For Immediate Release
February 18, 2013

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Four Local Business Leaders Elected to Serve on Board of Nonprofit Organization

Concord, NH - The first week of February, a local nonprofit organization, The NHHEAF Network Organizations announced the 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), provide local families free support and funding for higher education. "These business leaders will provide our boards essential expertise and experience important to our success in providing students and parents support as they pursue higher education," stated René A. Drouin, President & CEO of the Organizations.

NHHELCO announces the election of Suzanne K. Mellon PhD, Executive Vice President of Saint Anselm College. Dr. Mellon has served in this role since 2009 which includes functioning as the chief operating officer and serving as second in command to the President. Past experience placed her in roles including Dean of the College of Health Professions and McAuley School of Nursing at the University of Detroit Mercy as well as affiliation with the Wayne State University School of Medicine and was a full research member at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Career Institute in Detroit. While at Saint Anselm College, Mellon launched a comprehensive strategic planning process resulting in new academic program development, formation of a Center for Experiential Learning, increased study abroad opportunities and co-curricular activities for students and rebranding of the institution. Mellon is also an accreditation evaluator for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing. Dr. Mellon graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan with a BSN in Nursing as well as holds a master’s degree from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from Wayne State University. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

NHHEAF announces the election of three new board members; Todd Emmons, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Colby-Sawyer College, Deborah Scire, Executive Director of Campus Compact for New Hampshire and Steven Soba, Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Student Recruitment at Southern New Hampshire University.

Todd Emmons has served as the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Colby-Sawyer College since January 2012, returning to New Hampshire from Massachusetts to take the position. Extensive previous experience includes serving as the Vice President of Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Massachusetts, Vice President of Finance and Operations at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts and Vice President of Finance and Operations at Daniel Webster College from 1998 until 2003. Mr. Emmons, born in Farmington, Connecticut is well traveled having lived and attended school in both New Hampshire and London, England and has also resided in New York City and Massachusetts. Mr. Emmons education experience includes a BA in Economics from Saint Anselm College, MSc. in Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science and MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business of New York University. Residing in New Hampshire with his family, Mr. Emmons has four grown children, three of which graduated from Saint Anselm College and one from Colby-Sawyer College, and two grandchildren.

Deborah Scire has served as the Executive Director of Campus Compact of New Hampshire since February 2004, previously serving as the Associate Director from 1997 until 2004. In her current role, Ms. Scire oversees budget planning and services offered to member campuses, acts as liaison between the New Hampshire division and the national Campus Compact and also acts as Chair of the NH Alliance for Civic Engagement. Scire also has extensive experience with numerous colleges and universities in her roles as Director of Cooperative Education at Northern Essex Community College and Coordinator of Cooperative Education at Merrimack College and Northern Essex Community College. Scire has also served as the Coordinator of Community Service Learning at the Massachusetts Department of Education. Her education experience includes a BA in Human Services from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts and a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Steven Soba, promoted to the Assistant Vice President of Marketing & Student Recruitment at Southern NH University in August of 2011, previously served as the Director of Undergraduate Day Admission for the University. Past experience for Mr. Soba includes serving as the Dean of Admission for the College of St. Joseph where he also held the role of Director of Admission. He has also has acted as the Assistant Director of Admission and Athletic Coordinator at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. In 2007, Soba was awarded the New England Association of College Admission Counseling "Counselor of the Year" Award for New Hampshire and has also served on the board for the Girl Scouts of America, Vermont Chapter. Mr. Soba holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Science in Administration of Justice from Salve Regina University and is completing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from The University of Vermont. Mr. Soba graduated in 2009 from the Management Development Program from The Harvard Institutes for Higher Education.