Press coverage about who will now be the leadership of a nonprofit is a great event. That a media would recognize folks for their passion and willingness to serve provides inspiration to and possibly motive for moving others to action and possibly even, donations. So I believe the New Hampshire SPCA should be pleased that their local media has seen it appropriate to dedicate so much print space to introducing the organization's new officers and remaining board and in the process, promoting the organization.
Kudos to the Society and kudos to Seacostonline for valuing volunteers in their governing position!
NH SPCA elects officers
STRATHAM — At its annual meeting, on March 22, the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals elected officers and directors for 2017-2018. In addition, the society recently added three new board members.
Board members are elected based on the broad range of experience and talents they bring, as well as their passion for the animals.
Joshua Scott was elected president of the board. Scott brings his expertise as a lawyer at Jackson Lewis P.C., a nationwide firm specializing in employment law. Scott lives in Rye with his family and has served on the board since 2011.
Patricia Bushway of Hampton was elected vice president. Bushway joined the board in 2015 after retiring from a 30-year career with the Army and Department of Defense. Before joining the board, her most recent volunteer project was directing a parish group supporting a mission in rural Nicaragua. She currently continues her work with local charities. Bushway lives with her two rescue dogs, Brady and Maggie.
Michael J. Murphy, CPA, begins his fourth year as board treasurer. Murphy is a partner at Murphy, Powers & Wilson, Certified Public Accountants, P.C. and brings his extensive financial management experience to the board in his role as treasurer. Murphy lives in Dover and has served on the board since 2013.
Stephen Demarais of Hampton was elected as board secretary. Demarais is vice president of investments at UBS Financial Services and has served on Abenaqui Country Club and Portsmouth Yacht Club boards and is very active at the Portsmouth Athenaeum.
Ex-officio: Julie Quinn of Exeter continues her service to the animals as immediate past president of the board. Quinn retired last year having served 17 years as director of the communications office at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter. Quinn has been a member of the board since 2008.
Recently elected board members at large
Sam Biddle, is vice president and co-founder of TradePort located in Somersworth. Biddle has extensive executive level business and marketing experience. Biddle lives in Rye, with his family and two adopted cats, Scout and Cocoa.
Catherine Blake is owner and founder of Sales Protocol International, a highly successful sales and business development firm. Blake has extensive experience on boards of directors, providing leadership and inspiration. She has served on the Harvard University alumni board and as a director for the New Hampshire high Technology Council as the TechWoman/TechGirls Founding Chair, as well as serving on several nonprofit boards. In 2016, Blake received the Outstanding Women in Business Award from The New Hampshire Business Review. Blake lives with her husband and two rescued greyhounds in Durham.
Carol Early is RN care manager at York Hospital. Early brings to the board extensive experience in community service and will help guide the N.H. SPCA as it builds more programs to reach people and animals in need of services. Early lives in Stratham with her adopted, 14-year-old Lab, Emma.
Continuing at large members
H. Alfred Casassa is the senior member of Casassa Law Office, a four-member firm that he started in 1960. He practices primarily in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, real estate and business matters. Casassa lives in Rye Beach and joined the board in 2008. Casassa heads the governance committee of the board.
James J. Horne of Portsmouth is in his sixth year on the board bringing 25-plus years of expertise in real estate and property management. Horne is the owner of CP Management Inc., the largest third party real estate property management firm in New Hampshire. Horne chairs the building and grounds committee of the board.
Anne Jamieson of Durham joined the board in 2014. Jamieson retired from her role as chief executive officer of Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth in 2015 and currently is an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire. Jamieson has enjoyed a 38-year career in health care having begun her health care career as a Registered nurse. Jamieson is an avid horsewoman and animal lover.
John MacGregor, DVM, of Durham, continues on the board as a representative of the veterinary community. MacGregor owns and operates New England Veterinary Cardiology a mobile, client-oriented animal cardiology practice serving six referral hospitals in northern New England. He also serves as adjunct assistant professor at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.