SoupFest Chefs 

Kelly Kinhan

Kelly has called Concord home since 1994 and currently is the Business Development Manager at Cobb Hill Construction. He is thrilled to follow in “Mr Jim’s” footsteps and has made volunteering a regular part of his life…to include designing and building sets for local schools and theater production groups, cooking breakfast by-monthly at the Friendly Kitchen, active member on the Advisory Board at the Salvation Army and current President and Board Chair at RB Productions a local community theater group. He would like to thank his amazing family, friends and coworkers for their continued support.

Millie LaFontaine – Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Millie LaFontaine is a retired physician who has been proud to call Concord home since 1990. Her husband, Mike LaFontaine, is a longtime Coalition to End Homelessness volunteer and board member who didn’t even have to twist her arm to try her hand as a Soup Chef for this event. Millie and Mike are the parents of three sons, and are the delighted grandparents of Baby Cora.

Jim and Laurie Schlosser

The Schlossers landed in Concord in May 2016, and continue to be grateful at their choice to settle here.  Laurie has been an ASL interpreter and activist in interpreter politics in NH since 1981.  Jim is a primary care physician and the former Chief of Staff at the Manchester VA .  He was a founding board member of the Institute for Health Care Improvement and loves gardening and basketball.

Eugene Shear- Vegetarian Curried Parsnip Sweet Potato Soup

I’m a retired social worker who during part of his professional career assisted homeless psychiatric patients at New Hampshire Hospital find homes.  I’m married and live in Concord.

Jim Doremus

Jim is the Chief Executive Officer for the Concord Family YMCA.  He holds a BS and an MS from New England College. Jim has worked for the nonprofit, social services sector in the greater Concord area for the past 33 years, including leadership roles with the Friends Program and White Birch Community Center. He resides in Henniker with his wife Susan Murray and son Jackson.

Dawn Ruddy- Sausage and Pepper Soup

I’ve been a Concord resident for 45 years, for the past 20 years I’ve worked as a Dental Hygienist.  I’m a mom of 3 grown children and a grandmother of 5. I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, kayaking and camping.  I volunteer in the Cold Weather Shelter.  I support the coalition to end homelessness because everyone deserves a place to call home.

Ron and Gerri King- Soup Pistou

Ron is an architect whose company designs and builds natural playgrounds, playgrounds without equipment, across the country.  Gerri King is a social psychologist and organizational consult who works throughout the US and, occasionally, abroad.

Maureen Richards is a Concord native and the owner of the UPS Store in Concord.  She teaches Kickboxing at the YMCA and advocates for all things canine.

Sherry Gamble works part-time at the Payson Center for Cancer Care  planning programs.  She also teaches Yoga, Zentangle and is a Reiki Master.

Peggy and Karen have worked together st Shear Magic Salon for over 25 years.  Peggy grew up in a well known Concord family and she and her husband have a college aged son.  Karen and her husband have 2 college age daughters who have grown up in Concord.  Both enjoy serving their community.

Colin Van Osten

Colin lives in Concord with his wife Kristyn, his sons Peter & Patrick, and their black lab, Moses.  He returns to SouperFest with his unique Chilled Blueberry Soup, which he learned to make working in the kitchen at the Canterbury Shaker Village in the mid-2000s.  Colin currently works as Vice President of Workforce Solutions at Southern New Hampshire University, and previously served as Executive Councilor from Concord and 48 surrounding towns from 2012 – 2016.

Cindy Yanski and Jennifer Curtis are volunteer coordinators for the Friends Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.  For the past three years they’ve promoted the healthy benefits of volunteering by connecting adults 55 and over with local non-profits such as The Coalition to End Homelessness.

They hope you enjoy their hearty “Bone Builder” soup made with nutrients that promote strong bones, inspired by the RSVP signature program, Bone Builders. Bone Builders is a free exercise class specifically designed to prevent osteoporosis while increasing strength and balance.  Classes are run by trained and dedicated RSVP volunteer leaders throughout Merrimack, Belknap and Rockingham counties.

2018 Soup Chefs

Sen. Dan Feltes- Maple Bacon Sweet Potato.

For the better part of a decade, Dan served as a legal aid lawyer helping low-income Granite State families, seniors and veterans. He now serves as State Senator for the capital city of Concord, towns of Henniker, Hopkinton and Warner. He is guided by the fundamental belief that in order to move New Hampshire forward, we cannot afford to leave anyone behind.  Watch Dan on WMUR’s Cook’s Corner on March 2nd, as he shows us how to make his Maple Bacon Sweet Potato soup.

Sean McDonald- Vegetable Chowder

Sean McDonald, a New England native, has traveled extensively before coming back to New Hampshire to settle. Sean grew up in Malden, Mass., one of five children, and is happy to be back home doing what he loves — reporting the news for WMUR.

