PORTSMOUTH, NH –June 30, 2014 Local non-profit Leadership Seacoast, an organization committed to developing informed and active community leaders, recently returned from its annual retreat where it elected three new board members; Susan DeRoy, Jonathan Cohen, and Sonya Merritt; serve a single three-year term. Concurrently, the group chose present board member Christine Sieks to serve the non profit in the role of board chair for 2014-2015. Seiks will replace out-going chair, Pat Closson and lead the executive committee comprised of Molly Hodgson (vice chair), Callie Carr (treasurer) and Rick Dexter (secretary).

The newest board members join an impressive lineup of community members currently serving in Leadership Seacoast board roles and include: Kathy Beebe, Heidi Choate, Ken Clark, Sharon Delaney, Janet Guen, Debbie Kane, and Andrew Share.

A native of the seacoast area, Susan DeRoy is a 2013 Leadership Seacoast graduate and is currently working with the Monarch School of New England in the role of Director of Development.

Also from the Leadership Seacoast Class of 2013, Jonathan Cohen is Assistant Vice President, Treasury Management Sales Officer, at People’s United Bank. Cohen is an active member of the Treasury Management Association of New England and a 2007 graduate of Assumption College in Worcester, MA.

From the class of 1993, Sonya Merritt is Optima Bank’s Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to that Merritt was the Director of Human Resource for Star Island Corporation. Merritt holds a master’s degree in business education and has served on various boards including the American Red Cross, Dover Adult Learning Center, and The Seacoast Repertory Theatre.

Leadership Seacoast is a six-month experiential learning program for those who want to discover how their communities function and how they can become positive catalysts for change. A behind-the-scenes exploration of the places, programs, and influencers, the program consists of nine interactive days spent exploring community issues and themes around justice, education, economic development, government, health and human services, the environment, and arts and culture. The next enrollment session begins in the fall. For more information about becoming a member of the class of 2015, please visit: www.LeadershipSeacoast.org


About Leadership Seacoast

Based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Leadership Seacoast proudly boasts more than two decades of achievement through its consistent commitment to educating future Seacoast leaders through the exploration of community issues, effective leadership practices, and personal involvement opportunities. Program graduates finish with a wide net of connections in which to foster a better community. For more information on becoming a corporate sponsor or program candidate, please visit www.leadershipseacoast.org.