Nini Meyer (Chair)
Nini Meyer grew up in Lyme, NH, as a competitive equestrian and returned to New England in 1999 to raise a family of two boys and several pugs. Along with serving as Founder and CEO of Positive Tracks, Nini currently serves as Trustee of the Jane B. Cook Charitable Trusts; Overseer of Hopkins Center For The Arts At Dartmouth; Community Engagement Director of the CHaD HERO Half Marathon; and Trustee of the Hypertherm HOPE Foundation. Nini attended Tufts University and C.U. Boulder, and holds a B.A. in theatre from C.U. Boulder. She’s a starting line (any starting line!) junky, endurance runner and cyclist, avid hiker, and very poor cook.
Me In 140 Characters Or Less: Philanthletics Passionista; Pugs Not Drugs; Nothing Rivals The Power Of Family, Love, Gratitude & HOT DAMN
Nicole Burns (Tuck School of Business Board Fellow)
Nicole Burns is from Newburgh, NY and currently lives in Hanover, NH. Throughout middle and high school, she participated in many sports including field hockey, lacrosse, and basketball. It was not until her junior year of high school that she found her passion for track and field and competed as a sprinter in the 200m and 400m races. Nicole is a graduate of Brown University, where she received her B.A. in Commerce, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship, competed as a sprinter on the track and field team, and became a member of a historically black sorority, Delta Sigma Theta. Her passion for sports and giving back to others encouraged her to lead a mentoring and tutoring program called Makin’ Moves, which targeted minority, high school student athletes in the greater Providence, RI community, and focused on developing youth through educational development and one on one mentoring with Brown student athletes. After Brown, she started her career at JP Morgan Chase where she worked across a diverse set of functions, but primarily in the Strategy division of Chase Wealth Management. Nicole is now pursuing an MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and was introduced to Positive Tracks through the Tuck Student Consulting Services program. At Tuck, Nikki is an admissions interviewer, co-chair of the Black Students at Tuck club, and spearheads equity and inclusion initiatives. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, running, basketball, and traveling.
Me In 140 Characters: Runner Sporty; Dreamer; Passionate Supporter; Loyal, Dedicated Team Player; Food And Nail Polish Enthusiast; Lover Of Love, Laughs, Deep Convo, Dance & Song
With over 20 years of sales and marketing experiences, Jessica’s passion is building teams and businesses that help her clients go-to-market in new and unexpected ways. Throughout her career, Jessica has been consistently recognized for developing successful sales and marketing organizations, driving strong sales growth and implementing creative strategy. In her current role, Jessica serves as President in the Americas at C Space, a consumer collaboration agency that helps its clients transform the way they work with the people they serve to improve business performance. Jessica has been with C Space for the past nine years and has played a critical role in growing the business from a start-up to $100MM in annual revenue with offices around the globe. Prior to joining C Space, Jessica held a variety of leadership roles including, most recently, the head of integrated sponsorship sales for The Oprah Winfrey Show. During her tenure at Harpo, Jessica developed long-term partnerships with top brands including Unilever, Kraft, Lowe’s, Bank of America, GE, Citibank, and Target as well as established cross-platform relationships with O, The Oprah Magazine and XM Satellite Radio. Throughout each of the five years that Jessica was at Harpo, she oversaw annual double-digit revenue growth. Jessica graduated cum laude from Cornell University. In her free time Jessica likes to travel, bike, cook and spend time with her husband, son, and daughter.
Me In 140 Characters Or Less: Team-builder & Growth-Driver; Mom; Wife; Sister; Daughter; Women’s Advocate; Athlete With Slight Coordination Deficit But Enthusiasm Surplus
Lisa was born in Chicago, grew up outside Washington, DC and has resided in Canaan, NH since 1994. A graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia School of Law, Lisa practiced corporate law, specializing in securities litigation, with a large DC firm for seven years before moving to the Upper Valley for her husband to attend the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. While her husband attended graduate school, Lisa practiced at a small law firm in Vermont. While living in the Upper Valley and raising two daughters, Lisa has volunteered at a number of organizations including the Hood Museum of Art (docent), New Hampshire Cooperative Nursery School (board member), Ford Sayre Ski Council (area captain), Crossroads Academy (trustee, member of the finance committee, and chair of the capital campaign, the development committee, the corporate governance committee, and the strategic planning committee), Hanover High School (Strategic Planning Committee) and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (Upper Valley Advisory Board). She has also been a substitute teacher in her daughters’ school, chaperoned many a field trip, done costumes and make-up for countless school plays, and driven thousands of miles to soccer matches, horse shows, and track meets.
