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OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

New Hampshire Children’s Trust is governed by passionate and committed community members with a range of experiences and networks.  100% of the board of directors contribute financially to the organization.

Jenn Cronin, Board Chair

Est. 2016

Jenn Cronin is a 1998 graduate of the University of NH with a BS in Communication.  She grew up in East Kingston, NH and currently lives in Newmarket.  Jenn currently works as General Manager at Express Employment Professionals; a staffing firm specializing in contract and permanent placements. Jenn has worked in the staffing industry since 1999. Jenn is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and has served KD as a volunteer at the local and national level since 2003.

Mark Knights, Esq., Vice Chair

Est. 2018

Mark Knights is a New Hampshire native currently residing in Exeter with his wife Stephani and their three children. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire and the George Washington University Law School, Mark is a partner at the law firm of Nixon Peabody, where he represents individuals and institutions at all stages of state and federal government investigations, prosecutions, and enforcement actions. Mark also devotes a significant amount of pro bono time representing CASA of New Hampshire, supporting the invaluable work that organization does in child abuse and neglect proceedings.

Sarah Fox, Esq., Secretary

Est. 2014

Sarah Fox grew up in the central lakes region and still calls it home.  Her professional and volunteer life has focused on children and advocating for children, starting as an elementary school teacher and later volunteering for CASA, which inspired her to go to law school.  After, she worked for the Department of Education, the courts and for the Division for Children Youth Families to advocate for children in foster care.  She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership New Hampshire.    She has been a foster mother to three amazing children and is now a mom to a little boy.

Michael St. Onge, Treasurer

Est. 2018

Michael has more than 20 years of experience in financial services and currently works at Bank of New Hampshire Wealth Management as an Investment Officer. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Resource Economics from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. Michael has obtained the Certified Investment Management Analyst® certification and is a member of the Investments & Wealth Institute™. He has been involved with many youth organizations over the years including being a big brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters, serving on the boards of Penacook Community Center and several local youth baseball organizations as well as coaching several different youth sports. Michael lives in Litchfield with his wife, two sons, and their rescued cat and rescued greyhound.

Brian Beals, MD, FAAP

Est. 2020

Brian grew up in southern NH and still has a lot of family in that area. He explored other areas of the country while earning a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, and a Doctorate in Medicine from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA which was enough time to realize that only NH felt like home. Therefore he very intentionally returned to the state to complete Pediatric residency training at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. During this time he also established connections to Coos County and more specifically to the Berlin-Gorham area where his mother was born. Like much of NH’s North Country, this area is medically underserved and in fact, had not had a pediatrician for over a decade when Brian began practicing there. He and his wife, Wendy, have now been rooted for over 25 years, now as part of Coos County Family Health Services, a federally qualified community health center. Their 6 children have all thrived in the small town they call home and attended the local schools. Given the physical distance to pediatric subspecialty services, Brian has developed several niche areas to his practice that augment the more general services. First would be neonatal medicine as he serves as the pediatric medical director at nearby Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin and helped implement and maintain certification in NRP and PALS to other providers and nursing staff. Next, he maintains a strong interest in type 1 diabetes and spends a week volunteering at ADA Camp Carefree every summer. And lastly, he is actively involved with the network of providers who have extra training in completing medical examinations for children suspected of having been physically or sexually abused. In conjunction with being able to provide this medical care locally, Brian was directly involved with the creation of the CAC of Coos County and currently serves as President of its Board of Directors. His efforts to advocate for children also extend to being an Executive Committee member of the NH chapter of the AAP. He also manages to incorporate full-time clinical teaching into his practice welcoming students across all disciplines (MD, DO, PA and NP) into the practice to make sure they get exposed to the realities of rural medicine while in training.

Claudia Ferber

Est. 2016

Claudia Ferber brings over 30 years of experience and expertise in children's behavioral health. She is currently semi-retired and working as a consultant. As the Children's Director of Community based Services at Center for Life Management, Salem, NH and Director of Child and Family Programs for NAMI NH, Claudia has been a provider to and an advocate for children and families and system change. She has served on the Board of Directors for over a decade on the NH Association for Infant Mental Health. Claudia was one of the initial founders of the NH Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative. She lives in Concord with her husband, David. Claudia enjoys the theater, visual arts, reading, traveling and spending time near and on the water.

