|Sheila T. Francoeur|
Ms. Francoeur, former New Hampshire State Representative, served in the NH House for ten years. During that time she served as Speaker Pro Tem, Majority Whip and Chair of the Commerce Committee. Although she worked on a variety of legislation, her focus has been in the area of insurance, especially health insurance, banking and securities. She also served on the Rules Committee and chaired the Joint Legislative Performance and Audit Committee. Prior to serving in the legislature, she retired from a career at the Hampton Cooperative Bank where she was vice president of operations and Customer Services. Ms. Francoeur is a graduate of Leadership Seacoast and the Toll Fellowship program sponsored by the Council of State Governments. She currently is a trustee of the River Woods Company and a member and former director of the Hampton Rotary Club. She and her husband reside in Hampton, NH.
|William H Dunlap|
Bill Dunlap is the executive director of the New Hampshire Historical Society. Previously he was principal of William H. Dunlap & Company, a consulting firm to non-profit organizations, and prior to that he was CEO of a NH-based business services company. He has been active in the non-profit sector, having chaired the boards of the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, Colby-Sawyer College, and Child Health Services; the Student Loan Committee of NHCF; and fundraising campaigns for the Heritage United Way, the Derryfield School, and the Amherst Land Trust. He is currently Chair of the board of directors of Merrimack County Savings Bank, and a director of Pear Tree Funds.
|Stuart V. Smith|
Mr. Smith graduated from Dartmouth College and served two years in the U.S. Navy as an officer in Naval Intelligence. In February 1998, after 35 years of employment, he retired as President of Dartmouth Printing Company. A long-time resident of Lyme, NH, he is involved in local affairs where he was a member of the Lyme Budget Committee for 35 years, and Chair for 17 years. Smith has served as Chair of the Business Industry Association of NH, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Vital Communities and Kendal at Hanover (a continuing care retirement community). He now serves on the boards of Conservation Law Foundation, Hubbard Brook Research Foundation and New Hampshire Public Radio. He also is a member of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center’s Board of Overseers, Upper Valley Land Trust Advisory Board, Audubon Society of NH’s Advisory Council, and continues to serve on board committees of the Forest Society. Mike is married, has two children, and actively pursues the sports of skiing, hiking, and biking.
|David J. Alukonis|
David Alukonis served seven terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. His committee membership included: Public Works & Highways, Finance, the Governor’s Revenue Estimating Panel and Capital Budget Overview. He chaired the Ways & Means Committee as well as the Tax Equity & Efficiency Commission. David also served on the Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical Award Committee and was instrumental in the production of New Hampshire’s presentation at the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C.
In 2004, David was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board which sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, commonly known as The Nation's Report Card.
Elected to three terms on the Hudson School Board, David was its chairman for eight years. Other local involvement includes Hudson Old Home Days, The Presentation of Mary Academy, Children of Hudson Interacting with Police Services, and the Jeffrey Roome Memorial Foundation. A local historian, Dave is a lifetime member of the Hudson Historical Society and, being a consummate taphophile, is trustee of several of Hudson’s oldest cemeteries.
David is a graduate of Alvirne High School and Boston College. He, along with his wife Michele and son Seamus, live on the property once known as the Granite State Dairy which has been home to five generations of his family.
Eric Herr, of Hill, retired in 1999 as president and COO of Autodesk. He currently chairs the board of directors of WNS, a NYSE traded India-based business process outsourcing firm. He is a member of the board and chairs the audit committee of Regulatory Data Corporation in Wilmington, Delaware. He chaired the New Hampshire Judicial Council and the Judicial Branch Innovation Commission, and is currently on the board of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
Dick Ober is the President and CEO of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the largest private provider of nonprofit grants and student aid in northern New England. The Foundation manages nearly $500 million of charitable funds donated by hundreds of families and individuals, and awards some 2,500 grants and scholarships totaling $30 million annually. Ober has 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, civic affairs and communications and has served on numerous nonprofit and public boards. Before coming to the Foundation, he was executive director of the Monadnock Conservancy and vice president of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Ober is a widely published author and journalist, and lectures throughout New England and beyond. His community-focused work has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency, the State of New Hampshire, and Plymouth State University among others. He was selected as one of the state’s most influential people by Business New Hampshire Magazine in 2010 and again for 2012.
Jim and his wife, Judy, worked together in the Peace Corps for three years
teaching English as a foreign language in Libya and Thailand before Jim joined his family’s business, MARKEM Corporation, in 1974. He started work at MARKEM in international operations, leading to a three-year assignment in Brazil. On his return to Keene, Jim worked in product management, marketing and finance. In 1983, he was elected Vice President and General Manager of MARKEM’s Continental European Operations based in England where Jim and his family resided from 1983 to early 1986. Upon his return to the U. S., he became Vice President and General Manager of MARKEM’s USA Operations. From 1990-1992, he was Vice President and General Manager of MARKEM’s Systems Division, in 1992, Jim was elected President of MARKEM Corporation and, in 1999, he was elected Chairman. Jim retired from MARKEM in December of 2006, when the company was acquired by Dover Corporation.
