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NHFPI Welcomes New Board Members

March 8, 2016 News

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March 8, 2016

 

NHFPI Welcomes New Board Members


CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute (NHFPI) announces the addition of new members to the organization’s Board of Directors: Michael Coughlin of Berlin, Patrick Miller of Campton, and Peter Powell of Lancaster, New Hampshire.

“We are grateful for the experience and expertise these new board members bring to the organization, and especially for their deep understanding of the challenges facing families and children living in some our state’s most rural areas,” said Mil Duncan, Chair of the NHFPI Board of Directors. “They will be a tremendous asset to the organization as it embarks on new research to examine these challenges and propose solutions that can increase economic stability of families and children across the Granite State.”

Michael Coughlin currently serves as CEO of Tri-County Community Action in Berlin, which provides services to more than 40,000 residents in New Hampshire’s North Country. In late March, Mr. Coughlin will transition to a new role as CEO for the Crotched Mountain Foundation. He has held leadership roles for a number of large human service organizations, including Executive Director of Genesis Behavioral Health in Laconia and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England. Mr. Coughlin has served on numerous boards, commissions and coalitions, and is a 2007 graduate of Leadership New Hampshire. He holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University.

Patrick Miller, MPH is Founder and Principal of Pero Consulting Group LLC, based in Campton. Mr. Miller has extensive experience in the healthcare and human services industries, and has held senior management positions for organizations ranging from small nonprofits to multi-billion dollar entities, including Cigna, Choicelinx, and the NH Citizens Health Initiative. Mr. Miller currently serves on the board of Speare Memorial Hospital and has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the NH Public Health Association, Governor’s Advisory Board State Innovation Model, and United Way of Merrimack County. Mr. Miller previously served on the NHFPI Board of Directors and rejoins the organization as Vice-Chairman.

Peter Powell is the owner of Peter W. Powell Real Estate in Lancaster. Mr. Powell is an active contributor to the civic life of both the North Country and the state as a whole, and has served on numerous boards and commissions. He currently serves on the Board of New Hampshire Public Radio, and previously on the boards of the Northern NH Foundation, North Country Council, New Futures, Society for the Protection of NH Forests, NH Timberland Owners Association, NH Humanities Council, Weeks Memorial Hospital, and various YMCA organizations, among many others. Mr. Powell has lived in Lancaster since 1973 and brings an intense awareness of the challenges facing the families, businesses and communities of New Hampshire’s North Country.

The organization also welcomes Victoria Adewumi of Hooksett, who will serve as a 2016 Board Fellow through the Endowment for Health’s Equity Leaders Fellowship program. Ms. Adewumi is a public health specialist and community liaison for the Manchester Health Department. She currently serves as a board member for the Diversity Workforce Coalition and New American Africans, and is a member of the Endowment’s Health and Equity Partnership Steering Committee. Ms. Adewumi received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in political science from the University of New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to exploring, developing, and promoting public policies that foster economic opportunity and prosperity for all New Hampshire residents, with an emphasis on low- and moderate-income families and individuals. Learn more at www.nhfpi.org.

 

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