Board of Directors

John Barthelmes: Vice Chair

John Barthelmes, BA graduated from the University of Massachusetts.  He is the Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Safety.  He serves on the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment.  He is also the Chairman of the NH Advisory Council on Emergency Preparedness and Security and Chairman of NH Justice Integration and Information Sharing Commission.

Frank Boucher

Frank Boucher graduated from Bentley University and Southern New Hampshire University.  He is the Senior Vice President of Finance at Northeast Delta Dental.  Frank is Director and Treasurer, Bow Open Spaces; Former Director and Treasurer CATCH Neighborhood Housing from 2005–2011; and Member, Friends of Rochester Public Library from 1992 – 1995.

Leslie Combs

Leslie Combs has spent 30 years in professions requiring the skills and willingness to assist corporations in planning and notifying employees of their job loss.  As well as assisting individuals and groups who have lost their employment in the process of assessing their strengths, preparing to conduct a search for new employment, and implementing their plan.  Leslie became recognized for his relationship development, sales, training, facilitation, public speaking and coaching skills.  He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Kansas in the Humanities, and a Master of Divinity degree from Seabury Western Theological Seminary.  He continues to work part-time in career management.  Leslie currently sings in the tenor section and serves on the board of the Concord Chorale.

Ross Cunningham

Ross Cunningham is the Superintendent at Merrimack County Department of Corrections and through his diversified twenty seven years in law enforcement, has worked for a wide variety of law enforcement agencies including Merrimack and Sullivan County Department of Corrections, Tilton Police Department, as well as Sullivan, Hillsborough and Coos County Sheriffs Departments. During this time, he has maintained a strong commitment to the public as is demonstrated by his years of service in an array of roles and continued contributions to the development and planning of new correctional facilities.  Ross’s accomplishments as it relates to the design, construction and transition to the new Sullivan County Department of Corrections have been recognized by a variety of publications, including the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections. Most recently he is guiding the Merrimack County Department of Corrections as it begins the design phase of a new Community Corrections based facility and programming. Presently serving on the Board of Directors at NAMI.

Anna-Marie DiPasquale

Anna-Marie DiPasquale, LICSW currently works as a School Social Worker at Concord High School, Concord, NH in the ELL program assisting refugee students transition to academic and cultural life in America. In 2012, she was awarded the Champions of Children award for exemplary contributions to young people. Prior to moving to Concord, NH, She was a school social worker at School of the Arts at the South Shore High School, a Chicago Public School located on the south-side of Chicago. Before that, she was an in-home family therapist with Riverbend Community Health Services in New Hampshire.   Anna-Marie holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration (SSA) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from New England College. While at SSA, she received the Evelyn Harris Ginsburg Memorial Prize for outstanding work, with special consideration given to one who shows great promise in the field of service to children. She served as a member of the Board of Directors for Youth Guidance (YG). YG is a school-based organization that serves at-risk youth by creating and implementing programs that enable children and youth to overcome obstacles and focus on their education.  Additionally, she served as a writing coach for the Posse Foundation, which provides scholarship, mentoring and tutoring support for urban youth as they prepare for college.  Currently, she serves on the advisory council for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.  Anna-Marie is also the founder and advisor of the Be the Change club, Concord High School’s multicultural club. She has been the keynote speaker for the Educational Conference in Tallinn Estonia, and on local college campuses. She created a program entitled “Travel Around the World” which was featured on NPR’s Word of mouth.

James Doremus

James Doremus is the Chief Executive Officer for the Concord Family YMCA.  He holds a BS and an MS from New England College. Jim has worked for the nonprofit, social services sector in the greater Concord area for the past 33 years, including leadership roles with the Friends Program and White Birch Community Center. He resides in Henniker with his wife Susan Murray and son Jackson.

Susan B. Dunton, PhD

Susan B. Dunton, Ph.D. was named the 5th president of NHTI, Concord’s Community College, in July, 2014. During her thirty years in higher education, she has held leadership positions in both academic and student affairs, and has considerable experience at community colleges. She has been an active leader in the community and in a variety of professional organizations. Susan completed the Management Development Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Connecticut, holds Master’s degrees in Student Personnel Services and Music Education from the University of South Carolina, and completed her undergraduate work in music at Ithaca College (NY). She and her husband, James C. Tanner, reside in Concord, spending time playing golf and making trips to the beach.

