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New Hampshire Children’s Trust recruits highly skilled employees who are passionate about eliminating child abuse and neglect in New Hampshire. Our executive director, Cliff Simmonds, coordinates with a team of eight.

In collaboration with a diversely skilled board of directors and numerous volunteers, New Hampshire Children's Trust's employees work tirelessly every year to make strides in preventing child abuse in NH by educating, advocating, and collaborating.

Cliff Simmonds

Executive Director

Cliff recently joined the leadership team as Executive Director at New Hampshire Children’s Trust. He has more than 25 years of nonprofit experience with over 18 years leading two youth services organizations where he developed industry-leading Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) outcomes and measures to quantify the socio-emotional growth of underserved children. In a “prior life,” Cliff was a consultant for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund program and many Fortune 500 companies. In his spare time, Cliff enjoys spending time with his wife, Nicole, and three children. When not at home, he can be spotted traversing the New England landscape on his mountain bike.

Contact Cliff at or 603-415-0322


Brenda Marotto

Director of Finance

Brenda Marotto has 30 years of experience working in the non-profit sector as a program manager, chief fiscal officer, and an executive director. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social and Political Theory from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass and a Master of Science degree in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University. She has worked in a variety of community based programmatic and management positions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Brenda joined the Children’s Trust in 2011. She lives with her husband, two daughters, three dogs, and four cats. In her spare time, she dreams of living on a farm and vacationing on Monhegan Island.

Contact Brenda at or 603-415-0321

Joelyn Drennan

Senior Program Director

Joelyn joined the New Hampshire Children’s Trust in 2019. She supports the programs team and oversees specialized projects and initiatives of the Trust.  Joelyn earned a Bachelor of Arts in social science and a Master of Fine Arts in writing from Southern New Hampshire University and her career in human services spans over a decade. She is certified in the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support, and is a certified trainer in Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life Series. Joelyn is a US Navy veteran and New Hampshire native who has moved out of state twice and has returned twice because, quite frankly, the Granite State runs in her blood.

Contact Joelyn at or 603-415-0506


Nathan Fink

Director of Advancement

New to the team, Nathan Fink joined the New Hampshire Children’s Trust in 2019.  He brings nearly 20 years’ experience in education, fundraising, marketing, and narration. Nathan received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a Master of Fine Arts in writing from the University of New Hampshire. His work in academia, community mental health, and advocacy focuses on elevating the stories of everyday people striving to build community. Nathan can be found forever (re)hammering the floor nail of his old house in Durham, NH, where he lives with his wife and two feral sons. 

Contact Nathan at or 603-415-0329

Becky Berk

Data Manager

Please join us in welcoming Becky to the NH Children's Trust team!


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Deborah Ross

Training Specialist, Programs and Outreach

Deborah Ross joined the New Hampshire Children’s Trust in 2019.  She merges twenty years of corporate, project management and organizational development experience with trauma-informed advocacy in service to NH communities. Deborah received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Critical Theory from Florida Atlantic University with a focus on implicit bias and social injustice mechanisms at the intersections of science, medicine and technology, as well as a certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality studies. She is committed to the fusion of evidence-based research and lived-experience insights in program development and delivery.  Like Joelyn, Deborah is a reformed nomad who’s moved out of her native NH several times but can’t resist the gravitational pull of the Granite State. 

Contact Deborah at or 603-224-1138

Diane Hastings

Community Relations Coordinator

Diane Hastings has been with the Children’s Trust since 2006 and works on fundraising and communications including the annual appeal, special events and grant seeking. She comes from The Children’s Place and Parent Education Center (TCP) in Concord where she served in various leadership roles for over nine years, including two terms as board president and as their Executive Director. Diane led during an exciting time of great change and growth, including purchasing TCP’s first permanent home. A graduate of Leadership Greater Concord class of 2005, Diane is past chair of Concord Children’s Initiative and past treasurer of Family Support New Hampshire. Diane has a Master’s degree from Murray State University and lives in Contoocook with her husband. She has three grown children.

Contact Diane at or 603-415-0323


Diane Yeo

Family Support Specialist for Kinship Navigation

Diane joined the New Hampshire Children’s Trust team in 2019. She brings many years of experience in program development, project management, training, mentoring, leadership, and advocacy. Diane is certified in Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support and is a certified trainer in Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life Series. She serves as a member of the NH State Commission to Study Grand Families, the HOPE Initiative, and the Grand Families Advisory Council. Although she was born and raised in Boston, Diane has been a New Hampshire resident for 26 years. She has many interests and a diverse background, and has worked in healthcare and emergency medicine. Diane enjoys creative pursuits, being active in nature, and spending time with her family and her dog, Vida.

Contact Diane at or 603-415-0327

Karen Pellicano

Program Assistant

Please join us in welcoming Karen to the NH Children's Trust team!


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Kat Challis

Adminsitrative Assistant

Please join us in welcoming Kat to the NH Children's Trust team!


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Maria Doyle, MSS

Family Support Specialist for FRC-Q

Maria Doyle joined the New Hampshire Children’s Trust in 2011.  Maria brings over 25 years’ experience in human services with children and families to the position.  Maria received her B.A. in psychology from Westfield State College and a Masters in Social Service from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She has worked in community mental health, child welfare and training. Maria heads up our effort to have Period of PURPLE Crying reach the parent of every baby in New Hampshire. She is a certified trainer in the Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life Series and the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support.  In 2013, she became credentialed as an Early Childhood Master Professional: Allied Professional.

Contact Maria at or 603-415-0324

Rebecca Planchart

Communications Specialist

Rebecca joined the New Hampshire Children’s Trust in 2019. She is originally from Maine and is thrilled to have returned to New England from North Carolina. Rebecca brings her experience working in the non-profit sector as well as her creativity, curiosity, and passion for mission-driven work to the NH Children's Trust team. She received her B.A. in Art History from North Carolina State University, and her background in the arts informs both her creative work and her commitment to fostering inclusive and equitable communities. On the weekends, Rebecca can be found exploring in the mountains or cheering on her alma mater, the NC State Wolfpack. 

Contact Rebecca at or 603-224-1279


Our Board of Directors

According to the bylaws, the New Hampshire Children’s Trust is governed by 10–20 passionate and committed community members from around New Hampshire with a range of experiences and networks. 100 percent of the board of directors contribute financially to the organization, and the group meets approximately six times per year.  Each director serves on at least one committee and attends face-to-face and virtual meetings as the work of the committee dictates.  The current committees include: Governance, Finance, Fundraising and Communications. 

The Governance committee recruits committee members and board candidates year round.  Elections for directors occur at the annual meeting, which is typically held in December.  Terms begin in January and run for three years.  Directors may serve up to three consecutive terms. If you are interested in learning more about serving on our board, contact Cliff Simmonds, Executive Director.

New Hampshire Children's Trust 501(c)3

The Concord Center, 10 Ferry Street, Suite 307, Concord, NH 03301​ | (603) 224-1279

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