New Hampshire board
Local community and business leaders work together to advance our mission to ensure public schools are places all students can thrive.
Dick Samuels joined the McLane Middleton law firm in 1980 and has been a director since 1987. Since 2013, Dick has served as the firm’s managing director. He is the former chair of the firm’s corporate department and concentrates his practice in corporate governance, corporate transactions (M&A), and securities regulation, including SEC regulation, private securities offerings, formation of private investment funds, and registered investment adviser and broker representation. Dick received his Bachelor of Arts cum laude, from Union College, his Master of Arts from Duke University (1976), and his J.D., cum laude, from Cornell University (1980) where he was an editor of the Cornell International Law Journal.
Roy Ballentine is founder and chairman of Ballentine Partners, one of the 20 largest wealth management firms. Roy graduated from Yale University with a B.A. and an M.S. He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner. He has practiced as a fee-only financial advisor since 1984. Roy has served for many years on the Board of Trustees of Brewster Academy, a private secondary school located in the heart of Wolfeboro, NH. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board and a member of the Investment Committee. Roy also serves as a Trustee of the Wolfeboro Area Children’s Center and is a member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire, Families in Transition of New Hampshire and of the Wolfeboro Area Recreation Association.
Barry Brensinger received a Masters degree in architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelors degree in visual studies (design) from Dartmouth College, where he received the Marcus Heiman Award for excellence in the arts. A member of the American Institute of Architects, Barry’s work includes award-winning civic, corporate, educational, and healthcare projects throughout the northeast. In 2013 he received NHAIA’s Clinton Sheerr Award for his career-long design achievements.
Barry has also been honored as a community leader through his dedicated work with numerous nonprofit organizations. He has served as chair of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and founding chair of the Manchester Regional Community Foundation. In 2016 he was named NeighborWorks’ Goodwin Outstanding Neighbor. In 2007, he was the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. In 1999, he received Manchester’s Good Samaritan Award and the Manchester Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year. Barry’s recent efforts have been focused on Manchester Proud, a City-wide movement, whose mission is to advance Manchester’s public schools through greater community engagement, understanding, and support.
Sara Dionne is Vice President of HR for the Greater Boston Region at Comcast. In this role she provides strategic leadership and direction for three key functional teams: Human Resources, Employee Relations and Talent Acquisition & Management. Sara has the proven ability to grasp and lead complex strategies and the willingness to bring them to fruition in a simpler, more customer-friendly way. Sara is also an accomplished facilitator, and her strength in this area has helped the HR organization and the functions she supports to have high-impact meetings followed by meaningful action. Sara is SPHR Certified and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Rivier College in Nashua, NH as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of New Hampshire in Manchester, NH. She is also a certified Personal Coach through WellCoaches. In addition to City Year New Hampshire, Sara is on the New England Women in Cable Television Board and serves as the Mentor Program Lead. In 2018, Sara attended and became the 1,000th graduate of the Betsy Magness program.
Lewis M. Feldstein served for 24 years as the CEO and President of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the state’s largest foundation. During his tenure the Foundation’s assets grew for $25 million to almost $500 million, becoming one of the largest community foundations in the nation. Lewis was several times selected as one of the ten most influential people in the state.
For ten years following the fall of the Soviet Union he played a lead role in building community foundations across Europe, and for seven years worked on the World Bank leadership team as the bank invested in, and tested, the role of community foundations and private philanthropy in the developing world. He co-chaired the Saguaro-Seminar “Civic Engagement in America” together with Robert Putnam at Harvard University and with him co-authored “Better Together: Restoring the American Community,” a book analyzing the grassroots development of civic engagement in the United States. In the political field, Lewis participated in the civil rights movement in Mississippi and was an assistant to New York City Mayor, John V. Lindsay. Among his singular achievements were seven year tenure as the MC of the International Zucchini Festival, and a stint as wine steward and personal assistant to John Wayne on his yacht in the Mediterranean. Lewis was listed among the Top 50 of nonprofit executives by the “NonProfit Times” and holds honorary doctorates from seven universities. Since retirement in 2010 Lewis has taken an active leadership role on several major New Hampshire public policy issues, including the lead role in opposing repeal of New Hampshires’s marriage equality law, continued to partner with Robert Putnam on emerging social capital issues, and acts as senior fellow on a national project working with selected community foundation ceo's.
Dr. Adrian K. Haugabrook is Executive Vice President and Managing Director for the Horizon Group at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in Manchester, New Hampshire. In this role, he provides strategic leadership and executive guidance for the University’s national and global disruptive innovation agenda through a range of emergent solutions that include products, processes, systems, and services with goals towards extending SNHU’s mission and offerings to new learners in new ways through the representation of learning, experiments, and testing of new ideas. He has committed his three decade career to influencing access, equity and opportunity in the US and abroad by leading strategy, growth (scale and replication), social policy and change initiatives in both U.S. higher education and non-profit sectors. Adrian sits on the boards of the Postsecondary National Policy Institute (Washington, DC); the Ascend National Advisory of the Aspen Institute (Washington, DC); the National Advisory Committee on the Future of African American Education (The College Board, NY), and City Year New Hampshire.