Chris Eddy

Christopher Eddy, earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  He hold his series 7, 24, 63 and 65 securities licenses as well as NH life/health insurance licenses.  He is a Vice President with Northway Bank and Investment Advisor for Infinex Financial.  Prior to working at Northway and Infinex he was with TD Bank’s Wealth Management Group for 10 years.  Chris has experience working with both personal and institutional investments.  He resides in Newfields, NH with his wife.

Lucy Hodder, JD

Lucy C. Hodder, JD, graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and Princeton University.  She is a Professor of Law at UNH School of Law, and the Director of Health Law and Policy Programs at the University of New Hampshire, Institute for Health Policy and Practice.  She previously served as Governor Maggie Hassan’s legal counsel and chief health policy advisor and was a shareholder at Rath, Young & Pignatelli, PA. She is a Board Member for St. Paul’s School and the NH Charitable Foundation, and part of the Women’s Foundation Leader’s Network. She has served on a number of boards, including the New Hampshire Public Defender; New Hampshire Women’s Initiative; and New Hampshire Women’s Policy Institute (Chair).  Lucy is also a Member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.

Bhagirath Khatiwada

Bhagirath Khatiwada was recently hired as New Hampshire’s first Cultural and Linguistic Competence Coordinator for the state’s Department of Education.  Previously the Programs and Development Director of the Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire, Bhagirath managed and supervised staff and did project design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting for the organization. He was also responsible for grant writing and grant management. Bhagirath’s educational background includes a Master’s degree in Rural Development from Tribhuvan University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration through the University of New Hampshire. Bhagirath has also authored a series of social studies text books for grades six and seven through Asia Publication in 2008 in Nepal.

Meg Miller

Meg Miller, RN, BS and a licensed Nursing Home Administrator. She is the Executive Director of Peabody Home, a private not for profit eldercare home in Franklin, N.H, A member of Franklin Rotary Club and a Board Member of Canterbury Housing Association. She also serves as a Board member of Ombudsman Advisory Council and Board Member of Franklin Savings Bank. Meg is also a past Board Member of Lakes Region General Healthcare. Meg lives with her husband, Tyson in Canterbury, NH.

Rabbi Robin Nafshi

Rabbi Robin Nafshi was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2005. She has been the Rabbi at Temple Beth Jacob since July of 2010. Before that, she served at two synagogues in New Jersey. She also worked as a Hospice Chaplain for a VNA and as the Community Chaplain for a Jewish Healing Center.  Robin Nafshi was born and raised in northern New Jersey and graduated from New York University and Cornell Law School. After moving to San Francisco, she worked as an attorney, a legal editor, and author.  In the late 1990s, Robin Nafshi realized her calling in her commitment to the Jewish people and Jewish life. In 2000, she was accepted to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and joined her class in Jerusalem for their first year of rabbinical school studies. Rabbi Robin was selected as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, a recipient of a full four-year fellowship and stipend, while in rabbinical school.

Carol Sobelson, MS, LICSW

Carol Sobelson, MS, LICSW, graduated from Boston College and the Columbia University School of Social Work. She works at Capital Valley Counseling Associates providing individual, family and marital therapy. She is a current board member of the New Hampshire chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), serves on the Development Committee of the Concord Area Trust for Community Housing (CATCH), and is a meal coordinator for the Friendly Kitchen. Prior leadership roles include Riverbend CMHC Advisory Board; Private Practice Committee, NASW (Chairperson); Circle Program (Chairperson); Temple Beth Jacob (Board President).

Leslie Walker, CPA: Chair

Leslie Walker is a CPA with Mason & Rich.    Leslie holds a Bachelor’s degree from New Hampshire College and is a member of the New Hampshire Society and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  She is also the Treasurer of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce and Whittaker Place and a former board member of the American Red Cross of NH/VT and Womenade of Concord.  Leslie lives in Chichester with her husband and two children.

James B. Snodgrass, M.Ed

Jim Snodgrass has been the Executive Director of Second Start since 1974. Second Start is a private nonprofit educational that provides supportive, affordable and effective educational programs, including: high school equivalency preparation, English as a Second Language instruction, adult volunteer tutors, Alternative High School for at-risk adolescents, Drug and Alcohol Prevention for five area school districts, and child care at First Start Children’s Center.  Second Start is also the lead agency of the Welcoming Concord Initiative, an immigration integration project. Jim has a BS in Education from Miami University, Oxford Ohio and an M.Ed in Educational Administration from Antioch New England, Keene NH.