John is a retired New Hampshire Superior Court judge (still doing some law and an ADR practice), and also a past Chair of New Hampshire’s State Board of Education. He proudly serves now as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education. Civic engagement is undoubtedly a cornerstone of our democracy, and New Hampshire Civics, with its many programs and activities, significantly works to make us better citizens and better neighbors.
Marjorie (Marge) Chiafery retired in June 2019 having served as the superintendent of schools in Merrimack for eighteen years. Her career in education spanned fifty years and included teaching children from Kindergarten to grade three in Fairport, NY and Topsfield, MA and leading in Merrimack, NH as an elementary and middle school principal and a district administrator for a total of forty-one years. During her tenure, Marjorie served on numerous boards in NH and New England. She is an advocate for this organization because of its mission to promote and nurture civic education for students at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Marjorie is also a proponent of the Institute’s professional development for educators and for civic engagement experiences for students to develop their civic voice.
Ben joined Bigelow & Company in 2010 and has been a practicing CPA for over nine years. He focuses on providing services in financial statement engagements, corporate taxation and employee benefit plan audits. Ben earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accounting, both from New England College. He is a member of the New Hampshire Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Eileen Fox served as the clerk of the New Hampshire Supreme Court from October 2001 until her retirement in December 2019. She received a B.A. degree from Loyola University of Maryland and a J.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. During her tenure as Supreme Court clerk, Eileen frequently met with students and civic organizations touring the court. She joined the board of the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education while serving as clerk, and she has continued to be involved since her retirement. She currently serves as Secretary. Eileen is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association. During her legal career, she served on many court and Bar Association committees. Eileen is also a member of the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks (NCACC), an organization dedicated to improving the administration of appellate courts. Eileen served on the Executive Committee of the NCACC for several years; she served as president from August 2017 to August 2018. Eileen lives in Manchester.
Dr. Janet Breslin travels across cultures, both bureaucratic and geostrategic. She draws on her over 30 career in public service, including leadership roles in the US Senate, the National War College and in Saudi Arabia, where she focused on higher education and outreach to women in the Middle East. She is the coauthor of The National War College: A History of Strategic Thinking in War And Peace. She was the first women to chair the Department of National Security Strategy at the War College. Prior to her academic career, she was Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Legislative Director to Senators Patrick Leahy and Donald Stewart. She earned her PhD from UCLA and her BA from USC. She is now the Historian of the National War College Alumni Assocation and is on the Board. She is Vice Chair of the Salem, NH Town Democrats and had served on the Board of Southern New Hampshire University.
Dina Michael Chaitowitz is a lawyer and retired federal prosecutor and became interested in civics education as a volunteer for Discovering Justice in Boston. She spearheads NH Civics' "Civics 603" program.
Charles “Chuck” Douglas is a former trial judge, Supreme Court of New Hampshire Associate Justice, and Congressman. He is currently a practicing attorney and has been active in civics education since 1984 when he oversaw publication of civics books for the bicentennial of the State Constitution.
When Dan graduated law school he turned down offers at large corporate law firms to work at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, doing what Dan does best–fighting for people who have no one in their corner. Dan represented low-middle income Granite State families, seniors, veterans, and victims of domestic violence, often up against big bureaucracy and big corporations. Taking on fights for working people in the courtrooms, he realized that all too often, the laws weren’t written with working families in mind. Too many of them were written behind closed doors to protect big corporations and the well-connected, not working people. As a State Senator, Dan worked across the aisle to expand access to health care for 50,000 Granite Staters, protect people with pre-existing conditions, invest in renewable energy, and establish the toughest drinking water standards in the country. Dan worked across the aisle where he could, however, too often progress was blocked. Critical laws designed to help working families like paid family and medical leave, job training, and expanded access to substance use disorder treatment were vetoed by an out of touch Governor who does not understand what the working families of this state are going through. With the encouragement and support of his wife Erin, an education attorney with a working-class background, Dan decided to run for Governor. Dan is running for Governor to fight for all Granite Staters; to make health care more affordable, ensure working people earn a living wage, and to strengthen our local public schools. Dan will look at every issue through the lens of what it means for everyday working families — like the one he grew up in and the ones he represented at New Hampshire Legal Assistance. Dan lives in Concord with his wife Erin and his daughters Josie and Iris. He earned his law degree from the University of Iowa, and his master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University, focusing on economics and energy regulation.
Matthew Hicks is an experienced teacher and school administrator. For more than 20 years, Matthew has worked in public, private, and parochial schools teaching social studies courses including history and social sciences. He is currently a head of school at an independent N-9 school in Concord and continues to teach. Matthew holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Hamilton College, a M.A.T. in Teaching from University of New Hampshire, an M.Ed. in School Leadership from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in leadership and policy studies from University of New Hampshire. Matthew is passionate about NHICE’s mission, particularly developing an engaged NH citizenry and working with schools to increase opportunities for civics education.
Dan currently teaches social studies at John Stark Regional High School in Weare, New Hampshire. He has been teaching Civics classes including “We the People”, a civics course that includes a competition, for over 17 years. Prior to embarking on his career in education, Mr. Marcus was an attorney and practiced civil litigation for 5 years. Mr. Marcus served on the Civics Task Force sponsored by the Supreme Court Society in 2008 and is a current Trustee of the NH Institute for Civics Education. Mr. Marcus worked with attorney Jennifer Eber on the new edition of After HIgh School: A Guide for High School Grads on their Legal Rights and Responsibilities.
Betty Tamposi has lived in New Hampshire her whole life where she raised her family. She enjoys spending time with her three adult children, their spouses, and her two grandchildren with lots of family activities. Having served in the New Hampshire legislature from 1979 to 1986 she was Chair of the Ways and Means committee and Assistant Majority Leader. She was appointed by the President and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as an assistant secretary of the United States Department of State overseeing worldwide consular operations. She grew up in a family real estate development firm and was responsible for numerous residential, commercial, and industrial projects. More recently she has served as an oncology hospital chaplain completing her clinical pastoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital. Over the years, she has served on numerous boards including the University System of New Hampshire board of trustees, Rivier University, Merchant’s National Bank, and Elliot Hospital. More recently, she has been involved in civic engagement as Co-Chair of Global Citizen’s Circle. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Harvard University, and is currently a PhD student at Fordham University.
For a number of years, Dan served as Communications Director for the New Hampshire Bar Association, which offered programs for students aimed at advancing understanding of our government and legal system. Successful civics education initiatives can make students into better thinkers and better citizens, and yet this is a cause that has had few champions. The NH Institute of Civics Education has taken up this mantle and is pursuing an ambitious but sustainable agenda of inspiring and informative programs for educators and students as well as public events, and he is honored to help shepherd its growth.
Susan Wolowitz, M.Ed., is a retired elementary educator who worked in the Concord, New Hampshire public schools for 25 years and was honored by Concord School District as a Distinguished Educator of the Year in 1999. In 1999 she was awarded the National Law Education Award from the American Bar Association for the development of an early education law curriculum. She has been a member of the New Hampshire “Think Tank on Civics Education” since its inception in 2008 and a member of the New Hampshire Civics Education Task Force Leadership, and served as a trustee of the NH Supreme Court Society. In 2015 she was named a board member of the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire.
Lindsay is a member of the firm’s litigation department and governmental relations department. As a member of the firm’s litigation department, Lindsay works on a variety of matters, including complex commercial litigation, occupational safety, and health, employment, domestic and general civil litigation. As a member of the firm’s government relations team, Lindsay frequently represents clients before the New Hampshire Legislature, the New Hampshire Insurance Department, the Department of Labor, Commission for Human Rights, and other administrative agencies.
Martha Madsen has over 20 years' experience in public schools in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, in high school, middle school, and elementary school. She began as an English/language arts teacher, moved into a school counselor role, and in 2020 earned a Curriculum and Instructional Leadership certificate at UNH's Graduate School of Education. Civic learning and school climate are her passions and she has the highest respect for teachers. She worked part-time for NH Civics beginning in 2013 and is pleased to now serve as its executive director full-time since August of 2019. Martha was graduated from Colgate University, Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, and Simmons College School of Social Work. A life-long learner, in 2021 she earned a badge from Guardians of Democracy in Current and Controversial Issue Discussion Strategies. She lives with her husband, Constitutional Law professor John Greabe, in Hopkinton, NH.
Wendy enjoys working for the NH Institute for Civics Education as she has a passion for the mission. Having served in several roles in local government, she appreciates the need for youth to be exposed to civics early on to improve all aspects of local governance. Wendy has worked for UNH Extension, the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success, Montana State University Extension and has volunteered as the President of the New Hampshire Farmers Market Association, chaired the Weare Agricultural Commission, been a member of the Weare Conservation Commission and past recording secretary for the Weare Planning Board. Wendy has 30+ years in administration and enjoys working to support the growth of NH Civics.
Amanda is a former social studies teacher originally from Franklin. Amanda taught social studies at Franklin High School before transitioning to a classroom teacher and then administrator at Second Start Alternative High School in Concord. She brings a passion for justice and engagement and an excitement to have the opportunity to support social studies teachers across the state.
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