Board of Directors
CASA of New Hampshire is honored to have a group of dedicated board members. These individuals provide us with their own personal donations, their strategic knowledge, and personal contacts with industry that help CASA of NH stay in business, so we can continue our fight to save the futures of NH’s abused children.
David is a shareholder at the law firm of Devine, Millimet Attorneys at Law in Manchester. He chairs the firm’s Probate Litigation Practice Group. In addition to probate matters, he routinely handles domestic relations cases including divorce, parenting responsibility and related matters. David is a Director of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation and is active with his church, St. Elizabeth Seton in Bedford, New Hampshire. David lives in Bedford with his wife Kristen and their three children, Elizabeth, Caroline, and Anne. In his free time, David enjoys biking, running, outdoor activities, spending quality time with his family, and he has been known to make appearances as Drosselmeyer in a local production of the Nutcracker.”It is a privilege to work with the dedicated CASA staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure that children of our state have healthy and happy homes,” David says.
Daniel G. Bernard, Immediate Past Chairman
Dan is a senior vice president for TD Bank. In his role as a relationship manager within the corporate banking group, Dan has worked with a number of large public companies throughout New England.
Given the importance CASA plays in the well being of New Hampshire’s children, Dan knew this was an organization he wanted to become a part of. He joined the Board of Directors in May 2009.
“There is no other organization that does more for New Hampshire’s ‘at-risk’ children. As a board member, my role is to support Marty, her staff and the volunteers who work tirelessly on behalf of these kids and also to make sure the community knows about all the good work being done by this tremendous organization,” Dan says.
Dan has a history of supporting programs that benefit children. He spent eight years serving as a big brother within the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program of Greater Manchester. During the past 10 years he has also served in various capacities for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Dan lives in Chester with his wife Kristine and their three children.
Maria Proulx, Esq., Secretary
As associate general counsel for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Maria is responsible for representing the organization in all legal aspects in a manner that contributes to the overall success of the business.
A graduate of UNH with a B.A. in Political Science, she earned a J.D. from the Quinnipiac University School of Law.
Maria enjoys coaching her two children in soccer and running.
Thomas Buchanan, Treasurer
Thomas Buchanan is the current Chief Executive Officer of Derry Medical Center P.A. and Derry Imaging LLC. He is the CEO of a 27 provider independent Primary Care group that provides services to 50,000 patients across multiple sites. Thomas has nearly thirty years of experience in his field of hospital administration.
Tom served previously as a board member and treasurer to Manchester Community Music School and previously has been a board member at Alexander Eastman Foundation, Greater Manchester American Red Cross, and Derry Chamber of Commerce.
Adele Boufford Baker
A native of Manchester, Adele is a second generation Franco-American and proud of her heritage and culture. She was educated in local schools and attended Rivier University and the University of New Hampshire She is also
a member of PI DELTA PHI, the French National Honor Society at St Anselm College. Raised in a bi-lingual family, her love for the French language continued at the Berlitz School of Languages in Boston where she would later become the Director of The Translation Services.
Returning to Manchester, she substituted in French and Spanish in local High Schools and teaching English as a Foreign Language to newly arrived French Canadians. She was a partner in Baker, Pappas & Dastin, Marketing and Public Relations. As Director of Development at Notre Dame College, she coordinated all fundraising and planned giving activities. From 1994 to 2004, Adele served as Executive Director of The Centre Franco-américain, a French cultural and heritage organization promoting the talents of Francophone artists the world over. In 1997 she was named Franco American of the Year.
In 2001, she became Honorary Consul of France and has been proud to represent the French government in New Hampshire to this day. In 2004, collaborated on the Quebec 400 (1604-2004) the founding of Quebec and served on The Champlain Committee to erect a commemorative plaque on the banks of the St Lawrence River depicting the cities and towns in New England where the French Canadians settled at the turn of the 20th Century. Manchester, NH played a prominent during that event.
She remains very active by volunteering and has served on the Boards of Directors of Catholic Medical Center, Make-a- Wish, The Manchester City Library, The Manchester Community Music School, The Gilbert French Language Foundation and The Holy Cross Family Learning Center. She is on the The Palace Theatre Advisory Board She is a Paul Harris Fellow of the Queen City Rotary Club. In 2008, President Sarkozy named her Knight of the National Order of Mérit, France’s second highest honor.
Adele owns and along with her son Edmond operates J. N. Boufford & Sons, a four generation funeral home in Manchester. Another son, Greg, is an Anesthesiologist in NYC and she has 2 grandchildren.
