**In response to the COVID-19 virus, all Pro bono coaching has been moved to Zoom or phone calls until further notice.**


The Hannah Grimes Center offers pro bono coaching for business owners and nonprofit leaders to meet with business coaches and consultants who volunteer their time to assist growing organizations. From marketing and social media to fundraising and financial management, our instructors are the lifeblood of the Center and are here to help!


The goal of 1:1 Coaching is to offer growing organizations and opportunity connect with a professional coach or consultant at no cost up to 3 times per topic. This helps you really dig in to a project with guidance and have check-ins along the way. It’s also an opportunity for you to meet experienced professionals in the business community and learn from their mistakes!

How to Book

Booking an appointment with a Hannah Grimes Expert is easy, and just got easier. Select your coach and fill in your information – you will receive a confirmation soon!

Appointments are confidential, as is the information you provide when signing up.

Looking for an Instructor?  Click here to learn more about the instructors at Hannah Grimes.

Our Coaches

Megan Amundson

Topics: Nonprofit Management and Individual Donor Fundraising Programs

Megan Amundson is a nonprofit management and fundraising expert who uses an impact-focused approach to train and coach nonprofit leaders to significantly grow individual donor revenue for long-term sustainability. In her two decades in the nonprofit sector, she has been an Executive Director of small advocacy nonprofits, a nonprofit board member, and a Major Gift Officer in a sophisticated fundraising shop. Megan uses her unique perspective and experience to translate the key components of a sophisticated fundraising program for smaller, resource-constrained nonprofits. She understands intimately the challenges of fundraising with too few resources, too few staff, and too little time, and her consulting work focuses on the actions her clients can take with their current capacity to move the needle for their fundraising programs.

Book with Megan now!

Cindy Beaulac

Topics: Start up and small business law

Attorney Beaulac is here to help you navigate your small business and start up legal needs.  She works with business clients to set up and create partnership agreements, LLC and other documents for filing with the state; draft and review legal documents including contracts and agreements; and has litigation experience for businesses when things do not go as planned. Additionally, she also has experience in litigating landlord/tenant issues.  Attorney Beaulac was once a member of the Hannah Grimes Incubator Program. She understands the challenges of starting and maintaining a small business.

She is a partner at Elliott, Jasper, Shklar, Ranson, & Beaulac, LLP based out of Newport, NH, but maintains a presence in the Keene area.  She is active in the Monadnock Region’s courts and community. Attorney Beaulac looks forward to helping you with your legal needs. 

**Cindy can only meet with New Hampshire clients and businesses.

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Ted Chartrand

Topics: Logo Design

Ted is the designer and owner at Logo Further LLC which specializes in logos and  visual brand identity. His design approach emphasizes the importance of practicality alongside creativity. He spreads awareness that brand graphics succeed by being  meaningful, functional, and infringement-free. As a coach, Ted helps entrepreneurs and  business owners understand the technical requirements to make this happen, as well  as the pitfalls to avoid. His experience spans commercial company projects, non profits, competitive teams, solopreneurs, and startups, as well as those that are  rebranding. Ted helps professionals develop holistic, versatile brand iconography that  serves as a permanent solution.

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Michael Cohen

Topics: New business development, global sourcing, product development, and strategic planning for growth

Michael Cohen, principal of MSC Consultancy, has expertise is in the areas of new business development, global sourcing, product development and strategic planning.  He has successfully built several businesses in the consumer products industry.  He has extensive experience in manufacturing, sourcing of products worldwide and all aspects of launching a new line of products.  Michael lived in China for 4 years building a global sourcing office for a large housewares company.  Since returning to the Northeast, he has worked in a variety of product segments including furniture, cleaning and kitchen tools, flatware and decorative accessories.  He is very knowledgeable in all business systems and procedures.

Michael can assist all sizes of enterprises in seeing how to build a business and capitalize on a vision or specific expertise.

Please email us to book a session with Michael!

