The New Hampshire Innovation and Creativity Connection, or NHICC, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering teamwork, creative problem solving, and innovation in New Hampshire. Working with students from preschool through college, NHICC sponsors multiple programs to help New Hampshire’s youth become the leaders and innovators of the future:

  • New Hampshire Destination Imagination.  Destination Imagination® (DI) is one of the most popular extracurricular school activities in New Hampshire, with about 2,000 student participants each year from schools and community-based organizations around the state. Since its inception in 1982, New Hampshire Destination Imagination has had over 120,000 New Hampshire students in its creative problem solving programs.
  • Camp Gottalikachallenge. We run one of the oldest creativity camps in the nation. Every summer, we welcome campers from all over the world to a week of summer camp fun at a variety of sites around New Hampshire.
  • Girls Engineering the Future is a new residential camp created by the New Hampshire Innovation and Creativity Connection, FIRST®, Destination Imagination®, and the University of New Hampshire to provide an adventure designed to bolster the self-confidence, lift the spirit, and engage the minds of young women.
  • Scholarships. Each year, NHICC awards scholarships to selected graduating high school seniors.

Please visit the main NHICC website to learn more about our organization and its programs..

Key Contacts

Nearly all of the people listed below are volunteers. Most of them prefer email instead of being called at home in the evening, and when calling in the evening, it would be better to place your call before 9 PM.

NameE-mail @nhicc.orgPhoneResponsible For
Ellie StetsonEllie.Stetson868-2140 x704NHICC Board Chair
Craig RichardsonCraig.Richardson868-2140 x701NHICC Executive Director
DI Affiliate Co-Director
Sandra HardySandra.Hardy868-2140 x702DI Affiliate Co-Director
NH-DI Program Board Chair
Anna MaenhoutAnna.Maenhout868-2140 x700Girls Engineering the Future Program Director
Melinda SinesMelinda.Sines868-2140 x707Merchandising Director
Lisa GowernLisa.Gowern868-2140 x708Events Manager
Wayne KurtzmanWayne.Kurtzman434-0974Media PR
Lou McKennaLou.McKenna868-2140 x711Camp Director

NHICC Board of Directors

Click here for profiles of the members of our Board of Directors.

Board MemberEmail @nhicc.org
Harvey Blackharvey.black
Jeannette Fitzgibbons (Treasurer)jeannette.fitzgibbons
Steve Greenwoodsteve.greenwood
Sandra Hardysandra.hardy
Diana King (Vice-Chair)diana.king
Wayne Kurtzmanwayne.kurtzman
Bill O'Connorbill.oconnor
Frank Phillipsfrank.phillips
Ellie Stetson (Chair)ellie.stetson
Carrie Thompson (Secretary)carrie.thompson
Abby Tuckerabby.tucker
Dan Whitneydan.whitney

NHICC Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a group of educational, business, and community leaders who have agreed to contribute their expertise to help establish goals, to suggest new ideas, and to act as outside ambassadors for our organization.

Click here for profiles of the members of our Advisory Council.

Council MemberAdditional Information
Fred BramantePresident of the National Center for Competency-Based Learning, and former Chair of the New Hampshire Board of Education.
Anat EshedFormer MIT researcher, staff member at a nonprofit working to improve educational outcomes for students.
Angela FossAssociate Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at Southern New Hampshire University.
Lynn Murray-ChandlerAssociate Professor / Director of Center for Teaching and Learning at Southern New Hampshire University.
Brady SadlerEVP, Growth & Innovation at the marketing firm GYK Antler.
Jill SchoonmakerRetired Executive Director of NHICC and Affiliate Director for NH Destination Imagination.