2014-07-01

CITY YEAR NEW HAMPSHIRE APPOINTS FIVE NEW MEMBERS TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Manchester, NH – City Year New Hampshire recently appointed five new members to its Board of Directors. Kerri St. Jean, Emily Gray Rice, Chris Dolloff, David H. Cassidy, and Justine Vogel join the 11 members of the City Year New Hampshire Board, effective immediately.

“We’re excited and grateful that these five leaders are joining the board,” said Beth Roberts, Chair of the City Year New Hampshire Board of Directors. “Collectively, they bring great experience, diverse perspectives, and a vision that will undoubtedly strengthen City Year New Hampshire.” 

City Year New Hampshire recently completed another successful year serving 2,700 at-risk students in six of the state's highest-poverty public schools and achieving perfect retention of its 50 AmeriCorps members in full-time service. With the addition of five distinguished leaders to its Board of Directors, City Year New Hampshire anticipates continued success both with the launching of a new class in September – the 15th Anniversary corps – and with a plan to expand needed service capacity in the future.

Kerri St. Jean currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Comcast Cable’s Northeast Division. She has more than 25 years of experience in the cable industry and played an integral role as the Northeast region became Comcast’s second largest division. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Flagler College and her master’s from Northeastern University. Kerri lives in Merrimac, MA with her two children and plays an active role in her local community. She is a mentor for Comcast’s Big Brothers Big Sisters “Beyond School Walls” program in New Hampshire. She has also been a partner with City Year NH, helping with staff member leadership training.

Emily Gray Rice is an attorney and shareholder at Bernstein Shur Law Firm. Rice works from Bernstein Shur’s Manchester office and is one of the sharpest legal minds in the Northeast. She was recognized by Chambers USA as one of America’s leading lawyers for business and in 2012 was listed in Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Boston University and earned her JD from Northeastern University School of Law.

Chris Dolloff is the President of and CEO of Cityside Management Corp—a nationwide real estate management firm. Dolloff founded the company in 1998 and has managed more than 100,000 homes in 39 states for the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development. Dolloff graduated from Merrimack College and currently lives in Manchester, NH. He is an active community member and has dedicated much of his time and resources to service and philanthropy. Recently, Dolloff served on the Board of Directors for the United Way and currently serves on the regional advisory board for the NH Charitable Foundation.

David H. Cassidy is the Executive Vice President and Director of Lending and Credit at Centrix Bank. Cassidy is a member of the bank’s Executive Management Team, Credit committee, and Liability Management committee. In 2013, Cassidy was voted Community Banker of the Year by the NH Banker’s Association. Cassidy is also an energetic community activist. He has volunteered with Granite United Way since 1995 and is a former member of its Board of Directors. Over the past twenty years he has been actively serving many New Hampshire charitable and youth organizations including Catholic Medical Center, Easter Seals, American Red Cross, Bethany Covenant Church, Horizons Soup Kitchen, Daniel Webster Council Boy Scouts, and the NH Institute of Art.

Justine Vogel, CPA, is the President and CEO of RiverWoods. RiverWoods is an active, independent retirement community in Exeter, NH. Her tenure at RiverWoods began as the Director of Accounting, with growth into the role of CFO in 1997, COO in 2005 and President/CEO in 2007. She has several years experience in auditing and financial analysis with Arthur Andersen & Co., Ernst & Young, and Chubb Life Insurance Company. Vogel is a certified public accountant in the state of New Jersey and serves as a Trustee and Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Leading Age of Maine and New Hampshire. She has lectured at the University of New Hampshire and is a frequent speaker at local, regional and national industry conferences on topics including strategic management, growth planning, culture development and financial oversight.

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