News & Updates - Spring 2017

We hope this finds you well and enjoying the spring weather. In just a few short weeks our program will be winding down and we will be celebrating the accomplishments of this dynamic cohort! This year has gone by quickly, and trainees have been engaged in a wide variety of activities across our two states.

Honoring Teresa Bolick (1953-2017)

Dr. Teresa Bolick, Clinical Psychologist, was dedicated to working with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders for over 30 years.  She was an energetic teacher, advocate, author, and trusted voice for individuals with ASD and their families in New England and beyond.  Her charismatic workshops and enlightening publications were an inspiration to countless parents and professionals and set the foundation for collaborative partnerships between families and professionals.  

Faculty Highlight - Colette Janson-Sand

Colette Janson-Sand will be retiring this spring after 25 years of service to the NH-ME LEND Program.  Since 1992, Dr. Janson-Sand has served as core faculty in Nutrition and has advocated for children and families in the area of nutrition. In addition to mentoring nutrition LEND trainees, Dr. Janson-Sand has participated in the LEND Seminar teaching  LEND trainees from a variety of disciplines including education, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, social work, and families on the important role of nutrition for children with disabilities.

Partner Highlights

We would like to acknowledge our newest partners and thank them for the exceptional experiences they provided this year for our program! In New Hampshire, our new partners were projects at the Institute of Disability.  

Melissa Mandrell named New Hampshire Social Worker of the Year

DURHAM, N.H. – The Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire congratulates Melissa Mandrell, MSS, MLSP on her selection as the Social Worker of the Year by the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She received the award at the Social Work Celebration on March 24, 2017.

“Melissa works tirelessly to change the policy and structures in New Hampshire to ensure the equity, dignity, and worth of everyone, particularly people with disabilities and older adults,” shares Linda Bimbo, Acting Director of the Institute on Disability.

nTIDE March 2017 Jobs Report: Americans with Disabilities Reach Milestone with Full Year of Job Gains

Durham, NH – April 7, 2017. Americans with disabilities continue to outpace their counterparts without disabilities, achieving a full year of job gains, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). This is the first time in nTIDE reporting that data have been this encouraging.

Letter from Ann - Spring 2017

Dear Leadership Grads and Friends, 

The dynamic Class of 2017 has just completed their final MAPs in their own Person-centered Planning Process they started back in September. We saw some creative and artistic MAPs this past session but the best part was just listening to the class share their highlights of how this 6 month process of deep reflection, taking inventory, and planning for a future impacted them. 

Graduate Updates

Our Spectacular Star Party

by Michelle Petersen, Class of 2016

Picture of Saturn

My husband, David, and I were the lucky bid winners of the Star Party donated by Emily James class of 2009 for the NH Leadership Auction. 

We turned our star party into a gathering of more than twenty friends and family members, and enjoyed burgers and beverages on a beautiful August evening at our home in New Boston. 

Congratulations & Thank You!

Thank you all for taking your civic duty so seriously that you decided to run for office.  This takes time, resources, and lots of energy and we are grateful! 

Congratulations to...

Mariellen MacKayMariellen MacKay who is newly elected NH State Representative from Ward 3 in Nashua and is a  Leadership grad from 1994.

Fourth Annual NH Leadership and ABLE NH Charity Golf Classic

Mark your calendars for Friday, September 22nd for the 4th Annual Golf Tourney! 

  • Location: Windham Country Club, 1 Country Club Rd, Windham, NH
  • Time: Registration: 12:30 pm | Start: 1:30 pm
  • Format: Scramble with lunch and dinner

This fun event was started by family and friends of people who have disabilities. As graduates of the NH Leadership Series and members of ABLE NH, we are working to provide training and create support for full lives in the community for ALL!