Diana Erickson – Russian Borscht
Diana is a current title holder of Mrs. New Hampshire America 2017, Black Belt in Taekwondo and has a PhD in Sociology. Diana is originally from Russia, and now is Hudson resident, ​a Mom of three children, and a fitness instructor at the Workout Club and Thrive Outdoors. She is passionate about international cuisine, traveling, volunteering, a healthy life style and minimalism.

Nancy Brown- Kale Soup

I’m delighted to be cooking again this year for this joyful, and important community event.   I hope my gluten free Kale (with Ginger, Tomatoes and Chicken) soup will provide a tasty treat for those with a gluten intolerance.  This soup was born in hopes that I could make a healthy and delicious soup for my gluten intolerant daughter and encourage my husband to allocate a little more space in the garden to kale – a vegetable I love.  It worked on both counts.

I’m a member of South Church, and when I’m not there or cooking or gardening, I provide consultation and training around issues of conflict and communication.  I’m particularly excited about the power of listening circles.


Colin Van Ostern –  Chilled Blueberry Soup

Former Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern represented Concord and 48 surrounding towns from 2013 – 2017, and currently works at SNHU.  He previously served as a business manager at Stonyfield yogurt, and he picked up this Stonyfield-centric blueberry soup while working in the kitchen at the Shaker Table, the restaurant at Canterbury Shaker Village. This is a chilled, slightly sweet soup that works well as a starter or a dessert. Colin lives in Concord with his wife Kristyn, dog Moses, and sons Peter & Patrick.

Tom Fredenburg-  Gerstensuppe Soup (Swiss Barley)

Retired tenants’ rights attorney, former CCEH board member, former owner of the homeless resource center and site of the future winter shelter. I believe that housing is a right, not a privilege, and that bringing Concord’s homelessness to functional zero must be our goal.  Ask me about my oyster farm!



Jane Toumpas and Robin Connor Carrot Ginger Lime Soup                                                                                    

Jane Toumpas and Robin Connor are representing Wellington’s Marketplace where they make the good food which comes out each day.  Wellington’s is under the new ownership of the Brennan Family.

Doreen Oliveira – Chicken Soup

This is my third year involved with SouperFest; my second as a soup chef. I’m excited to return and be part of this special event. I’ll be making chicken soup this year. I’m employed by SJCS Meals on Wheels in Merrimack, and my fiancé and I manage Mulberry Creek Imagery–a fine art photography studio. We live in Pembroke and love to travel, hike, kayak and take lots of pictures!

Dominic F. Geffken, MD, MPH-Cheddar Broccoli Soup

Dominic is the Interim Director of the NH Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency at Concord Hospital. He is a board member of the CCEH. He practices at the Concord Hospital Family Health Center (CHFHC). He was instrumental in establishing the Downtown Clinic-an outreach clinic where providers and staff from the CHFHC see clients of the Homeless Resource Center. Dominic will be proudly serving Cheddar Broccoli Soup created by the chefs at Concord Hospital.

Susan Zlotnick-Hale, MD Italian Chestnut Chickpea Soup with Farro

I am a retired physician who moved to New Hampshire after living in Italy for 3 years while my husband served in the US Army. My interests include knitting, weaving and cooking.

Michael Gfroerer – Black Bean Soup  

Mike is a member of South Church, where he worked with Jim Kinhan as a
shelter manager and overnight volunteer. He also serves on the board of The Friends
Program. Mike is passionate about hiking in the desert Southwest, particularly
the Grand Canyon, and his black bean soup is a specialty of the El Tovar Hotel
on the south rim.

Judith Maloy –  Butternut Squash

Judith is Director and CEO of Polaris Direct, a nationally-acclaimed direct marketing services and printing company located in Hooksett, NH. As owner of a certified women-owned company, Judith plays an active role in supporting minority and women-owned businesses by serving on the WBENC Forum and the NH advisory board for Center for Women and Enterprise. When she’s not making marketing campaigns, she’s making meals for her family and friends. An avid soup lover, one of her favorites is butternut squash soup.

Jim Doremus – Gazpacho

Jim is the Chief Executive Officer for the Concord Family YMCA.  Jim has worked for the nonprofit, social services sector in the greater Concord area for the past 33 years, including leadership roles with the Friends Program and White Birch Community Center. He resides in Henniker with his wife Susan Murray and son Jackson.

Nicki Clarke – Hamburger Soup   

Nicki has served as the Executive Director of the Capitol Center for the Arts since 2007. When Nicki is not engaged in some artistic or community development pursuit in Concord, she can be found making soup or tending her garden in Quechee, Vermont.

