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.

 

Dan Bernard

Daniel G. Bernard, 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.

 

David P. Eby, Esq., Vice Chairman

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.

 

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.

 

Amy Coveno

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!

 

Daniel Deane, Esq.

Dan Deane is a litigation attorney in the Manchester office of Nixon Peabody LLP, a full-service law firm — with more than 600 attorneys — that helps clients with complex challenges in litigation, real estate, corporate law, and finance.   Dan represents national and international businesses and individuals in a variety of industries with a focus in health care, insurance and financial services.  His four main practice areas are class action and aggregate litigation defense, government investigations and criminal defense, employer defense, and appeals.

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

After  witnessing, first hand, the value that a volunteer CASA advocate brings to court, Dan joined the CASA board in 2012. According to Dan, “CASA’s volunteers perform one of the most important public services imaginable.  They provide a voice to the voiceless — the forgotten and neglected children of our state.  If our society aspires to be civil and just, the voices of its children must be heard.”

Dan lives in Lee with his wife Rachel and their two daughters.

 

 Kelly Gagliuso, Esq.

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 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).

 

Gerri Moriarty, Immediate Past 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.

 

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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.

 

Albert Romero

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.

 

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 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

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