Welcome, New Board Members

New Hampshire Humanities extends its deep gratitude to the following board members who finished their terms on our Board of Directors last month: Bob Odell, J. Burton Kirkwood, James E. Morris, Sen. David Watters, and Susan DeBevoise Wright. We are pleased welcome three new board members we hope you’ll meet in the coming year:

NANCY CLARK is the owner of Drive Brand Studio in North Conway. In addition to being fortunate to work with an amazing team of people at Drive, Nancy serves as a committee member on New Hampshire’s Joint Promotional Program Committee and is a member of the Washington DC-based Small Business Advisory Council. Her personal interests include all outdoor activities, particularly hiking and cycling. Her favorite moments are spending time anywhere with her husband and four active boys.

LINDA PATCHETT retired after a 26-year career at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, including as Director of Performance and System Improvement for its Regional Primary Care Center. She has started her “third chapter” as a consultant and volunteer, which allows her to continue her commitment to safe, effective, affordable health care and system improvement. Linda graduated from Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing, Norwich University, and received her M.B.A. from Franklin Pierce. She worked at University of Chicago and Wyler’s Children’s Hospital, and held multiple administrative positions at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Linda was an instructor for Microsystems Improvement at The Dartmouth Institute. She completed two terms on the board of Leadership NH, including serving as chair of the Program Committee, and served on the Board of Directors of NH Voices for Health, a nonprofit organization that was instrumental in Medicare expansion in New Hampshire. Currently Linda is on the Board of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) and actively involved in the Development and Compliance committees, as well as PPNNE NH Action Fund. In addition to board work, Linda’s passion is system thinking and she delights in using those skills to organize, clean clutter in home/office/garage environments, and improve systems to enhance efficiency. Linda lives in New Castle, NH and Naples, FL with her husband, Brian Walsh. Her three daughters and grandchildren are scattered around the New England Seacoast.

FIRST LADY VALERIE SUNUNU grew up outside of Boston and graduated with both a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and a B.A. in Special Education from Simmons College. Her first teaching job was for the Chelsea public schools. She then moved across the country to establish the inaugural inclusion program in the public schools of Mill Valley, CA. Valerie returned to the east coast to attend Harvard Graduate School of Education, earning her Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology. Valerie strives to create a better understanding and celebration for how all kinds of minds work differently. She continues to support learners ages 3-18 as a learning specialist on the NH Seacoast. As First Lady, Valerie works to raise awareness and increase funding for  causes that support education, childhood development, reading, local and small business, and addiction recovery. Valerie is board president for the Friends of the Bridges House, the NH Governor’s residence and historic building. She is a reading ambassador for Scholastic Books and a Best Buddies NH Ambassador. She and Gov. Sununu have three children: Calvin, Edith, and Leonardo. As a family, their current goal is to hike the “52 With a View” and to explore all of our state parks.