She’s an avid golfer and loves to travel.
” I’m honored and humbled to serve on the Board of Directors of CASA, such a worthwhile organization. ”
Arthur Bruinooge retired from his longtime career in the insurance industry in September of 2014. He was the former president and owner of Sadler Insurance Agency in Nashua, which he sold to Cross Insurance in 2012. Art worked the next two years for Cross in business development and as practice leader for the technology insurance program.
After his retirement, Art joined the Resource Development Committee at CASA prior to his recent appointment to the Board. Art has also served on the Board for the Manchester Boys and Girls Club – serving as director, vice president and on various committees and fundraisers. He is currently a trustee for the organization and a table captain for the annual Foundation of Friends Breakfast. He is also a trustee on the New Hampshire High Technology Council, and a past director of the New Hampshire International Trade Association, among other things.
“I can’t think of a better investment of time or money than helping children at risk,” Art says. “I admire the work that CASA does as well as the dedicated staff, volunteers and contributors that serve this organization. I am honored to serve as a board and committee member.”
Art lives with his wife Barbara and has four grown children and four grandchildren.
As President and co-owner of MTS Services, Judy Bergeron oversees day-to-day operations, corporate strategic planning, marketing and business development. MTS Services specializes in audio visual systems and structured cabling for information communication technology.
Judy is a strong proponent of CASA and is pleased to be a part of the organization and support the staff and volunteers as they work to serve the needs of the abused and neglected children in our state. An energetic champion for several charitable causes, Judy is also a member of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of New Hampshire (EFNH) and sits on their Advisory Board. EFNH strives to tap into the energy and resources of entrepreneurs, making philanthropy part of the DNA of doing business in New Hampshire.
Additionally, Judy is Vice Chair of the Olin College External Technology Advisory Board. She recently completed 10 years as member of the Board of Directors at Families in Transition and is still very committed to their mission of providing safe and affordable housing to homeless individuals and families in need.
A resident of Portsmouth, Judy is the proud mother of a daughter and two sons.
Kathy is completing a Master’s program to obtain a degree in Mental Health Counseling. She was an actuarial consultant for a pension consulting firm in Chicago for 10 years before moving to New Hampshire 11 years ago. Kathy served on the board of the Amherst Junior Woman’s Club for several years and has also been involved with SHARE of Milford.
Kathy lives in Amherst with her husband Scott and they have three daughters.
“I agreed to serve on the CASA board because I believe every child has the right to grow up in a safe environment. I am proud to be part of CASA of New Hampshire, and help our abused and neglected children find safe and loving homes.”
Amy Coveno has been anchoring weekend mornings at WMUR-TV since 2007. During the week, she fancies herself a hard-hitting field reporter whose favorite stories involve championing the underdog — you can catch her work Mondays through Wednesdays at 5 and 6 on Channel 9. Amy’s work has been Emmy-nominated a number of times and for the past two years was awarded by Hippo magazine readers, Best TV Reporter in New Hampshire.
In 2009, Amy joined forces with CASA of New Hampshire and continues to be invigorated by the important, life-changing work CASA volunteers do every single day in the most confidential settings with the most vulnerable people in our communities — abused and neglected children.
“It is humbling but such an honor to have the role of shining a spotlight on CASA of New Hampshire and their incredible dedication in the toughest situations,” Amy says.
Amy and her husband Rick have three daughters and a son, two Newfoundlands and a barn full of animals!
Benjamin Gaetjens-Oleson works for his hometown of Lancaster, where he wears multiple hats as the planning and zoning coordinator, grant administrator and the emergency management director. Outside of work Ben is still heavily involved in the community as a trustee to the Weeks Memorial Library, a member of the Lancaster Rotary Club, a member of the Coos Economic Development Corporation board and a member of the Lancaster Fair Board, to name a few. Staying active and giving back to the community is an important part of Ben’s life and is made possible by the love and support of his wife Suzanne and two daughters Imani and Isabella.
“I have been familiar with CASA of New Hampshire and their inspiring work for many years and was excited when I was invited to join their Board,” Ben says. “As a youth athletic coach for many years, I have seen the positive impact a trusted adult can have on a child and I hope to help CASA develop a greater presence in northern New Hampshire.”
Nick Giacoumakis is the founder and CEO of New England Investment & Retirement Group, Inc. He lives in Windham with his family and three children.
Nick and his team recently hosted a successful charitable golf tournament to support CASA of NH.
