Board of Directors

Officers

Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger, Chair

Senior Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord, NH.  Michael became board chair in 2017 after joining the board of directors in 2013.  He also serves as the President of the Northern New England Chapter of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association and was appointed to the NH Suicide Prevention Council.  Michael previously worked as an environmental consultant and web developer.  Outside of his work and CCEH, Michael is passionate about singing, soccer, travelling and meditation.

 

Maggie Fogarty, Vice Chair

Co-Director of the NH Program for the American Friends Service Committee, her work includes organizing, coalition building and advocacy for immigrant rights, affordable housing, tenant and worker rights and ending homelessness. Maggie is also a Board member of Housing Action NH and New American Africans and is a coordinator of the NH Immigrant Visitation Program at the Strafford County jail. She lives with her family in Dover, New Hampshire and has served on the CCEH board for 9 years.

 

Michael LaFontaine, Treasurer

Now retired , Mike worked at the NH Community Loan Fund for over two decades. He had previously served  for many years on the board of NH Legal Assistance and as the  Monday Night Manager at the cold weather shelter at First Church. He is married with three grown sons.  Mike has served on the board since 2016.

 

Ellen Fries, Secretary

Permanent volunteer with CCEH and 9 year board member, Ellen has served as Secretary and as Board Chair and is back to being Secretary again! She volunteered for many years at the Cold Weather Shelters when they were run by First and South Congregational Churches, and came into this work through that connection when CCEH was first formed.

 

Board Members

Samantha Curran

Human Resources Director, NH Community Loan Fund. Samantha joined the board in 2017 and has immediately jumped in to advise on HR matters and to volunteer in other capacities.

 

 

Tenley Callaghan

Attorney with Cleveland, Waters and Bass, Tenley joined the board in 2017. She is a youth mentor with the Friends Program and serves on the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire’s “Our Kids Youth Commission. Tenley also is a volunteer with Family Promise; Board member of the NH Commercial Investment Board of Realtors; City of Concord Board of Ethics Board Member, and works periodically assisting with Refugee Resettlement.

 

 

Ben Folsom

An attorney with McLane Middleton, P.A., Ben joined the Board in 2017. He has always done pro bono representation of low income clients, immigrants and refugees. Ben is working to help CCEH improve our communications and outreach. He lives with his family in Hopkinton.

 

 

 

Dominic Geffken

Dominic Geffken, M.D.

A physician with the Concord Hospital Family Health Center and interim Program Director for the NH Family Medicine Residency, Dom has been instrumental in bringing a team of resident physicians to the Concord Homeless Resource Center on a monthly basis to offer basic healthcare. He has served on the board since 2015, and also works with the Central NH Bicycling Coalition.

 

 

Lorinda Gilbert
Construction Loan & Systems Administrator, Merrimack County Savings Bank
Former director of Rise Again outreach ministry, Lorinda has served on the CCEH board of directors since 2016 and is passionate about caring for those most in need in our community.

 

 

 

Greg Lessard

Director of Development at the Concord Food Co-op. Greg has been a major part of SouperFest for several years and became a board member in 2017. Greg has much experience including building businesses, marketing and development.

 

 


Staff

Ellen Groh, Executive Director

Ellen has served as Executive Director since February, 2014. Ellen has a long history of working on poverty issues. She has formerly worked as a legal services attorney in North Carolina and in affordable housing development with the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, as well as working with a private developer of affordable housing. She holds a Juris Doctorate from University of North Carolina School of Law, and a Masters of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health.

 

 

Angela Spinney, Resource Center Program Director

Angela joined the Resource Center in December of 2015. A majority of her professional career, has revolved around  social services and clinical mental health; working primarily for Child and Family Services of NH for nearly thirty years. Angela has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychotherapy and Counseling and has worked with many NH families.

 

 

Kathy Armbricht, Office Administrator

Our most recent staff addition, Kathy started in September 2017 and provides essential administrative support to the entire staff, board and volunteers at CCEH.

                                                  

 

 Cyndi McGahn, Housing Stability Specialist

Cyndi began as a volunteer at the Resource Center and now works full-time with participants of Housing First Concord, offering support to become, and stay, stably housed.  Bio coming soon!

 

 

Sue Coviello, Resource Center Case Worker

Sue has been a case worker at the Resource Center since December 2013, after joining us first as an intern.  She holds an associates degree in Human Services from New Hampshire Technical Institute.