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 bring all that and more to the programs ahead.

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Meg Arnold

Administrative Coordinator

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, Vice-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, 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.

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. 

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  – Board Liaison

Tim Guen -Board Member

Marketing Committee:

Christina Hartshorn – Pearson

Anastasia Rjevskaia – Bonney Staffing, Dover

Ryan Wesson – Wanderlust Marketing, Dover

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

Tracy Schroeder, RN  – Retired School Nurse, Madbury

Special Events Team:

Eileen Sewall – Board Liaison

Beverly Hodsdon – Board Liaison

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 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

“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

“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

“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

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

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