2019 Members of the Hannah Grimes Center Founders’ Circle
Ken Abbott is a Mechanical Engineer turned entrepreneur and owner of ABTech in Fitzwilliam, NH. Ken started ABTech in 1998, they specialize in the design and manufacturing of air-bearing based measurement equipment and motion systems and has clients including NASA, GE Aviation, Delta Airlines, Boeing, Rolls Royce, Pratt and Whitney, Lockhead Martin and others. He lives in Swanzey with his wife Wendy and his two sons work in the family business. Ken graduated from Keene High and is also an automotive and motorcycle enthusiast and enjoys mountain biking.
Kim Bergeron of KE Bergeron Mechanical Systems is a second generation HVAC Business owner based out of Keene, NH. Kim’s culture of “No Problems, Just Solutions” applies to his family, recreational pursuits and work. In addition to running a full line HVAC business Kim volunteers at the Local, State and International level to foster and promote multi-use trails in New Hampshire and Alaska. Through the use of technology Kim is able to travel for his pursuits while still remaining “connected” to his local community in Keene. Kim is an advocate for small businesses and relishes in seeing them succeed.
Megan Burke-Kidder has lived in the region for more years than she didn’t and raised her family of three children here. She was the founder of Country Artisans, a popular local artisan shop that was an anchor for Colony Mill Marketplace in the day and later on Main Street. She was also a force behind the Keene Flower Show, the change of Stonewall Farm from private hands to a public benefit, and zillions of other great causes in Keene.
C&S Wholesale Grocers, and Senior Director of Community Involvement Gina Goff, participates in their communities as an engaged, values-driven corporate citizen supporting causes that positively impact their communities. Core initiatives include eliminating hunger, strengthening communities, protecting the environment and encouraging volunteerism.
The Clowes Fund, and Program Director Megan Briggs Reilly, is a family foundation that seeks to enhance the common good by encouraging organizations and projects that help to build a just and equitable society, create opportunities for initiative, foster creativity and the growth of knowledge, and promote appreciation of the natural environment.
Community Development Finance Authority, and Executive Director Katy Easterly Martey, provide financing and other support to maximize the value and impact of community development, economic development and clean energy initiatives throughout New Hampshire.
Maureen Curtiss and Dean Beaman, Maureen serves on our board and was general manager for Janos Technology while Dean oversees customs compliance for Smith’s Group.
Rachel Eschle and Mike Giacomo are long time admirers of HGC’s work in the Monadnock Community. Mike is a native of nearby Nelson, NH, a chemical engineer at Markem-Imaje, a Keene City Councilor, and an advocate for the region. Rachel is a co-founder and partner at BCE Consulting, a management consulting firm. She has over 13 years of experience in strategy consulting, strategy planning, strategic planning, business development, and market research and analysis across a range of industries, with a focus on technology, industrial manufacturing and healthcare. She works remotely from their home in Keene but travels frequently. Both serve on the board of the Keene Young Professionals Network, whose mission is to connect young professionals in the Monadnock Region with their peers and their communities, by creating social, educational, and service opportunities.
Parker Hansel is the founder of Turmoil, a business he sold several years ago. He was chair of the Giving Monadnock board when it came into Hannah Grimes and we were fortunate to gain him as an HGC board member then. He has also been a board member and chief cheese maker at Stonewall Farm and plenty of other community involvement as well.
Peter Hansel is President of Filtrine Mfg. Co., a fifth generation, family-owned business. Born in NJ, he grew up in CT, and joined Filtrine after it moved to NH. After five year sales stint in California, Peter settled in Keene with wife, Bridget. Together they are active in community, involved with environmental and energy issues. Peter was one of the first Pitchfork presenters and is currently on the HG board.
John and Jean Hoffman have been strong supporters of Hannah Grimes since our early years as well as many other causes in Keene. I believe John served on 17 boards at one point. He is a retired attorney and was the lead negotiator in the Iran Hostage crisis. They live on a beautiful farm in Sullivan and allowed my daughter and I to ride their wonderful horses for many years.
Carl and Ruth Jacobs are both from Keene! Carl serves on the City Council, is a well-known local musician, and has led a number of nonprofits over the years – creating amazing momentum in his wake wherever he serves. Ruth has a background in banking and finance both locally and working in microfinance in developing and post-conflict countries, including Africa, south Asia and the Middle East.
Judy and Rich Kalich are longtime residents of Spofford, NH. Rich was a member of our early Monadnock Angel Investors and is a Founder of the Jonathan Daniels Center. Judy retired from Keene State College as the Director of Advancement. Prior to Keene State College, she was Penn State’s Director of Development, College Relations and Alumni Affairs. Prior to this assignment she was Director of Admissions for Penn State. Judy is currently Executive Manager of Moose Hollow Properties. Before his retirement, Rich was Chairman and CEO of Vermed, Inc. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Imtec, Inc., and Vice President of Matthews International. He was Vice President of Instruction for Dale Carnegie Leadership Training Inc. and Sears’ National Marketing Manager of the Hardware Department and Craftsman Brand.
