TD Bank, who is also a program year sponsor.

For a second straight year, a record number of applications were received for the non-partisan program, which consists of nine daylong workshops about regional community issues. Specifically designed to challenge personal assumptions and expose its students to diverse ideas and leadership practices, Leadership Seacoast’s curriculum explores issues affecting the cultural, social, political, and economic lives of area residents through a variety of group work, presentations, field trips and other hands-on experiences.

Headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire, TD Bank was recognized during the retreat as a program day and year-long sponsor with a contribution of $1,800. TD Bank sponsorship will allow Leadership Seacoast to expand its program and continue to present opportunities for community involvement in the Seacoast area.

“Every day, TD Bank and its employees contribute time, energy, and resources to the communities where we live and conduct business,” said Jennifer Wheeler, executive director of Leadership Seacoast.  “We are pleased to see TD Bank supporting our organization, and honor our shared commitment to community and leadership development.”

Leadership Seacoast was founded in 1988 by a group of seacoast community leaders concerned with encouraging volunteer involvement and strong regional leadership. Entering its 24nd program year, the program has more than 700 alumni in the region. The organization’s board of directors worked tirelessly to select a diverse class with a strong mix of business types—for profit, non profit, large corporations and small business—from all industry sectors, and a healthy geographic sampling extending beyond the larger Seacoast area. The 2012 Leadership Seacoast class includes:

From Greenland, Scott Beattie; From Hampton, Karen Brieger Susan DeMarco, and Jason Canzano; Catalina Celentano of Nottingham; From Exeter, Eric Beauregard Jay Childs and Susanne Delaney; Mark Danie of Barrington; Sharon Delany of Rye; Heather Fournier of Fremont; Kelly Geradot of Stratham; From Eliot Janice Hastings and Wendy McCoole; Jennifer Hastings of Durham; From Portsmouth, Andrew Herrick, Corey MacDonald, Danny Edgecomb, Andrew Richmond, Allison Potter, Andrew Richmond, Monique Shevlin, William Sylla, Tara Trafton, Bridgette Desmond, and Matt Zanderigo; Anne Holliday of Newington; From Dover, Frank Laurino, Robert Gagnon, Christopher Lawrence, Joan Gile, Christopher Parker, Connie Roy,  Sarah Serling, and Jillian Pierce of Rochester.

Thanks to financial support from community members and corporations like TD Bank, Leadership Seacoast is able to provide meaningful experiences for every student, offer scholarships for participants, create additional opportunities for alumni, and secure the best venues and speakers. For more information on becoming a corporate sponsor, please contact executive director Jennifer Wheeler at 603-334-6063 or JWheeler@LeadershipSeacoast.org.