FPGC has an incredible board of socially conscious individuals who want to do their part to make positive change happen in our community. If you are interested in the opportunity to serve on one of our committees please contact Liane MaLossi Kerbyson at FPGCdirector@gmail.com. Come join our team and be a part of the journey our homeless families travel to get to the place that they will call home.
Dave Cawley, Board Chair
Dave Cawley is mostly retired from leadership positions in NH hospitals, physician groups and health insurance companies. He lives in Concord with his spouse with whom he has two adult sons. Along with his Family Promise involvement Dave is the current Treasurer of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. During his career he has served terms as the Board Chair of New hampshire Public Radio, The Concord Area Trust for Community Housing and the Concord Community Music School.
F. Paul Russo, Vice Chair
A 45-year business/technical executive & Concord, NH area resident for 24 years. With a degree in Chemistry from Ripon College in Wisconsin, Paul has held positions with chemical manufacturing & technology companies beginning in research & development, progressing up through marketing, sales, senior management & business ownership, most recently as CEO of Z-Tech, a Bow located chemical manufacturing operation. Acquired by Saint Gobain in 2014, Paul has continued to work within their ceramics division in various management & business development roles. Retiring in December 2018, Paul can offer a blend of seasoned business, technical & financial capabilities, as well as knowledge of chemical & related manufacturing industries.
Les MacNeil, Treasurer
Les MacNeil is retired after 30 years at Lincoln Financial Group where he was a Business Analyst dealing with budgets and financial metrics. He has an MBA in Accounting and has over 40 years experience working with various non-profits.
Peggy S. Scott, Secretary
Peggy Scott, is a retired insurance executive with 40+ years of industry experience. She has proven skills in delivering timely results and is knowledgeable in the areas of finance and budget, business planning, project management and operations.
She is community and service oriented, leading multiple fund-raising initiatives and service projects. Peggy is active in her church and serves on the Ministry that designates funds to local, national and international charitable organizations.
Peggy lives in Loudon with her wife, Cindy. They enjoy time at home with their tribe of 3 dogs (2 Golden and 1 Labrador Retriever) and 2 cats, participating in community and church activities, and travel.
Julie Connolly, Development Committee Chair
Julie Connolly is the owner of Julie Connolly Law PLLC, a boutique law firm specializing in litigation. Julie devotes a significant portion of her time helping people whose financial circumstances would otherwise preclude them from getting legal counsel. She has represented indigent clients in domestic abuse and child custody cases, in landlord tenant disputes, and in criminal matters from the local district courts up to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Julie and her husband, Michael, have lived in Concord for nearly 30 years, where they raised their six children. Throughout this time, Julie has volunteered in several aspects of the community, serving on the Concord Public Library Foundation Board of Directors and as its Treasurer, on the boards of several booster clubs for Concord High School and Concord Youth Lacrosse Association, as a volunteer coach with Concord Parks & Recreation, as the president of a community pool and tennis cooperative, as a religious education teacher for St. John the Evangelist (now Christ the King) Parish, and as supporter of a variety projects serving the poor. She brings her legal experience and devotion to helping others to Family Promise, by concentrating on Family Promise’s fundraising efforts and by advising its clients on legal matters.
Terry Blake, Operations Committee Chair
Terry Blake is retired from Anthem BCBS after 36 years of service in the Finance and Project Management areas. Upon retirement she has been heavily involved with many areas of the homeless community. Terry was a Director for the original Concord Cold Weather Shelter, Volunteer Coordinator for The CCEH Cold Weather Shelter, Host Coordinator and Member of the Board for Family Promise of Greater Concord, in addition to being on the staff parttime at the Friendly Kitchen.
Shawn is the director of the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH. He retired from the US Army after 21 years of active duty. He later spent 10 years in corporate America as a VP of Operations, Director of Planning, and Director of Supply Chain. He volunteers as a West Point Admissions Liaison and as a Class Care Coordinator for the West Point Class of 1987. He and his wife, Diana, live in Bow and have three grown children. He previously served on the Family Promise Board from 2013-2016. Shawn is drawn to the interfaith community aspect of solving the challenge of homelessness and is excited to rejoin the FPGC board.
Marcia Shell is a career civilian and Army veteran with 36 years combined federal service. She retired in September 2018 from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), as an Executive Director for Defense Programs. Prior to NNSA Marcia worked for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness, at the DoD/VA Interagency Program Office (IPO) as a Health IT Portfolio Manager. This was a high visibility project between DoD and VA to stand up the first unified Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in Chicago, IL. Prior to that assignment Marcia worked for HQ U.S. Coast Guard as a Senior Budget Analyst with the Assistant Commandant for Resources, Office of Resource Management. Marcia is also a yogi and Mindfulness Life Coach, an advocate of our military community and their families.
Ryan Bengtson is a social studies teacher at Farmington High School in Farmington, NH and has served on the Board of Family Promise of Greater Concord since 2018. Mr. Bengtson brings experience and knowledge of faith communities having served as a pastor and ministry leader in a local Concord church for fifteen years- helping lead efforts for community engagement and for serving the underserved populations in our community.
Jackie Whatmough joined the Family Promise Board of Directors in 2016, just prior to her retirement as Director of Concord Human Services. Having been involved with social services in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire for more than 45 years, she brings experience and a passion for helping the underserved population in our community. Ms. Whatmough has also been actively involved in affordable housing and homelessness in our community. She currently serves as the Chair of the Concord Housing and Redevelopment Board of Commissioners and served on Concord’s Plan to End Homelessness and the CATCH board of directors, a non-profit focusing on housing and education in greater Concord.
Sharon Schuster is co-owner of Lacey Shea Antiques and has served on the operations committee of Family Promise of Greater Concord for 2 years. 5 years as a foster parent brings her social service experience and personal observations of hardships faced by families. She is co-chair of Saint Theresa Catholic Church’s Little Way Ministry, managing volunteer response to parish member’s requested needs. Sharon brings a decade of Parent/Booster Club fundraising at both college and high school levels. As a former landlord and Forever Foster parent, Sharon deeply believes in Family Promise’s program of educating, empowering and supporting ‘at risk’ and homeless families to become independent and self-sufficient through smart budgeting and hard work.