Board of Directors
Maryann L. Lindberg, CFRE
Philanthropy Resource Group
Maryann LaCroix Lindberg, CFRE is President and founder of Philanthropy Resource Group, a non-profit consulting firm that provides support to non-profit organizations throughout New England. She brings to the non-profit world more than 40 years of experience in fundraising, non-profit and board management and consulting, marketing and public relations, financial investment and community relations. Including several top advancement positions, she has worked at institutions that range from small non-profits to large institutions such as Penn State and the University at Buffalo and has raised more than $100 Million over the course of her career.
Having received a B. A. from Bucknell University and an M. B. A. from Penn State University, Maryann is also a Leadership NH alumna from the Class of 2011. She is President of AFP-NNE, past board chair of the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, Board Vice President of the NH & VT Council of Charitable Gift Planners, a 36-plus year member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and is very involved with regional arts organizations. She and her husband reside in Swanzey, NH, and have two grown children and two big dogs. On the rare occasions when she is not working or volunteering with non-profits, Maryann loves to grow flowers and swim off the coast of Maine.
Kristen Welch, CFRE
NAMI New Hampshire
Kristen Welch, is the Director of Development at NAMI New Hampshire (National Alliance on Mental Illness), where she oversees all fundraising activities, including major gifts, annual fund, capital campaigns, grant writing, and donor relations. Her career in fundraising spans over 15 years, having served as Director of Development and Communications at two of New Hampshire's community mental health centers and, most recently, Director of Advancement at Community Action Partnership of Strafford County. Her volunteer experience includes serving as President of Laconia Rotary Club and member of the Laconia Rotary Club Board of Directors for 5 years, and a past member of the Rochester Rotary Club. She is currently the Vice-President of Marketing and Board Member for the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Northern New England Chapter.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kristen is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a BA, Magna Cum Laude, in English and linguistics, where she was Phi Beta Kappa. She earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive certification in 2016. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys running, yoga, and reading. She lives in Somersworth with her husband and son.
Christine M Strong
Strong Resource Group
Chris Strong principal of the Strong Resource Group. Strong Resource Group (SRG), established in 1992, provides consulting services to nonprofits and associations in Strategic Planning, Leadership Development, and Fundraising. We help organizations understand the complex issues they face, provide strategic counsel for defining and developing capacity and create long-‐term sustainable solutions by optimizing both the human and business resources of the organization. Chris Strong, Principal of SRG, is a Certified Fundraising Executive with more than 35 years of professional experience. Chris’ expertise is in organizational and operational assessments, strategic planning, staff and board development, and annual, capital and endowment fundraising. Before establishing SRG, Chris was a vice president of a major medical center in Southern California and an executive with an international association. Chris has an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BA from the University of Colorado. She is President of Great Bay Community College’s Board of Advisors and a Board member of the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation.
Gary 35 years of marketing and management experience with both public and private companies. He was president or vice president-marketing at several global industrial manufacturers before purchasing Five Maples. As board president of the Keene Family YMCA from 2006-10, Gary led a $10 million capital campaign to build a new facility. He has also raised money for the Monadnock Regional School District, the Partner City Committee of Keene, and the Rotary. A native of Seattle, he is a former Marine Corps officer.
Kathleen Uland Kelley, CFRE
Kathleen Kelley retired as a CPA and as the university auditor of Brown University in 1988 to join her husband in a family lumber manufacturing business. She began to forge a North Country life with the first of four children in Berlin, NH. She quickly discovered a passion for improving the economic opportunities of young women in Northern New England, a community with a long history of underemployed and undereducated women. Kathleen has served as chairperson of many economic, community, and public school development projects. Kathleen works with various governmental and non-governmental organizations to connect worthy causes to grants and other resources. She took both AFP-NNE and CONFR professional education classes and subsequently passed the CFRE examination in 2009. Kathleen currently serves on the Randolph Mountain Club Board, which maintain 102 miles of hiking trails and a few huts on the northern side of the Presdientials. In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys bicycling, hiking, snowshoeing, and reading.