Kimberly Yarlott – Creamy Tomato Bisque

Kim, a long time friend of the late Jim Kinhan, returns for her fourth year as a participating chef and long time participant of the Soup Fest.  Kim was 2017 National Distinguished Principal. When not at Reeds Ferry Elementary School, she can be found on a USTA team, the ski slopes, volunteering, at BookClub, or with family and friends. 

Will Delker- Linsensuppe, German Lentil Soup with Ham
Will Delker is a resident of Concord where he lives with his wife and cat.  He is also a member of South Congregational Church.  Will has deep German roots.  His father came to America in the 1960s and Will spent time studying in Germany and visiting relatives there.  German Lentil Soup (Linsensuppe) is a family favorite.  His German grandmother (Oma) made it when he was growing up.

Gayle Murphy
Gayle is the chair of the Board of the NH Coalition to End Homelessness and is glad to support our sister organization to end homelessness in Concord. She is a UCC pastor, working to minister to those people who are alienated from the traditional church.   Gayle and her husband Bob have loved living in Concord for 37 years.

R.P. Hale – In Posólli Nixtamál in quilitl-nanácatl totómitica (Gluten Free)
R.P. Hale grew up in a Mexican family in Tucson, Arizona; and he continues many multi-generational traditions in the visual arts, music, Letterpress printing, calligraphy, wood-engraving and printmaking – and the traditional Mexican cooking of Sonora and southern Arizona. There is no more worthwhile beneficiary than the Coalition to End Homelessness. This entity is in chronic immediate need of assistance.

Trish Clancy Kiefner – Split Pea Soup 

Trish and her husband Rob moved to Concord in 1983 to practice medicine together.  They raised three sons  and are active with the arts and social justice movements in NH

Kathleen McAuliffe- Escarole and White Bean Soup.

I grew up in northern NY and have lived in NH for 44 years. I taught at Rumford School and retired in 2004. We have four adult children and seven grandchildren.

Gerri & Ron King – Soup Pistou
Ron King is an architect and President of Natural Playground Companies.  They design and build playgrounds without equipment throughout the country.  Gerri King is a social Psychologist and Organizational Consultant who works throughout the US and sometimes abroad.  Jim Kinhan (the Superfest Founder) was Gerri’s former partner at Human Dynamics Associates.  It was such a satisfying and enjoyable experience that we can’t imagine not doing it every year.

Courtney & Josh Moser – Tuscan Tortellini
We are a very large family in the small town of Deerfield, NH trying to make a difference for the people in our community. We have been working together as siblings and business partners for a very long time to expand and impact people in a way that is unlike any other restaurant you will experience. As a small town family restaurant we do everything we can to give back to our local community. Being such a large family with seven children and eleven grand children, we understand the need and importance of programs such as the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness and how we can support them even from our small town. As soon as we were asked to help support this cause, we immediately decided we would do whatever we could to help!

Willow Mauck – Mulligatawny (Vegan)
I moved to New Hampshire five years ago from the beautiful state of Wisconsin.  I love good neighbors, live music, farms, tasty food and cooking.  I opened The Clean Take in 2015 with busy, hungry folks in mind who wanted to eat whole food without all the work.  I had such a great time at Souperfest last year, I vowed to never miss it!  A great display of friendship, community and support for all who attend.  The soup was pretty good, too!

Darryl Dolcino – Fish Chowder

Darryl Dolcino is a longtime resident of the Concord area, a hobbyist woodworker, a registered nurse, home cook and a supporter of the Friendly Kitchen. As a member of South Congregational Church it is my privilege to participate in another year of SoupFest

Rolf Gesen-  Spinach Artichoke Soup. 

Former President of Phenix Mutual Fire Insurance Company.  Board member at YMCA Camp Coniston. Life long Concord resident. Work with refugee kids.

Peggy Lamora and Karen Riley- Chile

Karen and Peggy have worked together at shear magic for over 25 years are great friends and love to participate in local fundraising efforts!! Little FYI Karen won an award for her chili that we will be preparing together.

Kyle Stefanik – Hearty Root Vegtable

Kyle continues a family culinary tradition that dates back more than a hundred years. A New Hampshire native whose first memory of cooking is of making meatballs in his family’s Manchester restaurant at the age of 4, a restaurant started by his great-grandparents around 1915.

After working in the food service industry through high school, Kyle attended the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier VT, where he graduated top of his class.

Today, Kyle is Chef for Chartwells Higher Education Food Services at NHTI Concords Community College.

Jennifer Curtis and Cindy Yanski – Bone Builder Soup

Jennifer and Cindy are the volunteer coordinators for the Friends Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.