Staff and Leadership

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.


Julie Demers – Executive Director

Joshua Cyr – Senior Director of Startup Initiatives

Darlene Friedman – Director of Finance

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:


Matt Benson

Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson, PLLC

 Past Chair
Chair – TW|TG Committee

Toral Cowieson

Internet Society


Pete Lachance

Altair CPA

Chair – POY Committee

Lisa King

Cross Insurance

Chair, Government Affairs Committee

Liz Gray


Julie Demers

 Executive Director

Julie Demers

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

David Janelle

Dave Janelle

People’s United Bank

Co-Chair – BM|T Committee

John Whelan

Alexander Technology Group

Gary Sloper

Co-Chair – TechOut Committee

Gary Sloper

Oracle + Dyn