For Immediate Release
March 6, 2017

Contact: Tori Berube
VP, College Planning & Community Engagement
(603) 227-6612, ext. 117
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Four New Board Members Named at Concord (NH) Nonprofit


Concord, N.H.– The nonprofit NHHEAF Network Organizations announces the recent election of four new board members. The Organizations, comprised of three separate organizations; The New Hampshire Higher Education Loan Corporation (NHHELCO), The New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) and Granite State Management & Resources (GSM&R), have 55 years of experience helping New Hampshire families plan and pay for college.

GSM&R announces the election of Matthew B. Cookson and Sandra Tracy to the board. Mr. Cookson is the President & CEO of Cookson Strategic Communications (CSC) and the Executive Director of the New Hampshire High Technology Council. He previously served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for External Relations for the University System of New Hampshire. He earned his M.A. in Political Science, as well as a B.A. in English and Journalism, from the University of Connecticut.

Ms. Tracy currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the New Hampshire Bankers Association (NHBA) where she currently administers NHBA’s for-profit and non-dues revenue endorsements, oversees the NHBA’s Insurance Trust activities, leads daily operations and membership outreach, and directs training and education initiatives. She began her career with NHBA in 1989.

Dr. Susan Dudek Huard and John J. Gennetti have been elected to serve on the NHHEAF board. Dr. Huard has served as the President of Manchester Community College (MCC) since 2010. Prior to joining MCC, Dr. Huard served as the Dean of Learning and Student Development at Quinebaug (CT) Valley Community College beginning in 1999. She earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Development and holds her M.A. in Reading from the University of Connecticut (Storrs). She received her B.A. in English from Framingham (MA) State College.

Mr. Gennetti is the Assistant Vice President for Major Gifts at Saint Anselm College, a role he has served in since 2008. He previously served as the college’s Director of Individual Gifts and as the Vice President of Development for NH Catholic Charities. He holds an M.S.W. of Social Work from Marywood University in Scranton, PA and a B.A. in Sociology from Upsala College in East Orange, NJ.

"The election of these four prominent and distinguished professionals to our boards only serves to strengthen the work of the Organizations," states President & CEO René A. Drouin.