Alliance Committees

The driving force for programs, events and advocacy work for the Alliance.

Committees fall under three categories: Board Committees, Program & Initiatives and Event Committees.

These Committees are chaired by Board members. To inquire about getting involved, contact us.


Board Committees:


Executive Committee
Chair – Matt Benson
Toral Cowieson, Past Chairman
Pete Lachance, Treasurer
Lisa King, Secretary
Elizabeth Gray, Government Affairs Committee Chair
Julie Demers, Executive Director

Governance Committee
Chair – Matt Benson, Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson, pllc
Toral Cowieson, Internet Society
Julie Demers, Executive Director


Program & Initiative Committees:


Ambassador Committee
The NH Tech Alliance Ambassador Committee proactively and personally engages both current and prospective members on a regular basis. The goal of the Committee is to assure awareness and understanding of Alliance initiatives, priorities and benefits as well as to solicit direct member feedback and involvement. While Alliance events and programs provide the primary venues for connection, Ambassadors regularly engage members through other means, including phone calls, emails, personal contact, etc.

Chair – Dave Janelle, People’s United Bank
Jeff Amaro, Autodesk, Inc.
Robert Bartley, Bartley Financial Advisors
Andy Dillman, miEdge
Kevin Hallenbeck, Sandler Training
Shannon Hathaway, Burndy, LLC
Jennifer Kamerman, MESH Interactive Agency
David Lanzillo, Robbins Farley, LLC
Jeff Moynihan, Clark Insurance
Ryan Simpson, The Rowley Agency, Inc.
Justin Gerwien, Aquinas Consulting
Chris Bush, Robert Half Technology
NHTA Staff Liaison: Julie Demers & Lee Ann Lewis

BioMedITech Committee
The BioMedITech Committee is dedicated to New Hampshire’s dynamic life sciences industry which is at the forefront of developing life-saving services, treatments, drugs, medical devices, diagnostics, research and advanced health technologies. The BioMed|Tech Committee brings this sector together with academia and government for the advancement of innovative solutions to meet today’s and tomorrow’s medical needs.

Co-Chair – Cindy Conde, CondeCo
Co-Chair – John Whelan, Alexander Technology Group
Elizabeth Cacciola, KeySpin Manufacturing
Dee Cleary, Sunrise Labs
Marge Donovan, Corflex
Christina Ferrari, Bernstein Shur
Cynthia Harrington, NH DBEA
Justin Kelly, Novocure
Cynthia O’Neill, New Global Compliance, LLC
Robert Robicsek, Lavallee Brensinger Architects
Jeff Clement  – LSNE
NHTA Staff Liaison: Julie Demers

Learn more about the BioMed|Tech Initiative.

Finance Committee
Pete Lachance, chair, The Altair Group
Paul Duffy, TD Bank
Jason Gagnon, Wipfli/Howe Riley Howe
Marie MacKay, Bigelow & Company
NHTA Staff Liaison: Julie Demers & Darlene Friedman

Government Affairs Committee
The Alliance maintains a presence at the State House in Concord and with our Congressional delegation on key pieces of legislation that have a potential impact on member companies, especially those related to regulation, economic development, workforce and promoting a technology ecosystem here. An active Alliance Legislative Affairs Committee meets regularly to review legislation, make recommendations regarding supporting or opposing bills and develop other strategies that can lead to outcomes beneficial to New Hampshire’s technology sector. The Committee includes members from our Board as well as representatives from Alliance member companies who want to be engaged in legislative activities.

If you are an Alliance member and have an interest in a specific legislative issue or initiative in one of our focus areas, please let us know. E-mail us at

Chair – Elizabeth Gray, NH Small Business Development Center
Michael Berhmann
Matt Cookson, Cookson Communications

Christina Ferrari, Bernstein Shur, P.A.
Justine Stadler, UNH
Susan Terzakis, Terzakis and Associates
NHTA Staff Liasion: Julie Demers

Startup Committee
The purpose of the Committee is to provide strategic planning support and to otherwise assist the Alliance in addressing the needs of New Hampshire’s startup community, including by supporting the Alpha Loft and Live Free and Start initiatives and related programs. These initiatives include providing local startups and entrepreneurs with resources and connections, expanding their access to capital, marketing innovative companies, accelerating startups’ development and improving their prospects for successfully scaling.

Co-Chair – Emily Penaskovic, Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson, PLLC
Co-Chair – Michele Pesula Keugler, PeKu Publications, Wasabi Ventures
Julie Glosner – NH Small Business Development Center
Michael Joyce
Adam Coughlin – York IE
Zach Luse – Paragon Digital Marketing
Nathan Pascarella – Hypertherm
Roy Wallen – TendoNova
NHTA Staff Liasion: Joshua Cyr

TechWomenITechGirls Committee
The TechWomen|TechGirls Committee provides strategic direction for building a strong community of female professionals enthusiastic about technology and also supports efforts where girls are exploring STEM as a career or area of study. The Committee holds various programs and events for professional women to connect, educate and explore ideas around career development, technology initiatives and innovation.

