Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism

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Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism

Volunteer NH hosts the annual Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism as a professional development opportunity for volunteer managers, nonprofit employees, AmeriCorps members & staff, and corporate employees. Attendees leave this training experience with the tools to strengthen New Hampshire’s volunteer programs and organizations.

The conference typically occurs in May. Registration typically opens in March.

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The Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Manager of the Year Award

Operating a volunteer program is no small feat. It takes a tremendous amount of time, effort, patience, perseverance, managerial skill, long-term vision, and a willingness to engage in continuous learning and improvement to keep the program operating successfully year after year.

The Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Manager of the Year Award was created by former Governor John Sununu to honor volunteer administrators and salute their excellence in the leadership and management of volunteers in New Hampshire.

The award is presented at the Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism each year. Nominations typically open in January and are reviewed by a team of past awardees.


Past Outstanding Volunteer Manager of the Year Awardees

2024: Laura Bahl, Seacoast Science Center

2023: Olivia Stanas, Make-A-Wish New Hampshire

2022: Ann Vennard, Cornerstone VNA

2021: Kathleen Stuart, NH Senior Companion Program

2020: Nicole Finitsis, Beacon Hospice Care

2019: Lisa Challender, Granite VNA

2018: Margo Bell, Nashua Senior Center

2017: Linda Rioux, Humane Society for Greater Nashua

2016: Tanya Prather, Home, Health & Hopsice Care

2015: Nikki Lyons, Make-A-Wish New Hampshire

2014: Lauren Kochakian, Upreach Therapeutic Riding Center

Other Past Winners:

  • Charron Sundman, Littleton Regional Health Care
  • Marcia Sink, CASA of New Hampshire
  • Don Chesnel, New Hampshire Elks Association
  • Nancy Evans, UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Sister Denise Charest C.S.C, Nashua RSVP Program
  • Lois Meredith, NH Highland Games
  • Lawrence Barker, UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Lynne Saltonstall, NH Association for the Blind [Future In Sight]
  • Donna Wright, Elliot Hospital
  • Andrea Young, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Dee Martin, NH Lung Association, Bedford
  • James Doremus, The Friends Program