Staff and Board Members
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.
Senior Program Officer
Andrea Johnston is the Senior Program Officer at Volunteer NH. She provides oversight of the AmeriCorps grants process and programs portfolio and leads the team of Program Officers. Andrea has 20 years’ experience in the national service field. 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 has served on the Board of Directors for the NH Association of Volunteer Administrators (NHAVA), completing multiple terms as Vice President. She is a graduate of Plymouth State University and is a recipient of the NH Union Leader’s class of 2012, 40 under 40 awards for emerging leaders. Currently, she enjoys volunteering in her community for her daughter’s school and extracurricular activities.
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 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 summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire (go Wildcats!) where she majored in English and Classics.
Volunteer Generation Fund Program Officer
Mikayla Collins is the Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) Program Officer at Volunteer NH, where she supports a variety of volunteer initiatives. Mikayla has been with Volunteer NH since 2018 and spent her first two years working on Volunteer NH’s events and communication before transitioning into the VGF position. A proud AmeriCorps alum, Mikayla served two terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA member/Leader in New Hampshire. In her free time, Mikayla loves to read, write, cook, and spend time outside. She has also been a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire since January 2017. Mikayla graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire, where she studied Communication, Business, and English.
Special Program Assistant
Maddie Odell is the Special Program Assistant at Volunteer NH, working to support service programs recover from Covid-19. Maddie served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the NH Food Bank in 2018 and finished up her second year as VISTA Leader in April 2020. During her service, she became involved with Volunteer NH as a committee member for the Spirit of NH Awards, the Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism, and she attended Service Alliance Meetings regularly. She enjoyed working alongside the staff and board members at Volunteer NH and was eager to continue working with them as this new position became available. In her spare time she likes to bake, read, paint, and play with her cat, Ollie. Maddie graduated from Colorado State University in the spring of 2016 and has her degree in Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies.
Board of Directors
Chair | Retired
Chair Emeritus | Normandeau Associates
Vice Chair|City of Nashua
Secretary | Derryfield School
Ascentria Care Alliance
Sen. Kevin Cavanaugh
NH State Senate
NHTI, Concord’s Community College
Office of the Governor
Orr & Reno
Department of Education
Campus Compact for NH
Ex-Officio | Corporation for National and Community Service
Catholic Charities NH
Concord Cab Co.
The RiverStone Group
Rep. Matt Wilhelm
NH House of Representatives