"GO THERE! SAY YES! YOU WON'T REGRET IT! It's sooo AWESOME! They actually got me on a stage, and I really sang! I would go here for the rest of my life if I could."
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.
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.
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.
Elise Weeks has been a member of the AIR Board of Directors since October of 2010. She is currently Co-Owner and Graphic Designer at Pixels & Pulp Design Studio, based out of Berwick, Maine. Originally from Rhode Island, she has a background in advertising and boutique design. Since forming her own business, she has focused primarily on socially and environmentally responsible clients. She has a deep passion for designing with a conscience, creating high impact marketing materials that have the smallest possible impact on the planet, and supporting organizations doing good things to improve their community. Elise has been a dedicated volunteer for Arts In Reach since 2009, offering her skills in graphic design for AIR’s special events. When she’s not behind her computer, you’ll find Elise in her garden, cooking, knitting, or planning her next adventure. Or perhaps just relaxing with her husband, a glass of wine and three fat cats.
“The teen girls at AIR are a huge inspiration for me. I can not imagine what my life would have been like if I had not had the opportunities I had, especially when it came to the arts. I feel that it is hugely important to cherish what you have and acknowledge that it doesn’t always come so easily to everyone.”
Dr. Kimberly Higney
Dr. Kimberly Higney established cardēa center for well-being on the Seacoast of New Hampshire in 2008 after practicing in New Hampshire and Boston for several years. She received her doctorate in Chiropractic at Palmer College where she interned in the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Department. She completed her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Guelph in her native Canada. She has trained extensively in the US, Italy, and Canada and is one of a small group of doctors qualified to practice the post-graduate technique Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) at the highest level. At cardea, Dr. Kimberly helps people connect health to quality of life through gentle care that improves the body’s ability to adapt to stress, illness and injury. Outside work, she loves to read and travel, have adventures in nature and ice skate on Great Bay. She lives in Greenland, NH with her husband Steve. You can learn more about cardea center for well-being here: http://www.cardeawellbeing.com
Rosjke Hasseldine joined the board in December 2012. She is a mother daughter relationship therapist and from her private practice in Durham, she works with mothers and daughters from around the world. Rosjke has developed a way of mapping women’s female history that connects women to their female roots and broadens their understanding of what it means to be female. Rosjke is a New Zealanders and she has also lived in the United Kingdom. She has a master’s degree in counseling from Indiana University. She is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Professional member of the American Counseling Association. She has presented at conferences and facilitated workshops in New Zealand, United Kingdom, continental Europe and the United States. She has been widely quoted in women’s magazines and newspapers, interviewed for Women’s Radio and was a regular guest on BBC Radio. Rosjke’s first book is “The Silent Female Scream” and she is currently writing “Get to know your Mother Daughter History”. Visit www.motherdaughtercoach.com to read some of her articles.