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 NH Civics. 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 NH Civic'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 NH Civics 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. Roger C. Brooks is a former teacher and principal serving 35 years in the Concord public schools. After receiving a teaching certificate in secondary social studies education, Roger began his career as an elementary syllabus advisor for the U.S. Peace Corps in Sarawak, Malaysia. As Principal, he led student reporters and still and video photographers to cover the candidates for three NH Presidential Primaries. From the experience, his students wrote articles for Scholastic News. Currently, he is serving his second stint as Chair of the NH State Council on the Arts, is Chair of the New American Baccalaureate Board and is Doorkeeper of the NH Senate.
Dina Michael Chaitowitz is a lawyer and retired federal prosecutor and became interested in civics education as a volunteer for Discovering Justice in Boston. In addition to working on federal cases in trial court, she was the Chief of the Appeals Unit from 1994 to 2018, and handled hundreds of appellate matters before the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. The cases involved, among other crimes, charges of drug trafficking, money laundering, racketeering, and terrorism. Prior to her employment with the United States Attorney's Office, Attorney Chaitowitz worked as an Assistant District Attorney, prosecuting state crimes in state court, and as a defense attorney. She spearheads NH Civics' Civics 603! program. Attorney Chaitowitz created Civics 603! because of her deep respect for the justice system and civic engagement.
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.
Steve Duprey is a prominent figure in New Hampshire Republican politics from Concord, New Hampshire. He has participated in 30 campaigns since 1970. At age 19, he became the country's youngest state representative. Duprey served as chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party for four terms.In 2010, Duprey was named business leader of the year by the Greater Concord Chamber of Congress. A graduate of Cornell Law School, Duprey has served as president of Foxfire Property Management and the Duprey Companies for 40 years. He has directed the Concord Chamber of Commerce since 2005.
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 NH Civics’s mission, particularly developing an engaged NH citizenry and working with schools to increase opportunities for civics education.
David Hills was born in Cleveland Ohio. He moved to Emery Farm in Durham in 1974 when grandfather, Forrest Emery, passed away and graduated from UNH BS in 1980. During the late 70’s and 80’s, he was actively involved with the anti nuclear movement and promoting renewable energy. Senior V.P. at A. G. Edwards for 24 years (83-07), he worked with investors passionate about Impact Investing. David co-founded Veris Wealth Partners in 2007, which works exclusively with Impact Investors. David has served on the boards of the Music Hall (13 years, Board President last 2 years) and Threshold Foundation. He currently serves on the board of Robinwood Center in Stratham, NH which focuses on sustainability, justice, and healing. He is a guarantor with MCE Social Capital. MCE uses a pioneering loan guarantee model to provide capital to the poorest of the poor in the world. David's home is Emery Farm, Durham. He is 10th generation on the oldest family farm in the US. David is married to Catherine McLauglin-Hills and blessed to have 5 children, and 2 grandchildren. His passions include curiosity, politics, connecting with people, and blue water sailing.
Melanie Levesque is a former NH state senator and a former NH state representative. A Democrat, Levesque represented the 12th district from 2018-2020 as state senator, the first African American to serve in that body. Sen. Levesque served on election law committees and the senate judiciary committee. Currently, Levesque serves as senior advisor, Director of Outreach for the NH Democratic Party. Levesque is president of TCS of American Enterprises, LLC. She earned her AA from NH Vocational-Technical College, her BS from Daniel Webster College, and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Levesque resides in Brookline, NH with her husband, Scott, and her daughter Logan.
Daniel 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 NH Civics. 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.
A New Hampshire native, Lindsay is an attorney at the law firm Orr & Reno, P.A. in Concord, New Hampshire where she routinely advises clients in regulatory and governmental affairs matters. Lindsay’s career began as a public servant working in the Office of New Hampshire Governor John H. Lynch for four years before earning a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Lindsay’s legal career has brought her full circle as she represents clients before the legislative and executive branches. Throughout her time at the State House, Lindsay has seen the importance of having civically engaged constituents and elected officials. A strong civics education is essential to fostering active participation in our democracy at a local, state and national level – and that is why Lindsay is a supporter and Board member of NH Civics.
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.
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.
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.
Amanda is excited to join the staff team at NH Civics as Program Manager. Most recently, she served as Youth Organizer for Pittsfield Listens where she supported high school youth in bringing their voices to the issues and policies that directly impacted their education and lives. She has over ten years’ experience in nonprofit work as well as teaching, having worked extensively as a theatre teaching artist for grades K-12 throughout the state. Amanda is passionate about the power of youth voice and is looking forward to helping expand the work of NH Civics.
Luane retired from teaching in 2019 having taught fifth grade in Nashua for over 35 years. Civics education and mentoring teachers are her passions and she is thrilled to serve as the coordinator for the New Hampshire’s Kid Governor program. Luane is grateful to the many fifth grade teachers who have embraced the NHKG program.
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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