Me In 140 Characters Or Less: A Planner; Lover of Words, Old Stuff, Dogs & Arsenal F.C.; After Years of Team Dinners, Sleepovers, Carpools & Away Games, Embracing An Empty Nest; Resilient
Brooke Couch Freeland
Brooke is the Managing Director of the Couch Family Foundation. She is responsible for overseeing the Foundation’s strategic philanthropic giving, which includes leading the Foundation’s efforts to ensure young children in New Hampshire reach their full potential. Brooke also serves on the board of the Hypertherm HOPE Foundation. Previously, she worked as the Communications Director for Strategies for Children, an advocacy organization based in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to that, Brooke served as the Legislative Director to former Massachusetts State Senator Robert O’Leary, where she focused on pre-k-16 education policy. Brooke earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Colgate University, where she captained the Division I tennis team, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University. Recently, Brooke, her husband and their two daughters moved to Austin, TX. She loves hiking, skiing and playing tennis – and now happily eats too much BBQ.
Me In 140 Words Or Less: Proud Mama; Can Always Find The Silver Lining; Takes The High Road; Surrounded By Pink; Lefty; Fast Walker; Ocean Swimmer; Serve And Volleyer; Happy, Over-Active Volunteer
Mac Gardner is a retired general business and finance executive who lives in Hanover, New Hampshire. After a varied career in financial services and consumer products, he spends his free time as an avid golfer and fly fisherman. Volunteer roles have included serving as board member and President of the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Charter School and parent volunteer to many of his three daughters’ high school athletic teams. In addition to the Positive Tracks board, Mac currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Spirit Airlines, Inc., BrilliantLight Power Inc., and Isola Group Ltd. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1983 with a BA in religion and is an active member of its alumni community.
Me In 140 Characters Or Less: Daughters; Tight Lines, Birdies, Fresh Powder, Cycling, Sailing; NY Times Crosswords, Movies, Sports; Craft Beer, Homemade Pasta, Cookouts.
Mason is a sophomore at Haverford College, where she plays on the varsity field hockey team and is an intended Political Science major and Economics minor. She hails from Hanover, New Hampshire, where she has been heavily influenced by the prevalence of people seeking to do good in their local community. She has been lucky enough to experience life in Peru and western Africa: two places that inspired her to combine the power of photography and words to create her own fundraiser for a girl’s school in Peru. Mason seeks to combine creative communicative mediums with people’s innate passion to give in order to raise money for projects that really matter. Her favorite food is pickles, although she’s aware of how strange that is.
Mason In 140 Characters Or Less: Teammate; Cupcake Connoisseur; Never Leave The Office Before Your Boss; Strength To Lead, Faith To Follow
Jasper lives in Lyme, NH, and attends Hanover High School, in Hanover, NH. Jasper has been involved with Positive Tracks for eight years and has organized fundraisers for CHaD, The Dempsey Center, Travis Roy Foundation, Mote Marine, Big City Mountaineers and The Turtle Ridge Foundation. His efforts include throwing a Frisbee Golf Tournament on a self-developed course, to skiing from dawn ‘till dusk monetizing ski runs. Jasper plays tennis, soccer, and golf, and enjoys traveling to new ski mountains around Vermont, New Hampshire and Utah. In school, he loves learning new math and science, and sits on the Hanover High School Student Council and on his Class Committee. He enjoys hiking, biking, and riding many types of boards behind ski boats.
