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.
President | Palmer & Sicard
Mark Hodsdon has been in the construction industry for more than 30 years; starting his career as an Apprentice Carpenter and eventually becoming a Superintendent, Project Manager, Estimator, General Manager, and Vice President for a Commercial General Contracting Firm. Today he is the President and CEO of Palmer and Sicard, Inc. an employee-owned Mechanical Contracting Firm. He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Business and a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Unrestricted Construction Supervisor’s License. Mark served as a Board Member of the Associated Builders and Contractors New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter (ABC NH/VT) for eight years and as Chairman of the Board in 2016. Mark also served as a member of the National Board of Directors for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) for three years. Mark is currently on the Advisory Committee for the Building Construction Technologies program at The Seacoast School of Technology and on the Board of Directors of Martineau Electric, Inc.
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.
Director of Human Resources | Five Guys Burgers & Fries
Kipp Johnson is the director of human resources at Five Guys Burgers & Fries. Johnson began his career in operations management at Taco Bell, where he worked for 17 years before transitioning to Qdoba Restaurant Corporation. During his career at Qdoba, he filled the roles of recruiter, people and organization effectiveness manager, learning and development manager and HR business partner, where he was responsible for serving as a business partner and resource for employee relations, workforce planning and talent acquisition.
Head Distiller/Owner | Flag Hill Distillery and Winery
A graduate of Penn State University, Brian Ferguson joined Flag Hill Distillery and Winery in 2013 as the new Head Distiller and later acquired the businesses in the summer of 2015. Brian began his career as the Assistant Distiller for Finger Lakes Distilling in upstate New York, where he learned how to craft spirits working beside Thomas McKenzie, who is regarded as one of the leaders of the craft distillery industry. After his time in New York, Brian moved to Grand Cayman to take the position of Head Distiller for Cayman Spirits Co., and later moved back to the northern area of the U.S. to become Flag Hill’s Head Distiller. Since his time at Flag Hill, he has introduced new products to the Flag Hill spirit line which include rums and whiskeys and has re-focused Flag Hill’s winery to produce exceptional and award-winning wines.
HR Director | Omni Mount Washington Resort and Bretton Woods Ski Area
Born and raised in the North Country of NH, Lisa began her career in hospitality working in operations at The BALSAMS. After promotions in the operations side of the business, she moved to Human Resources in 2005 and promoted to Director in 2009 until the closure of The BALSAMS in 2011. From 2012 until 2017, she was Vice President/Human Resources Director at Granite Bank in charge of Human Resources in five offices throughout the State of NH. Lisa joined the Omni Mount Washington team in July of 2017.
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.
Senior Systems Administrator | Mainstay Technologies
Rick oversees and engineers many of Mainstay’s client networks, working directly with their customers to assist with CIO level planning. He specializes in Microsoft technologies, strategic planning, training, project planning and implementations. Rick has been a Microsoft certified trainer for 12 years and holds numerous certifications including: A+, Network + , Security + , MCP , MCSA x4 , MSCE x 4, VCP (VM 4) and more. He has had the privilege of traveling the globe while training computer certifications for the United States Air Force. When Rick is not in front of a computer, he can be found enjoying the New Hampshire outdoors with his two boys.
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.