Board of Trustees

Joanne Gagnon - President

Joanne Gagnon

Assistant Vice President, Commercial/Construction Manager, Merrimack County Savings Bank; Secretary and Treasurer of New Hampshire Home Builder's Associate Council; Secretary of New Hampshire Regional Development Corporation; Graduate of Leadership Concord 'Class of 2010-2011"; Member Steering Committee for Leadership Concord; Member of the Chamber of Commerce; Vocalist for a Women's A Cappella Ensemble; Aksara; Vocalist for a Christian Musical Ensemble; Friends Program Vice President; Friends Program Trustee since 2011; Resident of Manchester.

Michael Gfroerer - Vice President

Michael Gfroerer

The State University of New York Buffalo Law School, J.D.; Dartmouth College, B.A.; Practicing lawyer in Concord, New Hampshire since 1978; Former Member Concord City Council; Friends Program Trustee since 2008; Resident of Concord.

Keith Burbank - Treasurer

Keith Burbank

University of New Hampshire, B.A.; Vice President - Investment Officer Boston Asset Management, Former Vice President, Investment Officer, Merrimack County Savings Bank; Former Vice President, Investment Officer, Ledyard Financial Advisors; Trustee South Church Relief Society; Treasurer, Friends Program Trustee since 2007; Resident of Concord.

Elizabeth McCormack - Secretary

Liz McCormack

Suffolk University Law School, J.D.; Wake Forest University, B.S. Corporate Counsel for Brookstone Company, Inc. Member Board of Directors at Intown Concord, Inc. Member of the Concord Chorale; Friends Program Secretary; Friends Program Trustee since 2008; Resident of Concord.

Steve Arndt

Steve Arndt

Dartmouth College, B.A.; Self employed for 43 years (real estate), Former Coach, Trustee and President of Concord Youth Hockey Association; Member of the City of Concord's Municipal Housing Commission; Former Trustee and Deacon of South Congregational Church; Trustee Black Ice Pond Hockey; Friends Program Trustee since 2006; Resident of Concord.

Erin Corcoran


Graduate of Montana State University with a B.A. in Philosophy/Religious Studies. J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Worked in a variety of legal capacities from 1999 to 2009 including serving as counsel to Senator Barbara A. Mikulski and professional staff for the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. Director, Social Justice Institute. Executive Director, Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy. Associate Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Resident of Concord. Friends Program Trustee since October 2014.

Janet Corkum

Registered Nurse for ten years, 5 years as a school nurse at the former Dame School and now currently Mill Brook Elementary School. Previously employed at The Family Health Center at Concord Hospital as a nurse supervisor for the Dartmouth Residency Program. Currently serves on the board of The Concord Dental Sealant Coalition. Janet accepted a position on the Friends Program Board of Trustees in December 2013. 30 year resident of Concord, currently resides in Chichester NH.

Matt D’Amore

Matt DAmore

Certified Public Accountant; Plymouth State University, B.S.; Vice President of Finance and Administration, Automotive Supply Associates, Inc./Sanel Auto Parts, Co.; Former Manager, Nathan Wechsler & Company, P.A.; Former Senior, Tyler, Simms & St. Sauveur; Member New Hampshire Society of Certified Public Accountants; Member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Member Institute of Management Accountants; Member Board of Directors New Hampshire Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants; Friends Program Trustee since 2006. Resident of Deerfield.

Kate Daniels

Kate DanielsM.Ed. University of New Hampshire, Special Education; B.A. University of New Hampshire, Spanish; Director of Academic Support, Cross Country Coach and Head of Manville House at St. Paul's School; former educator for the Concord School District (18 years); Current Board Member (Secretary) of the Friendly Kitchen; lives at St. Paul's School. Kate accepted a position on the Friends Program Board of Trustees in October 2013.

Allen Desbiens

Graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics. Allen is currently acting in the position of Regulatory Affairs Manager for PSNH and is directly involved as the primary liaison with the NH Public Utilities Commission on a wide range of issues. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Granite State Credit Union for more than 6 years and is presently serves on the Asset/Liability Risk, Budget, and Executive Compensation Committees. He is the past Co-President of the Concord Friends for the Performing Arts. He is a 2009 graduate of the Leadership Greater Concord Program. Resident of Concord. Friends Program Trustee since October 2014.

Catherine Devaney

Catherine Devaney
Marist College, M.P.A.; Boston University, B.S.; Chief Executive Officer, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Concord; Former Chief Operating Officer, Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital; Former Executive Vice President, Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital; Recipient of HealthSouth Hospital of the Year in 2009; Volunteer for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; Friends Program Trustee since 2012; Resident of Bow.