Ann Connor

Topics: Financial analysis and strategy

Ann is an award-winning business adviser. She has assisted businesses and organizations throughout the U.S. to create action plans for strategic growth. With over 25 years of experience in the retail industry, she’s helped more than 200 entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations identify their goals, steer them around a multitude of obstacles, and tackle their long-term challenges with a series of manageable steps. She sees her coaching as empowering people to be successful / Connor Business Resources

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Lee Davis

Topics: Bookkeeping Services, Quickbooks certified in Desktop and A Quickbooks OnLine ProAdvisor.

 Lee Davis & Company, a bookkeeping firm serving start-ups to mid-sized companies, delivers services tailored to the needs of young businesses and entrepreneurs.  The firm offers effective, financial management solutions that set customers on a clear path to success.  As a QuickBooks Certified Pro-Advisor, Lee allows owners the opportunity to spend more time focusing on their business and less time on record-keeping.Whether you require assistance setting up QuickBooks and learning how to use it or have more complex needs, Lee Davis & Company can help. In addition to bookkeeping, Lee can provide consulting and strategic planning services.

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John Ela

Topics:  Executive leadership coaching for established business owners and management alignment

John Ela is a CEO Coach and Strategic Adviser, helping clients achieve greater performance and lower stress. With 30 years of personal CEO experience leading multiple companies, he brings a real world approach to C-level Executive Coaching. He believes that organizational performance is driven by the combination of clear strategies, management alignment, and effective leadership. When these elements are established, Leaders can generate desired results, lead a high performance team, achieve personal work/life harmony, and have a lot more fun. The Ela Management Group, typically works with leaders of established businesses.
Please email us to book a session with John!

Sarah Farnsworth, CISR

Topics: Business Insurance

Sarah is a personal and commercial lines insurance professional with Kapiloff Insurance with 16 years of experience in the field. Kapiloff Insurance is a locally owned agency in Keene and services many commercial clients of varying sizes and needs. Commercial insurance has many facets that can be confusing when a new business is created. Sarah will offer guidance with regard to the insurance needs for your business as well as quotes as requested.

Taryn Fisher

Topics: B Corp Certification, Business Plan Development, Small Business Advising

Taryn Fisher has expertise in the areas of small business advising, business plan development, and B Corp Certification. She is deeply committed to triple bottom line principles and sustainable business practices, has entrepreneurial experience, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. For 20 years, Taryn worked in supply chain management for multinational firms in the consumer products and financial services industries. A decade ago she made a significant pivot, transitioning from the corporate sector to academia. She settled in Keene to teach at Antioch University New England and was the Director of its MBA in Sustainability Program for 5 years. Currently Taryn teaches business management courses at AUNE and KSC as an adjunct instructor, and she is the Director of The New Leaf Gallery. Taryn holds an MFA from Brooklyn College, and MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College, and a Doctorate in Leadership from Franklin Pierce University.

Jessica Gelter, Arts Alive!

Topics: Arts business coaching, Creative economy and creative placemaking for planners and community leaders, Creative community support & connections, Support in planning and facilitating community-driven processes and conversation around community topics involving the arts, Businesses building partnerships with artists and arts organizations

Arts Alive! is the arts service organization of the Monadnock region. Jessica Gelter, executive director of the organization since 2014, will be in the coach’s chair. In her role at Arts Alive!, and in our coaches chair, she provides feedback and “next step” guidance on artists looking to launch or grow their businesses or community projects; she advises planning departments and downtowns on how to develop ideas to activate public spaces with cultural activity and how to facilitate public art; she provides introductions and referrals to new creative community participants; she advises independent groups looking for fiscal sponsorship and nonprofits looking to offer fiscal sponsorship, and she advises businesses and nonprofits looking to add cultural activities or amenities to their places of business or their workforce.  Gelter has also served on her local planning commission since 2015 and has spoken at several community planning and economic development conferences. She is an artist, performer, playwright, past arts educator, and community arts organizer passionate about the arts for its transformative power in communities.

