Staff & Board

 

 

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

Staff

Aric Morrison

Executive Director

Aric H. Morrison walked away from his professional career to pursue what he refers to as being his “greater purpose.” After fifteen years as a senior-level business professional for several fortune 100 global corporations, he followed his dream and became an author, speaker, writer, and nationally certified adversity coach.

Aric founded Adversity Rockstar, LLC, which is his branded platform to tie his services together when referencing all things having to do with adversity, both personally and professionally (Speaking, Writing, Coaching, Workshops). He also has a second business Deep Water Mentor Coaching LLC. Here he helps families of critically ill children navigate the changes associated with their adversity.

Being the parent to a critically ill, special needs, disabled child has changed his life. After almost losing his boy to cancer, Aric began to re-evaluate where he was in life both personally and professionally. Following his passion to share his story, his life, his journey; Aric began sharing it on, stages, television, various radio appearances and podcasts across the country.  And… he has never looked back.

Curtis Hines

Program Director

Curtis Hines comes to us from the summer camp world, previously serving as the assistant director of Windsor Mountain. Curtis loves being outdoors, playing with children, and building community. You might find him walking his dog on Hampton beach, hiking the trails of Pawtuckaway state park, or eating delicious food in downtown Portsmouth. Curtis is excited to serve the Zebra Crossings community and can’t wait to see you at one of our programs!

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Meg Arnold

Administrative Coordinator

Meg is currently studying Human Services 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!

Eileen Sewall, Chair

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.

Beverly Hodsdon, Vice-Chair & Secretary

Joyce Design Solutions

Ms. Hodsdon has more than 30 years of design experience working with academic, non-profit, and corporate publications. Joyce Design Solutions is in it’s 27th year of business. Based in Exeter, New Hampshire, the company focuses on academic institutions, fundraising/advancement, non-profits and small businesses. The firm has won numerous awards.

Beverly, a native of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, holds a B.S. in Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University. In addition to Joyce Design Solutions, Ms. Hodsdon also worked for the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce from 2011-2013 as the Membership & Business Programs Manager. She served for 16 years on the Richie McFarland Children’s Center Board of Directors (Development Committee Chair, Events Committee Chair, Secretary, President) and donates all design work for the Best Buddies New Hampshire Program.

She is excited to join the Zebra Crossings Board of Directors in September 2020. She also served as a parent liaison on the Next Steps Grant Committee and is co-founder of the Parents Partnering in Transition Group at Exeter High School. Ms. Hodsdon is also an adjunct faculty member at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, NH and the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. She is an avid NASCAR fan, gardener and competitive team tennis player. She resides in Exeter, NH with her husband Mark, and together they have four children.

Ryan Levasseur, Board Member

Financial Consultant, The Beacon Retirement Group

Ryan Levasseur is a financial consultant with The Beacon Retirement Group in Dover, NH. Prior to starting a career in financial services he spent 10 years as a special educator and private music instructor.

He was first introduced to Zebra Crossings in 2012 while working with Astrid and Sheila to create a drum circle for the holiday float. After a number of years away from the organization, he is thrilled to have the time to re-commit to ZC.

Ryan spends his free time hanging out with his wife Enslin, daughter Adeleine, and their two cats Gus and Ramona.

Tim Guen, Board Member

Branding Matters  

Tim Guen is the Principal of Branding Matters, a branding and marketing strategy consultancy.   Over the course of his career, Tim has held leadership positions in many different organizations ranging from large multi-national corporations (Procter & Gamble, Mars Inc., Irving Oil) to small entrepreneurial companies.   He strongly advocates Peter Drucker’s wise counsel that “businesses have only two functions – marketing and innovation” and has built a consulting practice on these pillars for the last 10 years.  Reflective of his teaching style, Tim has served as adjunct faculty in the Marketing Communications department at Emerson College and been a guest lecturer at several Higher Ed institutions in the Boston area.  

Since moving to New Hampshire in 2003, Tim has worked with many non-profit organizations including RiverWoods (two-term Board of Trustees) and the Children’s Museum of NH (Board of Directors). As a consultant he has recently worked with the Dover Adult Learning Center, Land For Good, and the Asian-American Civic Association.

Tim is a graduate of Bowdoin College with an executive MBA certificate from Babson. 

Candy O’Toole, Board Member

Perioperative Department Nurse, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Candy has been a critical care and peri anesthesia nurse for 35+ years. Currently, working in the Perioperative department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Candy spent her first 29 years at BWH in the Burn, Trauma and Surgical ICU. She was also deployed to the COVID ICU’s during the first peak of the pandemic. She is a strong patient advocate, a mentor and resource to other RN’s in the PACU. Candy assists a diverse and varied patient population during acute and life changing illnesses.

