Leadership and Staff


The NH Tech Alliance is organized as a State of New Hampshire 501c6 Business Association, and governed by a set of bylaws, reviewed annually and updated by the NH Tech Alliance Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

This group of Directors is responsible for setting and directing the long-term vision and strategy for the Alliance, and holds bi-monthly meetings to review the execution of the strategic plan. Directors are typically executives in technology companies or companies that provide services to technology companies.  Board members can be reached by contacting the NH Tech Alliance’s main offices. The Alliance’s current directors are:


Toral Cowieson

Internet Society

Vice Chair

Matt Benson

Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson, PLLC

Past Chair

Paul Mailhot

Global Rescue


Pete Lachance

Altair CPA

Chair – POY Committee

Lisa King

Cross Insurance

Chair, Government Affairs Committee

Liz Gray


 Executive Director

Matt Cookson

Cookson Communications

Chair – TW|TG Committee

Candice Benson

Benson Consulting, Inc.

Chair – Startup Committee

Emily Bolton Penaskovic

Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson, PLLC

Co-Chair – Workforce Committee

Colleen Cone


Mike Decelle

UNH Manchester

Jeff Amaro


Ian Howell

Built Environmental Strategies

Chair – Ambassador Committee

Dan Scanlon

Colliers International

Gary Sloper

Co-Chair – TechOut Committee

Gary Sloper

Oracle + Dyn

Co-Chair – BM|T Committee

John Whelan

Alexander Technology Group


The Alliance has two full-time staff members, Joshua Cyr and Kristen Crawford.

Additionally, the Alliance is supported on a day to day basis by Cookson Strategic Communications, located at 36 Lowell Street in Manchester. This highly engaged staff includes:

Matt Cookson, Executive Director

Julie Demers, Membership Manager

Teresa Dainesi, Project Manager