Every year, Hannah Grimes Center’s business education programs attract more than 1,300 members from the business and nonprofit community. Entrepreneurs, owners, CEOs, managers, and nonprofit leaders participate in a diverse range of free workshops and seminars, free and fee-based peer learning groups, and affordable, in-depth business training programs.
What makes Hannah Grimes exceptional is a strong spirit of collaboration among everyone involved: high-quality teaching, coaching, and training as well as committed and engaged participants. Our instructors are a group of experienced and skilled business and nonprofit consultants who are able to train others well. Participants get the knowledge and support they need from each other and from on-the-ground experts in the field. Instructors have a chance to give back to the community, network, and keep on top of what their future potential clients are looking for.
Thank you to the following instructors for sharing their expertise with the community:
Social Change Strategist & Coach
Hannah Grimes: Workshops
Erin Allgood grew up with a fierce love of sustainability, a passion for women’s rights, and a commitment to social justice. As the founder of ELA Consulting, Erin harnesses entrepreneurship as a vehicle for social change. Her clients include women launching social enterprises, nonprofits looking to authentically communicate and carry out their missions, and businesses that want to align their values with their cultures and their products or services.
A lifelong Granite Stater, Erin resides in New Hampshire’s Seacoast region and works as a social impact strategist and coach. Drawing from her studies in systems thinking, intersectional feminism, and ecological design, Erin has a unique perspective on the role businesses and nonprofits play in creating a more resilient and equitable future.
C&S Wholesale Grocers
Hannah Grimes: Workshops
Melissa Binder graduated from Keene State College in 2012 with a degree in Sociology and has worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers for the last five years. Melissa’s most recent role at C&S is Supervisor of Procurement. Previously Melissa held the role of Supervisor of the Learning & Development team which focuses on training new team members, existing team members as well as helping everyone grow and develop in their professional careers. Outside of the office, Melissa enjoys painting, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Hannah Grimes: Workshops
As an experienced workshop facilitator, Karen brings great joy and passion to helping individuals and teams learn and grow. She helps identify how Learning & Development can address key needs within an organization and create a comprehensive plan to extend learning beyond a workshop. As a seasoned mental health clinician she also provides knowledgeable and compassionate support to employees when they are experiencing something distressful.
Ann 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 views her coaching as empowering people to be successful.
Together with an MBA from Suffolk University, extensive training as a certified business coach and her experience as a successful business owner herself, she is able to offer a hands-on approach with the organizations with whom she works. Ann partners with her clients to provide them with useful tools that will immediately impact their business. She helps to create more efficient processes and positive growth in profits, all while developing a cohesive team.
Hannah Grimes: Workshops (Quickbooks) and Coaching
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.
Business Advisor, AdviCoach
Hannah Grimes: Coaching, Workshops (Strategy)
Wink was born and raised in the Monadnock Region, returning to raise his own family. After 16 years at Markem Corporation, Wink founded and co-owned the North American sales and service offices of Logopak Corp., the highly respected German manufacturer of industrial packaging equipment. He took Logopak from an unknown brand in North America to being the respected quality leader in the market. He has a proven record of implementing systems that improve profit and reduce costs. As a coach for Advicoach, he brings his many years of experience and expertise with business development, marketing and business analysis to the business owners of NH and beyond.
Wink is quite involved within the community through organizations such as Monadnock United Way, The Rotary Club of Keene, Pathways for Keene and The Monadnock Conservancy. He holds an MBA in Marketing from The Johnson School, Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts in German Studies from Vassar College.
Hannah Grimes: Coaching and Workshops
For over 30 years Peter has tackled marketing and design problems with imagination and enthusiasm, culminating in creative, intelligent and cost-effective solutions for clients in the arts, food and beverage, gift housewares, publishing and other industries. His firm, Peter Harris Creative, helps for-profit and non-profit companies define who they are and deliver the right message to the right audience via brand audits, identity programs, packaging, websites and other marketing communications materials. A former Instructor at the Art Institute of Boston, Peter is always eager to share his experience and expertise.
Hannah Grimes: Workshops
Jennifer owns and manages THRIVE. She has lived in Windham County most of her life and has a deep connection to the community. In 2014 she took over the former practice,Consultants for Workplace and Family Health, and transformed it into THRIVE. Jennifer very intentionally chose the word “thrive” for the work that the company does. She firmly believes that with the right resources, support, and opportunities, anyone can “flourish, grow, and prosper.” She is committed to helping others do just that, by increasing access to mental health support through Employee Assistance and making places of work the best they can be.
Northern Credit Solutions of New England
Edward Kunttu has over 25 years of experience working in commercial lending in various capacities. He has worked with community, statewide and large regional banks providing commercial loans and other commercial banking services. He has financed small businesses as well as large established firms in various industries including manufacturing, service, non-profits, real estate, retail, wholesale, and hospitality. Currently Kunttu operates Northern Credit Solutions of New England, a company that provides outsourced commercial credit services to the financial services industry.
Hannah Grimes: Workshops (Nonprofit technology and communication tools) and coaching
Sustainable Digital was founded by consultant Bob Lawson to assist nonprofits and international NGOs in the fast-changing fields of technology and online communication. Not-for-profits face difficult challenges in these areas and this is where Sustainable Digital is designed to help. With one foot in each of these fields, and experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors, Bob is uniquely equipped to offer assistance. He has often played the role of technological innovator, helping organizations adopt new systems and software tools.
