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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. 

Steve Marchand

Portsmouth

Steve Marchand is Principal of SRM Consulting, a public affairs and strategic communications firm.  Earlier, he served as the Director of Corporate Relations for the University of New Hampshire.  He is the former mayor of Portsmouth, New...

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Steve Marchand is Principal of SRM Consulting, a public affairs and strategic communications firm.  Earlier, he served as the Director of Corporate Relations for the University of New Hampshire.  He is the former mayor of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and has served on numerous civic, political, and non-profit boards throughout New Hampshire.

Katherine Merrow

Hopkinton

Katie Merrow has served as Vice President of Community Impact at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation since 2008. She provides strategic direction and oversight for the program department, which annually awards about $32 million in grants and...

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Katie Merrow has served as Vice President of Community Impact at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation since 2008. She provides strategic direction and oversight for the program department, which annually awards about $32 million in grants and scholarships.

Before joining the Foundation, Katie served as the first executive director of the New Hampshire Women's Policy Institute and was a senior research associate with the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies. She has also held positions in the state governments of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and has experience with several school- and community-based committees.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College, Vermont and a Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a Leadership New Hampshire associate from the class of 2006. In 2012, she was named one of NH Business Review's Outstanding Women in Business.

Katie lives in Hopkinton, New Hampshire

Jeff McLynch

Jeff McLynch is the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, where he manages the organization’s daily operations and oversees its research, communications, and outreach efforts. He previously served as the State Policy...

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Jeff McLynch is the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, where he manages the organization’s daily operations and oversees its research, communications, and outreach efforts. He previously served as the State Policy Director at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, where he helped coordinate its efforts to provide policymakers and the public with accurate and timely information on tax systems across the United States. Jeff also served as the Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and on the professional staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University.

Executive Councilor Chris Pappas

Manchester

Chris Pappas is a lifelong New Hampshire resident and small business owner who was elected in 2012 to represent the nineteen communities of District 4 on the Executive Council. A proud product of Manchester public schools, Chris graduated from...

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Chris Pappas is a lifelong New Hampshire resident and small business owner who was elected in 2012 to represent the nineteen communities of District 4 on the Executive Council. A proud product of Manchester public schools, Chris graduated from Harvard College in 2002 with a BA in government. Chris returned to New Hampshire after college to help run his family’s restaurant business and to give back to the community that has given him many opportunities in life.

In 2002, Chris was elected to the first of two terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. As a member of the Ways & Means and Finance Committees, he helped craft responsible state budgets. In 2006, Chris was elected to the first of two terms as Hillsborough County Treasurer. In that position, he returned $5 million to taxpayers by making smart investments with county funds.

Chris is the fourth generation in his family to co-own and operate the Puritan Restaurant in Manchester, a New Hampshire landmark founded by his great-grandfather in 1917. Chris has also served the community as a board member of Southern New Hampshire Services and the Manchester Historic Association.

Representative Adam Schroadter

Newmarket

Adam Schroadter has represented Rockingham County’s District 17 (Newmarket and Newfields) in the state legislature for three terms and serves as Vice Chair of the New Hampshire House Business Caucus.  A small business owner, Adam was named a Top...

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Adam Schroadter has represented Rockingham County’s District 17 (Newmarket and Newfields) in the state legislature for three terms and serves as Vice Chair of the New Hampshire House Business Caucus.  A small business owner, Adam was named a Top 10 Young Professional to Watch by the Seacoast Media Group in 2014.  He is the proprietor of the well-known Stone Church Music Club in Newmarket, winner of NHPTV’s A-List award as the state’s best live music venue for 2015. He has previously held positions in professional sports marketing and in a financial investments firm.  He is active in the community, serving on the Newmarket Community Development Corporation, the Newmarket Business Association, the New Hampshire Oyster Festival, the Piscatauqua Region Estuaries Partnership, and the town planning board, among others.  He and his family reside in Newmarket.   He received his BA degree from the University of Utah and his MBA from Pepperdine University.

Tim Sink

Concord

Tim Sink is President and CEO of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, a post he has served since 1992.  He came to Concord from the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, where he served as Director of Operations and Member Services.

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Tim Sink is President and CEO of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, a post he has served since 1992.  He came to Concord from the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, where he served as Director of Operations and Member Services.

Tim is Past President of the New Hampshire Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Past Chair of the New England Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, and former Director for the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.  He was recognized as the 2007 Chamber Executive of the Year by the New England Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

He is a graduate of the Institutes for Organizational Management from the University of Colorado and the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC.  He earned a bachelor degree in music education from Notre Dame College.

Tim serves on the State of New Hampshire Economic Development  Advisory  Board, the State Film Commission and New Hampshire State Council for the Arts. Locally, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for Care Net Pregnancy Center and Capital Regional Development Council. He has been a resident of Concord since 1987.  When not at the Chamber, Tim can be seen at various venues with his band “The Jazz Dogs”.

Chris Stewart

Manchester

Chris Stewart is a founding partner at b-fresh consulting, a nationally recognized public affairs, project management, digital and media relations firm headquartered in New Hampshire

Among other projects, Chris has advised three...

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Chris Stewart is a founding partner at b-fresh consulting, a nationally recognized public affairs, project management, digital and media relations firm headquartered in New Hampshire

Among other projects, Chris has advised three presidential campaigns, a gubernatorial campaign, a US Senate campaign and three US House campaigns.

Chris is also a founding partner at QuadLyfe, which was created to help colleges and universities move quickly and seamlessly into the mobile era.

Chris holds a B.A. degree from American University in Washington. He is also a graduate of American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies Campaign Management Institute and a graduate of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies Lobbying Institute.

Chris lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, with his wife and three children where he served as an elected member of the Manchester Board of School Committee for two terms.

Executive Councilor Christopher Sununu

Newfields

Chris Sununu, 40, grew up in Salem, NH and currently lives on New Hampshire’s Seacoast.  He is an engineer by trade and now serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Waterville Valley Resort.

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Chris Sununu, 40, grew up in Salem, NH and currently lives on New Hampshire’s Seacoast.  He is an engineer by trade and now serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Waterville Valley Resort.

Chris won the District 3 Executive Council seat in 2010, and is currently serving his third term in that position.  Unique to New Hampshire, it is an office he credits as being one of the most important in state government with a significant impact on the lives of New Hampshire’s residents. 

In 2010 Chris led a group of local investors in the buyout of the Waterville Valley Ski Resort and subsequently became the resort’s Chief Executive Officer.  Employing over 700 people in the North Country, the resort continues to expand and develop as a four season resort to compete in New Hampshire’s vibrant tourism and hospitality business.  Prior to this acquisition, Chris served as an owner and Director for Sununu Enterprises, a family business and strategic consulting group based in Exeter.  Chris maintains his focus on the importance of the state’s small business economy, and works on issues that impact the innovation and job creation spurred by the business community.  In his work, he has focused much of his time to local, national, and international real estate development, venture technologies, and business acquisitions. 

Prior to these endeavors, Chris worked for 10 years as an environmental engineer in various regions across the United States from New Hampshire to California, designing systems and solutions for cleaning up some of our country’s most hazardous wastes sites. 
Chris holds a BS degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.).  He is an active skier and in 1998 completed a five-month through-hike of the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia.  He currently lives in Newfields with his wife, Valerie, and their three children.

Melissa Stevens

Bedford

Melissa Stevens was born and raised in New Hampshire, Melissa is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a dual degree in Political Science and Communication.  She has worked for both the New Hampshire State Senate and House...

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Melissa Stevens was born and raised in New Hampshire, Melissa is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a dual degree in Political Science and Communication.  She has worked for both the New Hampshire State Senate and House Representatives. Melissa has also served as a government relations adviser at the state level and for national trade and business associations in Washington, DC.  She lives in Bedford where she serves as a town councilor.

Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern

Concord

New Hampshire Executive Councilor and businessman Colin Van Ostern has represented Executive Council District 2 (the citizens of 49 towns and cities from Rochester to Keene) since first being elected in 2012.  He currently works professionally as...

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New Hampshire Executive Councilor and businessman Colin Van Ostern has represented Executive Council District 2 (the citizens of 49 towns and cities from Rochester to Keene) since first being elected in 2012.  He currently works professionally as the Chief Marketing Officer at College for America at Southern New Hampshire University, and previously led business, marketing, and communications strategies for commercial and nonprofit organizations ranging from Stonyfield, Inc to the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.  Colin has a particular passion for finding market-driven solutions to pressing social challenges, and lives in Concord with his wife Kristyn and two sons, ages 5 and 2. 

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