Greg Grissett

Topics: Legal Support for Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets

Mr. Grissett is an intellectual property lawyer that helps new and established enterprises protect their innovations, minimize intellectual property (IP) related risk, and enforce IP rights and defend against IP right assertions. Mr. Grissett does this primarily through patent preparation and procurement, patent litigation, and various types of patent analysis. In addition, Mr. Grissett routinely advises companies on brand protection strategies, protection of creative works via copyrights, and technology transactions through drafting and negotiating joint development agreements, software development and service agreements, and licenses for all forms of IP.  While Mr. Grissett has significant expertise in medical devices, his experience has been applied in a range of business settings including software development, alternative energy sources, apparel, and outdoor gear and equipment.

Antje Hornbeck

Topics: Social Media Strategy and Digital Advertising, Brand Identity

Antje is the Public Information Director for SAU29’s seven school districts and also runs Blue House Creative, a local marketing and PR firm. With clients across the US and Europe, Antje specializes in public relations, digital marketing and creative strategy for nonprofits and small businesses. Prior to establishing her company in 2016, Antje worked in the College Relations/Marketing department at Keene State College for 12 years. Antje is a Social Marketing Certified Professional with experience in print and digital design, branding, and marketing strategy. Whether you are starting your business or would like to refresh the look and feel of your existing brand, Antje loves to work collaboratively and will help you create relevant and memorable solutions.

Coaching Details:
  • Conception and execution of advertising campaigns
  • Developing a brand identity style guide
  • Photo editing in Adobe Photoshop
  • Creation of compelling email newsletters using Mailchimp
  • Social media setup and strategy: develop foundational social marketing skills to grow follower volume, engagement, and business results. Best practices for optimizing social media profiles, putting together a content game plan, social advertising options and growing your online community.
Book with Antje now!

John Kilburn

Topics: Online Bookkeeping Services, Inventory Management, Supply Chain Management

John has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing in most business areas.  He started in Inventory and Supply Chain Management, Working for communication and medical companies, before moving to a world-class Aerospace and Defense Manufacturer where he worked for 20 years.  There he moved into Operations Management, overseeing multiple manufacturing facilities, including an international one at an executive level.  After leaving, John and his wife decided to start Mount Kilburn Business Services, https://www.mtkilburn.com/, to help startups and small businesses grow, and nonprofits to succeed.  John is a Certified Quickbooks Online Proadvisor. John also served on the Board of the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce from 2016-2018.

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Bob Lawson

Topics: How to develop your own website using Squarespace

Bob Lawson specializes in web development using the Squarespace content management system.  He trains small businesses and nonprofits how to develop and maintain their own sites, including ecommerce and donation processing.  Bob has one foot in communications and one in technology having worked as an editor/journalist and having helped start and run six internet startups. His company, Sustainable Digital, is located in Putney, VT.

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Chrissy Lee

Topics: Graphic Design, Branding

Chrissy is a freelance graphic designer and marketing professional who enjoys working with clients to solve problems through design and creative process. Her expertise include print and digital design, illustration, branding/logo design, marketing strategy, and project management. You can view her work here.

Design coaching is open to entrepreneurs, startups, businesses, and organizations of all sizes and stages of development. Whether you’re in startup mode and looking to build DIY design skills, or you have your eyes on a larger branding or design effort, Chrissy can offer direction, feedback, and ideas for how to move your project forward.

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Scott Maslansky

Topics:  Building Energy Efficiency Consulting, Energy Project Finance and Incentives, Utility Bill Analysis

Scott is Director of Clean Energy Finance at the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA). Working with businesses, non-profits, and municipalities, Scott provides financing tools and technical support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and manages an energy audit grant program for small NH businesses. In previous positions with for-profit companies and non-profit organizations he has completed residential and commercial energy audits, business development for energy consulting projects, and consulted with utilities on energy efficiency program development, marketing and implementation. Scott is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) through the Association of Energy Engineers.

Please email us to book a session with Scott!

