“This program had a truly amazing impact on my daughter. She had been in such a dark place previously for so many months. Praise from her workshop leaders really built her up. Thank you for this opportunity. It was more than I expected—I had hoped my daughter might manage; instead, she blossomed.”
Board of Directors
Sarah Gnerre, has been a member of the AIR Board of Directors since October 2006. Sarah brings a wealth of nonprofit fundraising expertise to AIR. She is currently the Principal at SJG Consulting, working with clients such as the Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport, MA. Previously, she served as the Managing Director of Leadership Gifts at Bentley University, at the University of New Hampshire Foundation as director of the Peter T. Paul Challenge, director of major gifts, and major gifts officer for the Whittemore School of Business and Economics. She has also served as director of development for several Seacoast organizations including The Music Hall, the New Hampshire SPCA and the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of Association of Fundraising Professionals of Northern New England and serves on Pontine's Donor Board of Advisors.
Glicka Kaplan joined the AIR Board of Directors in April 2011. Glicka is an active Seacoast community member and is a former teacher of the deaf for the Portsmouth School system. She also helped initiate art enrichment programs at Portsmouth Dondero School through the PTO. Glicka’s board experience includes the Children’s' Museum of Portsmouth, where she served on both the special interest committee as part of a Capital Campaign and the Road Race committee. She was also a Board Member of the Portsmouth Public Library and is currently a member of the FRIENDS of the Portsmouth Public Library in charge of the SPLASH program for youth art of Portsmouth Public Schools. In addition, Glicka held executive positions on boards for the Dover Temple Israel and The Birchtree Center, a school helping youth with Autism. She brings a wealth of fundraising experience to the Board as well as connections in the arts community and interest in positive youth development.
Judith Rubenstein learned of AIR in 2012. Quickly inspired by its vision and mission, she joined the board later that year. The personal resonance with AIR runs deep—In her own teen years, music and singing were anchors during difficult times. She also has two daughters, now grown, and relates strongly to girls’ needs for acceptance and empowerment. Judith is a senior manager at Measured Progress, a not-for-profit educational assessment firm in Dover, NH. A communications and publishing leader, she brings to the AIR board her years of management experience, including extensive hiring, mentoring, and coaching.
Kristin Forselius founded Arts In Reach in 1997 and continued to lead the organization as the Executive Director for eleven years. In 2008 she joined the Board of Directors. Her vision of providing teenage girls with opportunities to study the arts was inspired by her undergraduate studies at UNH in art history and later by her work in East Africa studying teenage girls in school. AIR began as a small visual arts summer camp that served nine girls; under Kristin's leadership, AIR has grown to offer year-round visual and performing arts programs that serve over one hundred girls annually. Today Kristin's love of the entrepreneurial continues. She recently received the trademark and patent on her latest business venture, Loopsie. Kristin lives in the seacoast of New Hampshire, where she and her husband are raising two budding artists.
Kimberly Bryan has been an AIR supporter since spring 2013. She and her team at the downtown Portsmouth location have welcomed AIR teens to the bank, and AIR teens’ original art hangs throughout the bank and private offices. Kimberly joined Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank in April of 2013 as the Portsmouth, NH Branch Manager. Prior to joining the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, she was Assistant Vice President and Banking Center Manager for Bank of America’s Portsmouth, NH office. She has also held management positions with Federal Savings Bank and Peoples United Bank. Bryan is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and attended the New England School for Financial Studies. She resides in Rollinsford, NH with her husband and two children. An active member in her community, in addition to her new role at AIR, Kimberly served as a Board Member of the Richie McFarland Children’s Center and is active participant of the United Way of the Greater Seacoast.
Peter is Associate Dean and Professor of Strategy & Technology at UNH’s Paul College of Business & Economics. An entrepreneur turned academic, his research addresses real-world problems in strategy, leadership, change management and innovation. Working as an educator and a consultant, he has helped managers and executives in the U.S., Europe and Asia improve the effectiveness of start-ups, corporations and not-for-profits. Prior to returning to his alma mater UNH in 2003, Peter taught MBA and Ph.D. students at Indiana University and Arizona State University. Peter serves on the board of the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast, a not-for-profit promoting the development of apartments, condos and houses that can be afforded by people earning around the median income for their area. In addition to a grown son, Peter has a college age daughter for whom dance and writing have been important parts of her life.
John Fitzpatrick joined AIR's board of directors in July 2011. John is the Managing Director of Transatlantic Innovation Management, LLC, a company focused on the commercialization of intellectual property, including business development, patent strategy, licensing, valuation, and business planning. Prior to forming TIM in 2007, John was the Director of Intellectual Asset Management for ITI Life Sciences, a UK-based innovation fund, where he was responsible for evaluating, structuring, negotiating and closing major international research and development collaborations and commercializing the resulting intellectual property. Earlier in his career, John was a partner in two US law firms, with a practice focused on licensing and strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital.