Our Leaders

According to the bylaws, the New Hampshire Children’s Trust is governed by 10-20 passionate and committed community members from around New Hampshire with a range of experiences and networks.  100% of the board of directors contribute financially to the organization.  The board of directors meets approximately six times per year.  Each director serves on at least one committee and attends face to face and virtual meetings as the work of the committee dictates.  The current committees include: Governance, Finance, Fundraising and Communications. 

The Governance committee recruits committee members and board candidates year round.  Elections for directors occur at the annual meeting, which is typically held in December.  Terms begin in January and run for three years.  Directors may serve up to three consecutive terms. If you are interested in learning more about serving on our board, contact Keryn Bernard-Kriegl, Executive Director.

  • Mary Ann Aldrich, RN, MS, Vice Chair

    Est. 2011

    Mary Ann Aldrich has been involved in health care for forty years, much of this time as a pediatric nurse practitioner. A resident of Concord, she is currently the Director of Clinical Operations at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester.  “Increasing awareness of the issue of child abuse and efforts to eliminate it is a personal mission for me. I am proud to serve on the board of directors for such an important organization.”   She is a graduate of Leadership Manchester and Leadership New Hampshire, has served on numerous boards and is currently a board member of Delta Dental Plan of New Hampshire and a member of the Friends of CHaD (Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock).

  • Jessica Wohlers Barlow

    Est. 2014

    Jessica Wohlers Barlow is originally from Cold Spring Harbor, New York, but has made New Hampshire her home since 1980.  Jessica has been in the high tech industry for twenty years, specializing in launching start-up companies and strengthening technology partnerships.  Throughout her career, Jessica has been recognized for her contributions and was named one of the Top 10 Most Powerful Women in the Channel by CRN magazine.  Jessica has been with IBM for the last five years and is currently focused on creating new business channels for IBM in the Northeast.  Jessica’s first love has always been children and she began her professional career in 1992 in Child Protective Services.  She is honored by the opportunity to serve on the New Hampshire Children’s Trust Board of Directors and looks forward to applying her business acumen to help protect children and strengthen families in New Hampshire.  Jessica lives in Windham, New Hampshire with her husband David and their daughter Sarah Arden.

  • Rep. Frederick (Skip) Berrien, MD

    Est. 2011

    Skip Berrien is a retired pediatrician living in Exeter with his wife since 2008. He has three children and two grandchildren. Beginning his career in Nashua, NH in 1973 as a practicing pediatrician, he joined the University of Connecticut School of medicine faculty in 1980 where he directed programs in primary care, sickle cell disease and child abuse. He developed a special interest in Soviet medical care and continues to participate in collaboration between medical schools in Connecticut and Siberia. "As a pediatrician I observed the short term devastation of abuse and neglect.  Evidence- based approaches are the keys to preventing the short term and long term effects of abuse and neglect." 

  • Jenn Cronin

    Jenn Cronin

    Est. 2016

    Jenn Cronin is a 1998 graduate of the University of NH with a BS in Communication.  She grew up in East Kingston, NH and currently lives in Newmarket.  Jenn currently works as General Manager at Express Employment Professionals; a staffing firm specializing in contract and permanent placements. Jenn has worked in the staffing industry for nearly 17 years. Jenn is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and has served KD as a volunteer at the national level since 2003.

  • Mary Ellen D'Intino, M.Ed.

    Est. 2016

    Mary Ellen D’Intino’s professional career has focused on children, families, and child abuse prevention. She holds a Master’s degree from Rivier University and is a licensed guidance counselor and social worker. Currently the Director of Safe Environment Programs for the Diocese of Manchester, she previously worked for the Department of Children and Families in Massachusetts, as a consultant for the NH Bureau of Special Education, and at a residential school for court-involved adolescents. In her current position, she coordinates child safety and abuse prevention programs for the statewide diocese. Other organizations with which she is involved include Granite Pathways of Manchester and the New Horizons soup kitchen. Mary Ellen lives with her husband in Derry and enjoys reading, baking, tackling home projects, and spending time with her young-adult children. 