Paula Mathews

Topics: Human Resource policies, State, Federal & OSHA compliance, Employee Handbooks

Paula has been a strategic partner with companies since 2001, helping them create the company culture they have always wanted, comply with State, Federal, and OSHA regulations, and create a stable foundation for growth with defined policies, procedures and handbooks.  Paula brings over 35 years of experience to companies in the construction, retail, funeral, software development, manufacturing, food, and financial industries, as well as to many non-profit organizations; With an undergraduate degree in Education & over 35 years of experience, Paula is certified to train in forklift safety and other programs.  An instructor for Hannah Grimes since 2010, she conducts workshops and offers business coaching.

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David Sayles

Topics: Finance, business planning/forecasting, capital and liquidity planning

David has 30+ years of experience in the financial industry in a variety of roles including direct investing in medium-sized manufacturing and technology companies, portfolio management, corporate finance and IT.  He also worked in his family manufacturing business, building its production scheduling and inventory management software.  He has taught financial modeling and has been building spreadsheet models of businesses and portfolios for many years.

David is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and received his B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. in Management/Finance.  He is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at NYU Stern School of Business.  Though relatively new to the community, David is volunteering his time to serve as a member of the board of directors of the Monadnock Food Co-op.

Please email us to book a session with David!

Lisa Sieverts, PMP, PMI-ACP

Topics: project management, productivity

With 20 years of experience, Lisa specializes in sharing the tools and techniques of Agile and Waterfall project management. She owns Facilitated Change, an independent consulting firm in Harrisville, NH. She provides a range of services including training and coaching as well as outsourced project management. Her goal is to provide her clients with the tools and skills they need to complete successful projects. Lisa is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and an Agile Certified Professional (ACP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI), a global leader in the development of standards for the practice of project management.

Please email us to book a session with Lisa!

Jennifer Strimbeck

Topics: Financial Coaching

Jennifer is the owner of Gimli Ventures Financial Coaching. As a personal and business financial coach, she advises her clients in all realms of financial wellness. Most companies struggle with cash flow from time to time. To balance their finances when in a tight spot, businesses will often short pay their owners, go into debt, or cut what they are saving for taxes. Jennifer builds customized tools as a Profit First Professional Coach to align your business finances better. This approach helps you through the tough times, teaches you how to pay for needs without debt, and establishes habits that emulate the fiscally elite companies. With personal finances, Jennifer works with clients as a certified Ramsey Preferred Coach to teach them how to make their number one wealth-building asset, their income go further. People think that there is only one place to go from rock bottom, and that is up. People fail to see that the majority struggling with finances do not go up but instead hang out in that place for years. You deserve to live a life without fear when it comes to money.

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Bob Vecchiotti

Topics: leadership, organizational culture

Bob Vecchiotti is a business advisor and executive coach who combines a lot of business experience with practical psychology. He has advised many senior executives of major corporations and business owners challenged by today’s threats and opportunities. His focus is on building strong business organizations and coaching high potentials with best management practices while building on their strengths.

Please email us to book a session with Bob!

Jim Verzino

Topics: Support for Food Businesses: bookkeeping, accounting, sales forecasting, business planning, cash flow management, fundraising, and pitch preparation

Jim is the founder and President of Food Creators Financial, LLC; a bookkeeping, accounting, and outsourced CFO firm for food businesses. Jim performs CFO services such as sales forecasting, business planning, cash flow management, fundraising, and pitch preparation for early and mid-stage food businesses. He also manages a staff of accountants and bookkeepers that are experts in the value-added food and restaurant businesses.
Prior to starting his current business Jim was the founding Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) for Windham Grows, a food business accelerator, he worked very closely with 59 food entrepreneurs over three years. Those 59 businesses created 60 new jobs and increased sales by 40%.

He also helped six of those entrepreneurs raise $2.2 million in outside funding.

Under his direction, Windham Grows won the 2019 Innovation and Inspiration Award from the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.

