Leadership Seacoast Welcomes Class of 2013 with Opening Retreat


36 Seacoast Residents Kick-Off Dynamic Six-Month Program

Nixon Peabody Underwrites Program Day Activities


Durham, NH, January 11, 2013– Leadership Seacoast, a local non-profit dedicated to developing informed and active community leaders, kicked off its 2013 program year on January 9th with the Opening Retreat held at the Browne Center for Innovative Learning in Durham, New Hampshire. Select residents from 21 towns took part in opening day activities; they were invited to join Leadership Seacoast’s Class of 2013 following a competitive application process which saw the greatest number of applicants in the organization’s 25 year history.

LS Class of 2013

Leadership Seacoast Class of 2013

The day, sponsored by Manchester’s Nixon Peabody, featured a series of leadership and team building activities presented by the teaching professionals at the Browne Center. Following lunch, Steve Norton, Executive Director of NH Center for Public Policy Studies, gave a non-partisan overview of issues of critical importance to the Seacoast and New Hampshire’s future. From now until June, participants will take part in nine interactive workshops covering a wide range of topics; these include education, arts and culture, economic development, government, and health and human services.

“We are so excited to welcome these 36 remarkable individuals to Leadership Seacoast’s 2013 Program Year,” said Executive Director Jennifer Wheeler. “Over the next six months, they will explore the most pressing issues facing our region and acquire the necessary tools in order to make a difference in their communities. It is such a powerful experience and I am honored to be able to share it with them.”

Founded in 1988 by a group of concerned citizens, Leadership Seacoast is now entering its 25th year thanks to the support of area businesses and community leaders. In addition to its nearly 800 active alumni, Leadership Seacoast is proud to welcome the following individuals to its program:

Marcie Bergan of Seabrook, Scott Bogle of Durham, Chris Cavaretta of Stratham, John Cochrane of Hampton, Jonathan Cohen of Portsmouth, Stephen Condon of Hampton, Susan DeRoy of New Durham, Julie-Ann Edwards of Portsmouth, Jamie Forbes of Portsmouth, Janet Ford of York, Jennifer Gray of Portsmouth, Alyson Graybill of South Berwick, Andrea Hall of Elliot, Jillian Hall of Rochester, Jen Hubbell of Stratham, Michael Krall of Sanford, Jane LaPointe of Exeter, Nancy London of Portsmouth, Effie Malley of Portsmouth, Tom Markey of Stratham, Harper Marshall of Hampton Falls, Jacalyn Mitchell of Newfields, Alyssa Murphy of Portsmouth, Tim Noonis of Hampton, Jeff Patry of York, Karen Pizza of Dover, Eva Powers of Portsmouth, Emily Quirk of Rollinsford, Meghan Rice of Portsmouth, Virginia Skevington of Greenland, Quinn Slayton of Newmarket, Peggy Small-Porter of Newmarket, Brandon Stauber of Exeter, Cynthia Traver of Rye, Claire Vadney of Stratham, and Kristi Vazifdar of Barrington

To learn more about Leadership Seacoast and its dynamic, experiential program, please visit www.leadershipseacoast.org or contact Jennifer Wheeler at 603-334-6063 or JWheeler@LeadershipSeacoast.org.