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Committee Members

The High Hopes Foundation is proud of the talented and diverse mix of board members who come to the organization from all walks of life and bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise. They mutually see the need to create a bridge between charitable giving and the business community. They selflessly contribute their time, talent, and energy to granting life-changing-Experiences to chronically and seriously ill children in New Hampshire.

Executive Committee

Jay Welch - Executive Committee, Chairman of High HopesJay Welch – Chairman
Territory Manager, Guest Supply – Sysco 
Jay is a local business leader with more than ten years of experience in both large corporations and small businesses. He has been a High Hopes Board member for four years, three of which he has served as Board President. During Jay’s tenure as Board President, he was key in rebranding High Hopes Foundation and laying the groundwork for increased fundraising and future growth. He is a native of Nashua, NH.

Lisa Rourke - Executive Committee, President of High HopesLisa Rourke – President
CPA and Financial Analyst, Amphenol in Nashua, NH
Lisa has been volunteering with The High Hopes Foundation since 2011 and joined the Board of Directors in September 2014. In her downtime she enjoys the outdoors, running and spending time with her husband Brian and adorable pup, Macie. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Masters of Science in Accounting from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics.

Melissa Hardy - Executive Committee, Treasurer of High HopesMelissa Hardy – Treasurer
Owner, Cypress Consulting Accounting in Milford, NH
Having my own business allows me the flexibility to spend the time I need with my family. My son Aidan is very active in sports and my husband Rich can be found either coaching or assisting in some way with the many basketball teams/leagues. We love to travel and spend time at our place in Wells Beach, Maine in the summer. When I would see a child with a disability or struggling with a disorder, I wanted to help them but never knew how. Offering a warm smile or helpful hand did not seem like enough. High Hopes is now my vessel. What High Hopes does to change children’s lives – for a moment or a lifetime – is the most rewarding thing to be a part of. You never forget the light that shines in their eyes or the smile that appears on their face when they are granted their Experience.

General Board Members

Cheryl Paquette - Board Member of High HopesCheryl Paquette
Administrative Coordinator
Cheryl is active in the community and currently is a CASA GAL. She works part-time in the medical field and also helps with her husband’s small business. She spent time as a volunteer EMT for many years as well. Cheryl has volunteered with High Hopes for several years. High Hopes holds a very special place in her heart as her son was granted an experience when he was 4 years old – a life-changing event for her family.

Seth SimonianSeth Simonian
Founder Hop Head United and The Flight Center in Nashua, NH
Seth is a local entrepreneur that operates several businesses within the Craft Beer world. In his down time he enjoys coaching his kids’ sports teams, playing soccer, and spending time with his lovely wife Kelley. He graduated from Daniel Webster College with a Bachelors of Science in Business, Bachelors of Science in Marketing and an Associates in Aviation Flight Operations.

Celia Gatsas
Pediatric Occupational Therapist DTS, Inc. Therapy, Exercise and Rehab
Celia has been working as a pediatric occupational therapist for over 20 years. She graduated from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1997 and spent the first half of her career working in New York State as the supervisor of a large private therapy clinic. In that capacity, Celia serviced children in the early intervention program, clinics, pre-school and school settings. Since moving to NH, she works part time for DTS, Inc. as well as working as an independent provider throughout southern NH. Celia is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, and the New Hampshire Occupational Therapy Association. She has a special interest in early intervention and holds a Certificate of Clinical Enhancement in Functional Vision. Celia joined the High Hopes team in 2017 simply because its mission supports helping children who need it the most. Celia lives in Manchester with her husband Matt, her two young children, Calla and Matthew and her dog Fella.

Jill Goldsworthy
Senior Auditor, BerryDunn and CPA
After graduating with her Masters of Science in Accountancy from Bentley University, Jill entered public accounting. As an auditor she travels throughout New England visiting different clients in different cities. She joined the High Hopes board in 2018, in hopes of making an impact in the community where she lives, specifically for children and their families. In her free time, she enjoys being outside with her dog, Riley, and fixing up her new house with her fiance, Kyle.

 

Jeff Grzesik
CPA and Financial Analyst, BAE Systems, Nashua, NH
Jeff is a finance and accounting professional in the defense contracting industry. He graduated from Bryant University with a Master’s in Professional Accountancy and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. He joined High Hopes Foundation in 2018, eager to support the mission and the local community. In his free time, he enjoys participating in basketball and ultimate frisbee leagues, and exploring the golf courses of NH.