Staff & Board

 

 

Our people make us great! Learn more about the team that keeps Zebra Crossings going.

Staff

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Astrid Wielens

Founder & Executive Director

Astrid has a long history working with youth and families for the American Youth Foundation (AYF). She served AYF for 14 years where she held many positions including Program Director and Site Director. Since 2002, Astrid has been supporting Camp Meridian, a camp for children with a congenital heart defects. A few years later, she was involved in the new partnership between AYF and CHaD at Wentworth Douglass Hospital to develop programs for children with diabetes and their families.  In 2009, she left AYF to start Zebra Crossings. Astrid continues to serve as a member of the AYF Risk Management Committee and serves on the board of Leadership Seacoast. She is a licensed EMT and she volunteers with McGregor Memorial EMS in Durham, NH.

Kimberly Strout

Program Coordinator

Kimberly Strout is a mother of two amazing boys.  She has enjoyed the privilege of being able to wear many hats over the past 25 years.  She designed and directed two before and after school programs, coordinator for camps and recreation community events.  She has helped her local schools as a substitute teacher, as a paraprofessional, lunch and recess monitor, and after school specials leader.  She was an infant and toddler teacher working closely with the families making sure needs were being met as well as being a nanny for a few families.  Sports have played a large part of her life whether it is as a participant, spectator, trainer or coach.  She is currently a Head Varsity high school wrestling coach.  She has been serving Zebra Crossings since 2015 as a program facilitator and coordinator of the youth and family programs.  She is full of energy and lots of laughter.  She is committed to always brings all that and more to the programs ahead.

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Meg Arnold

Administrative Assistant

Meg is currently studying Communications at Purdue Global and has a background in Office Administration and Marketing. She joined the Zebra Crossings team in March of 2020 and supports the organization in many ways from behind the scenes. When she isn’t studying or working Meg enjoys taking long walks with her dog, swimming, camping, and reading anything she can get her hands on.

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Ryan Johnson, M.D.

Volunteer Medical Director

Dr. Ryan Johnson is affiliated with Dover Pediatrics and Wentworth Douglass Hospital. As Zebra Crossings volunteer Medical Director, Ryan provides standing orders and guidance for our medical volunteers and he serves on our Health Network Committee.

Board Members

Are you interested in being part of our mission as a Committee or Board Member? Please contact us! We would like to speak with you and share more about ways you can make a difference in the lives of our kids and families!

Mary Henderson, Chair

AVP – Branch Manager, Bank of New Hampshire – Portsmouth, NH

Mary Henderson joined Bank of New Hampshire in 2016 as a Banking Office Manager. The Bank expanded its footprint with the opening of an office in Portsmouth, where Mary assumed the responsibility of the Office Manager and was instrumental in leading the office to great success. In 2018, Mary was appointed to her current position of Vice President, Regional Team Lead and Manager of the Rochester and Portsmouth offices. In her role as the Regional Lead she oversees the operations of the offices in the Seacoast Region.   

Backed by over 35 years of banking experience, Mary’s commitment to personal service and unwavering dedication to philanthropy, makes her a true asset to Bank of New Hampshire. She unquestionably fulfills the Bank’s mission of enhancing the quality of life in our local community.

During her tenure in the Seacoast area, Mary has been extremely active in the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Board of Directors for 7 years, including 3 years on the Executive Board as Treasurer. She continues to serve on the Rochester Chamber Annual Banquet committee, Holiday Parade Committee and the Annual Summer Raffle committee.  

Mary also served on the Board of Trustees of the Milton Farm Museum for several years in the roles of Treasurer and as the Vice Chair.  

Mary served on the YMCA of Strafford County Board of Directors throughout the transition of locations and served on the Capital Campaign committee which was remarkably successful and funded the construction of the current facility at Ten Rod Road in Rochester.  She served as an original Board Member of the Rochester Main Street program and served on their Capital Campaign, Economic Development and Finance committees. She was recognized in 2007 as New Hampshire Main Street Center Board Member of the Year and was also recognized by Rochester City Mayor for outstanding volunteer work in the community. 

Eileen Sewall, Board Member

Realtor – Keller Williams Realty, Portsmouth, NH

Eileen Sewall moved to Maine upon graduation from Rutgers University and . . .  well . . . why leave?!  She loves this area as much as she loves her career! Real estate transactions involve regulations, contracts, communication skills, local knowledge, and an appreciation for architecture.  A custom fit for Eileen!  Prior to entering the real estate profession, Eileen was a Town Planner in York, Maine; an environmental regulatory manager; and a community outreach professional for Old York Historical Society.  In summary, her varied background has built a diversity of skills she can call upon when guiding her clients.