Greg Lessard

Greg Lessard joined the Friends Program Board in April, 2015. Since 2012, he has been the Concord Food Cooperative's Director of Development - a role that has given him the opportunity to get involved with the Friends' fundraising and community development efforts. Greg holds dual Bachelors Degrees in Marketing and Economics & Finance, as well as a Masters in Community Economic Development - all from Southern New Hampshire University. His career began as the New York City office manager with McLaughlin, Piven, Vogel Inc. From 1990-2003, Greg was a financial advisor with A.G. Edwards and subsequently UBS Financial, both in Naples, Fla. where he also served on three non-profit boards. In 2003 he returned to N.H. as co-owner of the Bike Barn, where he spearheaded public relations marketing efforts. From 2004 to 2012, Greg performed roles with increasing responsibility in Lincoln Financial Group's compliance department, where he was a key subject matter expert and a primary interface for all of the company's business units. His current role with the Co-op involves serving as the Friends' principal liaison for the business' Community Partners program, which supports the work of Friends Emergency Housing.

Tim McGinley


National Fire Academy, Emmitsburg, MD; New Hampshire Technical Institute, A.A.; Associate Director of Safety and Security at St. Paul's School; Former Deputy Fire Chief, City of Concord Fire Department; Former Firefighter, Paramedic, Supervising Lieutenant, Fire Safety Investigator, and Fire Marshal, City of Concord Fire Department and Fairfax County Virginia Fire Department; Command leadership roles; Friends Program President, Past Vice President; Friends Program Trustee since 2008; Resident of Bow. Tim served as Board Preisdent in 2013 and 2014.

Sue O’Connor

Graduate Coursework in Health Education at Plymouth State University; University of New Hampshire, B.S.; Occupational Therapist, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Concord; Former Trustee of Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association (CRVNA); Former New Hampshire Educational Surrogate; Former Member Junior Service League; Longstanding Volunteer in Concord School District; Committee Member Concord Hospital Theme Event; Committee Member CRVNA Hospice Lights of Life Event; Committee Member YMCA Snowflake Ball; Friends Program Youth Mentor since 2011; Friends Program Trustee since 2006; Resident of Concord.

Donna Rice

Commercial Realtor and business manager at Premiere Properties. Current member of NH Commercial Investment Board of Realtors; National Association of Realtors; Member of Concord Chamber of Commerce; past member of the Concord Business Group; founding member of Downtown Concord, Inc.; past president, vice president and member of Concord School District PTO’s; past president and board member of Concord High School booster clubs; past volunteer for Capital Region Food Program-Holiday Food Basket Project. Donna accepted a position on the Friends Program Board of Trustees in October 2013. Resident of Concord.

Jodi Roos

Jodi Roos

Wheelock College, M.Ed.; University of New Hampshire, B.A.; Self employed since 1986 (Love is Blinds); Volunteer at The Children's Place and Parent Education Center; Former Member Board of Directors at The Children's Place and Parent Education Center; Former President of Temple Beth Jacob Sisterhood. Friends Program Trustee since 2005; Resident of Concord.

Ilene Stern


Originally from New York, Ilene received her Master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which is where she began her career as a Clinical Audiologist, developing the Audiology Department for Ear, Nose and Throat physicians. From 1981 to 2003, she was the sole Audiologist at Easter Seals in Manchester, NH, where she further developed the program for the hearing health needs of children and adults in the community. She segued into her private practice, Hearing Improvement Center, LLC, in 2003 which afforded her the opportunity to combine business skills with her experience in health care.

Ilene lives with her husband, Ken (and dog, Chevy) in the Canterbury home that they built in 1981.

Myles Tarbell

Myles Tarbell

Kellogg School of Management, MBA; Bowdoin College A.B.; Vice President, Keystone Management Company, Inc.; Over 10 years of real estate experience involving acquisitions, arranging debt, negotiating leases and management. Friends Program Trustee since 2010; Resident of Concord.

Kimberly Yarlott

Kim Yarlott

Plymouth State University, M.Ed.; University of Massachusetts, B.A.; Principal, Reeds Ferry Elementary School, Merrimack, New Hampshire; 18 years as a Elementary Teacher in the Concord School District; Former Member Board of Directors at The Children's Place and Parent Education Center; Former Member Board of Directors  East Concord Lamplighters; Friends Program Trustee since 2010; Resident of Concord.