  • Claudia Ferber

    Est. 2016

    Claudia Ferber brings over 30 years of experience and expertise in children's behavioral health. She is currently semi-retired and working as a consultant. As the Children's Director of Community based Services at Center for Life Management, Salem, NH and Director of Child and Family Programs for NAMI NH, Claudia has been a provider to and an advocate for children and families and system change. She has served on the Board of Directors for over a decade on the NH Association for Infant Mental Health. Claudia was one of the initial founders of the NH Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative. She lives in Concord with her husband, David. Claudia enjoys the theater, visual arts, reading, traveling and spending time near and on the water.

  • Janice Fitzpatrick

    Janice Fitzpatrick, Treasurer

    Est. 2010

    Janice Fitzpatrick has served as the VP and CFO of the NH Electric Cooperative, worked for 10 years in the banking industry, and holds a Masters in Accounting from Southern NH University where she received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 2000 for her leadership, dedication and loyal service to the college. Janice is a resident of Candia.

  • Sarah Fox, JD

    Sarah Fox, Esq.

    Est. 2014

    Sarah Fox grew up in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and still calls it home. She earned a degree in elementary education from Boston University, and early in her career taught in Ecuador, Inter-lakes Elementary School and as a child care director. During this time, she served as a CASA volunteer, providing a voice for abused/neglected children in court. The experience inspired her to pursue a career in child advocacy and she went to University of New Hampshire School of Law where she graduated with a JD and a Masters of Education Law. She worked at the Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education as an Education Consultant. From 2007 to 2011, she worked as the Court Improvement Project Training Specialist for the Family Division and she currently serves as the Circuit Court Coordinator.  Sarah is a 2012 graduate of Leadership New Hampshire. She has been a foster mother to three great children - an experience which has proved to be her most challenging and rewarding endeavor.

  • Elizabeth Susan Hodgson, MD, FAAP

    Est. 2016

    Known as “Dr. Sooze” to her patients and colleagues, Dr. Hodgson retired from 36 years of clinical pediatric practice in 2014, and returned home to New Hampshire.  “Dr. Sooze” grew up in Concord, NH, and practiced in NH from 1987-1994 before her sojourn to New Jersey for the next twenty years. While in New Jersey, Dr. Hodgson served as medical director of two of New Jersey’s Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Centers (RDTCs), multidisciplinary centers for the diagnosis and treatment of child abuse and neglect.  Dr. Hodgson helped establish New Jersey’s first and only free standing Child Advocacy Center in Newark, NJ. She was on the teaching faculty at two different teaching hospitals in New Jersey. From 2006-2008, Dr. Hodgson served as the New Jersey Child Advocate, a Governor’s appointment.  The Office of the Child Advocate monitored children in state custody or otherwise receiving state services and ensured that they were receiving safe, effective, and timely care. Throughout her career, Dr. Hodgson has been an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) at the local, state, and national levels.  She has been involved in policy, advocacy, strategic planning, and governance work with the AAP at the national and state levels.  Currently she is a non-voting member of the AAP National Board. Dr. Hodgson is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital.  She is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics both in General Pediatrics and in the subspecialty of Child Abuse Pediatrics.  She received her B. A. degree from Mount Holyoke College.

  • Lisa Kaplan Howe, Esq

    Lisa Kaplan Howe, Esq

    Est. 2015

    Lisa Kaplan Howe grew up in Nashua and currently resides in Manchester with her husband and 2 daughters.  Lisa is a Senior Adviser at Public Consulting Group, focusing on health policy consulting for state agencies.  Lisa has a undergraduate degree from Tufts University and a law degree from NYU School of Law.  Prior to joining Public Consulting Group, Lisa was Policy Director at NH Voices for Health after working as Private Market Manager at Health Care For All and as an associate in Ropes and Gray's health law department. Lisa is a graduate of Leadership New Hampshire and previously served on the boards of the NH Health Plan and Against All Odds, on the NH Health Exchange Advisory Board and on the Steering Committee of the NH Child Advocacy Network.  Lisa is admitted to the bars in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

