Business People: Chip Underhill; Gina Balkus; Lisa Ward; Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains; Kim Herod, Lisa Hughes and Kevin Boyle; Rath, Young and Pignatelli
Chip Underhill has been named to a newly expanded position of executive director of public relations and external affairs at Pinkerton Academy in Derry. Underhill is responsible for managing or assisting with external and internal communications to the school’s diverse partners, including parents, school officials, taxpayers, students, the public, faculty and staff. Previously, Underhill was a senior marketing manager at FairPoint Communications, where he managed marketing, events and community relations for the company across the United States, focusing on northern New England. Underhill’s background includes communications disciplines in the fields of telecommunications, software, promotion, broadcasting and nonprofits. Underhill is a graduate of Leadership New Hampshire 2011 and is also a graduate of Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y.
He is a resident of Merrimack.
Gina Balkus has been named the chief executive officer of the Home Care Association of New Hampshire. The association represents agencies licensed to provide in-home health care and supportive services to individuals living in New Hampshire.
A resident of Nashua, Balkus was most recently director of government relations at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, where she was responsible for developing and implementing strategy to enhance public policy involvement for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock community practices throughout the state. She also served as vice president for public affairs at the New Hampshire Hospital Association from 1990-99, and director of public relations at NHHA from 1986-89. Balkus received her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Warsaw, Poland.
Lisa Ward has been named manager of the Hampshire First Bank Nashua Banking Center. Ward will be responsible for all customer service, small-business lending and deposit activity for the banking center.
With more than a dozen years in commercial and retail banking, Ward brings considerable experience in many facets of the banking process to her role at Hampshire First Bank – from client retention and maintenance to new business development. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communications.
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains appointed new officers to the board of directors at their annual meeting and awards ceremony at the Fireside Inn on Oct. 29.
Patricia Casey, of Nashua, was appointed first vice president of the board of directors. A Girl Scout for more than 29 years, Casey earned her Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards as a girl member of the Girl Scout Council of Hawaii. She is a founding member of the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains’ board of directors, which was formed three years ago with the merger of Girl Scouts of Swift Water Council and Girl Scout Council of Vermont to serve the Granite and Green Mountain states.
Casey has served on the Fund Development, Audit, Finance and Executive Committees; the Strategic Learning and Human Resources task groups; and is a national delegate who will represent GSGWM in Houston in November at the National Council Session to kick off Girl Scouting’s centennial.
No stranger to the nonprofit world, Casey is director of advancement with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua.
Other local officers include: Past President Barbara Barrett, of Bedford, a retired accountant and financial adviser who was named treasurer; lifelong Girl Scout and CPA Martha R. Manley, of Milford; and Shannon Chandley, a former state representative, of Amherst, who is third vice president.
Chandley was recently selected to represent Girl Scouts of the USA at the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Western Hemisphere Regional Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships Workshop in Toronto.
Patricia K. Mellor, of Merrimack, is CEO of Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, which is headquartered in Bedford.
Kim Herod, Lisa Hughes and Kevin Boyle
The following local residents have become independent consultants with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 delicious, easy-to-prepare foods:
Kim Herod, of Bedford; Lisa Hughes, of Nashua; and Kevin Boyle, of Nashua.
Rath, Young and Pignatelli
Eight attorneys from Rath, Young and Pignatelli, P.C., were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012.
The annual list features Thomas D. Rath, government relations; Sherilyn Burnett Young, environmental law; Michael A. Pignatelli, commercial litigation, personal injury and medical malpractice; William F.J. Ardinger, tax law; M. Curtis Whittaker, energy law; Lucy C. Hodder, health care law; Andrew W. Serell, environmental law; and Steven J. Lauwers, insurance law.
The Rath, Young, and Pignatelli winners were selected by their peers for inclusion. Founded in 1987, Rath, Young and Pignatelli have locations in Nashua, Concord and Boston.