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Michele D. Merritt, Esq.

President and CEO 

Michele Merritt has overall leadership and management responsibility for New Futures. With the Board of Directors, she establishes the strategic priorities for the organization...

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April Arel

Vice President of Finance and Operations 

April Arel manages all operational and financial components of New Futures including but not limited to, organizational financial management and budgeting, management of shared service contracts, ...

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Jake Berry

Vice President of Policy 

Jake manages the organization’s policy efforts, providing expertise and management in healthcare, substance use, and early childhood policy.

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Kate Frey

Vice President of Advocacy

Kate serves as Vice President of Advocacy of the organization and has the primary responsibility of directing and managing New Futures’ alcohol and other drug policy initiatives.

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Martha McLeod

Vice President of Community Engagement

Martha McLeod leads New Futures' efforts to recruit, train, engage, empower and mobile grassroots individuals to advocate in support of policy priorities. She also works to improve healthy aging in New Hampshire through her work with the NH Alliance for Healthy Aging. 

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Rebecca Woitkowski, Esq.

Kids Count Policy Director

Rebecca serves as the Kids Count Policy Director for New Futures.  She works to coordinate and lead early childhood policy and advocacy efforts in New Hampshire.

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Jim Doyle

Director of Development

Jim manages New Futures' development and fundraising efforts, helping donors and supporters find ways to invest their time, talents, and financial gifts to further the important policy work being carried out by New Futures and its coalition partners.

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Emma Sevigny

Children's Behavioral Health Policy Coordinator

Emma serves as the Children's Behavioral Health Policy Coordinator for New Futures.  She works to support and strengthen a comprehensive and integrated System of Care for children and youth.

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Sammi Chickering

Communications Director

Sammi is responsible for managing all communications planning and content creation for New Futures' ongoing campaign advocacy. She maintains the organization's digital platforms, as well as creating content for electronic and print media coverage. 

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Jess Wojenski

Training Manager

Jess is responsible for recruiting, training, and mobilizing advocates to participate in the legislative process. She also manages New Futures' training program, organizing trainings statewide and consulting with community organizations to deliver customized advocacy trainings.

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Kim Ip

Community Engagement Coordinator

Kim is responsible for recruiting, training, and mobilizing advocates to participate in the legislative process. She also supports New Futures’ training program by delivering customized advocacy trainings for individuals and organizations across the state. 

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Janet Hunt

Community Engagement Coordinator

Janet is responsible for recruiting, training, and mobilizing advocates to participate in the legislative process. 

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Jillian Andrews Dubois 

Community Engagement Coordinator

Jillian works part-time as a community engagement coordinator for New Futures. She focuses on engaging, mobilizing, and training individuals and organizations to advocate for policy priorities related to early childhood and children’s behavioral health.

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Michaela Safford

Communications Coordinator

Michaela supports the communications needs of New Futures and its contracted partner organizations. She informs the public about New Futures’ ongoing and campaign advocacy through the organization’s website and social media, digital and print materials, and public relations.

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Jill Billow

Senior Bookkeeper

Jill supports the New Futures staff by performing a variety of general office activities and providing bookkeeping support to ensure efficient functioning of the office and financial software.

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Brianna Hankel

Legal Policy Fellow

Brianna supports the New Futures' policy team with a focus on the policy areas of childhood development and maternal health.

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