Patrick Knittle connected with HG at the tail end of the Monadnock Angel Investor era and has been involved on and off throughout the years. He’s been a strong advisor and supporter as we’ve gotten PitchFork off the ground and served as a judge at last falls funded PitchFork event. He is CFO for Against the Grain in Brattleboro and has worked for Corning and C&S in the past.
Pam Little is an attorney in Keene and has worked with Hannah Grimes and its small businesses for many years now. She specializes in Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, Elder Law, Small Business Law, and real estate transactions. Her husband Jason is a professor in the FPU business department specializing in marketing.
Dr. Kim Mooney is President of Franklin Pierce University as well of President of the board of HGC. She and her husband Greg Walsh lived in Keene until recently moving into a new presidential home on the campus of FPU. She is the first alumna and the first female to lead FPU. Kim has a PhD in social psychology from UNH and has a strong background of entrepreneurial endeavors within academia, a deep knowledge of governance and organizational workings, and a very strategic view of the world
The New Hampshire Business Finance Authority, and Executive Director James Key Wallace, offer a variety of easy-to-use credit enhancements and direct lending tools to help New Hampshire companies grow.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and Senior Program Office Sandeep Bikram Shaw, was founded in 1962 and manages a growing collect ion of nearly 2,000 funds and awards more than $40 million in grants and scholarships every year.
Peoples’ United Community Foundation, and NH President Dianne Mercier, manages a $60 million charitable foundation established in 2007 to help improve the quality of life for residents in the neighborhoods served by People’s United Bank. They award grants to nonptofit organizations that align with their primary areas of focus and giving priorities of economic stability, employment, education, and housing.
Kim and Marina Perrin recently moved back to the Monadnock region after many years in the San Francisco Bay Area. They built careers in tech and biotech. Kim now serves as the Chief Security Officer at Doctor On Demand, a fast-growing telemedicine company. He also serves on the HGC board. Marina works in business development for another telemedicine startup, Science37, that focuses on clinical trials. Kim and Marina can often be found working at The Hive. They live in Spofford with their two young children.
Tom Putnam served as President and CEO of Markem in Keene until its sale in 2006, a company founded by his grandfather in 1911. The Putnams, Markem, and the Putnam Foundation have been strong supporters of economic development, education and arts & culture in the region – among many other important causes that have had a profound and positive impact on our community. Tom served on the board of the Monadnock Region Business Incubator Network, the predecessor of HGC, and has been a very strong supporter of the growth of the incubator, co-working space and our programs since then. He and his wife Babs accompany their horses to Florida in the winter.
Eileen Sarson was a NH SBDC counselor in our building, in our pre-incubator program and is actively involved in growth and development of women angel investors in NH and NE and the new NH Impact Fund. She also has raised her family in Keene and her husband is a physican at CMC.
Savings Bank of Walpole and President Mark Bodin, is a mutual service bank headquartered in the Monadnock region and is an integral part of the community by providing high touch community banking and service to the community.
Katie Schwerin and Bill Whyte are the founders of W.S. Badger Co and both actively involved in many aspects of the community, including HG. Bill’s creative thinking process helped spur the idea of a SXSW-style event for rural areas – the Radically Rural Summit!
Catherine Skove is the founder of MOCO and lives quietly and sustainably in Gilsum. Her entrepreneurial spirit and shared experience of starting a nonprofit created a memorable founder connection that was highly valued during the early years of Hannah Grimes.
The TD Charitable Foundation provides financial support through its charitable investment application process to nonprofit and municipal organizations providing services that align with their four interconnected drivers of change: financial security, vibrant planet, connected communities and better health.
Dr. Melinda Treadwell is President of Keene State College, she is also a graduate of Keene State and has served on the faculty. She holds a Doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Dartmouth Medical School.
Randall Walter is a company steward/lead architect at Bensonwood and a HGC board member. He has a wild wide range of entrepreneurial activities including; adjunct faculty at KSC, lead designer for Modest Man Brewery –opening on Main Street in the old TD building this summer, and re-development of a building in Bellows Falls for welders and machinists. Randall and his wife Marni Walter and their two daughters reside in Westmoreland NH. Marni is an archaeologist and editor for the Society of Industrial Archaeology.
Damian Wasserbauer is the founder of Wasserbauer Law, an intellectual property law firm with offices in Keene and Connecticut. He specializes in patent strategy, litigation, prosecution, and licensing. He works protecting services and technologies primarily in software, electrical, consumer electronics, Internet, and telecommunication businesses. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in the intellectual property field, serving as in-house counsel, private practitioner, consultant, and IP bar leader. He has vacationed for 30 years in the Keene area and moved here in 2019.
Chris Wheeler is an accountant and partner in Oster & Wheeler. Chris does our Financial Review and is a strong supporter of small business in the community.