Sector champions are business leaders, colleagues, neighbors, and officials from your industry with a vested interest in helping build the critical partnerships necessary to develop training programs and other workforce services. They will spearhead the development of cost-effective training solutions that respond to current and projected workforce shortages and gaps. NH SPI sector champions are supported by their peers and have the passion, time, and ability to help establish partnerships and develop workforce services.
Vice President of Construction | Pike Industries
Alex Phelps oversees all construction-related activities for Pike Industries. Pike Industries is a construction and materials company that operates quarries, aggregate crushing, and hot mix asphalt production facilities throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont that provides specification products for all state and FAA applications. Phelps has worked at Pike Industries for 23 years in various positions, with experience that spans both DOT and FAA-related projects, as well as sales and estimating for all asphalt and aggregate-related materials.
Executive Vice President | Methuen Construction Company
Wayne Symonds has more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry, having served as an executive vice president, and vice president of construction management in past roles. He has also worked as a project manager in engineering, heavy construction, industrial processing and wastewater treatment facilities. As Executive Vice President at Methuen Construction Company, Wayne oversees construction operations, industrial service, business development, and estimating and safety, as well as overseeing operations at sister company Summit Metal Fabricators. Wayne is the 2018 chairman for Associated Builders and Contractors of NH/VT.
Director of Workforce Development | Dartmouth Hitchcock
Sarah currently serves as the Director of Workforce Development at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and has been in that position since October 2014. For three years prior, she was the Director of Recruitment Services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Sarah was also a manager in the health care space at several well-known consulting firms including Deloitte Consulting and BearingPoint.
Sarah received a BA from Bryn Mawr College and earned an MBA from The College of William and Mary’s Mason School of Business. This coupled with her sixteen years of industry experience make her ideally suited to provide leadership and guidance to the health care sector activities.
President and CEO | Home Health and Hospice Care
John Getts is president and CEO for Home Health and Hospice Care, and is active in the community, having served as the chairman of the board of directors for the New Hampshire Health Care Association. He is also a board member of St. Joseph’s Community Services Meals on Wheels, and past officer of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Collage of Health Care Administrators. He brings 30 years of experience in executive roles in skilled nursing and rehabilitative care centers in New Hampshire to benefit NH SPI. John received a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration and Planning from the University of New Hampshire, and pursued graduate studies at Plymouth State University.
President and CEO | Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities
Cathy Gray has served as administrator of Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities in Keene, New Hampshire for the past 22 years. Physical therapist by profession, Cathy transitioned from clinician to administrator while working at a children’s facility in Vermont. She has her Master’s in Rehab Education and a Certificate in Healthcare Management. She serves as a board member for the Pediatric Complex Care Association and New Hampshire Health Care Association. An industry collaborator, Cathy has been chair of the Monadnock Region Healthcare Workforce group since its inception.
Registered Nurse, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator | Aurora Senior Living, Derry
Lynda Goldthwaite began her nursing career as a graduate of Concord Hospital School of Nursing in 1981 and worked in multiple nursing roles in acute care and primary care. For the last 20 years, her focus has been in long-term care and skilled nursing areas, and she has worked in various roles including nursing staff development, director of nursing services, regional manager of clinical operations and, currently, as a licensed nursing home administrator. She is active in cross-industry organizations and serves on the New Hampshire Health Care Association’s board of directors and the NH Long Term Care Foundation.
HR Director | Attitash & Wildcat Mountains
Jayne Bizier’s 20-year career in human resources has focused on insurance, financial services, manufacturing, and hospitality. Her past roles include staffing and talent management in New England as well as Australia. She has been with Attitash/Wildcat since 2012 and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maine.
CEO & Owner | Great NH Restaurants
Tom Boucher graduated from Merrimack College with a Bachelor’s degree in 1987. He earned a full academic scholarship to attend Villanova University but forwent this opportunity because he fell in love with the restaurant business. Over the next five years, he worked his way up through T-BONES, as a food server, dining room manager, head kitchen manager, and finally to general manager. Tom was then brought on as a founding partner of Cactus Jack’s in 1995. He held the Store’s general manager position until 1998, when he took on additional responsibilities as the director of marketing and subsequently director of operations for T-BONES & Cactus Jack’s. In 2004, Tom became CEO of Great NH Restaurants after working his way up in the hospitality industry. He has been providing strong leadership and entrepreneurial vision that has guided the company’s three restaurant brands totaling nine restaurants to its current success. Most recently he has broadened his innovative business approach by opening T-BONES Meats, Sweets & Catering, a commissary and custom order storefront, The Scribbit, a graphic design and web development company, Kriddik.com, a private feedback system for businesses, and Great NH Restaurants’ own non-profit, FEEDNH.org.
President | Melan Hotel Group
Rob McCarthy’s decades of experience in the hospitality industry led him to his latest venture. In 2016, he divested his founding partnership in Chartwell Hotels LLC to create The Melan Hotel Group. His prior roles include senior vice president of operations for Linchris Hotel Corporation, a 24-unit hotel chain and management company and the opening of the prestigious, 4 Diamond Inn at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1988. Rob also served as the opening general manager and project manager for Sonesta International Hotels Luxor in Cairo, a 224-room, five-star hotel with six diverse dining concepts. He was the general manager for the Flatley companies’ Tara hotels from 1990 to 1995. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Massachusetts, where he currently serves a guest lecturer and the chairman of the advisory board for the university’s hospitality and tourism program.
CEO | Graphicast
Val Zanchuk is CEO of Graphicast in Jaffrey, NH. Graphicast has been manufacturing custom zinc and aluminum-based alloy parts for nearly 40 years. Val is very active in promoting manufacturing in NH and serves on many industry boards and committees, including the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NH MEP), SEE Science Center, the Manufacturing Leadership Council, and is the incoming chair for the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire.
Co-owner and Chief Validation Officer | W.H. Bagshaw
Adria Bagshaw is co-owner of the W.H. Bagshaw Company in Nashua, where her main areas of focus are human resources, finance and business strategy for the oldest pin manufacturing company in America. Adria also serves as chair of the NH Small Business Development Center, sits on U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s Small Business Advisory Council, and volunteers regularly in her community. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business & Economics (now the Peter T. Paul School) with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1996.
Vice President | Fidelity Investments
Hilda Wong-Doo has been with Fidelity Investments for more than 27 years and currently serves as vice president. She is an active member of the New Hampshire High Tech Council. Prior to joining Fidelity, Hilda served as commercial loan systems programmer for Bank of New England.
Product Manager of Advisory Experience and Vice President of IT Product Management | Fidelity Investments
Page Clark is the vice president of IT Product Management at Fidelity Investments. Page is a graduate of Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business and has been employed by Fidelity for more than 20 years.
Sr. Director of Technology Ops. | Oracle/Dyn
At Dyn/Oracle, David Lemaire manages teams who are responsible for delivery of platforms – hardware, OS, support services like VMS, key value storage, monitoring, metrics, and log collecting, as well as secrets management. He has been in tech for more than 20, beginning as a systems administrator. Prior to Dyn, Dave was director of information technology for Eastern Mountain Sports.
Sr. Director of Technology | SilverTech
Derek Barka joined SilverTech as chief software architect in August of 2013, coming from Ektron, where he served as chief software architect and engineering manager. His role at SilverTech includes director of engineering and senior director of engineering. Derek’s current role allows him to work strategically on SilverTech’s client services and alignment with key partners. He is active in his community, currently serving as chairman of the Litchfield School District’s school board.