CONCORD, NHVolunteer NH held its annual meeting on January 26, with Board members, staff, and Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) community consultants in attendance. The meeting featured Board Officer elections and showcased the organization’s JEDI strides made in 2023. 

Allyson Snell and Greg Lange, both AmeriCorps alumni, assumed the role of Co-Chairs for the Volunteer NH Board of Directors, succeeding the previous chair, Steve Epstein. Snell, the statewide project director for the NH Family Engagement Center through Partners for Rural Impact and Campus Compact for NH, and Lange, the Events and Engagement Manager at the Derryfield School in Manchester, bring a wealth of experience to their new leadership roles. Snell has been instrumental in spearheading Volunteer NH’s JEDI efforts, while Lange has actively contributed to the organization’s development committee work.  

Guy Eaton, previously serving as Treasurer, will serve as Vice-Chair, with Gabe Paci stepping into the position of Treasurer. Nadine Lamontagne will continue in her capacity as Secretary. View bios of all Volunteer NH board members here: https://volunteernh.org/about-us/staff-and-board/  

“We are excited for this transition on our Board,” said Gretchen Stallings, Executive Director of Volunteer NH.  “As an organization, we are always looking to grow in new ways, and we are all excited to see how our new Board chairs guide us in leadership.” 

Additionally, Volunteer NH is pleased to announce several new appointments to the Board: 

  1. Shannon Chandley, State Senator for the 11th District
  2. Aarron Dupuis, Director of Community Impact at Campus Compact for New Hampshire
  3. Maddy Hawkes, Admissions Counselor at Rivier University
  4. Tom Fencil, Retired; Home Health & Hospice volunteer 

Acknowledging the pivotal role of JEDI in shaping the future, Volunteer NH has brought in six JEDI community consultants to its team, who represent a diversity of backgrounds and experiences in NH and are helping inform and advise on how VNH can further implement JEDI work in all programs and operations.  During the Annual Meeting, the organization celebrated the progress made with their JEDI initiative, which began in 2022 with planning that led to the establishment of a dedicated task force and embodies Volunteer NH’s commitment to fostering a diverse and welcoming environment. This initiative was formalized in 2023 with the charter of a committee that hired James McKim of Organizational Ignition as a consultant. Going forward, the 2024 JEDI Action Plan looks to continue this work and identifies key objectives to drive meaningful change. 

Volunteer NH is the State Service Commission for New Hampshire, with the mission of engaging communities to solve local challenges through volunteerism. The organization connects volunteers with opportunities, celebrates volunteer service, trains volunteers and volunteer managers, and stewards federal AmeriCorps resources.  

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