Eileen loves the history of the Seacoast area and its maritime roots which is visible everywhere in the old houses, lobster boats, and water vistas. As part of a commercial fishing family (lobstermen), she is passionate about the preservation of the environment and fishing stocks.  Eileen considers herself a lifelong learner and enjoys history, museums, reading, and Googling everything for more information!

Eileen loves spending time with her two children, both of whom attended York Schools – a son enrolled at Maine Maritime Academy and a daughter who will be attending Culinary Institute of America starting in Fall 2020.

Karen Niland, Vice-Chair

Lecturer , Nursing Department

University of New Hampshire – Durham, NH

Karen Niland is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in Obstetric, Pediatric, Family and Reproductive Health.  She is a lecturer in the Nursing Department at the University of New Hampshire and the Faculty Advisor for the UNH Student Nursing Organization.

Karen has a long history as a passionate community volunteer including director and founding board member of Oyster River Parents and Preschoolers; a community enrichment, recreation and social organization. She has been the Curriculum Enrichment Chair at Moharimet School for 5 years establishing two favorite school activities: the annual Moharimet Pumpkin Stroll and creation of the Moharimet Pumpkin Patch.

Karen resides in Madbury, NH with her husband Keven, and their two middle-school children: Spencer and Phoebe, Speedy the turtle, and a lively flock of chickens. The Niland family loves to have fun outside: camping, fishing, lobstering, hunting, skiing, gardening, maple sugaring and hiking.

Lori Reil, Secretary

Relationship Manager – ADP Comprehensive Services  

Lori is the Relationship Manager at ADP Comprehensive Services. Prior this role, she was the NH Regional Sales Manager for Bangor Payroll, a division of Bangor Savings Bank. She has spent over 20 years working with clients to help keep them compliant in all areas of Payroll & HR.

Lori became interested in the work that we do here at Zebra Crossings when we became a recipient of the Bangor Savings Community Matters More Grant!  She feels strongly about providing a fun and safe camp experience to those children who need special medical attention and might not otherwise get the opportunity! Lori resides in North Conway NH with her husband Steve and has two grown children Allie & Andrew, a dog Kodi, and a cat named Stuart Little.

Debora Coutinho, Treasurer

Global Practice Leader, Client Executive, Chubb Insurance – Boston, MA

Debora has been an insurance professional for over 30 years.  She joined Chubb 1996 as an account executive working jointly with the Property and Casualty underwriting team in providing insurance services to Fortune 500 and 1000 US –based multinationals. In 2011, she expanded her role and focused on establishing and growing a team dedicated to international clients. She now leads 11 global teams that provide best-in-class service to corporate multinational clients in over 80 countries outside the US and Canada.

Throughout her tenure at Chubb, Debora has supported many local and Boston –based organizations dedicated to serving the community including Zebra Crossings, Cradles to Crayons, Boston Food Bank, Pine Street Inn, Habitat for Humanity, MSPCA, The Pan Mass Challenge, Women’s Lunch Place, Dress for Success Boston, Rosie’s Place, More Than Words  and Project Hope.

Debora has been a resident of the Seacoast for 23 years, and now lives in Portsmouth. She currently serves as President of the Board for the McIntosh Condo Association in Portsmouth and has been in that role for three years. She loves spending time with her family and friends, loves music, animals, reading and nature. She is now tackling learning to play guitar. Her personal philosophy is to live and work each day with purpose and to give back to her community whenever she can.

Advisory Committee Members:

Sabrina Beavens, Esq. – Upton & Hatfield, Concord

Lisa Waller, P.A. – Mass General Hospital, Boston

Development Committee:

Debora Coutinho – Board Member

Mary Henderson  – Chair and Board Liaison

Lori Reil -Board Member

Board Development Committee:

Karen Niland – Chair and Board Liaison

Marketing Committee:

Christina Hartshorn – Pearson

Mariah Morgan – Stout Heart, Portsmouth

Anastasia Rjevskaia – Bonney Staffing, Dover

Ryan Wesson – Dover

Health Network Committee:

Ryan Johnson, MD  – Dover Pediatrics, Dover – Medical Director

Maria Butler, RN – Belknap-Merrimack Head Start/Early Head Start/Child Care, Concord

Finola Cox, PA  – Wentworth Health Partners Adult & Children’s Medicine, Dover

Kristen Rice, RN, CDE  – Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston

Tracy Schroeder, RN  – Retired School Nurse, Madbury

Special Events Team:

Eileen Sewall – Board Liaison

Kim Wesson – Dover, NH

Beverly Hodsdon – Joyce Design Solutions, Exeter, NH

Nick Griffin – Bottomline Technologies, Portsmouth, NH

Diana Pelletier – Oyster River School District, Durham, NH

Contact Us if you are interested in serving on Zebra Crossings Board of Directors or one of our committees.

Volunteer With Us

We rely on volunteers to help run our programs. We are always looking for great folks to donate their time. screened and trained to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our participants.

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