Board of Directors
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, traveling and meditation.
Michael LaFontaine, Vice Chair
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.
Ben Folsom, Secretary
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.
Tim McLaughlin, Treasurer
Tim is a partner at Shaheen and Gordon, a New Hampshire native and family man, with a long history of concern for those who are experiencing homelessness. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and spent a number of years on the board of Veterans Legal Services in Massachusetts, an organization which serves homeless and low-income veterans.
An 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.
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.
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.
A Residential Loan Officer for St. Mary’s Bank, Beth already volunteers with InTown Concord and the Friendly Kitchen. Beth believes everyone should be seen as a human being, deserving of kindness and compassion, and that everyone deserves a place to call home, a warm bed to sleep in and nourishment. Beth and her husband have 2 almost grown children and live in Loudon.
Kait is the Private Banking Officer of Cambridge Trust New Hampshire. Having a special interest in philanthropy and mission-driven organizations, she has volunteered a lot, and currently serves as a member of CATCH’s Community Outreach Committee and is a Puppy Raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. She recently completed the Hoffman-Haas Fellowship of the NH Center for Non-Profits. Kait lives in Sandown with her husband and two rescue dogs.
Michael has lived experience with homelessness, and as such his knowledge is a great boon to the Board. He is currently a wonderful volunteer at the Concord Homeless Resource Center on a daily basis and a meaningful example to others of what can happen when you are ready and willing to move forward with your life.
Cathy was hired as a US Probation Officer for the US District Court of New Hampshire in 1991, and retired as the Deputy Chief US Probation Officer in 2013. As part of her duties, Cathy worked with victims, offenders and their families in providing them with the necessary resources to maintain a law abiding lifestyle. This included assisting them in finding employment, housing and various treatment programs to address substance abuse and mental health needs. After years of working with defendants and victims she sees a deep need to work on the issues of employment, housing and addiction on a local level. We welcome her deep knowledge and expertise.
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, Director of Programs
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
Kathy provides essential administrative support to the entire staff, board and volunteers at CCEH. She goes above and beyond in all things.
Pam Nordle, Housing Stability Specialist
Pam Nordle comes to CCEH with extensive experience in crisis intervention, problem solving, and relationship management. Pam worked at New Horizons Homeless Shelter for 17 years, connecting clients with the resources needed to return to independence. She works hard getting clients into housing, connecting individuals with community resources, and assisting with any follow up needed to keep our Housing First clients stably housed.
Julie Green, Assistant Clinical Director of Programs
Julie originally came to us in June of 2018 from Child and Family Services, with a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental health, and years of case management experience. She has served in the capacity of Resource Center Clinical Case Manager and in addition to that, is now taking on a new role, supervising staff and volunteers and being responsible for day to day operations of all our programs when the Director of Programs is absent. Julie always has a pleasant and calm demeanor, no matter what is happening, and is a tremendous support and advocate for our guests.
Michael Caswell, Emergency Winter Shelter and Data Manager
Michael comes to us from Friends Emergency Housing with a B.S. in Psychology. For the past 8 years Michael has worked extensively with data management, including state and federal reporting, while creating databases from scratch. He has volunteered at CCEH for close to a year, completing the required paperwork for the winter shelter and various other duties. He also collaborates with other agencies to meet the needs of the Concord homeless population. Going forward, Michael will fully manage the Emergency Winter Shelter, do all data management for CCEH, and will provide case management support as needed.