He, in conjunction with the management team, raised and oversaw over one-million dollars ($855,000 cash and $250,000 in-kind services) to start and maintain Windham Grows.

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Roy Wallen

Topics: Business strategy, company formation, capital access (fundraising), leadership coaching, branding, business development

Roy Wallen is a management advisor who leads Directional Healthcare Advisors, a NH-based services firm. He has served in executive leadership roles for new product initiatives in medical technology companies ranging from pre-revenue start-up to multi-billion, global concerns. His focus is on the startup community, helping entrepreneurs take their ideas to commercial success.  Roy has spent his career managing existing businesses for sustainable profits and bringing new technologies out of the laboratory and into the market. His current work as advisor to emerging companies, supports their need for access to capital markets, crafting the stories that demonstrate market needs, matching technology to those market needs, and translating this into a compelling business case.

Roy also serves on the Board of Directors of a Colorado-based nonprofit, as a mentor and judge for MassChallenge, and as a volunteer for the Youth CITIES Lifescience Learning Laboratory (L3) to teach middle school and high school students how to apply their STEM interests to areas of innovation.

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Wendy Walter

Topics: Work/ Life Balance, stress relief strategies, and building blocks to self-awareness, including breath techniques, and meditation.

Owner of The Voice of Clay in Brookline NH, Wendy has been in business for over 20 years. She has a BA in Music and English from Skidmore College, an MA in Transpersonal Psychology from Atlantic University, and certifications in Breathwork Facilitation and Hypnosis.  Wendy has been wellness coaching for over 7 years and has a unique perspective as a business owner herself. She started her business in 1999 and has predicated leadership in her field on resiliency, creativity, resourcefulness, and her true nature. She offers zoom coaching for those who feel stuck, frustrated, stressed, sad, confused, lost, or just need a little balancing to get back on track. All of Wendy’s coaching appointments are held virtually via an online platform.

Please email us to book a session with Wendy!

Jennifer Jacobs

Topics: Human Resources including compliance, strategy, and guidance for being a great place to work

Jennifer is the owner and a principal consultant at Adaptiva HR. She weaves together practical and strategic Human Resource knowledge to help business owners and leaders be compliant with federal and state regulations AND to cultivate the kind of workplace where everyone thrives. Jennifer (and the team) bring a very personal approach to supporting businesses and help them understand how to implement policies and procedures that fit their unique work culture, systems, and needs. In particular, small business owners and non-profit organizations who “don’t know what they don’t know” when it comes to HR matters find tremendous value in their support. Jennifer and the team at Adaptiva HR provide assistance across the spectrum of the Employment Life Cycle, whether it is a compliance issue, updating an employee handbook, creating a job description, developing a performance review process, or handling a challenging employee situation.

Please email us to book a session with Jennifer!

Scott Olmstead, CIC

Scott Olmstead is Sr Vice President and Director of Agency Operations at The Insurance Center. With close to 40 years  in the insurance industry, Scott has worked with numerous start-up businesses helping identify their risks of loss and the best way to protect the business through risk management, transfer of risk strategies, contractual insurance requirements and insurance products. He presents a consultative approach to the “what if” questions.

Scott will help the start-up business with the insurance component of their business plan.

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Sara Powell

Topics: Technical Assistance for Hannah Grimes Center, and Community Resources

Sara was born and raised in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. After receiving her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont, she has spent her time working for mission driven and place-based organizations as a farmer and educator. Sara has been living in the Monadnock Region since 2013.  A graduate of Antioch University New England, she holds a master’s degree in Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Environmental Education. With a penchant for systems thinking and facilitative leadership, she enjoys working with folks in her community to grow and strengthen local resiliency through place-based initiatives. As the Program Director at Hannah Grimes, she is responsible for managing the business incubator program, and developing the organization’s workshops, seminars, and projects that support entrepreneurs and business owners in the region. Sara also serves on the Board of the Cheshire County Conservation District as an Associate Supervisor.

Schedule a Meeting with Sara