Jim has been very active in numerous other business, civic, and public service organizations, including St. James Episcopal Church (serving on the Bishop Search Committee and Trustee of the Episcopal Diocese of NH), Red Cross, Keene City Council, Corporate Child Care Group, Monadnock United Way, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (elected Chair of the Board of Directors 6/12/07), Shaker Village, Putnam Foundation, Keene Downtown Housing Corporation, the HCS Community Care Campaign, Keene Community Goals Committee, Franklin Pierce College and Proctor Academy as Board Trustee, Board Member of Laboratory Technologies, Inc., Hitchiner Manufacturing Company, Inc. and Spectra, Inc., Trustee of the New Hampshire HistoricalSociety, Chairman and Co-founder of Monadnet, Founding Chairman of the Monadnock Region of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Board Member of The Colonial Theatre in Keene and Trustee of Cheshire Medical Center.
|Stephen J. Reno|
Stephen J. Reno
Stephen J. Reno is Executive Director of Leadership New Hampshire, an appointment he accepted on July 1, 2010 having served as Chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire from 2000 to 2009. Over a forty-year career in higher education, he has served as president of Southern Oregon University, and held teaching and senior administrative posts at the University of Southern Maine and the University of Leicester (United Kingdom). He earned both the doctorate and master’s degrees in religious studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. John’s College, California. He is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Winchester (UK) and an ad hoc Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions. His board and community service includes: Chair, Board of Trustees of New Hampshire Public Radio; Chair, Board of Commissioners of the New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission; Director, Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Business Industry Association; Member, Lumina Foundation Research Advisory Board; Commissioner, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; Treasurer, State Higher Education Executive Officers; and Member, Board of Governors of New Hampshire Public Television. He serves currently as Chair of StayWorkPlay, Inc. In addition to scholarship in his academic field of religious studies, Dr. Reno‘s interests include institutional evaluation and accreditation, and he serves regularly as chair of accreditation teams to colleges and universities throughout the Northwest. In 2009, he was honored by the BIA with its “Lifetime Achievement Award.” He and his wife, Kit, live in Manchester and their son, Matt, and daughter, Katy, are pursuing their careers afield.
Ms. Sytek is a veteran of New Hampshire politics, having served as speaker of the House and chairman of the NH Republican Party. During 23 years as a state representative from Salem, she chaired several major committees including Judiciary, Ways and Means, and Criminal Justice. She has a continuing interest and involvement in state policy on taxation, corrections, and substance-abuse treatment. Since her retirement from the legislature in 2000, she has remained active, serving on several nonprofit boards and political organizations. In 2009 Speaker Sytek was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by St. Anselm College. She is currently a trustee of NH Catholic Charities and chairman emeritus of the Vesta Roy Excellence in Public Service Series. Donna is author of Further Ado: Practical Protocol for New Hampshire, published in 2003.
|Brian F. Walsh|
Mr. Walsh is the former Chairman of the Board of Selectmen in Hanover, New Hampshire, and the founder and original CEO of three technology start-ups including Fujifilm Dimatix (originally Spectra, Inc of Lebanon, NH). In the past, he has served on the Planning Board in Hanover, and numerous boards of private companies. Currently, Brian is a Director of Americans for Campaign Reform. As an artist, through his watercolor paintings, Brian seeks to portray the beauty of our earth’s special times and places: ten percent of the proceeds from the sale of his works is donated to non-profit organizations working to protect the environment. Brian lives in Hanover with his wife Linda Patchett. Their five children have grown and fled the nest.
|Todd I. Selig|
Todd I. Selig has been Durham Town Administrator since 2001. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Syracuse University, Mr. Selig went on to complete a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of New Hampshire. He has served in a variety of positions within both the municipal and school sectors including positions in Raymond, Laconia, New Boston, Hopkinton, and now Durham, NH. In 2003, Todd Selig was awarded the Caroline Gross Fellowship allowing him to attend the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was named as one of New Hampshire’s “40 Under Forty” by The Union Leader in 2005. Mr. Selig has previously served as chair of the board of directors for the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies and previously served as a trustee and vice-chair of the board of PRIMEX (N.H. Public Risk Management Exchange). He is a member of the International City/County Management Association, a member of the New Hampshire Municipal Managers’ Association, and a member of the Laconia and Durham Historical Societies. Originally from Laconia, NH, Mr. Selig resides with his wife and two daughters in Durham, New Hampshire.
|Kimon S. Zachos|
Mr. Zachos is a partner in the law firm of Sheehan, Phinney, Bass & Green Manchester. He served as a White House Fellow in 1965-1966 as a special assistant to Attorney General Nicholas D Katzenbach and in the NH House of Representatives from 1969 through 1974, where he was chairman of the Judiciary Committee, majority leader and deputy speaker. In 1994, he was named “Business Leader of the Year” by Business New Hampshire magazine and the NH Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. The Business and Industry Association awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. He is a director of Hitchiner Manufacturing Company, a trustee and president of the board of the Currier Gallery of Art, a trustee of Southern New Hampshire University, a trustee of endowment funds for Havenwood Retirement Community, and a trustee of trust funds of St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
|Martin L. Gross|
Martin Gross was the Center's founding Chair. Mr. Gross is senior counsel with the Concord law firm of Sulloway & Hollis, P.L.L.C. He has served as legal counsel to two New Hampshire governors (one Democrat, one Republican) and as special assistant to a third governor. He was mayor of Concord for three terms and a member of the Concord City Council for 12 years. He was a member of New Hampshire's Constitutional Conventions of 1974 and 1984 and has served on or chaired a variety of municipal and state study commissions, including the Concord City Charter Review Commission. He was acting chair and secretary of the NH Board of Prison Trustees. He also chaired the advisory committee for the State of New Hampshire's Health Care Fund Community Grant Program. He chaired the NH Supreme Court's Board of Bar Examiners for 23 years and has chaired the advisory committee for the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He formerly was a member of the City of Concord's Planning Board, and formerly chaired the City's Airport Advisory Committee. He currently chairs the Committee on Legislative Ethics of the New Hampshire General Court and the Conservation Law Foundation’s NH State Board, and serves as a trustee emeritus of Capitol Center for the Arts. He is a past Chair of the NH Charitable Foundation and the Capitol Region Health Care Corporation/Concord Hospital. He was a founding member and subsequently chair of New Hampshire’s Public Radio network.