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The promise of the American Dream is no longer within reach for too many Americans. We may not all agree on the solutions to overcoming the growing opportunity gap, but we can all agree the challenge is bigger than any one political party and will require all of us working together. In fact, our nation's success is dependent on us doing so. The Our Kids New Hampshire (OKNH) Advisory Committee has come together from across the political spectrum, putting politics aside in order to focus on the challenge before us. 

Lewis M. Feldstein

OKNH Co-Chair, Concord

Lewis M. Feldstein served as President of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for 24 years. Along with Robert D. Putnam, he co-chaired the Harvard University three-year Executive Seminar "Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America." He...

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Lewis M. Feldstein served as President of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for 24 years. Along with Robert D. Putnam, he co-chaired the Harvard University three-year Executive Seminar "Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America." He collaborates with Putnam and many others on publications and projects including co-authoring the book, Better Together: Restoring the American Community.

Feldstein is a graduate of Brown University and holds a Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University. Besides receiving six honorary doctorates, Feldstein has been a wine steward and personal assistant to John Wayne on his yacht in the Mediterranean, senior staff member for New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay and worked with the civil rights movement in Mississippi.

Stephen Duprey

OKNH Co-Chair, Concord

Stephen Duprey is President of Foxfire Property Management, Inc. Steve is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association and has lectured and written on New Hampshire Condominium Law. He served as a partner in the law firm, Sulloway, Hollis and...

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Stephen Duprey is President of Foxfire Property Management, Inc. Steve is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association and has lectured and written on New Hampshire Condominium Law. He served as a partner in the law firm, Sulloway, Hollis and Soden of Concord, NH until leaving in 1986 to devote his full time to property management. Steve is a prominent figure in New Hampshire Republican politics and the state’s current Republican National Committeeman.

Steve is active in the Rural Rental Council of the National Association of Home Builders where he also serves as National Director. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Community Association Institute in New Hampshire. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce and the Concord Family YMCA.

Senator Jeb Bradley

Wolfeboro

Jeb Bradley is currently the Majority Leader in the NH Senate. Previously he served two terms in Congress and six terms in the NH House.  Jeb was twice recognized as “Citizen of the Year” by the VFW of NH for his work to improve veteran’s...

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Jeb Bradley is currently the Majority Leader in the NH Senate. Previously he served two terms in Congress and six terms in the NH House.  Jeb was twice recognized as “Citizen of the Year” by the VFW of NH for his work to improve veteran’s services.  He received the Business and Industry Association “New Hampshire Advantage Award” for his work to help preserve 5000 jobs at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. 

When not working on energy and health care issues in Concord, Jeb climbs in the White Mountains. He is the 49 person to finish the “GRID” ----climbing all 48 of NH’s 4000 foot mountains in all 12 months --- 576 and on his way to Grid 2.

Combining hiking and political leadership, Jeb worked to create the Wild River Wilderness and expand the Sandwich Range Wilderness in the White Mountains in 2006.

Lauren Collins

Bedford

Lauren Collins is a spokesperson with Eversource Energy in New Hampshire.  Previously, she covered New Hampshire as the bureau reporter for New England Cable News (NECN) and worked before that as an award-winning reporter and anchor at radio...

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Lauren Collins is a spokesperson with Eversource Energy in New Hampshire.  Previously, she covered New Hampshire as the bureau reporter for New England Cable News (NECN) and worked before that as an award-winning reporter and anchor at radio stations throughout the region.  Her volunteer work includes several duties for her church, Grace Episcopal in Manchester, and for her alma mater, Westover School, an all-girls preparatory school where she is a past member of the Board of Governors and four time reunion chair.  She is also a member of the 2016 class of Leadership Greater Manchester and a regular panelist at NEW Leadership New England at St. Anselm College.  Lauren and her family (husband, 3 kids, 2 dogs) live in Bedford.

Senator Dan Feltes

Concord

Dan Feltes is serving his first term in the State Senate representing District 15. Before being elected to the Senate, Dan spent nearly a decade working as a legal assistance attorney, specifically, for New Hampshire Legal Assistance. There, he...

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Dan Feltes is serving his first term in the State Senate representing District 15. Before being elected to the Senate, Dan spent nearly a decade working as a legal assistance attorney, specifically, for New Hampshire Legal Assistance. There, he represented low-income families and seniors in Court, administrative agencies and at the State House, on issues ranging from poverty law and unemployment, to affordable housing and housing discrimination, to energy efficiency and utilities law, and veteran's related issues.

Sen. Feltes also served as the Director of Housing Justice Project at New Hampshire Legal Assistance for four years where he oversaw casework and advocacy on housing related issues as well as managing the housing grants received by the organization. In 2013, Sen. Feltes was presented the New Hampshire Bar Foundation's Robert E. Kirby award, which is presented to New Hampshire attorneys 35 or younger who exhibit exceptional skill, civility and professionalism.

Dan and his wife Erin, also an attorney, live in the South End of Concord with their dogs Franklin and Roosevelt (a.k.a Rosie). Dan received his law degree from the University of Iowa and his Master's Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University, where he focused on economics and energy regulation. Dan is the youngest State Senator since 1988.

 

Senator Jeanie Forrester

Meredith

Jeanie Forrester is in her third term representing District 2. She is a resident of Meredith located in the state's scenic Lakes Region and has served in the senate since she was first elected in 2010.
For the 2015-2016 legislative session, she...

