Alumni, Candidates Mingle at Oct. Recruitment Breakfast Nearly 100 Leadership Seacoast alumni and program candidates gathered on Wed., Oct. 26, at Great Bay Community College to meet, mingle and hear more about the 2012 program year at the Leadership Seacoast Recruitment and Scholarship Breakfast, sponsored by McLane, Graf & Raulerson.

Starting with a photo trivia game testing guests’ knowledge of the Seacoast, the event featured a program overview by Executive Director Jennifer Wheeler as well as stirring testimonials by LS alumni Kathy Beebe (LS ’04), Tony Coviello (LS ’08), and Christine Sieks (LS ’11). All three spoke eloquently about how their lives have changed through their participation in Leadership Seacoast. Afterwards, guests toured Great Bay Community College’s health care classrooms and enjoyed relaxing chair massages from students.

Couldn’t make the breakfast? See what you missed.

Interested in joining the 2012 class (or know someone who is)? Contact Jennifer Wheeler.


Leadership Seacoast Influence Extends beyond Alumni

by Janet Guen (LS ’10)


At Appledore Engineering in Rye, a division of Tighe & Bond, community involvement and giving back are an important part of the culture. So it’s no surprise that the firm is home to eight Leadership Seacoast graduates. All value what the program offers both participants and the community and these Appledore Engineering employees exemplify what the program stands for – effective, engaged leaders who’re not only knowledgeable about community issues, but exhibit effective leadership skills and seek opportunities for personal involvement.

“I’ve seen a big benefit in sending 7 staff members through the program,” says Gregg Mikolaities (LS ’01), vice president at Appledore. “They were exposed to issues and agencies that they don’t deal with in their day-to-day lives and developed community relationships that have lasted well beyond the formal program.”

Mary Persson (LS ’07), says she’s developed a “comfortable network of colleagues” throughout the Seacoast, a benefit that has paid dividends both personally and professionally. To their credit, LS graduates from Appledore Engineering have fulfilled their program commitments to become involved in the community. They serve on boards and advisory councils of non-profits, educational institutions and government agencies, have offered pro-bono services to community organizations and partnered with a local environmental non-profit to raise awareness and funds.

Appledore is among numerous Seacoast companies and organizations that prize what LS graduates bring back to the workplace. Entities such as the New Hampshire Air National Guard (with more than 20 alumni!), Liberty Mutual, Public Service of NH, People’s United Bank, SUBMEPP, The Provident Bank, United Way of the Greater Seacoast, and Unitil have sent 6 or more employees through the program.


 LS Gets MAD   

By Debbie Kane (LS ’01) 

One of the secrets behind Leadership Seacoast’s success is MAD – the Marketing, Alumni and Development Committee. Charged with marketing Leadership Seacoast to its many constituents, procuring sponsorships, and fundraising, the committee is also developing ways to keep LS alums connected to the organization. The committee’s latest effort is a “graduate-level” program for alumni called “Leadership Insights.”

“The goal is to create an event where alumni can interact during a more consolidated program day,” says Pat Closson, MAD chair. “There would be a summary and update of key issues impacting the Seacoast, while giving alumni an opportunity to network and discuss what’s happening in the community.” The committee didn’t have to think long about how to generate alumni excitement. Everyone agreed that LS program days are what keep participants involved. As Closson notes, “Our program days are great, so Leadership Insights is an opportunity to build on that, with good speakers, a current topic and a group discussion.”

Stay tuned for more information about Leadership Insights, which is targeted for Fall 2012. For more information, contact Pat Closson at 628-1457;


 Mark Your Calendar!    

December 1 is the application deadline for the 2012 class. For more information, contact Jennifer Wheeler.    

 New LS Board Members 

Ryan Bishop (LS ’09), vice president of corporate Lending, Kennebunk Savings; Heidi Choate (LS ’10), community relations specialist, Wheelabrator Technologies Inc; Kaarin Milne (LS ’05), co-founder and executive director, Spark US; and Molly Hodgson Smith (LS ’11), executive director of the Dover Chamber of Commerce, joined the Leadership Seacoast Board of Directors in June.  They join a diverse, committed and talented board with a long-standing commitment to the organization’s success.  For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Jennifer Wheeler.

 Thank You, 2011-12 Leadership Sponsors!     

Sponsorship opportunties are available for the 2012 program year!  For more information, please contact Jennifer Wheeler.

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Thanks to our Leadership Seacoast Newsletter Committee – Debbie Kane (LS ’01), Janet Guen (LS ’10), Jennifer Meister (LS ’10) and Executive Director Jennifer Wheeler – for making this issue possible!