Leadership

Staff

Candice Porter, Executive Director

Candice Porter is a nationally known therapist, educator, prevention specialist, thought leader, and collaborator with over 15 years of experience working in public and private settings. 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, she 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 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.

Amy Mitchell, Race Director

Amy Mitchell is the Creative Director of Stover Solutions, a full service event management and marketing company, specializing in corporate meetings and event, milestone celebrations, non-profit fundraising benefits and cause-related walks & races. Her experience at Stover combined with her passion for volunteerism make her the perfect fit for the Connor’s Climb’s Race Director.

Amy is originally from Maine and holds a BS of Economics from University of Southern Maine. Amy’s creativity really shines in her love of interior design and DIY projects. She lives in Brentwood, NH with her husband, two boys and yellow lab named Harper.

Kara LaMarche, Senior Marketing & Advocacy Manager

Kara LaMarche is a results driven marketing professional with over 20 years of experience in lead generation, online marketing, web seminars and more. Her passion for mental health brought her to Connor’s Climb Foundation in late 2019 to help them tackle the monumental task of eliminating teen suicide in NH.

In her spare time, Kara is a freelance artist who works closely with clients to create a one of a kind painting tailored to their home or business needs. She lives in Bedford, NH with her husband and two growing, hockey loving boys.

Board of Directors

Tara Holmes Ball, Founder & 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 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

Amy Beaton 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 six years as a public defender Amy developed an interest in assisting clients dealing with a 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 Berwick Academy hockey team.

Holly Neiweem, Secretary

Holly Neiweem is a Managing Director of Eight Bar Partners and is a member of the firm’s investment committee. She is also the Founder and Director of The Benny Fund, a non-profit dedicated improving mental health and preventing suicide through advocacy and education. At Eight Bar Partners, she serves as a director of AX in the U.K. and has previously served on the board D+M Group (U.S/Japan), Sympatex (Germany) and Eska (Canada). Holly received her MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU, concentrating in finance and economics, and her BS in Management & Technology in from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Katrina Allen, Treasurer

Katrina Allen is a founding member of Connor’s Climb Foundation. She is the Finance Director at the Southern District YMCA, a 501(c)(3) organization providing opportunities for youth and teen development, healthy living and social responsibility in the community. She has spent over 20 years volunteering at local schools and supporting youth sports teams. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. Katrina lives in Brentwood, NH with her husband Doug and their two college aged children. 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 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.

Louri Hannan

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.

Greg Pollard

Greg is a Senior Executive and transformational philanthropic strategist with more than 25 years of for-profit and non-profit 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.

Dan McColley

Dan McColley is a green building professional specializing in wellness and sustainability solutions within the built environment. A former resident of Brentwood, NH, Dan is one of the founding youth members of Connor’s Climb Foundation and one of Connor’s best friends.  He is humbled to support the critical mission of providing suicide prevention education services to New Hampshire. Dan currently works at Paladino and Company and lives in Washington, DC.

Advisory Board

Andrew Share, Managing Partner Nixon Peabody

Lori McClure, Board Member Emeritus

Susan McColley, Board Member Emeritus

Susan Harms Stover, Board Member Emeritus