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Gerald WalshFor over 20-years, Gerald C. Walsh has worked in both the public and private sector of property management, project management, and real estate development. Working with organizations such as the Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority, IRM and MB Management Companies and as the Chief Operations Officer of Alliance Asset Management, Gerald’s work in for-profit and non-profit organizations has been praised by governing agencies for his exemplary dedication.

Gerald’s management style was quickly accepted in his 2017 arrival at Southern New Hampshire Services, in his role as the Fuel Assistance Program Director with colleagues, managing partners, and clients. His passion for assisting those in need of fuel, electric, and crisis management assistance as well as making positive customer service a cornerstone of the agency’s Energy programs has been amongst his primary focus since joining community action.

Previously Gerald served at the Granite State Managers Association (GSMA) as president from 2015-2017, and presently holds his C10P (Certified Credit Compliance Professional) Certification in LIHTC (Low Income Housing Tax Credit) Compliance, serves as the SNHS representative for the Neighbor Helping Neighbor board of directors and is a member of the town of Henniker Music Committee.

Sarah VanderhoofSarah Vanderhoof has worked for Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc. since 2006.  She holds a BA in Science of Health from Wheaton College, a BS in Health Science with a nutrition focus from Keene State College, and an MS in Management with a focus on Health Care Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.  Sarah is a registered and licensed dietitian in the state of New Hampshire, having completed her dietetic internship through the program at Keene State College.  In addition to her degrees, she holds certificates in the areas of Child and Adolescent Weight Management, allergic diseases, and ServSafe.  Soon after starting out at SNHS as the Nutrition Manager for the Child Development program, Sarah switched to the role of Health & Nutrition Services Specialist, and became the Child Development Director in 2018.  Through the years Sarah has been involved in various workgroups and initiatives in the state including work on the NH Health & Equity Partnership, the Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data Workgroup; the NH COPD State Plan Initiative; Let’s Grow! New Hampshire; Child Care Advisory Committee Safety & Health Subgroup; the Nashua Lead Action Committee; and the Oral Health Advisory Committee. 
Debra SevignyDebra Sevigny received her B.A. in Social Services from the University of New Hampshire in 1988, and after a couple of years in the private sector, went to work at York County Community Action.  She had various roles there, including Outreach Worker and Fair Housing Initiatives Coordinator.  In 1995, Deb’s career with Southern New Hampshire Services began when she was hired to open and manage a new elderly housing site in Rochester.  As the agency’s portfolio of elderly housing sites grew, so did Deb’s comfort level and experience in dealing with HUD and all of the requirements that go with managing these properties, and in 1999 she was named Housing Director for SNHS.  In this role Deb is responsible for the overall operation of 30 housing sites, including four Low Income Housing Tax Credit Properties.  A critical component of this is ensuring that all of the housing managers are up to date with the latest Fair Housing standards and HUD regulations affecting elderly housing.  Her professional certifications include LIHTC Credit Compliance Professional and Certified Occupancy Specialist.

In addition to her career of serving the housing needs of low-income elderly, which she loves, Deb’s passion is animals and their welfare.  She has a soft spot for animals and has been involved for many years with animal rescue. She currently sits on various Animal Welfare Boards.     

Gregory SchneiderBorn in Ohio and raised in Exeter, NH, Greg Schneider came to Manchester in 1980 and began his career in social services when he was hired by New Horizons for New Hampshire as the Coordinator for the soup kitchen it had just started.  After four years with New Horizons he worked for NH Catholic Charities as the first Director of the NH Food Bank.  This was followed by several years as a Product Manager for Amoskeag Bank Shares, and in 1990 he returned to New Horizons as Executive Director.  In this position, he was responsible for managing the organization, which at that time operated the state’s largest emergency shelter and a food pantry, along with the soup kitchen.  Leaving social services for a time in 1996, Greg established a private massage therapy practice, and came to Southern New Hampshire Services in 2002.  Starting as the Multi-Cultural Services Director, Greg is currently the Planning and Grants Management Director.  He became a Certified Community Action Professional in 2008.

Matt RussellMatt Russell has been a part of New Hampshire’s workforce development efforts since 2008 and he began his tenure with Southern New Hampshire Services in 2011.  Prior to joining the SNHS team, Matt worked in conjunction with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Special Education Departments at several high schools within the southern New Hampshire region.  Together they were able to successfully establish programs designed to help students develop appropriate career paths, improve their overall employability and begin the process for successful transition to the adult services that many were eligible for. 

Matt’s first role at SNHS was with the Workplace Success Program, where he worked as a Program Coordinator in the Manchester office.  During this time he was able to establish a great working relationship with his counterparts in the New Hampshire Employment Program (NHEP) and from there we he went on to become the NHEP Field Operations Manager.  Eventually, Matt returned to the program where it all started and became the Regional Program Manager for Workplace Success.  Matt was invited to join the SNHS Emerging Leaders initiative where he was able to work with some of the agencies most talented and experienced staff.   In the spring of 2017, Matt was named the WIOA Statewide Program Administrator.  He and his team are currently working hard to enhance the skills of each participant served in the WIOA program; in an effort to provide the businesses of New Hampshire with the highly qualified workers they need to remain competitive. 

Matt resides in Manchester, NH with his wife and two young children.  He and his family have a great appreciation for the outdoors and all of the remarkable destinations New Hampshire has to offer.  When he is not working, you can find him and his family exploring all corners of the state.  

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