Co-Chair – Toral Cowieson, Internet Society
Co-Chair – Shannon Herrmann, Annual Awards Luncheon Committee Chair, Alexander Technology Group
Heather LaDue, Power Breakfast Committee Chair

Carol Miller, Ambassadors Week Co-Chair, NH DBEA
Julia McIntosh, Ambassadors Week Co-Chair, Forrester
NHTA Staff Liaison: Lee Ann Lewis

Learn more about TechWomenITechGirls Initiative.

Workforce Development Committee
The Workforce Development Committee was established by the Alliance Board to help the Alliance address the need to ensure that New Hampshire has sufficient human capital to address technology-related workforce needs. This includes the need for experienced workers, supporting retraining and additional educational opportunities and pipelines, the need to retain college students in the workforce and the need to ensure that tech-related skills are available as appropriate at the K-12 level.

The Committee strives to include representatives from human resources departments, institutions of higher education, experts in workforce and economic development and other leaders from the Alliance membership that have an interest in growing New Hampshire’s tech workforce.

The Committee also looks to support education and training programs that enhance the tech workforce through promotion, advocacy and information sharing. Lastly, the Committee works closely with the NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs and regularly receives and reviews reports related to the tech workforce and associated trends in hiring, compensation and other related issues.

Co-Chair – Colleen Cone, Comcast
Co-Chair – Mihaela Sabin, UNH Manchester
Peter Antoinette, Antoinette & Associates
Matt Cookson, NHTA
Mike Decelle, UNH Manchester
Beth Doiron, CCSNH
Pablo Fuentes, Cigna
Rick Gallin, Gallin Associates
Dave Lemaire, Oracle
Carol Miller, NH DBEA
Jim Stevens, Optima-Tech
NHTA Staff Liaison: Julie Demers

Event Committees:


Entrepreneur of the Year Committee
Co-Chair – Gary Sloper, Oracle
Co-Chair – David Salzberg, Merrill Lynch
Stephanie Baxter, Union Leader
Dave Janelle, People’s United Bank
Chris Bush, Robert Half Technology
Jeff Moynihan, Clark Insurance
Nathan Pascarella, Hypertherm, Inc.
Dan Scanlon, Colliers International
Marlana Trombley, Prosper Peak, LLC
NHTA Staff Liaison: Joshua Cyr & Lee Ann Lewis

Learn more about this event.

Product of the Year Committee
Co-Chair – Lisa King, Cross Insurance Agency
Co-Chair – Dee Cleary, Sunrise Labs
Sara Bee, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.
Jill Dinsmore, Cirtronics
Sherry Dutra, Dutra Associates
David Lanzillo, Robbins Farley, LLC
Bill O’Sullivan, Sheehan Phinney
Christopher Bush, Robert Half
Katie McQuaid, Primary Bank

Learn more about this event.

TechOut Committee
Co-Chair – Pete Lachance, Altair Group, PLLC
Co-Chair – Gary Sloper, Oracle
Gray Chynoweth, ARMI
William O’Sullivan, Sheehan Phinney
Paul Duffy, TD Bank
Liz Gray, NH Small Business Development Center
Liz Hitchcock, Hitchcock Management
Hollis McGuire, NH Small Business Development Center
Jeff Moynihan, Clark Insurance
NHTA Staff Liasion: Joshua Cyr

Learn more about this event.

TechWomen Ambassador Week Committee
Co-Chair – Julia McIntosh, Forrester
Sara Bee, Sponsorships, Merrill Lynch
Brandi Emerson, Participating Schools and Locations, Single Digits Inc.
NHTA Staff Liaison: Lee Ann Lewis

Learn more about TechWomenITechGirls Initiative.

TechWomen Annual Luncheon Committee
Chair – Shannon Herrmann, Alexander Technology Group
Sherry Dutra, Dutra Associates
Trish Lacombe, Sandler Training
Megan Feeley, Market Street Talent
Sarah Senftle, Connection
Vandna Sharma, Northeast Delta Dental
NHTA Staff Liaison: Lee Ann Lewis

Learn more about this event.

TechWomen Power Breakfast Committee
Chair – Heather LaDue, Franklin Pierce University
Shannon Herrmann, Alexander Technology Group
Vandna Sharma, Northeast Delta Dental
Dina Pinnell, GDS Associates
Sarah Szopa, Altos
NHTA Staff Liaison: Lee Ann Lewis

Learn more about TechWomenITechGirls Initiative.