New Hampshire board
Local community and business leaders work together to advance our mission to ensure public schools are places all students can thrive.
Dr. Adrian K. Haugabrook is senior vice president and university chief of staff at Southern New Hampshire University. Adrian concurrently serves as chief operating officer of LRNG/SNHU, a Chicago-based company that uses technology to build learn+work city ecosystems designed to connect learners and students across the country to new opportunities. He has committed his entire career to influencing access, equity and opportunity by leading strategy, growth, policy and change initiatives in both higher education and nonprofit sectors. Adrian sits on the boards of the Postsecondary National Policy Institute (Washington, DC), the National Advisory Committee on the Future of African American Education (The College Board, NY), and City Year New Hampshire. Adrian has enjoyed a long relationship with City Year and is an ardent supporter of national service dating back to 1994. 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.
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.
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.
Mary Sullivan Heath was first elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2013 in a special election in Hillsborough County District 14 and is currently serving her third term. A long-time educator, Mary served on the house education committee for two terms. Mary's work experiences include serving as the dean of the school of education at Southern New Hampshire University focusing on student-centered learning, quality teacher preparation and professional development. With over 42 years in education, she has served as an elementary school teacher, learning disability specialist at the high school level, federal program manager, assistant superintendent of schools, grant writer, and as a technical research consultant with RMC Research Corporation as a contractor for the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, Governor John Lynch appointed Mary in 2005 as deputy commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Education.
Sue Lock is currently the chief financial officer at Alumni Ventures Group. She was formerly a senior vice president at Bain Capital, bringing 18 years of private equity experience with her to AVG, with a focus in venture capital as well as private equity funds. Prior to being at Bain Capital, she was a manager in the small business division of Arthur Andersen, one of the big-eight accounting firms, focusing on tax and audit for start-ups and smaller clients. Sue is a certified public accountant in Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Northeastern University.
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 has been in pediatrics since 1977 and has over 40 years of experience in medical management of multispecialty 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 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.
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.
Lesa Scott is the president of the Highlights Education Group, which is a part of the Highlights for Children organization. The Highlights Education Group includes Stenhouse Publishing, Staff Development for Educators (SDE), Zaner-Bloser (ZB) and Educational Learning Products (ELP). The Stenhouse organization is a leading publisher of author centric professional development publications and digital resources. SDE offers educators the opportunity to attend professional development events and also works directly with school districts to respond to district professional development needs. Zaner-Bloser is a publishers of classroom resources for teachers and student, including K–2 Superkids reading program, Handwriting and Spelling classroom resources. ZB also provides digital content based on the classroom resources.
Lesa has over 30 years in the educational publishing space with 75% of her career spent between Scott Foresman and Heinemann Publishers. Prior to moving into publishing, Lesa taught school in Arkansas and Texas. She is a product of the public school and college system and has a deep passion for supporting educators in their roles of educating all students. She has over 10 years on the board of City Year New Hampshire.
Kerri St. Jean serves as senior vice president of human resources for Comcast’s Northeast Division, which consists of 22,000 employees serving approximately 7.5 million customers across 14 northeastern states from Maine down through Virginia. In this role, Kerri is responsible for leading all facets of human resources and organizational effectiveness strategy for the division.
Kerri has more than 20 years of experience in the cable industry and has held various management and human resource positions with Comcast and its predecessor companies, including Cablevision, MediaOne and AT&T Broadband.
Kerri began her career in cable as the director of human resources for Cablevision Systems in Boston in 1989 and later joined MediaOne to lead the human resources organization during a time of rapid growth and change as the company launched its high-speed data and voice services for the first time. When AT&T Broadband acquired MediaOne, Kerri was promoted to vice president of human resources for the new company’s Northeast region, where she helped implement the highly successful acquisitions of Time Warner, Colony Cable and Cablevision, and led the change efforts surrounding AT&T’s purchase of MediaOne. After Comcast acquired AT&T Broadband in November 2002, Kerri was instrumental in leading the region’s transformation from 2,500 employees to 24,000 employees as it became Comcast’s second largest division. In this role, Kerri developed and implemented progressive human resources strategies and practices that have now become standard operating procedures nationwide.
In addition to her extensive cable industry experience, Kerri served as vice president of human resources for a communications start-up company, Global Communication Devices, where she developed the human resources infrastructure, designed a compensation strategy to help attract international talent, and led the organization’s team effectiveness strategy.
Kerri earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Flagler College and received her Master of Arts degree from Northeastern University. In addition, she earned a certificate in human resources management from the Northeast Human Resources Association and is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, the flagship executive leadership program facilitated by Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT). Kerri recently earned her executive coaching certificate from Integral Coaching Canada Inc., a leading edge world-wide coaching institute.
Kerri resides in Salisbury, MA with her family and is an active member of her local community where she serves as an executive coach for City Year, and an adviser and mentor for the Northeast chapter of WICT. Kerri is also a new mentor for Comcast’s Big Brothers Big Sisters “Beyond School Walls” program.
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.