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.

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Thank you to the following instructors for sharing their expertise with the community:

Melissa Binder

New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp

Hannah Grimes: Workshops

Melissa Binder graduated from Keene State College in 2012 with a degree in Sociology and currently works as Project Manager for New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp and affiliated banks: Savings Bank of Walpole, Meredith Village Savings Bank and Merrimack County Savings Bank, as well as NH Trust. Previously Melissa held the role of Supervisor of the Learning & Development team at C&S Wholesale Grocers which focused 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.


Karen Blumberg


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.


Jeni Callihan

PeopleSense Consulting

Hannah Grimes: Workshops

PeopleSense team member, Jeni Callihan, brings a keen entrepreneurial spirt and passion for helping each person reach their full potential authentically. Her strong facilitation skills and supportive nature allow her to gently tease out the nuances of a situation and handle them with ease. Jeni’s background as a yoga instructor and solopreneur give her a unique perspective on business and the people she works with.

Ann ConnorAnn Connor

CEO, Connor Business Resources

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.

Ted Chartrand

Logo Further LLC

Hannah Grimes: Workshops

Ted started Logo Further LLC to enable businesses and entrepreneurs to create  meaningful, future-proof, and infringement-free logos that represent their brands. As a  logo designer, Ted approaches his craft with creativity and practicality in equal  measure, understanding that logos have function and purpose beyond appearance. 

Ted measures success in helping professionals avoid little-known legal and functional  pitfalls that can affect future logo usage and application. In sharing his design decision making, his goal is to demonstrate the importance of long-term thinking and strategic  planning to ensure a logo will accomplish everything it must for a business indefinitely. 

Ted has worked as a single-member LLC with commercial companies, non-profit organizations, competitive teams, freelancers, and others to address real business necessities with his practical design approach based around communication and  clarity. 

Lee Davis

Lee Davis & Company

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.

Robin Eichert

PeopleSense Consulting

Hannah Grimes: Workshops

Since founding PeopleSense Consulting in 2001, Robin Eichert and her team have worked with hundreds of organizations to support job-fit, management development, and team-building initiatives. Robin uses a variety of creative approaches, including world-class assessments along with an innovative approach that involves animals as teachers.

She has earned Founder’s Club distinction for sales volume and prides herself in the knowledge of the sophisticated assessment tools she and her clients rely on. She also writes a popular blog called Graceful Leadership, based on dog-inspired leadership lessons to help managers in their roles.

Jennifer Jacobs


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.

Bob Lawson

Sustainable Digital

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.

Rick Renzelmen, EA

H&R Block

Hannah Grimes: Tax Prep

After serving for 23 years in the U S Navy and living in many places in the US and overseas, Rick returned to his family home in Alstead and after taking a basic income tax preparation course started working for H & R Block in Keene.  Two years later he purchased the franchise and has been helping people with their taxes since that time.  

Rick is an Enrolled Agent and can represent taxpayers before the IRS for tax issues.  He has a BS from UNH in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Lisa Sieverts 2015Lisa Sieverts, PMP, PMI-ACP

Facilitated Change

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.

Jennifer Strimbeck

Gimli Ventures

Hannah Grimes: Financial Coaching

In 2016, I started teaching others the program that I followed that helped me to pay off my debts in 18 short months. At the start of 2018, I became certified as a Ramsey Preferred Coach. Giving others the peace of financial freedom and giving others the capability to give themselves a better tomorrow is my goal.


 Roy Wallen

Directional Healthcare Advisors

Hannah Grimes:  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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