Board of Directors


Officers


Ben Folsom, Chair

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.


Greg Lessard, Acting Vice Chair

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.


Jessica Wiley, Treasurer

A Certified Public Accountant at Maloney & Kennedy, PLLC, Jessica has been a member of the CCEH Finance Committee for a year, and therefore came to the board with some knowledge of CCEH’s finances and of the organization more generally.  She has an interest in giving back to the community, and in using her skills to to dive more into the organization’s long-term plans and goals, utilizing financial planning and management to help accomplish these.


Kaitlyn Gallagher, Secretary

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.


Board Members


Cathy Battistelli

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.


Meghan Farrell

Meghan is the Vice President of Community Engagement at New Futures, a nonprofit legislative advocacy organization focused on health and wellness. Meghan has a background in nonprofit communications and program management and is formerly an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. She aims to make the legislative process less intimidating for Granite Staters and strongly believes in raising up the voices of those affected by homelessness to our local, state, and federal elected officials.


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.


Lionel Grassi

Lionel was elected to the Board of Directors of the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness in June. Lionel is a Recovery Support Specialist and Coach at Choices Addiction Recovery Service, a program at Riverbend Community Mental Health, and also works with the New Americans Refugee Community, serves on the Riverbend Quality Council, and with the Concord Hospital Emergency Department.  Having experienced homelessness and addiction himself, Lionel understands a great deal about these issues and his voice will deepen the understanding the Board has and add a great deal to CCEH. He works with our clients at the Resource Center in his job with Riverbend, and says he does this work to make positive changes in people’s lives.


Michael LaFontaine

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.


Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger

Senior Minister of the 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.


Tim McLaughlin

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.


Beth Mulleavey

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.


Michael Tyrance

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.


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.


Leslie Fincke, Chief Operating Officer

After serving on the CCEH Board and as the Chair of the Communications Committee for about a year, and volunteering at CCEH’s Resource Center for two years, Leslie joined our staff in March of 2020. Leslie arrived in Concord, NH in May of 2018 from Cambridge, MA where she founded a retail business which she operated for ten years. Her professional background in marketing, advertising and branding agency worlds helps CCEH “get the word out” about our mission and work. Leslie holds a B.A. in English and Government from Georgetown University.


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.


Julie Green, Clinical Director of Case Management

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, Winter Shelter Director & Data Analyst

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.


Lisa Rowley, Housing First Housing Stability Specialist

Lisa comes to us after years of working for an area agency serving people in her local community. She has an Associates Degree in science and has almost completed her degree in Human Services. Lisa has met many challenges throughout her career working with people. She is happy serving those most in need and dedicated to those she serves. Lisa enjoys learning and is always evolving.


Teri Gladstone, Office Administrator

Teri joined CCEH in March of 2020. Teri comes to CCEH with over twenty years experience in office administration. She has served multiple terms on the Board of Directors for Live and Let Live Farm rescue and Second Start. Her volunteer time is varied and includes US Jaycees, Zonta, Family Promise, and Rise Again to name a few. She has lived in Concord for 32 years.

Shannan Roberts, Resource Center Case Manager

Shannan joined the Resource Center in January 2020 as an undergraduate intern from Plymouth State University, with her focus of studies in Social Work. Shannan interned at the Resource Center five days a week learning the mission of CCEH, case management skills and how to meet the needs of those experiencing different levels of homelessness. Shannan’s internship was abruptly halted due to COVID-19, although the pandemic changed the in-person internship, Shannan continued to support CCEH and develop her case management skills. Shannan has previous case management skills and experience through other NH Non-profits as well. Shannan demonstrates a calm demeanor and her smile is always welcoming to the guests!