Board of Trustees 2022
Family Promise of Greater Concord has an incredible board of 12 socially conscious individuals all doing their part to create positive change in our community.
If you or anyone you know is interested in serving on one of our committee’s please contact Stephen Croke at FPGCdirector@gmail.com.
Member (Independent, Voting)
Dave is mostly retired from leadership positions in N.H. hospitals, physician groups and health insurance companies. He lives in Concord with his spouse with whom they have two adult sons. Along with his Family Promise involvement Dave is the current Treasurer of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. During his career he served terms as the Board Chair of New Hampshire Public Radio, The Concord Area Trust for Community Housing and the Concord Community Music School.
F. Paul Russo
Chair (Independent, Voting)
Former CEO Z-Tech
Paul is a 24-year Concord area resident with 45 years’ experience as a business/technical executive with a degree in Chemistry from Wisconsin’s Ripon College. Paul held positions with chemical manufacturing and technology companies in research & development, progressing through marketing, sales, senior management and business ownership, and ultimately as the CEO of Z-Tech, a Bow chemical manufacturing operation. After Z-Tech was acquired in 2014 by Saint Gobain he continued to work in their ceramics division in various management and business development roles. Paul officially retired in December 2018 and offers the board a blend of seasoned business, technical and financial capabilities, as well as knowledge of chemical and related manufacturing industries.
Member (Independent, Voting)
Lincoln Financial Group (RET)
Les retired after 30 years at Lincoln Financial Group as a Business Analyst where he was responsible for budgets and financial metrics. Les has an MBA in Accounting and over 40 years of experience working with various non-profits.
Peggy S. Scott
Treasurer (Independent, Voting)
Insurance Executive (RET)
Peggy is a retired insurance executive with 40+ years industry experience. She has proven skills in delivering timely results and is knowledgeable in the areas of finance and budget, business planning, project management and operations. Peggy is community and service oriented, leading multiple fund-raising initiatives and service projects. Peggy is also active in her church and serves on the Ministry that designates funds to local, national and international charitable organizations. Peggy lives in Loudon with her wife, Cindy where they enjoy time with their tribe of 3 dogs (2 Goldens, 1 Labrador Retriever) and 2 cats, participating in community and church activities, and love of travel.
Vice Chair, Development Committee Chair (Independent, Voting)
Owner, Julie Connolly Law PLLC
Julie is the owner of Julie Connolly Law PLLC, a boutique law firm specializing in litigation. Julie devotes a significant portion of her time helping people whose financial circumstances would otherwise preclude them from getting legal counsel. She has represented indigent clients in domestic abuse and child custody cases, in landlord tenant disputes, and in criminal matters from the local district courts up to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Julie and her husband, Michael, have lived in Concord for 30 years, where they raised six children. Throughout this time, Julie volunteered in several aspects of the community; serving on the Concord Public Library Foundation Board of Directors and as its Treasurer, on the boards of several booster clubs for Concord High School and Concord Youth Lacrosse Association, as a volunteer coach with Concord Parks & Recreation, as the president of a community pool and tennis cooperative, as a religious education teacher at Christ the King Parish, and as supporter of a variety projects serving the poor. She brings her legal experience and devotion to helping others by concentrating on Family Promise’s fundraising efforts and by advising its clients on legal matters.
Ops Committee Chair (Independent, Voting)
Anthem BCBS (RET)
Terry retired from Anthem BCBS after 36 years of service in the areas of Finance and Project Management. Upon retirement Terry has been heavily involved with many areas of the homeless community. She was Director for the original Concord Cold Weather Shelter, a Volunteer Coordinator for The Concord Coalition to End Homelessness Cold Weather Shelter, Host Coordinator and Member of the Board for Family Promise of Greater Concord, and she also serves as part time staff at the Friendly Kitchen.
Secretary (Independent, Voting)
Director, N.H. State Veterans Cemetery
Shawn is the director of the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, N.H. He retired from the US Army after 21 years of active duty. He later spent 10 years in corporate America as a VP of Operations, Director of Planning, and Director of Supply Chain. He volunteers as a West Point Admissions Liaison and as a Class Care Coordinator for the West Point Class of 1987. He and his wife, Diana, live in Bow, N.H. and have three grown children. Shawn previously served on the Family Promise Board from 2013-2016 and was drawn to the interfaith community aspect of solving the challenge of homelessness and excited he has rejoined the FPGC board.
Member (Independent, Voting) U.S. Army Veteran
Marcia is an Army veteran and retired with 36+ federal service as an Executive Director with HQ National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Prior to NNSA Marcia worked for the Office of the Secretary of Defense with the DoD/VA Interagency Program Office (IPO) and was instrumental in standing up the first unified DOD-VA Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in Chicago, IL. Marcia also worked for HQ U.S. Coast Guard as a Senior Budget Analyst and for the Navy Surgeon General as a Deputy Comptroller. Marcia holds an MBA, PMP, is a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200), certified Mindfulness Life Coach, and an advocate for our military community and their families.
Member (Independent, Voting) Teacher, Farmington HS
Ryan is a social studies teacher at Farmington High School in Farmington, N.H. and has served on the Board of Family Promise of Greater Concord since 2018. Mr. Bengtson brings experience and knowledge of faith communities having served as a pastor and ministry leader in a local Concord church for fifteen years, helping lead efforts for community engagement and for serving the underserved populations in our community.
Member (Independent, Voting)
Director of Concord Human Services (RET)
Jackie joined the Family Promise Board of Directors just prior to her retirement in 2016 as Director of Concord Human Services. She brings a wealth of experience and a passion for helping the underserved in our community with her more than 45 years social services involvement in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Jackie is also actively involved in affordable housing and homelessness in our community and serves as the Chair of the Concord Housing and Redevelopment Board of Commissioners. She has also served on Concord’s Plan to End Homelessness and the CATCH board of directors, a non-profit focusing on housing and education in the greater Concord area.
Member (Independent Voting)
Ronni has been a practicing attorney for over 40 years and is currently Of Counsel at Sulloway & Hollis, PLLC in Concord, N.H. She has served on various non-profit boards and volunteered at the former Concord Cold Weather Shelter. Ronni also chaired the N.H. Supreme Court Attorney Discipline System Complaint Screening Committee. She resides In Contoocook, NH with her husband, Philip.
Ruth D. Engel
Member, Independent Voting
Ruth retired from Three Rivers School in Pembroke after 18 years as a Special Education teacher and behavior specialist. Prior to her teaching career she worked as an educational assistant while obtaining her master’s degree in education from Plymouth State University. Ruth has been an advocate for children and youth through her community social service work as a foster parent through the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program and the Therapeutic Foster Care system. She received her BS in Human Services from Springfield College and was the owner/operator of a small childcare center while raising her family. Ruth has served in various leadership roles at Wesley United Methodist Church and is a volunteer for the Merrimack County Juvenile Diversion Accountability Board. She lives in Concord with her husband, Peter and they have 2 grown sons.