Carol Swenson Jue, President (2008 to Present)
Carol graduated Wittenberg Universitywith a Bachelor’s degree and Case Western Reserve University with a Masters in Social Work. Following a move to New Hampshire over 30 years ago, Carol worked in a child health clinic and was the Executive Director of a volunteer hospice. She was employed by Monadnock Family Services for 20 years her last position being Clinical Coordinator overseeing community-based services for children with emotional or behavioral needs and their families. Her twenty-year history working in a variety of mental health services has ingrained her with a strong commitment to and understanding of families in need. Carol also enjoys gardening and traveling.
Fredrick Macmillan, Vice President (2009 to Present)
Rick has an AB from Dartmouth and an MBA from Amos Tuck at Dartmouth. In 1970, he began his career at the accounting firm Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst & Young), and subsequently has moved up the ranks of corporate financial management from cost accountant to chief financial officer, acquiring a CPA along the way. His Employers included Schlumberger, Ltd.; Aerojet-General; LeCroy Research Systems; Troy Mills, Inc.; and Colt’s Manufacturing. For the past few years, Rick has served as consultant to firms in need of CFO-level control, review, and management. A past member of the Keene Chamber of Commerce, a Dublin New Hampshire Selectman, and a board member of the local Red Cross, Rick brings a high level of civic dedication and experience. As a BBBS mentor, he tries to present a different perspective and a broader range of interests and opportunities to his ‘Little’. And to our board, he provides sound business and financial advice and guidance.
Todd Watkins, Treasurer (2010 to Present)
Todd is the chief estimator for the Melanson Company, a contracting firm. He has been with the company for the past 30 years. He has a BS in Architectural Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology. His community efforts have included positions on the Elm City Rotary Club, local sporting league coaching and administrating. His background of physical planning has helped tremendously in designing program strategies for our agency. His friends with our agency convinced him that his time and talents would be well-spent on our board, and we couldn’t agree more.
Meredith Speranza, Secretary (2012 to Present)
Meredith, originally from Rochester, NY, graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 2010 with a degree in Marketing Communications. While at SJU, she was an active member of her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, the club volleyball team and participated in several Habitat for Humanity service trips. She came to Keene after graduation to work for C&S Wholesale Grocers in the Merchandising department. Meredith loves to travel, ski, cook, golf, and spend time with friends and family. In addition to being involved with BBBS, Meredith also volunteers at Linda’s Closet and The Community Kitchen.
Carl Allen, Jr., Member (2009 to Present)
Carl has a BS fromBloomfieldCollege, an M. Ed from The Pennsylvania State University, and advanced graduate studies atMichiganStateUniversity. He administered college housing for three different universities over ten years with his final job as Director of Residence Life at Keene State College. He has a 26-year work history with the housing and environmental program at RCAP Solutions, Inc. inGardner,MAand for the past four years he has been a staff Management Consultant for the Keene Housing Authority. Having served on a committee at the Ford Foundation, as chair at a local Church Council, Board Member for the National RCAP organization, Board member for the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, President of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Housing Association and having held a leadership role with a local Church Building committee that successfully raised 1.2 million dollars to make the Colonial era building handicapped accessible, he has a gift for organizing both information and people. As a musician, a member of Keene Pops, a member of two choirs, the Ringers on the Square Bell Choir and a performer with local musical theater productions, he brings real world experience and a strong sense of music and culture to our board’s decision process. Carl has expertise in nonprofit management, budgeting, planning, legislative advocacy and management information systems.
Greg Burdett, Member (August 2012 to Present)
Gregg currently serves as Vice President for Administration & Physician Services at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont. He has spent the last 29 years in the healthcare industry in both Human Resource and Operational leadership positions. A graduate of Boston University, he grew up in Boston the son of a single mother. It was at age seven when he was first introduced to his Big Brother who went on to play an extremely integral role in his youth. Gregg credits his successful upbringing in large part to the influence his “Big” had on him and is passionate about the work BBBS can accomplish in our local community. Gregg lives in Westmoreland with his wife Jane and their son Benjamin. They have three grown daughters who have fled the nest.
Lorraine Cosseboom, Member (September 2012 to Present)
Lorraine has retired from the accounting field in Connecticut, where for the last twenty years she served as the chief accounting officer for her three insurance agencies. She has an Associate’s degree in accounting from New Hampshire Community College to examine long-term sustainability plans. Her experience as a mother led her to seek a position helping children, and we have been very pleased to have her input and guidance. Her community efforts have included positions on the board of Long Key Townhouse Condominium Association. Her background in finance with strong commitment to Sullivan County and willingness to join our board has been fortuitous as we have recently begun.
Mary Kirk, Member (June 2012 to Present)
Mary grew up in California and went to Cornell University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in archaeology. After graduation, she worked for several TV and radio stations and ad agencies in Florida and Tennessee as a copywriter/producer in advertising in both print and broadcast. She also worked in public relations before she took a break from her professional career to raise three children. Her husband, Charles, has served as a BBBS board member. For the past eight years, Mary has worked at Monadnock Family Services. Mary believes in the power that a positive example has in helping a child reach his/her potential. She is happy to be involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters because she knows that our matches enrich the lives of children so they can grow up to become thriving members of society.
Stephanie Osterhout, Member (August 2012 to Present)
Stephanie worked in Keene as the Human Resources Manager for Smiths Medical before she accepted the same position where she is currently working at the Timken Company in April 2010. Stephanie graduated Keene State College with a degree in sociological communication and lives in Swanzey. She has two great kids, ten-year-old Myles, and six-year-old Gemma. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her children, outdoor activities, and exercising. Stephanie feels very strongly about how invaluable Big Brothers Big Sisters is to children and believes that she would not be who she is today without the guidance, support, and mentorship of her childhood Big Sister.
Robert Palmer, Member (2011 to Present)
Robert is the Chief Procurement and Systems Officer for C&S Wholesale Grocers, the 10th largest privately owned company in the country and has been with the organization for over twenty-five years. He is responsible for the management of all procurement, merchandising, marketing, trade relations and supply chain initiatives. Bob holds a B.S. in Business Management fromFranklinPierceCollege and is a former Big Brother. We are thrilled to have him join our board.
Zena Tessier, Member (2012 to Present)
Zena attendedPennStateUniversitywhere she studied Business Administration. She started working at C&S Wholesale Grocers inKeene17 years ago as a buyer and has since worked herself up the through ranks to her current position, Vice President of Merchandising. Zena has many responsibilities at work, including overseeing a large group of Merchandisers who are responsible for negotiations with top CPG companies as well as overseeing the Marketing and Merchandising for a large group of independent retailers, but has still found time to be a Big Sister for the last 3 years. She has enjoyed being a Big Sister and says that, “It was a great experience” Zena was happy to be able to make a difference in the life of a child and to offer her experience and support as a mentor.
Art Trombly, Member (2010 to Present)
Art is the owner of the Arthur Trombly law firm. He has been an attorney inNew Hampshirefor over 40 years. He has an BA from theUniversityofNew Hampshireand Doctorate of Jurisprudence fromSuffolkUniversity. His long history of community service includes two Presidency positions with Kiwanis of Keene NH and board positions with the Salvation Army, Keene City Council, andCedarcrestCenterfor Children With Disabilities. His background in law makes him a wonderful board voice in regards to contracts and detailed planning issues. We are very pleased to have him with our organization.