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Jeanie Forrester is in her third term representing District 2. She is a resident of Meredith located in the state's scenic Lakes Region and has served in the senate since she was first elected in 2010.
For the 2015-2016 legislative session, she serves as Chair of the Finance Committee and is also on the Capital Budget Committee.

During her time in the legislature, Senator Forrester has received numerous awards in recognition of her leadership on issues of importance to the families, children, and communities of New Hampshire, including: the Carl Johnson Legislative Leadership Award, the Friends of the NH Health Care Association Award, the Conservation Leadership Award, the Meldrim Thomson, Jr. “Principle Above Politics Award,” and the John W. True Award for Excellence in Commitment to Youth.  Forrester has also been named Legislator of the Year by the NH Association of Counties (2012) New Futures (2013), and 2015 SKI NH Legislator of the Year Award.

She and her husband Keith own a small environmental technology company. She has also served in Town Administrator positions in Tuftonboro and New Durham. More recently, she served as the Executive Director for two award-winning Main Street programs in Plymouth and Meredith, where she helped create jobs and economic prosperity by attracting new businesses and new development.
Senator Forrester earned her bachelor's degree in political science with honors at the University of New Hampshire and went to work for Governor John H. Sununu. While serving full-time on the Governor's staff, Jeanie completed her MBA at the Whittemore School of Business & Economics.
In the community, she serves on the boards of the Greater Meredith Program, The Lakes Region Visiting Nurses Association, Compass Classical Charter School, and Latchkey Charities. Jeanie serves on Meredith’s Capital Improvement Program Committee and is a member of the Wicwas Lake Grange.  She is also member of the Rakkasans 187th ARCT Association. She has helped raise money for a variety of organizations including the Loon Preservation Committee and the NH Lakes Association. 

Marilinda Garcia

Salem

Marilinda Garcia was first elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2006, at 23 years of age.  She served four terms through 2014 when she also won the Republican nomination for NH’s 2nd Congressional District.

During her...

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Marilinda Garcia was first elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2006, at 23 years of age.  She served four terms through 2014 when she also won the Republican nomination for NH’s 2nd Congressional District.

During her time in the NH House, Marilinda’s legislative initiatives centered on economic development, transparency and regulatory reform in healthcare and the innovation industry.  

Ms. Garcia earned her B.A., cum laude, from Tufts University in 2006 and concurrently completed a B.M. with Academic Honors and Distinction in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.  In 2010 she graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where she received a Master of Public Policy.

Ms. Garcia was elected to the NH Union Leader’s special edition “40 under Forty” honors program for the state of New Hampshire, received the National Foundation for Women Legislator’s “Integrative Healthcare Pioneer Award” and the Hildegard Behrens Foundation “Young Artist Humanitarian Award.”

Amanda Grady Sexton

Concord City Councilor At-Large

Amanda Grady Sexton is the Public Policy Director for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, a statewide non-profit organization that advocates for adult and child victims of abuse. For more than a decade Amanda has...

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Amanda Grady Sexton is the Public Policy Director for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, a statewide non-profit organization that advocates for adult and child victims of abuse. For more than a decade Amanda has worked with the New Hampshire Legislature to help strengthen New Hampshire's domestic violence protective order statute, to extend the civil statute of limitations in childhood sexual assault cases and to re-write the sexual offender registry and sexual assault laws. In addition Amanda has worked to pass legislation that has criminalized the act of human trafficking, strangulation and domestic violence. Amanda works closely with the Federal Delegation to provide support on policy and funding initiatives relative to domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Amanda’s efforts in the field of victim advocacy were recognized and honored with the Union Leader's "40 Under Forty" Award and the New Hampshire Governor's Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence's "Honorable William B. Paine II Award”. Amanda serves as a 3rd term City Councilor in Concord, NH and is an active volunteer and board member for various charitable organizations.

The Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld

Concord

The Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld serves as the Tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire.  Prior to his arrival in New Hampshire, Bishop Rob served as a parish priest in congregations in Connecticut and Massachusetts.   He serves as...

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The Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld serves as the Tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire.  Prior to his arrival in New Hampshire, Bishop Rob served as a parish priest in congregations in Connecticut and Massachusetts.   He serves as President of the Boards of Trustees of the Holderness and the White Mountain Schools, which are both affiliated with the Episcopal Church.  He is married to Polly M. Ingraham, and they have three children.

Reverend Jonathan Hopkins

Concord

Rev. Jonathan Hopkins – BA – Muhlenberg College, MDIV – Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Pastor of New Hope Lutheran Church in Valley Stream, NY 2003-2009. Pastor of Concordia Lutheran church in Concord, NH 2009- present. 2013...

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Rev. Jonathan Hopkins – BA – Muhlenberg College, MDIV – Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Pastor of New Hope Lutheran Church in Valley Stream, NY 2003-2009. Pastor of Concordia Lutheran church in Concord, NH 2009- present. 2013 president of the Greater Concord Interfaith Council, 2010-present board president of the New Hampshire Council of Churches, 2013-present board members of the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire, committee member of New Hampshire Voices of Faith, Committee member of NH Coalition to Abolition the Death Penalty faith group. Graduate of Concord Leadership Class 2013. 

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