Amanda L. C. Fontaine, Marketing & Events Manager
Amanda is a long-standing mental health advocate with years of professional and community service experience. She earned her Ph.D. in medical sociology from the University of New Hampshire in September 2021; her dissertation focused on the role of social supports in shaping the ways that personality traits (specifically perfectionism) and sociodemographic characteristics influence college students’ mental health, including suicidality. Over the past 8 years, Amanda has volunteered with a number of suicide prevention-focused initiatives throughout New Hampshire, including the Youth Suicide Prevention Assembly (YSPA), the University of New Hampshire’s Campus Suicide Prevention Committee (CSPC), and the annual State of NH Suicide Prevention Conference planning committee. She also has years of experience designing graphics for print and web, as well as social media marketing for the University of New Hampshire Graduate School.
Amanda is excited to bring her passion for creativity and mental health advocacy to Connor’s Climb and continue to promote wellbeing for NH’s youth!
Sarah Gould, Training & Program Coordinator
Sarah has over 15 years of experience working with and on behalf of children and families. She is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer and has worked as a School Counselor for the last decade. Through this work she has had the opportunity to facilitate training on various topics, including suicide prevention. Sarah has also been on the forefront of creating, revising, and implementing suicide prevention policies and procedures for her district. Her passion for preventive mental health in schools and the desire to expand her reach beyond one district has brought her to Connor’s Climb Foundation. She looks forward to partnering with New Hampshire schools and agencies to ensure everyone in New Hampshire has access to suicide prevention training!
Board of Directors
Tara Holmes Ball, Founder & President
Tara 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 is a founding member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) New Hampshire Chapter, and she is an AFSP Field Advocate. She is a certified Signs of Suicide (SOS) trainer and a NAMI NH Survivor Voices trained speaker. She was recognized as a 2015 NH Red Cross Hero Award recipient, with the 2016 Erik Cogswell Memorial Award, 2017 SAU 16 Champion for Children Award, 2017 NH Champion for Children Award, and a Patriot’s Difference Maker for her work in suicide prevention.
Amy Beaton, Vice President
Colleen Andreasse, Treasurer
Colleen Andreasse is currently the Controller and Human Resources Director at Compass Retirement Consulting Group. She’s volunteered for many community organizations, schools and the Exeter Regional Cooperative School District over the past 15 years and looks forward to supporting Connor’s Climb’s mission of providing suicide prevention education in New Hampshire. Colleen lives in Newmarket, NH with her husband.
Tonya is a mom first and foremost, but she also works as the Director of Clinical services for a federally qualified healthcare center on the Seacoast. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and is a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of New Hampshire. Tonya is currently completing work towards her MSN- FNP. In addition to her educational credentials, Tonya is a BLS/CPR/AED certified instructor through the American Red Cross and is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid. She has a true passion for adolescent health, especially mental health, after tragically losing her son to suicide in June, 2021.
Louri Hannan is the co-owner of and bookkeeper for New England Picture. A resident of Brentwood, NH, Louri and her husband Tim are the parents of a wonderful daughter and son.
Donna Marsh is the director of Home for All/Granite United Way, a coalition to end homelessness in New Hampshire. She served for four years as the executive director and development director of New Generation, Inc., a family-oriented shelter for homeless pregnant women and women with small children. Before joining New Generation, Ms. Marsh worked for over 25 years in management, operations and communications roles at various-sized businesses and nonprofits in New England and nationally. She is currently a board member of the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority and has served as a volunteer or board member with many non-profits in New Hampshire including CASA New Hampshire, New Hope for Adoption, On Belay and Journeyman Basketball. She lives in Stratham, New Hampshire with her husband Jamie and their three children.
Ashley Miller is the Program Director and Clinician for Seacoast Family Promise, a shelter for families with children experiencing homelessness. She is an active member of the NASW, New Hampshire Chapter and has worked supporting children and families in foster care. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of New Hampshire and continues to work closely with the University, providing supervision for Undergraduate Students. Ashley enjoys spending her spare time creating floral arrangements and designs for small weddings and events. She currently resides in Seacoast, New Hampshire with her husband Lucas and their rescue pup Fiona.
Greg is a Senior Executive and transformational philanthropic strategist with more than 25 years of for-profit and nonprofit experience working on behalf of some of the country’s leading educational institutions. He is deeply committed to building strong teams of fundraising and alumni/parent relations professionals to achieve ambitious goals and inspire innovative philanthropic cultures. Greg currently works at Babson College in Wellesley, MA, and lives with his family in Exeter, NH.
Susan works as a consultant with over 20 years of experience for privately-owned medical practices in the areas of financial analysis, valuations, strategic planning, and leadership training. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in Communications. Susan has also been a long-time volunteer in Exeter-area schools and chaired numerous fundraising efforts to support public education. Over the years, Susan has focused her volunteer efforts on mental health awareness and initiatives that support our youth and adolescents. Originally from Texas, Susan is married to her husband Chris, a NH native; they live in Newfields with their two children. You’ll likely see Susan on the local trails walking her beloved dogs Ranger and Dixie, or cheering on her children and their friends at various events.
Kimberly is a New Hampshire-certified elementary school educator and has been teaching grades 4 and 5 for the past 20 years. She has volunteered in the local school system as her daughters have progressed in their education; now, with an empty nest, she is excited to join Connor’s Climb, as the mission of prevention and education remains very important to her. Kim lives in Brentwood with her husband and three pets.
Andrew Share, Managing Partner Nixon Peabody
Lori McClure, Board Member Emeritus
Susan McColley, Board Member Emeritus
Susan Harms Stover, Board Member Emeritus
Katrina Allen, Board Member Emeritus
Dan McColley was a green building professional specializing in wellness and sustainability solutions within the built environment. A former resident of Brentwood, NH, Dan was one of the founding youth members of Connor’s Climb Foundation and one of Connor’s best friends. He was humbled to support the critical mission of providing suicide prevention education services to New Hampshire. Dan died unexpectedly on September 14, 2021.