Concord, NH – Riverbend elected new members to the Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting on June
22, 2017. New members Ross Cunningham, Anna-Marie DiPasquale, LICSW, James Doremus, and Rabbi
Robin Nafshi were warmly welcomed by the re-elected chair, Meg Miller, who gave a special thank you
to departing Board members Bijoux Bahati and David Cawley for their many years of service to the
behavioral health community and their dedication to Riverbend.
“It is an honor to be re-elected Chair of Riverbend and to serve with talented group of Board members.
As our mission states Riverbend cares for the mental health of our community. Our community is
fortunate to have the incredibly dedicated staff to provide this needed service to Concord and the
surrounding communities. I want to thank Peter Evers for the leadership and vision he brings to
Riverbend” said Miller.
Leslie Walker of Mason + Rich was elected to the position of Vice Chair. John Duval, Director of Security
at Concord Hospital, was re-elected to the position of Secretary.
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 Sheriff’s 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 they relate 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. Ross is presently serving on the Board of Directors at NAMI.
Anna-Marie DiPasquale, LICSW currently works as a School Social Worker at Concord High School,
Concord, NH, in the ELL program assisting refugee students as they 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 the School of the
Arts at 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 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.
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