  • Mary Jane Keane

    Mary Jane Keane

    Est. 2014

    Mary Jane Keane was raised in Portsmouth, NH, and returned to her hometown after attending college in New York. She resides in Rye, NH with her husband Tom, an attorney with Keane and Macdonald. Mary Jane and Tom have four sons and two grandchildren with the third coming soon. Mary Jane is the founder of Womenade of Greater Squamscott and has served as President of the Board of Directors since its inception in 2005. Her additional volunteer interests include Families First in the Family Support Center, driving for Transportaton for Seacoast Citizens (TASC) and assisting with the Development of The Woodman Museum in Dover, NH. Her greatest joys are spending time with her husband, sons, grandchildren and friends. Her hobbies include mastering paddle boarding, climbing mountians or earning a decent score in a round of golf.

  • Robert Matheson

    Robert Matheson, Immediate Past Chair

    Est. 2012

    After graduating from Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a BS degree in Marine Transportation, Robert Matheson sailed as a merchant officer for 15 years.  He returned to his home in the White Mountains and began a career in the development and sales of resort real estate. Robert served in the NH House of Representatives for two terms. Recently, Robert joined CASA as an advocate for children in the family court system.

  • Dottie Morris, Ph.D.

    Est. 2015

    Dr. Dottie Morris received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Her master’s thesis focused on childhood sexual abuse prevention programs. The focus of her dissertation was racial identity development. Dr. Morris is currently the Chief Officer for Diversity and Multiculturalism at Keene State College. She has been conducting workshops related to culture, diversity, multiculturalism, social justice, power and privilege for the past two decades in various settings.

  • Stephen Murray, CFA, Secretary

    Est. 2011

    Steve Murray works at Eldridge Investment Advisors. He serves as Treasurer of the Woodside School. He lives in Concord with his beautiful wife and two beautiful girls.

  • Lara Quiroga, M.Ed., Chair

    Est. 2011

    Lara Quiroga is a resident of Manchester and is currently employed by Manchester Community Health Center as the Program Director for Project LAUNCH, a federal collaborative agreement for Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health that seeks to promote the wellness of young children from birth to age 8 by focusing on improving the systems that serve young children with the goal of helping all children reach physical, social, emotional, behavioral and cognitive milestones. Lara previously served at Tufts University as the Accreditation Coordinator for the Office of Institutional Research and Evaluation and the Project Administrator for the Office of the President. She has provided and coordinated professional development at local, state, and national levels. She has served on task forces for Best Interest of the Child and NH Child Care Licensing Regulations Revisions, and is a Henry Morgan Award recipient recognizing achievement in recognition of achievement on professional development and commitment to improving the quality of care and education in New Hampshire.  As part of her work to improve the system serving children and families in Manchester and NH, Lara participates on the Spark NH Policy Committee, Spark NH Regional Initiative Community of Practice, Greater Manchester Domestic Violence Council, and Greater Manchester Infant Mental Health Team. When she is not engaged in Project LAUNCH work, Lara enjoys spending time camping, traveling, and snuggling (while he still allows it) with her middle-school-aged son, Logan.  

    "The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people's children." - Marian Wright Edelman

  • Melissa Suckling

    Melissa Suckling, OTR/L, MBA

    Est. 2015

    Melissa Suckling grew up and now resides in Danbury, NH with her husband and their twin boys. Melissa graduated from UNH with a BS in Occupational Therapy in 2002 and completed her Masters in Business Administration from Plymouth State University in 2012. She is currently the Director of Rehabilitation Services in Lebanon, NH managing a fast-paced sub-acute rehab program. Melissa joined the Children's Trust from her knowledge as a alumni from UNH Kappa Delta Sorority. During the winter Melissa is also an alpine racing official and works for Ragged Mountain Resort with the race program.