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.

 

Gerri Moriarty, Chairman

In 1994, Gerri Moriarty came to CASA of New Hampshire and was activated as a Guardian ad Litem. Nearly 400 hours and 1,700 miles worth of service later, she has safeguarded the best interests of thirteen children. For our benefit, Gerri now translates that grassroots experience into broader policy-making and governance on the CASA Board of Directors.

Ms. Moriarty, who has a BS in Computer Science and an MBA in General Business, has parlayed her skills in sales, project management, and communications into multiple layers of business development. Currently, she is a Manager at Segway, Inc. and responsible for developing and incubating business relationships for the Segway Personal Transporter. She is a product expert on the mechanical, electrical, and software of, and human interaction with, the innovative technology.

A resident of Hollis, Gerri knows the true value of involvement in her community. Besides her advocacy through CASA, she was a volunteer on-air reader for the Talking Information Radio Reading Service to the blind and visually impaired. She was also Founder and President of the New England Women’s Cycling Club which organized women’s racing series, garnered sponsorships and support for the sport, and encouraged national and international cycling competitors.

 

Dan Bernard

Daniel G. Bernard, Vice 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 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.

 

Betsy Gardella

Betsy is the President and CEO of New Hampshire Public Radio.  She has worked at WNYC Radio, the New York Shakespeare Festival, National Dance Institute and the American Center in Paris and has served as a consultant to cultural, media and educational institutions including Development Exchange Inc., Developing Radio Partners, Public Radio Exchange, Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media New York University Station Resource Group and WAMU.

Betsy currently serves on the Board of Directors, NH Center for Nonprofits (Concord, NH); Board of Trustees, First Congregational Church of Hopkinton; National Council of Graywolf Press (Saint Paul, MN); Advisory Board, The Franklin Pierce College/Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication (Rindge, NH); and Advisory Board, Playwrights Horizons Theater School (New York City).

 

 Thomas Buchanan

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.

 

Amy Coveno

Amy Coveno joined WMUR in August of 2007. A general assignment reporter during the week, Amy also anchors the station’s Saturday and Sunday morning newscasts. Amy’s reporting and investigating work includes local politics and social issues, including homelessness. She was nominated for an Emmy for reporting in 2010.

When Amy’s husband, Rick, served as an Officer in the Air Force, the family lived in Utah, California, Ohio, Massachusetts and Germany. Amy and Rick have three daughters and a son.  Rick has retired from the Air Force and the family now call home a 100-year old New England farmhouse complete with two Newfoundlands, three chickens, a barn cat and a bunny!

 

Daniel Deane

Dan Deane is a litigation attorney in the Manchester, New Hampshire office of Nixon Peabody LLP, a 700-attorney full-service law firm that helps clients with complex challenges in litigation, real estate, corporate law, and finance.  As a member of Nixon Peabody’s Commercial Litigation group, Dan represents local and national businesses in a broad array of complex civil and criminal litigation matters arising in a variety of venues, including cases in federal and state courts and administrative agencies, arbitrations, and class actions. His clients include national banks and large healthcare providers.

Dan dedicates a substantial portion of his time to the delivery of his services pro bono.  In 2009, Dan spear headed a new partnership between Nixon Peabody and CASA of New Hampshire in which Nixon Peabody attorneys provide pro bono legal representation to CASA volunteers in abuse and neglect and termination of parental rights proceedings in New Hampshire.  Nixon Peabody attorneys have also drafted and submitted briefs to the New Hampshire Supreme Court on issues of importance to CASA.

Dan lives in Lee, New Hampshire with his wife and two daughters.

 

David P. Eby, Esquire

David is a shareholder at the law firm of Devine, Millimet and Branch, Professional Association 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.

 

 Kelly Gagliuso

Kelly Gagliuso is a founding member of Gagliuso & Gagliuso Professional Association, a New Hampshire law firm concentrating its practice in construction law and business litigation. Kelly has practiced in the areas of construction, commercial litigation, and creditors’ rights for more than twenty years.

Kelly lives in Amherst with her husband and law partner, Rick, and their fourteen year old daughter, Rachel.

 

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Jerry Howard

Jerry has spent the past 28 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 (www.strategyfirstpartners.com), 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 (ATI), 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, Nokia, Office Depot, The Procter & Gamble Company, Sara Lee, Starbucks, Timberland, T-Mobile, and Toyota.