Candy moved up to Chester, NH in 2002. She and her husband moved to Exeter in 2016 after the youngest of five children graduated from High school. The seacoast is fabulous, great cycling, running, kayaking and close to hiking in the mountains. An avid athlete, Candy has completed 25 marathons and 2 Ironman Distance Triathlons.

Now, taking a hiatus from long distance training, Candy looks forward to serving on the Board of Zebra Crossings. Although she is new to serving on nonprofit boards, Candy brings a strong medical background and an astute perspective of families confronting medical crises. Candy is a graduate of University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she earned her BA in political Science. She then received her Diploma in Nursing from Newton Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing.

Mary Henderson, Board Member

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. 

Sarah Tremblay, Board Member

Portfolio Manager at AmeriCorps

Sarah grew up in northern New Hampshire, received her BA in anthropology at Franklin Pierce University, and moved to the Seacoast after graduating to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA at United Way of the Greater Seacoast.  After her year of service she was hired by the parent organization, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, where she spent seven years holding various leadership roles primarily focused on volunteer engagement, fundraising, and board development.

Sarah recently returned to her roots and is working for AmeriCorps as a Portfolio Manager on their Northeast Team where she is the relationship, partnership, and grant manager for approximately 30 federal grants for AmeriCorps programs in the state of New York.  She is also currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at UNH.

Sarah lives in Dover, NH where she enjoys volunteering for local nonprofits, canvassing for local/state/national campaigns, traveling and backpacking, going to concerts, baking, reading, and watching way too much television.

Ken Schleicher, Treasurer

Ken Schleicher is a Connecticut native who moved to Salem, MA in the early 1980’s and finally transitioned to Exeter, NH twenty-four years ago.  Ken has been married for 39 years and has two sons in their twenties (and two dogs).  He enjoys mountain biking, motorcycles, golf, tennis, skiing and pretty much anything outdoors.  He especially loved being involved with school programs for his two sons from Grammar through High School and looks forward to becoming involved in the Zebra Crossings programs.  While Ken has spent time helping other non-profit organizations, specifically the United Way, Destination Imagination, Hobb’s House in Hampton and Executive Service Corps, he now has the flexibility to join the Board of Zebra Crossings as our newest Board member.

Ken’s background is in accounting and finance.  He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in Business degree and he subsequently obtained his MBA from Boston College.  During the last three+ decades, Ken has been a Senior Director of Finance for Lechmere (a major east coast retailer through the early 90’s), Assistant Controller for The Timberland Co. and currently (and happily) self employed as a finance and accounting consultant. 

Advisory Committee Members:

Sabrina Beavens, Esq. – Shaheen & Gordon

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

Development Committee:

Beverly Hodsdon – Committee Chair

Mary Henderson  – Board Liaison

Ryan Levasseur – Board Member

Sarah Tremblay – Board Member

Marketing Committee:

Tim Guen – Committee Chair

Anastasia Rjevskaia – Bonney Staffing, Dover

Ryan Wesson – Wanderlust Marketing, Dover

Program & Health Network Committee:

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

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

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

Special Events Team:

Candy O’Toole – Board Liaison

Erica Place – Kennebunk Savings Bank, Eliot, ME

Nick Griffin – Bottomline Technologies, Portsmouth, 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.

“Zebra Crossings is a fun place where you can go and feel safe because they understand how you feel. You get to express yourself and experience all kinds of things and nothing holds you back.”

- Luke, age 10

“Zebra Crossings has given my children a power they never would have learned to unleash. Here, they feel accepted, encouraged and understood. They are taught that what they believe to be their inadequacies, can really be the fire that burns inside of them and makes them a stronger, more courageous, and joyous person. Truly, Zebra Crossings has changed our lives for the better.”

- Thaia Katsos

“It is an amazing experience to not feel alone in the world. To meet and share some wonderful kid stories has given me and my family so much hope for the future”

- Family Camp Parent

“Before camp my son was embarrassed to go to the nurse. He wouldn’t take meds before gym, and then tried to hide his asthma symptoms and chest/lung pain.” Since camp, my son has been willing to take albuterol before gym class, has been more confident and willing to participate in groups with active outdoor activities.”

- Asthma Camp Parent

“I am not sure there are many places where there are such kind, caring people.  It is also a place where others have chronic illnesses, some the same as yours.  It makes it a lot of fun to just talk and relate to someone that you can’t necessarily do at school.”

- Teen participant

The efforts of Zebra Crossings are supported by our generous sponsors, both individual and business. Want to join the ranks?

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