Bob began his career at the United Nations in Geneva and New York where he helped edit and write an independent magazine focused on social and economic development. He later worked as an editor and publisher in business and environmental fields before fully embracing the online world in the 1990s. Since then, he has worked at a variety of internet companies in the US, Switzerland, Italy, and Spain where he has focused on technology, marketing, and operations.
Hannah Grimes: Executive Director Round Table Facilitator
Maryann is the 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 35 years of experience in fundraising, non-profit and board management and consulting, marketing and public relations, financial investment and community relations. Most recently VP for Advancement at Keene State College, 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.
Hannah Grimes: Coaching, Workshops
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.
Hannah Grimes: Workshops (social media)
Stacey Nachajski is a Digital Marketing Consultant and owner of Great Brook Media (greatbrookmedia.com.) She helps small business owners and their teams learn the ins and outs of promoting their business online. With a communications degree from Plymouth State University and a decade of experience in Public Relations and Advertising, Stacey’s heart is in social media. She truly enjoys learning all that she can about each platform, then breaking it down for business owners who don’t have the time to sift through it all. Offering one on one training, coaching and tailored workshops, Stacey shares her systems and processes that simplify social media marketing and email, helping small business owners focus on what they do best!
Hannah Grimes: Workshops
Erin Neuhardt is an Event strategist and planner with a passion for community building. Erin works with organizations on a mission to help them fulfil their live event goals. She knows that all events are
unique, and helps her clients develop and execute a one-of-a-kind event strategy based on their desired outcomes. Her passion for hospitality and customer service gives her a unique lens for the guest experience. Erin strives to ensure that attendees leave more connected to the cause, organization, information, and other guests. She employs a servant leadership model, believes in collaboration over competition, and is a true fan of authentic networking. Erin holds a BS in Hospitality and an MBA from Endicott College, in Beverly, MA.
Lisa Sieverts, PMP, PMI-ACP
Hannah Grimes: Coaching, Workshops
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.
Organizational & Leadership Consultant/Executive Advisor
Ed Tomey started his own consulting practice with business, industry, and nonprofit organizations more than 38 years ago, after spending several years as an Air Force officer and corporate vice-president of an international consulting firm. As an organizational and leadership consultant and executive advisor. Ed has worked nationally with companies, nonprofits, professional associations, and community groups on issues of organizational effectiveness, leadership, board development, strategic planning, and using oneself as an instrument of influence and change.
Hannah Grimes: Workshops
After working in Pittsburgh, PA for over 30 years, Mr. Towns retired to Keene, New Hampshire in December 2012. He has experience in finance, specializing in accounting and taxation. Before joining C.S. McKee L.P. Investment Managers in 2000, he held positions in public accounting, bank financial management and private industry. As Chief Financial Officer of C. S. McKee, Mr. Towns was responsible for Treasury Management, Employee Benefits, Payroll Administration, Financial Reporting, Budgeting and Risk Management. He also was a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Towns holds an M. S. in Taxation from Robert Morris University and a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College.
Mr. Towns continues to be active in the education community, having been on the part-time faculty of several colleges and universities where he taught Accounting, Taxation, and Auditing at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Currently, he teaches Accounting at Plymouth State University. He is on the Board of Directors of The Community Kitchen.
Hannah Grimes: Workshops and Coaching
After working in Pittsburgh, PA for over 35 years, Ms. Towns retired from a career with Bank of New York Mellon in fall of 2014. She resides in Keene, NH with her husband, Duane.
Ms. Towns has been in banking and small business consulting for over 30 years. She has developed her expertise by serving as a product manager for BNY Mellon Treasury Services in a variety of consulting and cash management areas for 10 years prior to joining the Implementations group. Ms. Towns has also served small businesses in Pittsburgh as a financial consultant providing all levels of service from bookkeeping to controller. Ms. Towns has enhanced her experience with Certified Treasury Professional certification. An economics major from the University of Pittsburgh, Ms. Towns’ education also includes concentrations in accounting and computer science.
Her passion in retirement is to continue to help small businesses with office management and bookkeeping. She provides her clients assistance with creating books and records, ongoing bookkeeping including payroll, tax payments as well as creating and analyzing Financial Statements. She participates in Hannah Grimes start up classes as a guest speaker to discuss financial records best practices and creation of financial books and records for a startup entity.
Damian Wasserbauer is a registered patent lawyer who concentrates his practice on
intellectual property filings, acquisitions and protection. He is involved in all aspects
of the trademark and patent process, including prosecution, licensing, litigation
and transactions. He is experienced in acquiring and evaluating patent rights for complex technologies. Damian internalizes his clients’ goals and business objectives, and crafts the appropriate legal strategies to achieve those goals, whether they be acquiring patent rights in an area or prosecuting already held patents. Damian also has significant experience in trademark filings, renewal and the overall trademark process.
Robin White B.A., BCC
As an experienced teacher, Robin has facilitated teaching Nonviolent Communication workshops over the past 10 years. Robin’s journey took her from teaching in the public schools to social work and for the past decade as owner of Refilling Your Well – Wellness Center LLC which provides individual Counseling and Coaching, along with workshops on Communication, Wellness, and Mediation. Robin is also an adjunct Psychosynthesis teacher for The Synthesis Center in Amherst, MA. As well as the Employee Assistance Counselor for Thrive LLC In Brattleboro, VT.
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