Me In 140 Character Or Less: Give Back; Hungry 4 Knowledge from Books + Learning from People; Lift While You Climb; Ask “What If?”; See The World 4 Perspective, Cultures 4 Wisdom
Noted author and mother of two aspiring ski racers, Edie was one of the top ski speed racers of her era. After her U.S. Ski Team career she married fellow racer Chan Morgan, and now lives in Etna, NH. Edie remains active in the sport as coach in the Ford Sayre club program and as a ski tester for SKI Magazine. A Squaw Valley native, Morgan was ranked in the top 10 in the world in downhill and super G, competed in two Olympics (1988, ’92) and three FIS World Championships (1987, ’89, ’91). She spent nine years as a leader on the U.S. Ski Team, retiring in 1993. As an athlete, Edie Thys gained popularity for telling the behind the scenes stories of athletes with her noteworthy Racer eX column in Ski Racing Magazine and later SKI. She joined the staff of SKI in 1995 as a senior editor in New York, later moving with the magazine to Boulder. Her work has also appeared in SI for Women, Brides, Diversions, Outside for Women and other magazines. Edie has also provided commentary on the sport for NBC, CNN SI, Today Show and others, and is a trustee to the USSA, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation.
Me In 140 Characters Or Less: Writer, Skier, Raiser Of Children; Cries Way Too Easily At The Good Stuff; Downhill Racer; Advocate Of Entertaining More & Fussing Less; Gladly Cooks; Reluctantly Cleans; Picnic Instigator
Helena Nannes (Tuck School of Business Board Fellow)
Helena was born and raised in Bethesda, MD. Eager to keep up with her two older brothers, Helena began playing sports the moment she could stay afloat. She was active in a variety of sports, including swimming, soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, and field hockey. Helena received a B.A. in Psychology and Leadership Studies and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Williams College, where she played field hockey and club water polo and became passionate for mentoring younger teammates. After Williams, Helena worked in investment banking for a boutique firm in Boston with a healthcare and biotech focus, then spent two years at a small consulting firm focused on sell-side diligence and corporate strategy work for private equity firms. Helena is currently pursuing her MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she was connected with the Positive Tracks team. At Tuck, Helena is involved in the Tuck Band, the Wine Club, and the Women in Business Club. She also works directly with undergrads through both Dartmouth and the Business Bridge Program in a variety of mentorship and career guidance roles. Outside of Tuck, Helena enjoys running, hiking, cooking, cheese, and traveling. She will be joining the Boston Consulting Group in Chicago after graduation this June.
Me In 140 Characters Or Less: Glass Half Full; Stay Passionate, Positive, Active And Healthy; Pay It Forward
Gioia Perugini is Associate Director of Family Office and Philanthropy Services, at Hemenway & Barnes. Gioia works with individuals, families, advisors, charitable trusts and foundations to provide a range of philanthropic and client services. Her clients rely on her to design and implement charitable giving strategies, research particular charities, negotiate gifts of cash or tangible assets and coordinate family meetings. Perugini is a frequent speaker, writer and panelist on issues relevant to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, and has recently been a Reviewer, Maine Environmental Funders Network Quality of Place grants initiative, National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Partners in Preservation Boston grants, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Cultural Facilities Fund grants. Perugini also works with multiple generations of a family client group, consulting both on concierge client services and philanthropic advisory work for individual family members, trustees of family charitable trusts and on special projects such as joint family giving. Gioia is active in organizations and philanthropic networks across New England, as well as in the local Brookline Community, including most recently: Room to Grow-Boston, Maine Environmental Funders Network, Massachusetts Grantmakers in the Arts, Pierce School Parent Teacher Organization, and Brookline Community Foundation. Perugini earned her BA from Providence College and attended the Graduate Studies Program in Art History, Boston University.
Me In 140 Characters Or Less: I Talk Way Too Fast And Am Apt To Break Into Song; Motivated, Passionate People Inspire Me; My Kids Teach Me Something New Every Day; Is There An App For That?
Louise is a passionate advocate for youth philanthropy as an important way to engage the next generation in social change. She has an extensive background in philanthropy education through teaching, curriculum development and research. As a Visiting Lecturer at Tufts University, Louise worked directly with college students exploring the meaning and place of philanthropy in their lives. In this role, she taught an undergraduate philanthropy course with a hands-on grant-making component for four years. She also consulted to Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation where she grew the fledgling Learning by Giving Program that now supports experiential philanthropy undergraduate courses at thirty-five colleges and universities nation-wide. She continued to manage the national philanthropy program as Academic Director of the Learning by Giving Foundation when the program became a stand-alone foundation. Louise has also conducted philanthropy education research and written about philanthropy education for adults at the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College, and at Georgetown’s Center on Nonprofit and Public Leadership, respectively. She received her undergraduate degree from Simmons College and her J.D. from Boston College Law School. She enjoys many outdoor activities including kayaking and biking, as well as spending time with her delightful blended family including 4 adult children and 5 grandchildren.
