2013 Graduate Updates


Linda Bean

Linda Bean

Linda is a wonderful combination of a dynamic powerhouse and a kind soul that is already working very hard since her graduation in May 2013 to get to know her legislators.

Linda recently invited legislators to a Gala to celebrate Watts Water Technologies grand opening of it's new lead free foundry in Franklin. “I got our local reps and senators invited, thought it was a great way to get them involved in the community and good way for me to make the personal contacts with them,” she says.

“I also had some very nice conversations with the Commissioner of HHS this year at the Family Support Conference, a nice way to break the ice and get to know each other. We had two meetings, just chance meetings being in the right place at the right time, but again just making the connection.”

She is a member of PURPLE (through Community Bridges) and is working hard to get LRG Healthcare to commit to starting a Project Search in her Laconia area community. She hopes her son Elliott will be able to attend Project Search in Concord, a program run jointly by Concord Hospital, Community Bridges and VOC REHAB that trains individuals entering the work force.

She is thrilled that fellow classmate Amanda Miller-Johnson is the new state wide Organizer for ABLE NH “HURRAY!” she adds enthusiastically. She, along with other recent grads, is researching best practices in starting up the ABLE NH-Concord chapter. She had lunch with John Norton from Gamaliel recently and “getting the chance to do a one-on-one with him was just tremendous!” Linda has some wonderful ideas on how to raise money for ABLE and plans to get in front of the board to share them.

“Busy, busy, busy and loving it!!!” says the firecracker. Not only does she light up the sky with her enthusiasm, she is lighting the state on fire with her boundless energy and passion for change!

Contact Linda by email at Linda.Bean@wattswater.com

Winter 2014 Update:

I am working on the start up of the Lakes Region chapter of ABLE.   I am working with CORE to expand job possibilities for those who experience a disability here in the Lakes Region.  I am involved in the political campaign  for Jeanne Shaheen and I await Hillary's announcement, so I can be a BIG part of that team here in New Hampshire.  

On another note, my son Elliott now holds a volunteer position with Lakes Region General Hospital here in Franklin, 1.5 miles from our house.  He loves it and we hope it will turn into a paid position.  He was accepted into Project Search, but he accepted this volunteer position instead.


Wendy Curnow

Wendy Curnow

Since graduation I've taken a class with Patty Cotton on Facilitating Person Centered Planning  and an Employment Series at the IOD.

I have joined The Family Support Advisory Council at Gateways and am continuing my role on the Focus Monitor Committee with the District and still a member of the COP on Transition at our local level. 

We are just about to launch our Parent Outreach Program in the District.  Remember that was part 2 in our Action Group?  Very exciting!!! 

I am currently training to be a SIS (Supports Intensity Scale) interviewer and am loving it!  There is truly something special and unique inside of everyone... this testing helps bring that out.  

Also just signed up as a Family Manager at The Moore Center.  Just took on my first client and there are a few more to follow : )

And... last but not least; I am working on getting DIFFABILITIES up and running.  Talking to VR and Patty Cotton about funding next month and had a wonderful talk with Denise Sleeper at DHHS who I think will end up being a tremendous resource for me.  Lots to learn... but I'm heading in the right direction... FORWARD!

I do not believe I would be doing any of this had it not been for Leadership.  Timing is everything...  I have been incredibly blessed  : )


Michelle Grimm

Michelle Grimm

I am enrolled in The NH LEND PROGRAM with  Kathy Bates, Class of 1998 and Sarah Aiken, Class of 2008.  It’s a very rewarding (but time-consuming!) experience.


Kristin Ingram

Kristin Ingram

I was fortunate to be appointed to the NH Council for Developmental Disabilities!  I was official as of October 1, 2013!


Michele Watson

Michele Watson

I'm now one of the parent leaders for the Merrimack Special Ed Parent Support Group.