Board of Directors
Dawn Beers, Boscawen, NH
Dawn is Vice-President, Marketing officer for Franklin Savings Bank and brings to the Board over 23 years of experience in marketing. Her specific area of focus include communications, public relations, strategic planning, project management, and event planning. At FSB, Dawn oversees marketing and public relations. In addition to her Board role at Circle Program, her community volunteer activities include Twin Rivers Interfaith Food Pantry and The Community Kitchen. Dawn earned her B.S. in Marketing at Southern New Hampshire University and she is a graduate of the Northern N.E. School of Banking.
“I recently joined Circle Program’s Board of Directors as I was truly impressed with the programs and services it offers to girls who don’t have access to enriching summer camp experiences and mentoring opportunities. These critical resources help support young girls develop into well-rounded young women, who will become actively involved in their communities.”
Jennifer Crane, CFRE, Portland, ME
Working as the Director of Advancement for the University of Maine School of Law, Jennifer has nine (9) years of fundraising experience, with a particular focus on annual giving, planned giving, and reunion giving. She shares her expertise with Circle Program in numerous ways. Jennifer earned her BA in Anthropology from Bowdoin College.
“I came to know and appreciate Circle Program through my connection with Camp Onaway, as it was trustees and the camp director of Onaway who founded Circle Program. I stay connected to Circle because of the tremendous work being done to empower young women in New Hampshire.”
Sarah Crane, President, Plymouth, NH
Working in the construction field for over 12 years, first as a Safety Officer, an estimator and project manager, Sarah has spent the last five years as Controller at Andrews Construction Co. in Campton; a company specializing in site preparation and concrete for commercial and residential projects. Sarah attended Tufts University, graduating with a BA in International Relations and Spanish and received her MA in Spanish Language and Literature from Middlebury College.
“I had the benefit of many years of an all-girls summer camp experience at Camp Onaway that truly helped me mature into a confident and independent young woman. I want to give that experience to as many girls as possible. I loved the connections I made at camp and see that happening through the work of the Circle Program!”
Barbara J. McCahan, Ph.D., Plymouth, NH
Barbara is a Professor of Public Health at PSU with interests in promoting sustainability, environmental health and healthy active living. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses and is the Director of the Center for Healthy Communities. Barbara is a graduate of University of California at Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Biology, MA and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and is a Fellow/Practitioner of Physical Activity in Public Health.
“I have been a donor, mentor and member of the Board for Circle Program since 2008 when I learned of the program through my role on the Community Guaranty Savings Bank Board of Directors.”
Ryan McFarland, Concord, NH
Formerly a Prosecutor dealing mainly with Criminal Law, Ryan works with the New Hampshire Department of Safety Bureau of Hearings involved with Administrative and Motor Vehicle Law as a Hearings Examiner. When not at work, with his family or doing something for Circle Program, Ryan coaches soccer and basketball at the Tapply-Thompson Community Center in Bristol and is also active with the Knights of Columbus #7073 at Our Lady of Grace Church in Bristol. Ryan did his undergraduate studies at Villanova University, graduating with a B.S. in Economics and received his Juris Doctorate at the University of Maine School of Law.
“I am connected to this organization because I am the proud father of three girls and want to ensure that every girl in the community is given every opportunity to thrive in the future and reach their goals.”
Mary Ann McRae, Secretary, Moultonborough, NH
Mary Ann was a physical education/health teacher for 28 years and has always worked with children at camps, parks, and recreation programs. When she retired from teaching, Circle Program was a good fit for her expertise! Mary Ann brings all this teaching background, as well as her B.S. in Healthy and Physical Education and two Masters degrees (Counseling and Elementary Education) to the organization. When she is not actively engaged in Board or Committee efforts with Circle, Mary Ann volunteers at the Squad Lakes Natural Science Center, Meals on Wheels, and Canine Therapy for nursing homes and hospitals.
“I began as a mentor and then became interested in serving on the board. I came on the board a the organization was raising money to build its own camp. My husband and I got involved with the actual planning of the camp and I with the capital campaign.”
