NH Foster and Adoptive Parent Association
November 20, 2019
Location: Southern New Hampshire University
Webster Hall (Mara Lecture Hall)
2500 North River Road
NHFAPA will be electing 9 members to the Board of Directors. Below are the nominees. Write-in candidates are also welcome. Interested members can email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance if they wish.
- Chuck Saia
Chuck Saia in 2013 Charles J. Saia commenced his tenure as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Commission on Disability. In his role, Chuck acts as a liaison between the Commission, the Governor’s Office, the public, and the legislature regarding matters pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act. He also works closely with other State agencies to improve accessibility throughout the State, and to ensure that equal protection of the law is afforded to all. As Executive Director, Chuck is the Co-Administrator of NH’s ABLE Savings Program, known as STABLE NH.Prior to commencing his employment with the State of New Hampshire, Chuck spent over 20 years as a practicing attorney. Among his areas of concentration, he represented those most in need and underrepresented in our society. Chuck’s legal career also encompassed transactional and business law. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.Chuck is a graduate of Boston College, where he earned a B.A degree in Political Science. He then went on to receive his J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School. He was born and bred in Boston, and since 1996 has resided in New Hampshire, where he and his wife raised their 3 children. They are now the proud grandparents of 2.
- Sharon Carson
Sharon Carson is a political science professor at Nashua Community College. She is a NH senator (2009-2018) and 2019-currently. Previously Sharon served for eight years in the House of Representatives. She is a retired Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army Reserve. Senator Carson has two daughters and is very focused on helping children and families in New Hampshire. Senator Carson is an avid reader who also enjoys both history and gardening.
- Lynne Ober
Lynne Ober brings a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding the child welfare system of New Hampshire. As a former licensed foster parent she understands the struggles families face. As a state representative she brings a voice of advocacy and legislative awareness to NHFAPA and the families it serves. Lynne is highly organized with a skillset that speaks to diversity and determination. She has a working knowledge of the Dept of Health and Human Servies, and on a macro level, the challenges surrounding DCYF. Looking trough a more micro lens, Lynne also has a solid understanding of the ongoing issues foster parents face.
- Mary Frances Renner
Mary Frances Renner would like to bring a better quality of lift to children in the child welfare system of New Hampshire. She has a history of child advocacy and sharing both her talents and resources with those in need. Mary Frances is a member of the business community. She posses a strong skillset including leadership, organization and working within the managerial model of nonprofit foundations. She is most often described by others as having a “big heart”.
- Nadir Syed Ali
Nadir Syed Ali- Nadir served in the NHFAPA interim board. Since August 2019 he has taken over external board communications, and web site maintenance. Nadir has also been able to introduce new features that will help streamline NHFAPA. Such features include virtual meetings, Database management, and regular email updates. Nadir and his wife are pre-Adoptive, licensed foster parents.
- Cyndi Hetu
Cyndi Hetu has been serving as the treasurer of NHFAPA during our interim board period. NHFAPA is pleased to announce that Cyndi has agreed to continue use in this position with our new permanent board.Cyndi is employed by Nathan Wechsker & Company where she works with a wide variety of clients. Her duties include accounting, compliance, income tax preparation, and specialized projects. In addition Cyndi is a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. She is a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals snd has a Masters Degree in Accounting.
Cyndi and her husband are licensed foster parents, and are looking forward to helping children in foster care. In addition to foster parenting Cyndi and her husband recently welcomed a new baby girl into their family.
- Airial Sillanpaa
Airial Sillanpaa is currently serving as interim President of NHFAPA. Since taking this director position in August 2019, Airial has initiated inter-agency collaboration, introduced pilot programs to help licensing families make home safety upgrades, facilitated normalcy grant requests, and outfitted over 100 children in foster care with shoes.Airial was previously a corporate Vice President. She took a corporation from start up to grossing nearly $1,000,000 in sales in its second year. She had worked with various non-profits to fund raise, create strategic plans, and implement sound budgets. Airial is a licensed foster parent with six children ages nine and under.
- Gary Sillanpaa
Gary Sillanpaa- Gary is a licensed foster parent living on the Seacoast. He is a father of six. Three of his children are adopted from foster care.Gary works in property management and has previously volunteered his time to NHFAPA for various projects. Gary would like to help NHFAPA develop and implement supports that help foster families with necessary home modifications. It is his vision that such modification will facilitate successful licensing or relicensing.
- Deb Bradley
Deb Bradley is a foster/adoptive parent with 14 years experience in NH’s child welfare system. In her journey with DCYF she had adopted 4 children. Deb has been part of NH’s Court Improvement Project. She was a member of the Senate’s Foster Care Committee. Deb was a Foster Parent Consultant (a state contracted position) for three years, and has moved onto the position of the Manchester Community Connect program as the mentor coordinator.In addition Deb has taught for GSC, helps to plan the annual conference, and is a trained “Better Together” facilitator.
She had found her true passion in the foster/adopt community. Beyond caring for children in her home she wants to serve the families who care for NH’s most vunerable children. Deb has been trained to answer the foster parent “crisis line” aspires to be your sounding board, your trusted advisor, and your voice.
- Matt Mayberry
Matt Mayberry lives on the seacoast of NH. He was appointed by the governor to serve as the chair for The New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights. This state agency is established by RSA 354-A for the purpose of eliminating discrimination in employment, public accommodations and the sale or rental of housing or commercial property, because of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disability or national origin. Matt is very committed to advocating for the best interest of children in foster care. He is excited to lend his talent and knowledge of human rights to NHFAPA.