Jerry holds Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees from Cornell University. From 2002-2009 Jerry was a board member and non-executive Chairman of water.org, a leading provider of clean water and sanitation in the developing world. Jerry and his wife Debbie live near Portsmouth, New Hampshire. They have two children, Ben (21) and Alex (18).

 

Lynn Photiades

Lynn works as a peer Tutor (Level II) for the Business Administration degree program at the University of New Hampshire.

Lynn’s commitment to CASA, which began as an office/fund raising events volunteer, includes the belief that “…we need to do everything we can to empower, encourage and guide today’s children so they can take our place in the future and continue to empower, encourage and guide their children.”

Lynn’s involvement with her church, Blessed John XXXIII Parish, includes her work as a Confirmation teacher and Youth Group assistant and as a singer and music coordinator for Family Mass.  She and husband Jeff are the parents of two daughters.

 

Maria Proulx

As Senior Legal 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.

Attorney Proulx serves as a Board Member of the Merrimack County Bar Association and is a member of the NH Women’s Bar Association.

Maria enjoys soccer, softball, basketball, and running.

 

Francis P. Rich Jr.

As the president of the Bedford-based and management firm JFR Consulting, LLC, Frank advises a broad range of construction, distribution, and manufacturing companies. He joined the CASA Board of Directors in February of 2008 and brings to our governing body his boundless enthusiasm, sound business acumen, and a great desire to help New Hampshire’s most vulnerable citizens. Frank also draws a wealth of experience and knowledge of nonprofit organizations from previous and current volunteerism: the Boards of Manchester Music, School and Derryfield School; Director of A.B.C. Builders and A.E.P.; United Way; Easter Seals; Derry Rotary Club; and Breast Cancer Walks.

Frank and his wife June are residents of Bedford. They have two adult children — a daughter Joyia and a son James — and two amazing grandsons, Jackson and Sam.

CASA of New Hampshire has already benefited greatly from Frank’s can-do spirit and dynamic use of networking skills for the sake of victimized children. We look forward to the strides he will help us achieve in his tenure as a CASA Board member.

 

Albert Romero

Al Romero is the Senior Vice President/Team Leader of Commercial Banking at Centrix Bank in Bedford, NH. Al was a top performer for Centrix Bank in 2011 and has over twenty 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. Al also is a member of the board of directors at The First Tee of New Hampshire.

Al, his wife and daughter currently reside in Merrimack, New Hampshire.

 

Gregory S. Timbas

As parents of four children – Alex, Meghan, Grant, and Garrett – Manchester residents Greg Timbas and his wife Claire Timbas are firm believers in building a strong community for their own family and for other children who need staunch advocates in their lives. CASA of New Hampshire and Greg, therefore, find a perfect pairing of corporate and personal missions.

In his professional life, Greg is a financial advisor and stockbroker at Edward Jones Investments in Manchester.  His strong work ethic in business also translates into his civic and nonprofit service – as a member of the Queen City Rotary Club (a long-time supporter of CASA); Chairman of the Manchester Fire Commission; past-President of the Queen City Kiwanis Board; St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral; and past-Chairman of NH’s Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

CASA of New Hampshire is gratified by Greg’s willingness to join its Board in June 2008, and we eagerly anticipate that his energetic involvement will advance many fronts in our effort to protect and enable children toward hopeful futures.

 

Patricia S. Tollner

Patricia Tollner,  a paralegal,  holds the position of Business Development Coordinator at Harvey Construction Corp in Bedford.

She brings sound management and organizational skills to the CASA Board as well as a solid commitment to the mission of the organization through her work as a CASA Guardian ad Litem. Patty says,  “As a CASA you need to listen to everyone: the parents, the social agencies, but mostly to the children and use your common sense to make a heartfelt recommendation.  If you let your heart be your compass, you can’t go wrong.”

She is the proud owner of a giant labradoodle – Raisin, a certified therapy dog.  Patty and Raisin work with children in the Nashua area and lakes region of NH.

Patricia Tollner and her husband, Jim, reside in Nashua and are the parents of three grown up children.

 

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John Zahr

John works in Business Development for Dyn, a fast growing tech company based in Manchester, NH.  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.

In his spare time, John can be found rooting on any of the Boston sports teams or taking in some live music.

 

 Marcia Zahr

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:

· 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