Board of Directors
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, 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 Parasco, 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.
Michael LaFontaine, Member At-Large
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.
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 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, 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.