LEADERSHIP

 

Candice Porter, Executive Director

Candice is a nationally known therapist, educator, prevention specialist, thought leader, and collaborator. Her passion is raising awareness around mental health and suicide and how to proactively engage in prevention and treatment.

 

Prior to joining Connor’s Climb, Ms. Porter was the Vice President for Outreach & Partnerships at Screening for Mental Health, responsible for cultivating strategic partnerships and guiding new program development and innovation.  She is a visionary champion who helped the organization grow its mental health screening program and expand its suicide prevention efforts. 

 

Candice is a licensed independent clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience working in public and private settings. Her areas of clinical expertise include work with youth and families in residential treatment, outpatient and school settings. She provides extensive consultation and training for school districts, colleges, workplaces and organizations across the nation to help ensure successful implementation of effective prevention programming.

 

Candice holds a Master of Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at Oswego. She resides in Bedford, New Hampshire with her husband and two daughters.

Board of Directors

 

Tara Holmes Ball, President

Tara Ball is the President and founder of Connor’s Climb Foundation.  Having lost her oldest son Connor to suicide in 2011, she became a staunch advocate for suicide education and prevention at the local, state and national levels.  Ms. Ball serves on the Executive Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) New Hampshire Chapter, and she is an AFSP Field Advocate for the state.  Additionally, she sits on the Public Policy subcommittee of the NH State Suicide Prevention Council.  She is a certified Signs of Suicide trainer and a NAMI NH Survivor Voices trained speaker.  She was recognized as a 2015 NH Red Cross Hero Award recipient and with the 2016 Erik Cogswell Memorial Award for her work in suicide prevention. Ms. Ball works as the Development Coordinator for Seacoast Family Promise, a local nonprofit serving families with children who are experiencing homelessness.

 

Amy Beaton, Vice President

Amy lives in Stratham with her husband, Doug, and daughter, Annabelle. In 2016 their family lost their son Jack to suicide. The loss of Jack has driven Amy to continue promoting awareness and understanding of those dealing with mental illness. During her twenty years as a public defender Amy developed an interest in assisting clients dealing with mental health diagnosis. Amy is an integral part of one of the area’s mental health courts and advocates on behalf of those charged with criminal offenses and struggling with mental illness. In their free time, Amy and Doug can often be found at local ice rinks cheering on Annabelle and her hockey team.

Holly Neiweem, Secretary

Holly is a Managing Director of Eight Bar Partners and is a member of the firm’s investment committee. She currently serves as a director of D+M Group (U.S/Japan) and has previously served on the board of Sympatex (Germany) and Eska (Canada).  Prior to joining Eight Bar Partners, Holly served as an Executive Director in Morgan Stanley’s Principal Investment group for nine years.  She spent four years at General Electric where she completed the Financial Management Program.

 

Holly received her MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU in 2011, with a dual concentration in Finance and Economics and received the Excellence in Economics Award.  She received her BS in Management & Technology in 2002 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with concentrations in Finance and Management Information Systems.

 

Holly is the Founder and Director of The Benny Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated improving mental health and preventing suicide through advocacy and education.

Katrina Allen, Treasurer

Katrina Allen is employed at New Generation Inc. as the Controller.  New Generation Inc. is a homeless shelter for pregnant and newly parenting women. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. Katrina is a dedicated wife and mother of two teenagers.  As Treasurer of The Connor’s Climb Foundation she hopes to support their mission and make a difference in the lives of New Hampshire’s youth.

 

Colleen Andreasse

Colleen is currently the Director of Finance & Human Resources at the Southern District YMCA/Camp Lincoln, a 501©3 providing opportunities for youth and teen development, healthy living and social responsibility in the community by offering summer day camp and outdoor education at YMCA Camp Lincoln; 15 state-licensed before and after school program sites throughout Southern NH and the Seacoast; and a full-service YMCA facility in Exeter.  She’s volunteered for many community organizations, schools and the Exeter Regional Cooperative School District over the past 15 years and looks forward to serving on the Board of Connors Climb to support their mission of providing education and preventing suicide in the region.  Colleen lives in Kensington, NH with her husband and two college-age children.  

Louri Hannan

Louri currently works in bookkeeping and she and her husband own New England Picture. A resident of Brentwood, Louri and her husband Tim are the parents of a wonderful daughter and son.

 

Greg Pollard

Director of Advancement, Ransom Everglades School. Greg has worked as the regional director of major gifts at Phillips Exeter Academy; director of major gifts at the University of Virginia; assistant vice president at Wilmington Trust Company; and, most recently, director of advancement at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire. He earned his BS at the University of Delaware and lives in Coral Gables, FL with his wife Barb and their two daughters. 

 

Advisory Board

Andrew Share, Managing Partner Nixon Peabody

Lori McClure, Board Member Emeritus

 

Susan McColley, Board Member Emeritus

Susan Harms Stover, Board Member Emeritus

Find us: 

PO Box 283, Exeter, NH 03833

© 2016 Connor's Climb Foundation

Connor’s Climb Foundation does not offer crisis counseling or emergency services and this website should NOT be used as a substitute for medical advice, counseling, or other health-related services or as a replacement for the services of a trained medical or mental health professional.  If you are feeling suicidal, thinking about hurting yourself, or are concerned that someone you know may be in danger of hurting him/herself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  It is a free, 24-hour hotline, at 1.800.273.TALK (8255).  If you feel that you are in a crisis or an emergency, or are at risk for suicide or other harm or injury, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room immediately.