Leadership

Betsy Andrews Parker, MPH

“One thing that people don’t realize about CAPSC is that you don’t know about us until you need us. There are many people out there wondering how they are going to pay their rent, bills, or childcare and do not have any money saved. No one knows about CAPSC until you need CAPSC. We are here to help.” – Betsey Andrews Parker, CEO

Betsey Andrews Parker, MPH has been the CEO of the Community Action Partnership of Strafford County since 2010. She oversees the administration of federal, state, and local programs that reach over 19,000 clients each year to help meet basic needs for housing, nutrition, childcare, education, and emergency assistance.

Prior to her tenure at CAPSC, she was the Public Health Practice Lead at URS Corporation where she provided program, planning, and training to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

She is currently the Chair of the New England Community Action Partnership, board member for CAPLAW (national membership organization), Chair of the Greater Rochester Community
Health Foundation, Past President of the Rotary Club of Dover, and a three-term elected official and Vice Chair of the Dover School Board. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Boston University.

  • Leslie Craigen

    Leslie Craigen is Chief Financial Officer and oversees all financial initiatives, ensures compliance with relevant laws and tax obligations, and manages organizational risks and liabilities for CAPSC. Leslie received both her Master’s Degree in Health Administration and her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Management and Policy from the University of New Hampshire. She has 22 years of experience in the long-term care industry doing finance, reimbursement analysis, and government relations, along with 6 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector for private foundations. Originally from Long Island, Leslie now lives in Barrington with her husband and 3 children and enjoys outdoor sports and traveling with her family.

    Leslie Craigen
    Chief Financial Officer

  • Jamie Swan, NCRT

    Jamie Swan serves as CAPSC’s Chief Program Officer and has been with the agency since 2008. She has been working with non-profits for over twenty years with expertise in program development, budgeting, and goal setting. Originally from Pennsylvania, Jamie resides in Dover with her family.

    Jamie Swan

    Jamie Swan, NCRT
    Chief Program Officer

  • Bob Arnold

    Bob Arnold is the Director of Housing Development and Revitalization and oversees property procurement, energy efficiency, and emergency heating replacement programs. Bob has extensive building experience and holds Dept. of Energy certifications as a Building Analyst, Energy Auditor, and Quality Control Inspector. Bob is a Kansas City Missouri native, Gulf War veteran, outdoorsman, avid angler, and proud husband and father. Bob has a five-gallon deep fryer he has been known to fire up for special CAPSC events.

    Bob Arnold
    Housing Development and Revitalization Director

  • Kristen Comeau

    Kristen, with 13 years of dedicated service, has been an integral part of CAPSC. As a seasoned strategist, she has played a pivotal role in elevating the organization to new heights through enhanced engagement. Her expertise spans various domains, including Employee Relations and fosters a positive work environment by nurturing strong relationships among team members. Kristen’s passion lies in creating a workplace where everyone thrives, and her commitment to excellence continues to drive positive change within the organization.

    She has lived in all corners of New Hampshire, creating a tapestry of experiences with her two beloved children—the very center of her universe. Whether it’s hiking through lush forests, kayaking on serene lakes, or simply breathing in the crisp New Hampshire air, she finds solace and inspiration in nature’s embrace. Her altruistic spirit shines through her volunteer work at Red Cross blood drives. Kristen’s dedication to giving back underscores her commitment to making a positive impact beyond office walls. Kristen is also a member of the Seacoast Human Resources Association.

    Kristen Comeau
    Human Resources Director

  • Carrie DiGeorge

    Carrie is the Housing Development and Revitalization Director, where she leads new affordable housing projects from procurement through occupancy. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine and the Northern New England School of Banking. Carrie has also been a guest speaker on NH Public Radio’s “The Exchange,” discussing the challenges of a rising real estate market. With more than 20 years in community banking, including 17 years of construction lending, Carrie offers a strong financial background to her role. Carrie serves on the Board of Directors for the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast and, along with her husband, actively participates in Big Brothers Big Sisters of NH as a mentor to a nine-year-old in Dover. She is a former board member of Southeast Habitat for Humanity and Community Action Partnership of Strafford County. Residing in Nottingham, Carrie enjoys gardening, long drives on country roads, traveling, and spending time with her husband and dogs.

    Carrie DiGeorge
    Housing Development and Revitalization Director

  • Tanisha Johnson, MBA

    Tanisha is the Child and Family Services Director and oversees all of CAPSC’s Early Care and Education Programs, Family Support Programs, and Population Health. Tanisha has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with over 10 years of experience within nonprofit management. As a mother, her passion has always been around empowerment and activism and this ranges from feminism, racial and social justice, and youth services.

    Tanisha Johnson

    Tanisha Johnson, MBA
    Child and Family Services Director

Board of Directors

Terry Jarvis

Terry Jarvis, Chair

Elected Official
New Durham, NH

Jean Miccolo

Jean Miccolo, Treasurer

Community Member
Rochester, NH

Alan Brown, Secretary

Newburyport Bank
Rochester, NH

Heather Blumenfeld, Board Member

Triangle Club
Dover, NH

Anthony Carr, Board Member

Shaheen & Gordon, P.A.
Dover, NH

Leah Crouser, Board Member

NH Public Defender
Dover, NH

Nicki Gearwar, Board Member

Community Member
Dover, NH

Bob Harrington

Dr. Robert Harrington, Board Member

Orthopedic Surgery
Dover, NH

Katrin Kasper

Katrin Kasper, Board Member

Elected Official
Lee, NH

Sarah Kuhl, Board Member

Service Credit Union
Dover, NH

Christine McCluskey, Board Member

Maxfield Real Estate
Farmington, NH

Brandi McKay-Berry, Board Member

Community Member
Dover, NH

Ian Oneail, Board Member

Community Member
Raymond, NH

James Rathbun

James Rathbun, Board Member

Community Member
Farmington, NH

Maureen Staples

Maureen Staples, Board Member

Community Member
Dover, NH

Mark Toussaint, Board Member

Eversource
Rochester, NH

Steve Trozinski , Board Member

Community Member
Dover, NH

Robbie Hinkel

Robert Warach, Board Member

Elected Official
Dover, NH