Staff and Board Members

Staff

Gretchen Stallings

Gretchen Stallings

Executive Director

Gretchen Stallings is the Executive Director of Volunteer NH and has over 20 years’ experience leading State, local and volunteer efforts that work to improve the life conditions for individuals and communities. She began her career in State Government where she worked within multiple departments and served two gubernatorial administrations. She is a dedicated civil servant and change-maker. Inspired by the service-minded people of NH, she strives to make a positive difference in the world. An avid volunteer, Gretchen proudly served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. She is a graduate of Champlain College, where she studied Education, an alumnus of the University at Albany’s Northeast Public Health Leadership Institute (NEPHLI) and a member of Leadership NH’s class of 2021.

Andrea Johnston

Andrea Johnston

Senior Program Officer

Andrea Johnston is the Senior Program Officer with Volunteer NH. She brings more than 20 years’ experience in AmeriCorps programming. In her role, she leads efforts to identify regional and statewide community needs, and collaborates with partners to direct AmeriCorps resources. Andrea leads the team in administering and managing the AmeriCorps State portfolio. Prior to Volunteer NH, she worked for the NH Commission for National and Community Service and was part of the merger of state and local government entities that combined to form Volunteer NH. Andrea is a graduate of Plymouth State University and a past recipient of NH “40 Under 40” award for emerging leaders. When not cheering on her daughter at her sporting events, she enjoys skiing, biking and hiking around New England with her husband and daughter.

Lesley Rossi

Lesley Rossi

Finance & Grants Officer

Lesley Rossi is the Finance & Grants Officer at Volunteer NH. She oversees the federal grant compliance of the AmeriCorps State and Volunteer Generation Fund programs administered by Volunteer NH, while also managing the day to day internal financial and human resource operations of the organization. Lesley has over ten years of federal grants management experience in both the non-profit and government sector. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and a Certificate in Accounting from the University of Maine Augusta. She is an active member of her community and the school district where her children attend. Lesley enjoys hiking with her family, reading, trail running, and putting together a balanced budget!

Emily Planchet

Emily Planchet

Program Officer

Emily Planchet is a Program Officer at Volunteer NH, where she supports the myriad of AmeriCorps programs operating in the state. She first served at Volunteer NH as an AmeriCorps VISTA member after graduating from college in 2015 and then came on as a full-time staff member at the end of her service in 2016. A lifelong lover of service, Emily also volunteers for her local Catholic church. She loves watching movies, trivia, and singing in the office. Emily graduated from the University of New Hampshire (go Wildcats!) where she majored in English and Classics.

Aislinn Kalob

Aislinn Kalob

Program Officer

Aislinn Kalob started as a Program Officer in 2021, and works to support event planning and various other initiatives at the organization. Aislinn served as a member with Goodwill AmeriCorps from 2017-2018, hosted by Rochester Middle School. She went on to serve as the Program Director for Rochester Middle School’s federally funded after-school program. She graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec in 2016 with a degree in History and North American Studies.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her retired racing greyhound named Turn and exploring the seacoast of NH.

Tyler Jones

Tyler Jones

Program Officer

Tyler is the newest Program Officer at Volunteer NH, and will be supporting AmeriCorps programs, members, and alumni throughout New Hampshire by strengthening recruitment initiatives and helping to establish & maintain a network of AmeriCorps alumni. Prior to joining, he served with City Year New Hampshire from 2016-2018, and the FIRST VISTA program from 2019-2022. Tyler graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he studied English, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, and also worked as a writing tutor. In his free time, he enjoys discovering new music and perusing bookstores. 

 

Board of Directors

Greg Lange

Greg Lange

Co-Chair | Derryfield School

Allyson Snell

Allyson Snell

Co-Chair | Partners for Rural Impact

Guy Eaton

Guy Eaton

Vice Chair|Retired

Nadine Lamontagne

Nadine Lamontagne

Secretary|Unite Us

Gabe Paci

Gabe Paci

Treasurer|Retired

Andrea Brochu

Andrea Brochu

CASA NH

Senator Shannon Chandley

Senator Shannon Chandley

NH State Senator

Christopher Collins

Christopher Collins

Office of the Governor

Aarron Dupuis

Aarron Dupuis

Campus Compact for New Hampshire

Steve Epstein

Steve Epstein

Retired

Thomas Fencil

Thomas Fencil

Retired

Madison Hawkes

Madison Hawkes

Rivier University

Stephanie Lesperance

Stephanie Lesperance

Campus Compact for New Hampshire

Rep. David Milz

Rep. David Milz

NH House of Representatives

Anne Ostberg

Anne Ostberg

Northeast AmeriCorps Office

Jack Potvin

Jack Potvin

Project Happy

Joanne Randall

Joanne Randall

Leap Year Marketing Strategies

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Consultants

Victoria Carrington

Victoria Carrington

Lilac and Aspen

MaeAnna Edwards

MaeAnna Edwards

Campus Compact for New Hampshire

Victoria Carrington is a New Hampshire based graphic artist, web designer, community leader and social media storyteller from Boulder, Colorado. 

After completing her B.A. in Communications and Spanish from the University of Colorado Boulder she started pursuing a career in marketing, graphic design, communications, and social media content creation. In 2022 she worked as the Marketing and Communications Manager for Stay Work Play, a New Hampshire based non-profit focused on the attraction and retention of young people to New Hampshire. 

Also in 2022 to the present, she has engaged with a number of strong community initiatives through her creative company Lilac and Aspen.  Organizations have included New Leaders Council, Equity Leadership Fellowship, Indigenous Field Guide, Deo Mwano Consultancy, Business Alliance of People of Color, Nashua Public Library, Uncharted Tutoring, Seacoast African American Culture Center and more. In 2023 she will be launching her brand “Senorita Spanish Teacher,” using her experience as a K-8 Spanish educator to promote and encourage Spanish and English biliteracy.

Victoria is very compassionate about her community and works to bring not only BIPOC visibility but authenticity, a space where others can be their whole selves, to the Granite State. 

MaeAnna Edwards (she/her) is the Director of Postsecondary Access and Success at Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH)/New Hampshire College and University Council (NHCUC). In her work, MaeAnna supports the New Hampshire GEAR UP Alliance and collaborates on other postsecondary access and success programming. An AmeriCorps alum, she served two years with CCNH placed at Dartmouth College, serving as a VISTA Leader during her second term. In 2015, MaeAnna graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology, a minor in Psychology, and concentrations in Social Work and Criminology. Five years later, MaeAnna finished her Masters of Science in Education in Education, Culture, and Society with a concentration in Community Action and Social Change at University of Pennsylvania. During her time at Penn, MaeAnna’s research was focused on the intersection where Black male student-athletes, meritocracy, and college admissions meet.

MaeAnna is a lover of the three p’s – plants, puzzles, and puppies, of course! If you’re looking for her, she is probably elbow deep in a 1000-piece puzzle, tending to one of her 60+ plants, and/or cuddling with her Scottish Terrier, Tucker.

Sebastian Fuentes

Sebastian Fuentes

Rights & Democracy Project

Kadyja Harris

Kadyja Harris

NH Youth Success Project

Sebastián was born and raised in Lima, Peru and came to the U.S. in 2001, right after 9/11. He arrived in New Hampshire as an exchange student, and decided to call the North Country his home. Although he couldn’t vote, he began quietly getting involved in politics and supporting local candidates committed to passing legislation to protect vulnerable communities, including the Latino one. After many years, he became a U.S. citizen on July 4th, 2016 and promised his family he would give back to NH more than was given to him. He began organizing rallies and community groups, including the first March for our Lives North Country, the largest protest ever held in that region. Sebastián collaborated with the Coos County Democrats for years, and later the Plymouth Area Democrats, where he learned about grassroots organizing and the value of one-to-one conversations. He also organized for Bernie Sanders, became the first Latino NH State Democratic delegate from the North Country, co-founded the NH Progressive Coalition, and served as Vice Chair of the NH Democratic Latino Caucus. He is also an member of the Harvard University Extension School Association Global Inclusion Committee. Sebastian is a member of the Equity Leaders Fellow Class of 2023 and former Leadership NH Class of 2020.

Sebastian served on the Board at Rights & Democracy before becoming their NH Political Director. Recently he was awarded the 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Award for his activism to advance a more humane immigration system and his solidarity with the plight of the Palestinian people. He is also a 3rd year student at Harvard University Ext. School, working toward an International Relations degree. Above all, Sebastián enjoys being a father. He is happily married to Tabitha and they have 5 children.

Kadyja Harris is a co-director for the NH Youth Success Project, a small grassroots organization that focuses on advocating for homeless youth in the state of NH. She experienced a period homlessness at the age of 17 for two years until she was connected with Waypoint and was able to secure stable housing.  She has taken this personal and lived experience and and translated it into all the work that she does. 

Kadyja is a proud mother of a four-year-old and, with one on the way! She holds two degrees, an associate’s degree  in Addiction Counseling and a bachelor’s in Human Services, and is now pursing her final degree for a masters in Criminal Justice.

Ghana Sharma

Ghana Sharma

Overcomers Refugee Services

Quinci Worthey

Quinci Worthey

Concord School District

Because of political deterioration Government of Bhutan classified the population into categories & made  in exile,  Ghana came to Nepal as a refugee in 1992 and stayed in refugee camp for 18 years. During that time he was able to get his secondary and post-secondary education, eventually was able to attend  college in India and graduated in 2003.

In 2009, Ghana was able to travel to the U.S. as a refugee and settled in Concord. After working at Friendly’s for a year, he then got a job at Concord High School as ELL faculty staff, where he has been ever since. In addition to his work teaching English, he is also a citizenship instructor for new American adults through Building Community of New Hampshire; a Sycamore community garden manager; and a member of the Board of directors at numerous organizations, including Overcomers Refugee Services, Greater Concord Interfaith Council, and Concord Multicultural Festival.

Quinci is the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice for the Concord School District where he is an advocate for students, faculty, and staff across those areas and more. Quinci is originally from Michigan and moved to New Hampshire shortly after college to participate in an AmeriCorps program. He has lived in New Hampshire for over 10 years now and he has worked primarily in the non-profit sector with an emphasis on social determinants of health. 

He has participated in a number of leadership programs such as the New Leaders Council, Leadership New Hampshire, and Equity Leaders Fellowship. He is also a board member for the ALCU of New Hampshire. He enjoys playing and coaching soccer, traveling, craft cocktail bartending, and helping youth throughout his community.