Vice President of Professional Education
Pam Smith is the director of development at Squam Lakes Association in Holderness, NH. Previously, she was director of development at Star Island Corporation. Pam has worked in nonprofit management and development for over 25 years since graduating from Boston University. Her experience encompasses working with various organizations, both large and small, including the Boston Plan for Excellence in the Public Schools, American Humane Education Society/MSPCA and the University of New Hampshire for seventeen years, prior to joining the Star Island staff in 2015. At UNH, Pam worked in the annual fund throughout the institution’s successful $100 million campaign, and then became Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship. She completed her Master’s degree from UNH in 2015. She lives in southern Maine with her husband, and spends her spare time working as an artist with a focus on printmaking and painting.
Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association
Melissa Howard, MBA is the Director of Donor Relations for Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association in Concord, New Hampshire. She is responsible for all fundraising operations for the Agency. She loves working with donors to match them with causes in which they are most passionate. Prior to joining Concord Regional VNA, Melissa worked at Elms College in Chicopee, MA as a Major Gifts Officer.
Melissa lives in Bow, NH with her husband and son and is excited to serve on the board of AFP-NNE. She looks forward to connecting with fellow members at an upcoming AFP-NNE event or conference.
Celina M. Hurley
Celina Hurley, has 16 years’ experience working with New England not-for-profits, leading fundraising initiatives, cultivating and sustaining donors, and managing nonprofit programming and campaigns. Celina joined Demont Associates in 2015, a philanthropic consulting firm serving Northern New England, and has been consulting with the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, Pinkerton Academy, Camp O-AT-KA, and Cape Elizabeth Land Trust. Previous positions include directing New Hampshire’s Campaign for Legal Services, leading external relations and fund development for the New Hampshire Political Library, and implementing public policy and fundraising activities for the Children's Alliance of New Hampshire.
Celina graduated from Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island before attending Fordham University in Bronx, New York, where she received her BA in urban studies. After a year of national service as an AmeriCorps volunteer, Celina attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she earned a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in education policy.
Celina enjoys spending time with her family and being active outdoors. She lives in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, with her husband and two children.
Catholic Charities NH
Karen Moynihan is senior director of development for Catholic Charities NH, one of the largest, non-profit, human service agencies in the state. She joined CCNH in 2016 as senior donor relations officer and was later promoted to her current role overseeing all development activities including fundraising, volunteer administration and donor relations. Karen has nearly 20 years of fundraising experience, leading development teams and volunteers in raising millions in support of local charities. Prior to Catholic Charities, Karen served as senior director of philanthropy at the Animal Rescue League of NH; as manager of donor relations for the Currier Museum of Art; the director of membership and corporate sponsorship for the Capital Center for the Arts; and, membership and sponsorship manager for the NH Lodging and Restaurant Association. Karen enjoys volunteering in her local community and resides in Manchester with her husband and two rescue dogs. Spare time activities include motorcycle adventures, skiing, swimming, hiking and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
Sara Olson is the director of development & communications at Avesta Housing, an affordable housing provider in Maine and New Hampshire. Prior to Avesta, Sara served in a variety of nonprofit and education management roles. Most recently she was an independent contractor focused on development, communications and business management. She also served as the director of development & alumni relations at Newtown Friends School in Pennsylvania and the associate director of alumni admissions at the University of Pennsylvania. Sara is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has certificates in nonprofit management and fundraising from the University of Pennsylvania College of General Studies. She is currently an MBA candidate at the University of Southern Maine. Sara serves as a board member for the Maine Public Relations Council, is a member of The Peddie School's Planned Giving Committee, and is a member of the Portland Chamber of Commerce's Economic & City Affairs Committee. Sara lives in Portland with her partner, two children, two cats and her dog, His Holiness the Doggy Lama.