Before joining City Year New Hampshire’s board, he served with the City Year Boston board as vice chair, chair of the media and government relations committee and the growth advisory committee. A former collegiate scholar-athlete and military “brat,” Adrian received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Boston, Masters from Georgia Southwestern State University and his Bachelors from the University of West Georgia. Adrian and his wife, Angela, have a daughter who is a graduating senior at Spelman College and a son who is a sophomore at Morehouse College.
Sindiso Mnisi Weeks is an Assistant Professor at the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development at University of Massachusetts Boston. Her current work focuses on transformative constitutionalism and the pursuit of justice and human security by poor, indigenous women and men living in rural South Africa.
Sindiso has served as a senior researcher in the Centre for Law and Society at the University of Cape Town (UCT) where she also taught African Customary Law. She was a resident scholar at the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. She has published in academic and popular media on justice in law and society, women’s, economic, social and cultural rights, governance, participatory democracy, and the South African constitution, and has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the Women in Science Award for the Development of Rural Women. Sindiso also serves on the Boards of New Hampshire Legal Assistance and the St. Paul’s School Advanced Studies Program.
Mel Myler has been a proven leader, manager, and agent of change in education association work for over 40 years. In 2008, he retired from his executive staff position with the National Education Association (NEA) after serving the organization at the local, state and national level. For 20, he served as the executive director of NEA New Hampshire. He is a consensus builder providing a hands-on, creative approach to strategic planning and systems thinking. In each of his work experiences, he has initiated organizational change to meet new demands faced by a changing world.
His knowledge of organizational development and ability to organize has allowed him to seek the common ground to effect needed modifications in operation and program systems. Through his career, he has demonstrated an ability to move an organization into new dimensions while accommodating the human side of the enterprise. He is recognized by his colleagues as a leader, mentor, and agent of change. In November, 2012 he was elected to serve his first term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives serving on the House Education Committee. He currently serves as the House Education committee chair.
Dr. Steven Paris recently retired after having been in medicine for over 40 years. Most recently he was the Regional Medical Director for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Community Group Practices. He was in pediatrics from 1977-2019 and provided medical management of multi-specialty group practices with specialties in managing varying financial models of healthcare financing, implementation of electronic health records, hospital and medical group mergers and affiliations, and creating new ways for access to care for vulnerable populations. Dr. Paris graduated Harvard University (1970) with honors, went on to Duke University medical school (1974) where he graduated with honors, and did his pediatric training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (1977). He has been board certified since 1979.
Steven is active with many organizations, including: Children’s Public Health Fund Board, City Year New Hampshire, Healthy NH Foundation Board, Cheshire Medical Center Board, and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Board.
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 New Hampshire Public Radio.
Valerie Sununu became the First Lady of New Hampshire when her husband, Governor Christopher Sununu, was sworn in as New Hampshire’s 82nd governor on Jan. 5, 2017.
Valerie grew up outside of Boston in Chelsea, Massachusetts, and attended high school in Swampscott, Massachusetts. She received an academic scholarship to attend Simmons College in Boston. She graduated with both a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish language and literature and a Bachelor of Arts in special education. Her first teaching job was for the Chelsea public schools where she had the opportunity to give back to her hometown community. She then moved across the country to establish the inaugural inclusion program in the public schools of Mill Valley, California. She returned to the East coast to attend Harvard Graduate School of Education where she earned her Ed.M. in human development and psychology in 2004.
As first lady, Valerie works to raise awareness and increase funding for several causes that support education, childhood development, reading, local and small businesses, and addiction recovery. She currently serves as board president of the Friends of Bridges House (the New Hampshire executive residence), board member of City Year New Hampshire and board member for the New Hampshire Humanities. Valerie works to bring stakeholders in early childhood education together including philanthropists, practitioners, community leaders, elected officials, caregivers, in partnership to discuss ways to ensure that aspiring and current educators are prepared to support the youngest citizens of New Hampshire. Valerie is also a strong advocate for Best Buddies, a nonprofit organization and a universal movement that creates and promotes loving bonds, inclusive employment, and multifarious living situations for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Valerie maintains a private practice as a learning specialist, focusing on children, ages 3-18. She has served on numerous civic and community committees and boards throughout her life and professional career. The First Lady and Governor Sununu met in college and married in 2001. They have three children: Calvin, Edith and Leonardo.
Kate Vaughn is a Manchester area native, and a graduate of Derryfield School, William Smith College, and Boston University Law School. She also has an MS in special education and, before going to law school, worked as a special education teacher for five years in Massachusetts. Kate practiced law at McLane Middleton and is now in an in-house legal position at RiverStone Group where she is a claims unit manager and a member of their community involvement committee. She served a two-year term on the Manchester School Board in 2010.