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Six new members join the Humanities Council Board





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New Hampshire Humanities Council Board of Directors
Robin O. Kenney, Chair
Daniel M. Nelson, Vice Chair
Dartmouth College
Martha McLeod, Treasurer
MMcLeod Consulting
Bob Odell, Secretary
New London
Stephen P. Barba
Plymouth State University
Daniel Thomas Moran
Jane Christie
James Morris
Orr & Reno, P.A.
Stephen Christy
Mascoma Savings Bank
Rusty J. Mosca
Nathan Wechsler & Company, PA
Jada Keye Hebra
St. Paul's School
Ellen Scarponi
Fairpoint Communications
Patricia Hicks
UNH, Manchester
Evan A. Smith
Jamison Hoff
David Watters
University of New Hampshire
Lourdes N. Jimenez
Saint Anselm College
Daniel E. Will
Devine Millimet
Kristina Lucas
NHTI - Concord's Community College

Susan DeBevoise Wright
Inez McDermott
New England College

Ken Burns
Director Emeritus



New Hampshire Humanities Council Staff
Deborah Watrous
Executive Director


Susan Bartlett
Connections Program
Sue Butman
Office Manager


Anne Coughlin
Marketing Director
Susan Hatem
Associate Director


Lynn Douillette
Development Officer
Mary Anne LaBrie
Finance Officer


Jessica Eshleman
Development Director
Kathy Mathis
Program Director
Rachel Morin
Office Assistant

Six new members join the Humanities Council Board of Directors

The Humanities Council is pleased to welcome four distinguished members to our Board of Directors this month.

Stephen Christy is President and CEO of Mascoma Savings Bank. He first joined the bank as a teller in 1973. He is a Director of the American Bankers Association in Washington, DC. He also serves on the Boards of the Daniel Webster Council of Boy Scouts of America in Manchester and the American Precision Museum in Windsor, Vermont. Christy's other community service includes service as a past Trustee of the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic and the Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, all in Lebanon. He is also a past Chair of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Alliance. He is past President and Secretary of The Rotary Club of Lebanon and Past President of the Lebanon Public Library Foundation. He has served as a Director and Chairman of Vital Communities in White River Junction and was a Trustee and Treasurer of the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont. Christy graduated from Northwestern State University with a B.A. in History. Christy is also a private pilot and resides in Lebanon.




Jada K. Hebra has been a faculty member at St. Paul's School since 1991. She attended Vassar College and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, then worked as an Associate Producer for ABC News in New York City. It was while working at ABC News on the education beat for the evening broadcast that she discovered her passion for schools, teaching and learning. Her roles at St. Paul's have included Humanities teacher, Director of Admission, Director of College Advising, and Associate Dean of Students. She currently serves as Vice Rector for Faculty and Inclusivity.


Dr. Jamison "Jamie" Hoff joins the Board after completing ten years as Chair of the Board of Rivier University. She served previously as trustee of several other organizations and institutions, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Rivier University. She was also honored with the Founder's Award of Applewild School in Fitchburg, MA. Hoff is author of numerous scientific papers and book chapters in cellular biology, and editor of several volumes in the field of lifelong learning. She held previous faculty appointments at the Yale Medical School and at the State University of New York. For many years, she has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Council's annual dinner and programs local to her hometown of Hollis.



Dr. Daniel Thomas Moran is the former Poet Laureate of Suffolk County, NY and the author of seven collections of poetry,
the most recent, A Shed for Wood, published this year by Salmon Poetry in Ireland. His previous collection, Looking for the Uncertain Past, was published by Poetry Salzburg in Austria in 2006. His work has been published worldwide in several languages including Spanish, Russian, and a forthcoming printing in Albanian. He is an Ordained Celebrant of The American Humanist Society.
Moran is a retired Clinical Assistant Professor from Boston
University's School of Dental Medicine, where he delivered the
Commencement Address in 2011, and in both 2011 and 2012
received the Outstanding Faculty Award. He and his wife Karen
have lived on the Warner River in Webster since 2009.





James Morris is an attorney with Orr & Reno, P.A., in Concord. Jim grew up in Berlin and attended Berlin High School. He worked at the Brown Company paper mill to put himself through college and law school. He also taught social studies at Berlin High School before embarking upon his career in law. Jim is admitted to practice in New Hampshire and California. His practice areas include real estate development and finance, title insurance, eminent domain, zoning and land use, and tax abatement. Prior to joining Orr & Reno, Jim served as a law clerk to Justice Laurence I. Duncan of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, and was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Hampshire and chief counsel to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. He was also Associate General Counsel at Allianz Insurance Company in Los Angeles, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1970, and his Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law in 1974. He has been married for 32 years to Deborah de Peyster. They have two children, Allison, 25, and Ben, 22.







Evan A. Smith has been with Hypertherm since 1992, where he has worked in a succession of marketing and business management roles. In 2001, he assumed the role of Vice President, General Manager, overseeing Hypertherm's business units, global sales organization, engineering, marketing, and strategic planning functions. In 2012, he was appointed President, overseeing all business operations and functions, reporting to Chairman and CEO Dick Couch. The Hypertherm Board of Directors recently elected him to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2015. Prior to joining Hypertherm, he served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy and worked in financial and health services consulting. He resides with his wife and two children in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he also currently serves on the board and executive committee of the Granite State United Way and recently concluded a two-year term as President of the Board of Elders at the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College. Evan holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard.





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