James Mitkonis, Treasurer, Manchester, NH
James is a CPA who specializes in nonprofit, hospitality, and individual tax services; he is a manager with Nathan Weschler & Company, P.A. James directs all phases of audit engagements including planning, financial statements preparation, as well as delivery of tax services to businesses and individuals. James earned his B.S in Business Administration at UNH’s Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics; where he also earned his MS in Accounting.
“When my wife was a Mental Health Therapist at Riverbend Community Health, she used to work with clients who were part of Circle Program. Mindful of confidentially, every story she told was how positive the program was for these girls and how much it meant to them.”
Patricia O’Neill, Holderness, NH
With her B.S. and M.Ed. and 27 years of teaching in the Plymouth School District, Patty has a great background for Circle Program as both a mentor and a member of the Board. Most recently, she has been lending her expertise to the board-staff task force charged with developing a new evidence-based curriculum for Circle Program. Patty also serves on the Pemi-Valley Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors and works part-time for CME Medical Consulting.
“As a middle school teacher, I saw hundreds of girls maneuver the hurdles of being a teenager and I know how valuable connections are, for all girls.”
Talesha Saint-Marc, Manchester, NH
Talesha is a shareholder in Bernstein Shur’s Labor & Employment and Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Groups and provides thoughtful and practical advice and counsel to employers regarding all aspects of employment law, including the FLSA, FMLA and ADA compliance, and Title VII and state human rights claims. She strives to help clients effectively navigate complex workplace laws and craft sensible policies to reduce risk and help avoid costly litigation. Talesha frequently represents employers in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, FLSA, whistleblower, wage claim and FMLA litigation. Talesha earned her BA from Franklin Pierce College, where she graduated summa cum laude. She received her JD from Northeastern University School of Law.
“I enjoy working with and supporting youth, and I love that Circle provides opportunities for young girls to excel personally, educationally, and socially.”
Deborah Schachter, Vice-President, Concord, NH
Although she is no longer practicing law, Deborah brings her legal and public policy background to the Board table, along with her knowledge of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. She is also a Circle Program mentor and a surprisingly good gluten-free baker! Employed by the NH Charitable Foundation, Deborah serves as Senior Program Officer and Policy Advisor involved with grant-making, donor services and special initiatives for the statewide community foundation. She has a BA from Yale and her JD from Harvard Law School.
“I began as a mentor, not intending at that time to get involved in board governance, but once involved with Circle, when I was asked to serve on the board, I found I could not think of a very good reason to say no, and hoped that my skills might be useful to the group.”
Mark M. Seymour, Concord, NH
Mark is an administrative law attorney/hearings examiner for the State of New Hampshire, Department of Safety, Bureau of Hearings. A graduate of Middlebury College, he earned his B.A. in Russian. In addition to his volunteer work with Circle Program, Mark volunteers with New American Africans, primarily as a tutor for newly arrived high school age and adult students from Rwanda and Congo. Mark received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
“I believe in Circle’s mission and enjoy working with fellow board members and staff to ensure that it is a thriving organization now and into the future.”
Karen S. Werner, Amherst, NH
Karen has spent much of her life working to support girls and young women in the Girl Scouts organization; presently she serves as volunteer Support Coordinator for Girl Scouts of the Green &White Mountains. She has an amazing ability to connect with people and is a keen organizer and motivator of efforts and individuals. Karen is a graduate of Colby College, where she earned a BA in Sociology.
“I believe in the mission of Circle – to provide New Hampshire girls with the opportunities to build their confidence and competence.”
Cindy J. H. Williams, Immediate Past President, Alexandria, NH
Cindy is a local Health Food Store owner and brings her finance, budgeting, and administration expertise to the Board. When she is not volunteering for Circle Program, she directs her volunteer efforts toward the NH Marathon and the Spectacle Pond Association.
“I am very impressed with Circle’s mission and the girls’ testimonies as to the differences Circle has made in their lives.”