“The care and protection of children who are abused, vulnerable and at a disadvantage is such a critical priority,” Nick says. “It’s an honor to support the many dedicated advocates of CASA of New Hampshire.”
Nick founded New England Investment & Retirement Group, Inc. in 1995. The 13-member wealth management firm, which is based in North Andover, Mass., and has a second location in Naples, Fla., currently manages and advises on approximately a half billion dollars in assets.
Barron’s magazine named Nick as a Top 1,000 Advisor in the country and among the Top 25 in Massachusetts three times (#22 in 2009, #21 in 2010, and #19 in 2011). The Barron’s Top 1,000 list is based on assets under management, revenues advisors generate for their firms and the quality of their practices.
Nick is also a principal for NCS/RC, a national consulting firm. The firm has tripled in size since Nick joined the firm in 2013 and now has offices in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York and Florida.
Nick was born and raised in Lynnfield, Mass., but has lived in southern New Hampshire since 1989. He spends his time away from work contributing to organizations and local charities such as the Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program. Nick is also involved with his family and his children’s activities, and enjoys traveling, boating, skiing and golf.
Jerry has spent the past 29 years as a senior level marketing practitioner, business leader, and strategist to Fortune 500 corporations and leading organizations. Prior to co-founding Strategy First Partners, Jerry developed and implemented successful strategies for leading brands around the world with Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble and operated consumer products businesses in the USA, Japan, and Australia.
In 2000, Jerry Co-Founded Strategy First Partners LLC, a strategic marketing firm that develops winning marketing, branding, and business strategies in the U.S. and internationally.
Strategy First’s clients include: Allegheny Technologies, AMD, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Carnegie Mellon University, The Coca-Cola Company, Commonwealth Bank (Australia), Converse (Nike), The Dallas Morning News, Dell, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, The Home Depot, HSBC, MetLife, Microsoft, The New School University, Nokia, Office Depot, The Procter & Gamble Company, Sara Lee, Starbucks, Timberland, T-Mobile, Toyota and Vanguard Investments.
Jerry holds Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in engineering degrees from Cornell University. From 2002-09 Jerry was a board member and chairman of water.org, a leading provider of clean water and sanitation in the developing world. Jerry and his wife Debbie live near Portsmouth. They have two children, Ben (22) and Alex (19).
Linda was raised in southern New Hampshire. She received a BS in Business Administration from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics, at the University of New Hampshire. Her studies included a Semester at Sea her senior year, traveling the world studying international business and marketing. After college she accepted a position as an administrator for Sander’s Associates (presently BAE Systems) in Manchester.
Linda met her husband Rich at Sanders and have been married for 33 years. They have four children, 3 granddaughters and two dogs and live in Meredith, NH. In 1996, Linda and Rich purchased Capital City Motors, which became Lovering Volvo- Isuzu in Concord, (Presently Lovering Volvo and Mitsubishi). In 1998 they opened Lovering Volvo of Nashua and in 2004, built Lovering Volvo of Meredith to serve their northern customers.
Linda has been very active with the local and state community, serving on a variety of nonprofit boards to include: CASA of NH, The Better Business Bureau of NH, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua and The Nashua Crime Line. Past board member of The Humane Society for Greater Nashua, Partnership for a Drug Free NH, NHADA Member Benefits Trust and past president and board member of the Front Door Agency (formerly the Nashua Pastoral Care Center).
“I support CASA because it makes a real difference in the lives of our states most vulnerable children. It has outstanding leadership, dedicated staff and volunteers,” Linda says. “Children are our future and they need our protection.”
Linda is a previous member of the Hollis-Brookline Rotary Club and is a corporator for NH Mutual Bancorp.
Denise McDonough is Regional Vice President of Sales at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in New Hampshire, the state’s largest health insurer and part of Anthem, Inc., one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies.
Denise has more than 20 years of healthcare experience. She began her career with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in 1996 where she held a number of sales and sales management positions. In 2010, Denise joined Anthem, BCBS in New Hampshire, where she is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for the plan’s sales activities in the individual, small, and large group markets.
Denise holds a B.A. degree in English from Boston College and an M.A. from Emerson College. She resides in Bedford with her family.
