Friends Program Announces Election of New Trustees (Oct 2014)

The Friends Program is pleased to announce the election of two new Trustees and thanks three outgoing members for their dedication and service.

Joining the Friends Program Board this October are Concord's Erin Corcoran and Allen Desbiens, and Josue Roman of Pittsfield.

Erin Corcoran is an Associate Professor of Law at the UNH School of Law and serves as the Executive Director of its Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy. Corcoran is a graduate of Montana State University and received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. From 1999 to 2009, she worked in a variety of legal capacities including serving as counsel to Senator Barbara Mikulski and as a staffer on the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Allen Desbiens is a UNH graduate who serves as Regulatory Affairs Manager for PSNH. A 2009 graduate of Leadership Greater Concord, Desbiens has served on the Granite State Credit Union Board of Directors for more than 6 years and is a member of its Asset/Liability Risk, Budget, and Executive Compensation committees. Desbiens is also the past Co-President of the Concord Friends for the Performing Arts.

Josue Roman is a Certified Public Accountant with Mason + Rich, P.A. and has been a U.S. Coast Guard reservist since 2009. From 2001 to 2012, Ramon was Associate Director of Residence Life at NHTI, where has was an adjunct istructor of Film, English, and Communications, as well as a Peer Tutor of accounting. Ramon began his career as a Special Education Teacher in Elk Grove, Calif., and holds degrees from Keene State College, National University, Hollins University, and Southern New Hampshire University.

Corcoran, Desbiens, and Roman take the place of Bob Couch, Jerry Eaton, and Betty Lenehan.

Bob Couch is Director of Technology and Marketing at Cobb Hill Construction and served as a Friends Trustee since 2010. An avid craftsman, Couch serves as President of the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers Association. Bob’s signature contribution to the Friends Program was the design of several of the auction item templates such as the finely-crafted Trumeau mirrors featured in the 2013 auction.

Jerry Eaton joined the Board of Trustees in 2003. He served in a variety of roles including Board President, Personnel Committee Chair, and Chair of the Friends Emergency Housing Expansion Committee. Jerry was at the organizational helm during the transition from longtime Executive Director Jim Doremus to Interim Director Bob Larsen, and was responsible for the hiring of current Executive Director, Jerry Madden.

Betty Lenehan served as a School Psychologist and Consultant with the Concord School District for 13 years. She is a former Board member of the Children's Place and Parent Education Center and has been a Friends Youth Mentor since 2005 – the same year she became a Trustee. During her time on the Friends Program Board, she served in several informal and official capacities, including the Chair of the Program Committee.

The Friends Program is sincerely grateful for the service of its outgoing Trustees and welcomes the new Board members stepping in to continue their vitally-important work.