PORTSMOUTH, NH- Leadership Seacoast, a non-profit organization helping to develop leaders in the Seacoast area, announced the election of new board members for the 2012-2013 year.  The newest board members, who will each serve a three-year term, are Christine Sieks, Director of Sales, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment; Kathy Beebe, Executive Director, Sexual Assault Support Services; Andrew Share, Partner of Nixon Peabody; and Debbie Kane, Owner of Kane Communications.

A non-partisan organization formed in 1989, Leadership Seacoast features daylong workshops to help increase knowledge about issues affecting the seacoast communities.  Annually, 30-35 individuals are chosen from various business and community backgrounds to enroll in the six-month program.  The Leadership Seacoast board of directors is preparing for its annual retreat to strategize about the 2013 program and content offerings.

Christine Sieks, a graduate of the Leadership Seacoast class of 2011, is both the Director of Sales for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment as well as on the board of directors for the Dover Chamber of Commerce.  She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1991 and with her experience on the board of another non-profit, Sieks will be a great fit for her new position.

Kathy Beebe graduated from Providence College and then went on to receive her Masters in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from New England College.  Beebe is currently the Executive Director of Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS), which is also a non-profit organization.

Andrew Share is a graduate from the 2010 class of Leadership Seacoast and is currently a partner of Nixon Peabody LLP in Manchester, NH.  He is a graduate of Brandeis University and went on to receive his JD from The University of Maine School of Law.  Before joining Nixon Peabody, Share was in-house counsel to Tyco International.

Debbie Kane is both the owner of Kane Communications as well as an editor and writer at McLean Communications.  Kane has a BA in Journalism from Trinity University and a MS in Education from Bank Street College of Education.  Before owning her own company, Kane held public relations and marketing positions in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.  She was most recently development officer at the American Independence Museum in Exeter.  Kane currently serves on the Exeter Public Library Board of Trustees.