Alan. L. Reische chairs the Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green Corporate Law and Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions and Business Formation and Succession Planning practice groups. His legal practice is focused on transactional matters, business acquisitions and mergers, planning for next-generation internal ownership transfers and debt and equity financings from institutional and non-institutional sources. He has continually been recognized by his peers in Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers as the “dean of the corporate bar,” bringing “innovative approaches to complicated corporate problems,” in Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in America, and was named a New England Super Lawyer by Law and Politics in the area of corporate law.Alan is active with many organizations. He is the vice-chair and a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Workforce Opportunity Council, member of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Center for Non-Profits and is a Board Member of NHPR.For three years, he served as chairman of CASA’s board of directors and now sits as a member. He is also a member of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund – Vested for Growth Committee, a micro-capital fund for companies dedicated to open book management, and he is a member of the Live Free and Start Advisory Council, a new high technology startup initiative aimed at helping to make it easier for high technology businesses to start up and flourish in New Hampshire.
Al Romero is a senior vice president and team leader in commercial banking at Centrix Bank in Bedford, NH. Al has more than 25 years of experience working in the banking industry.Al is a valued member of CASA’s Resource Development committee in addition to his board duties. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Diocese of Manchester’s Finance Council.Al served recently as a board member at The First Tee of New Hampshire, and previously as an advisory board member at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, and a board member at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Manchester.Al resides in Merrimack with his wife and daughter.
John works in marketing for Dyn, a fast growing tech company based in Manchester. His network at Dyn within and outside of Manchester grants access to the young professional crowd, especially locally here in New Hampshire. Dyn is an Internet Performance Solutions company that was recognized as the fastest growing private company in New Hampshire by Business NH Magazine in September 2013, the same month John joined CASA’s Board of Directors.
John joins his mother, Marcia, on the Board as they both share a passion for the organization that was implanted in them by John’s late father John, who served on the Board for several years. John has a passion for the community as he has been a lifelong New Hampshire resident outside of a 4-year college stint at Emerson College in Boston. He grew up in Bedford and now resides in Manchester.
“The work CASA does for children in New Hampshire is incredible and inspiring. I’m so proud to support the amazing staff and volunteers, and help spread the word of the great work they do to ensure these kids get every chance they deserve to grow up properly and live a happy, healthy life,” John says.
In his spare time, John can be found rooting on any of the Boston sports teams or taking in some live music.
Marcia Zahr became aware of the CASA organization through the interest of her late husband, John. It is a cause they both found worthy and necessary. Marcia and John were fortunate to raise their three children in a healthy and supportive environment, and found it heartbreaking that so many children are not so lucky.
In her personal life, Marcia is an artist, a mother, and a grandmother. Marcia hopes to contribute in some way to the public’s awareness of CASA. She aims to encourage people’s participation and contributions to ensure that the services provided by CASA’s dedicated volunteers will be available to every child in need in the state of New Hampshire.
Marcia (Marty) Sink, — President and CEO, CASA of NH
While serving as a foster parent — and subsequently adopting a foster child who became one of her three sons – Marty Sink realized the victimized children of New Hampshire needed advocates to give them a voice in court. In 1988 she founded CASA of NH, bringing the Seattle-based concept of providing volunteer court advocates to the victimized children of New Hampshire. Through vision, diligence, hard work and integrity, CASA has been welcomed into District and Family Courts all over the state.
Through the years Marty actively participated on many state and national committees, task forces and boards including:
· National CASA – Former President, Board of Directors; Chair, Education & Public Awareness Committee
· Executive Committee Member, Merrimack County Model Court Project
· Council Member, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Manchester, NH
· New Hampshire Citizens’ Commission on State Courts
· New Hampshire Commission on Adoption
· New Hampshire Attorney General’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect
· New Hampshire Child Fatality Review Team
· New Hampshire Court Improvement Project Advisory Board
· New Hampshire Guardian ad Litem Board
· Governor Shaheen’s Judicial Selection Commission
The following awards recognize Marty’s significant commitment and contribution to children in need of champions:
· 2014 – Keene State College’s Outstanding Women of New Hampshire Award
· 2014 – New Hampshire Business Review’s 2014 Outstanding Women in Business
· 2012 – Doctorate of Laws and Letters from Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH
· 2012 – Governor’s Award for Volunteer Management
· 2010 – Manchester Woman’s Club Athena Award
· 2008 – Applaud Magazine’s Amazing NH Woman of the Year
· 2004 – University of New Hampshire’s Granite State Award
· 2001 – New Hampshire Bar Association’s Frank Rowe Kenison Award
· 1999 – New Hampshire Women’s Fund NH Women of the Twentieth Century
· 1999 – Governor’s Commendation
· 1997 – National CASA Association Kappa Alpha Theta Program Director of the Year
· 1995 – Greater Manchester Association of Social Service Agencies’ James B. Sullivan Human Services Leadership Award
· 1994 – Attorney General’s Task Force Award