Who we are

Chair Bob Perry is retired Court Reporter for NH Superior Court; member of the Board of Trustees at the Rochester Opera House.  As a state Representative, Bob served on the House Election Law Committee and the Citizen-Funded Election Task Force.  Bob also serves as Secretary on the Board of Coalition for Open Democracy. He currently resides in Strafford, NH.

 

Treasurer Gordon Allen  has served on many non-profit boards in New Hampshire, as well as teaching economics.  He was also Executive Director of the Monadnock Workshop in Peterborough.  Gordon also serves as the Founding Chair of WNHN-FM and on the Board of Coalition for Open Democracy.

 

Secretary Gail Brown, JD, MSW, is the Director of the NH Oral Health Coalition.  She brings a health, oral health, and social justice background working with individuals and families in communities and health facilities.  Trained as a graduate social worker and an attorney, Brown is an active advocate for health and service access, consumer empowerment, equitable systems change.  Oral Health Coalition Steering Committee, members, community, and policy-makers to advance oral health statewide and across the lifespan.  Additionally, Brown is a member of the national Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN), serving on their National Oral Health Connection Team and Advisory Committee. She serves as a steering committee member for the Alliance for Healthy Aging and is on the Board of the American Network of Oral Health Coalitions. 

 

Beverly Cotton is a formerly a registered nurse specializing in critical care then branched off to pursue my other interest, that of accounting with an emphasis on fraud and technical solutions. I served as Associate Vice President of Student Finance at SNHU and as a Client Success Manager at Ellucian.

I am involved with the Weare and Hillsborough County Democrats, the Capitol City Task Force- a non-partisan advocacy arm of AARP, and co-chair of the Greater Concord Team. I volunteer with Hospice House and am involved with advocacy for the American Cancer Society. My heart is in advocacy largely for healthcare issues and for those issues surrounding our most fundamental right to democracy.

My name is Corinne Dodge. I am the mother of two sons and have worked since 1969 as a special needs teacher. Way too busy,  I believed, to become involved in politics. Now in retirement I find that, much to my surprise,  I have become a political activist, very reluctantly at first, but passionate about protecting Democracy for our children and grandchildren.

My road to activism began slowly when the unspeakable horror of school shootings became commonplace in America, and our federal and state legislators did absolutely nothing to stop the killing. Why? Why would our legislators simply ignore the demands of an overwhelming number of American citizens? My questioning led me to discover Open Democracy. They encouraged and trained me to speak out publicly, and at first I did so very tenatively. But then came the final straw for me: the murder of first-grade children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School  in Connecticut.  I became no longer willing  to remain silent. I followed the guidance of Open Democracy leaders and convinced the Derry Town Council to join other NH towns in calling for a Constitutional Amendment to stop the influence of “Big Money” in our elections. Encouraged further by the members of Open Democracy, I jumped into civic activism.  I soon found myself marching in the Granny D Walks dressed in the garb of the Spirit of Besty Ross. What fun that was!  I was very honored in 2016 to be the recipient of the Granny  D Award for grassroots leadership. At one point I found myself  in Washington DC dressed in Besty’s clothing and being arrested along with 1500 other civilly-disobedient activists at the Democracy Awakening March.  Since that time I have organized  a grassroots group locally in Derry, NH Voters Restoring Democracy. Currently we are working with Open Democracy to promote  Absentee voting for all in NH. I am so honored to serve on the Open Democracy Action board.

Gene Porter is a US Army veteran and a retired Department of the Treasury employee.  He served as a senior analyst and as a senior manager/program manager. He had a wide range of administrative responsibilities, including personnel, facilities, training, budget, emergency management and business continuity. 

He has a great deal of volunteer experience. Some of his volunteer roles include: he was a Boy Scout Den Leader and Assistant Scout Master, coached youth basketball, volunteered at a soup kitchen,  served as an usher at the Rochester Opera House, and served on several boards of volunteer organizations, including Share in Rochester. He is currently serving on the Board of Trustees for the NH Farm Museum and is a member of AMVETS in Rochester.

Gene earned a Bachelors of Science Degree from Niagara University, a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Masters Certificate in Project Management  from George Washington University.

Caitlin Rollo is a community activist and union organizer. Her roots as a community organizer began by being a student activist upset about the conditions of our local public schools. Strong public schools are the cornerstone of any community. Caitlin’s husband Michael likes to brag about her breaking the gender barrier in her youth when she played baseball until high school and was the youngest female elected official in the country while serving in the NH House of Representatives during college. Since graduating from the University of New Hampshire she has held many unique and interesting jobs, bringing over a decade of experience in program creation and implementation, grassroots organizing, union organizing, organizational capacity building, social media strategy, volunteer management, and coalition building to this position. Her daughter Elizabeth has probably canvassed more doors than most adults and is shaping up to be the toughest lead negotiator at the table. Caitlin has dedicated her professional career to the goal of improving the lives of others and look forward to bringing that energy to the Board of Open Democracy Action.


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  • Steve Varnum
    published this page in About 2017-04-08 18:49:12 -0400