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
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
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 the organization does in child abuse and neglect proceedings.
Sarah Fox, Esq., Secretary
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.
Janice Fitzpatrick, Treasurer
Janice Fitzpatrick is the Director of Financial Services at National Education Association—New Hampshire. She has also served as the VP and CFO of the NH Electric Cooperative and worked for 10 years in the banking industry. Janice holds a Masters in Accounting from Southern NH University where she received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 2000 for her leadership, dedication, and loyal service to the college. Janice is a resident of Candia and previously served on the NHCT board from 2010 - 2018.
Brian Beals, MD FAAP
Brian grew up in Southern NH but has 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. He returned to NH to complete Pediatric residency training at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon and established connections to Coos County and more specifically to the Berlin-Gorham area. 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. 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. He serves as the pediatric medical director at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin and helped implement and maintain certification in NRP and PALS to other providers and nursing staff. He has a strong interest in type 1 diabetes and volunteers at ADA Camp Carefree every summer. He is also 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 gain exposure to the realities of rural medicine while in training.
Claudia Ferber brings over 30 years of experience and expertise in children's behavioral health. She is currently semi-retired does per Diem para legal work. 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 Gilmanton 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
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
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 Transportation 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 mountains, or earning a decent score in a round of golf.
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 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 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.
Joe is the Senior Vice President of The Norwood Group, Inc. which is a real estate group located in Bedford, NH. He has been employed by The Norwood Group, Inc. since 1980 and has managed every aspect of the real estate acquisition and development projects in Massachusetts since 1982. Joe is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) of the National Association of REALTORS. Joe graduated from Rider University and is passionate about affordable housing and education. He has served on a school board and school district association. He looks forward to doing more for NH families through his role on the NHCT Board of Directors.
Mandi Werner, Esq.
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.