Me in 140 Characters Or Less: Tea, Outdoor, Grandchildren & Family Addict – Not In That Order; Connector; Grateful; Love A Challenge; Inspired By Others’ Passion; Life Is Amazing; Bring It On
Bayne is a commercial real estate developer in New Hampshire, Vermont and Florida where he has worked on several Restoration Projects. He is the Founding General Partner of Centerra Park with Dartmouth College and Founding Board Member of Ledyard National Bank and Ledyard Financial Advisors. He has served as Director of Dartmouth Savings Bank, 1984-89; Director of Ledyard National Bank, 1989 – Present; Trustee of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital 1987-1991; Chair Person, Boca Grande Community Planning Panel, 2003 – 2007; Board Member of Gulf Coast Community Foundation, 2010 – Present; Founding Chair Person of Island School Foundation 2009 – 2013; President of Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association 2013 – Present. Bayne graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in 1968 and lives in Boca Grande, Florida with wife, Jeanie, where he enjoys nautical pursuits and Airstream adventure. Bayne is author of Passages In Past Tents and The Island Doctor. He summers in Lyme, New Hampshire.
Me In 140 Character Or Less: An Acquired Taste; B.S; O.C.D; T.L.C; T.M.I.; A.D.D.; F.Y.I; P.O.T. (Pop-Up Toaster); Believer in The Impossible; JAWS; If One Is Good, A Dozen Is Better!; GAME ON
Jeanie Stevenson is a resident of Boca Grande, Florida, and serves with husband Bayne as the first founding members of the Positive Tracks Board of Trustees. Jeanie is also a Trustee of Jane’s Trust, administered out of Boston, MA. Jeanie sits on the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium Board of Trustees, and participates in volunteering for numerous nonprofits including David’s House, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Hopkins Center For The Arts At Dartmouth, The Island School of Boca Grande, Boca Grande Health Clinic, Gasparilla Island Conservation & Improvement Association, and many more. Jeanie has contributed to numerous youth-empowerment initiatives, and is named as founder of Lyme Elementary School’s Art Program as well as its Drama Department. Jeanie is an avid gardener and artist, whose home and works are often leveraged on behalf of the charities she serves. Jeanie is founder and owner of Hermit Hill Designs, an interior design business operating out of Hanover, NH. She and Bayne summer with three dogs and several horses in Lyme, NH.
Me In 140 Characters Or Less: Whimsical & Playful; Needs To Create; FUN AS SH*T; Hostaholic & Beadaphile; Lover Of Children, Dogs & Oceans; Laugh Loud & Often!; Dig Deep In Dirt Daily!; Love Loyally
In addition to his role as Organizational Development Specialist at Hypertherm in Lebanon, NH, Jesse has served on the Hypertherm HOPE (Philanthropy) Team for four years. Other focus areas for Hypertherm include supporting STEM initiatives, Employee Ownership communication and activities and serving as Positive Tracks Champion for HOPE. He is proud to be a weekly volunteer for the CHaD Cuddler program, working with opioid-exposed infants. Local roots run deep, having grown up in Vermont and settled in Sunapee, NH with wife Barbara and son Benjamin. He is a graduate of Johnson State College with a BFA in Writing and the Upper Valley Educators Institute with Secondary School teaching certification. Adventures to feed a love of travel have included China, India, Brazil, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica and hitchhiking across Kenya while in the Peace Corps. Being a late-comer to skiing at 41 has not impeded a happy obsession with it. He can be found on the slopes of Mt. Sunapee hiking with his family in the summer and fall and every weekend in the winter as a volunteer Ambassador.
Me In 140 Characters Or Less: Seeks Out Of Those Willing To Fail. Optimist. Husband. Father. Hiker. Skier. Runner. Teamwork + Care = Joy. Usually Laughing. Durable.