Elizabeth Susan Hodgson, MD FAAP

Est. 2016

Known as “Dr. Sooze” to her patients and colleagues, Dr. Hodgson retired from 36 years of clinical pediatric practice in 2014, and returned home to New Hampshire.  “Dr. Sooze” grew up in Concord, NH, and practiced in NH from 1987-1994 before her sojourn to New Jersey for the next twenty years. While in New Jersey, Dr. Hodgson served as medical director of two of New Jersey’s Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Centers (RDTCs), multidisciplinary centers for the diagnosis and treatment of child abuse and neglect.  Dr. Hodgson helped establish New Jersey’s first and only free standing Child Advocacy Center in Newark, NJ. She was on the teaching faculty at two different teaching hospitals in New Jersey. From 2006-2008, Dr. Hodgson served as the New Jersey Child Advocate, a Governor’s appointment.  The Office of the Child Advocate monitored children in state custody or otherwise receiving state services and ensured that they were receiving safe, effective, and timely care. Throughout her career, Dr. Hodgson has been an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) at the local, state, and national levels.  She has been involved in policy, advocacy, strategic planning, and governance work with the AAP at the national and state levels.  Currently she is a non-voting member of the AAP National Board. Dr. Hodgson is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital.  She is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics both in General Pediatrics and in the subspecialty of Child Abuse Pediatrics.  She received her B. A. degree from Mount Holyoke College.

Mary Jane Keane

Est. 2014

Mary Jane Keane was raised in Portsmouth, NH, and returned to her hometown after attending college in New York. She resides in Rye, NH with her husband Tom, an attorney with Keane and Macdonald. Mary Jane and Tom have four sons and five grandchildren. Mary Jane is the founder of Womenade of Greater Squamscott and has served as President of the Board of Directors since its inception in 2005. Her additional volunteer interests include Families First in the Family Support Center, driving for Transportaton for Seacoast Citizens (TASC) and assisting with the Development of The Woodman Museum in Dover, NH. Her greatest joys are spending time with her husband, sons, grandchildren and friends. Her hobbies include mastering paddle boarding, climbing mountians or earning a decent score in a round of golf.

Erin Maskwa

Est. 2018

Erin Maskwa was born and raised on the New Hampshire Seacoast. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Erin holds degrees in Early Childhood Education, Project Management, and Executive Leadership. She is also a graduate of Leadership Seacoast class of 2017. She spent the early part of her career as an early childhood educator in community based programs as well as the public school system, and later transferred those skills into educational assessment where she has been working for the past 11 years. Erin lives in Nottingham with her husband and three children.

Adam Memmolo

Est. 2019

Adam manages three service departments at Grappone Automotive Group. He spends a lot of time with local students and teachers serving on the advisory committees for Concord Regional Technology Center’s and Manchester Community College’s automotive programs, both of which he previously graduated from. In addition to New Hampshire Children’s Trust, Adam actively volunteers for and supports New Hampshire Crisis Center, Friends of Forgotten Children, Salvation Army, and New Hampshire’s Stay Work Play.

Mandi Werner, Esq.

Est. 2016

Mandi Werner was born and raised in Bedford, NH. She left to attend college at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. After receiving her B.A in theatre studies, she went on to attend The Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she earned her J.D. Upon graduating from law school Mandi relocated back to Atlanta where she prosecuted for Fulton County. While she was away from New Hampshire, Mandi learned that there is no place better to live than New England. In 2014 Mandi accepted a job with the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office as the prosecutor for the Exeter and Hampton Falls Police Department and moved back to NH. She currently lives in Dover with her standard poodle, Domino and is glad to be home again. By participating as a board member of the NHCT, she looks forward to giving back to the community she has always loved.

Lara Quiroga, M.Ed., Ex Officio

Est. 2011

Lara Quiroga is a resident of Manchester and is currently employed by Manchester Community Health Center as the Program Director for Project LAUNCH, a federal collaborative agreement for Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health that seeks to promote the wellness of young children from birth to age 8 by focusing on improving the systems that serve young children with the goal of helping all children reach physical, social, emotional, behavioral and cognitive milestones. Lara previously served at Tufts University as the Accreditation Coordinator for the Office of Institutional Research and Evaluation and the Project Administrator for the Office of the President. She has provided and coordinated professional development at local, state, and national levels. She has served on task forces for Best Interest of the Child and NH Child Care Licensing Regulations Revisions, and is a Henry Morgan Award recipient recognizing achievement in recognition of achievement on professional development and commitment to improving the quality of care and education in New Hampshire.  As part of her work to improve the system serving children and families in Manchester and NH, Lara participates on the Spark NH Policy Committee, Spark NH Regional Initiative Community of Practice, Greater Manchester Domestic Violence Council, and Greater Manchester Infant Mental Health Team. When she is not engaged in Project LAUNCH work, Lara enjoys spending time camping, traveling, and snuggling (while he still allows it) with her middle-school-aged son, Logan.

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