Board of Directors

Bijoux Bahati

Bijoux Bahati graduated from the University of Vermont and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She is a School Liasion for Concord School District/Ascentria Care Alliance.   She is currently a member of the Equity Leadership Fellowship, Community Management Team and Acculturation, Resilience, Cohesion and Healing (ARCH).  She was a volunteer in the DREAM, Mentoring Program at the University of Vermont from August 2008-January 2010, Service Learning in India, Social Work Department at UVM in January 2012, The Catholic Center at UVM from August 2008-May 2011, Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf from May 2007-November 2010 and COTS (Community for Temporary Shelter) from 2007-2009.

John Barthelmes

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.

Peg Blume

Peg Blume, RN graduated from the New Hampshire Hospital School of Nursing and Rhode Island College.  She is employed with St. Pauls School and Home Healthcare Hospice & Community Services.  She is a member of the Advisory Board for Greater Concord SAFE Community Coalition and the Concord Garden Club.  Peg joined the Riverbend Board in 2009.

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.

David Cawley

David Cawley, CAGS from Boston University.  He is a Healthcare Consultant at Helms and Company in Concord, NH.  He is a Board member of the Concord Area Trust for Community Housing and New Hampshire Public Radio.  He is a former Board Chair of the Concord Community Music School.

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.

John F. Duval: Secretary

John F. Duval, MBA graduated from Franklin Pierce University.  He is the Director of Security at Concord Hospital and former Chief of Police, Concord Police Department.  John is a past board member of The Friends Program and the Capital Region Community Prevention Coalition.

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.

Travis Harker, MD, MPH

Travis Harker, MD, MPH is a family and preventive medicine doctor who attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health for his Medical Degree and Dartmouth Medical School Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences for his Masters degree in Public Health. He is the Chief Medical Officer at Granite Health (GH) where he leads population health initiatives for the 5 health system members of GH. He sees patients at the Concord Family Health Center and has been Faculty at the New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency Program and Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency Program since 2006. He serves on the New Hampshire Medicaid Medical Care Advisory Committee from 2014 to present. Travis is a past president of the New Hampshire Medical Society.

John Hastings

John H. Hastings owner of J.H. Hastings & Co., Inc. and has provided financial consulting services to companies since 1988, both as an independent consultant and in conjunction with two well-known workout firms.  John has broad business and financial experience, having held positions ranging from Treasurer of GCA Corporation, NYSE company, to Controller of CML Group.  John began his career with Price Waterhouse & Co. in Boston, MA, is a Certified Public Accountant, and holds degrees from Middlebury College and Rutgers University, including an MBA.  In 1993 John completed an executive course at the Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College on “Leveraging Core Competencies”.  John is a retired member of the NH CPA Society and has served on its Technology Committee.  He is also a retired member of the American Institute of CPA’s, and served as the elected Treasurer of the Hopkinton School District for many years.

Randy Hayes, MD

Randy Hayes, MD graduated from Tufts Medical School.  Randy is a retired physician of Concord Family Medicine. He is employed by Havenwood Nursing Home as the Medical Director and is the founding Chair of the Concord Hospital Ethics Committee.

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, Programs and Development Director of Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire where he manages and supervises staff and does project design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting. He is also responsible for grant writing and grant management in the organization. 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.

Karen Levchuk

Karen Levchuk, BA graduated from the New York University, JD, and Boston University School of Law.  She is employed as Counsel at New Hampshire Employment Security.  Karen is a Trustee of the Trust Fund, City of Concord, NH.  She is a former Board member of Child & Family Services of Manchester, former appointed official for the State of NH (Public Service) and former counsel to the New Hampshire Senate.

Meg Miller: Chair

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.

Jill Savage

Jill Savage, BA graduated from Valparaiso University.  She is a college counselor at NHTI, Concord’s Community College.  She is a member of the LRG Healthcare Association, the NH Higher Education Alcohol & Other Drug Coalition.  She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

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

Leslie Walker is a CPA with Mason & Rich.  She joined the company in 2006 and is now a Director and chairs their Finance Committee.  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.