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. Can’t get enough DI? Try it in the summer! Gottalikachallenge is one of the oldest creativity camps in the nation.
  • Scholarships. Each year, NHICC awards scholarships to selected graduating high school seniors.

If you would like to learn more about our organization, please take a look our 2018 Annual Report.

Key Contacts

Nearly all of the people listed below are volunteers. Most of them prefer e-mail 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 @nh-di.orgPhoneResponsible For
Anna MaenhoutAnna.Maenhout868-2140 x700Executive Director
Ellie StetsonEllie.Stetson868-2140 x704NHICC Board Chair
Melinda SinesMelinda.Sines868-2140 x707DI Program Co-Manager
Lisa GowernLisa.Gowern868-2140 x708DI Program Co-Manager
Wayne KurtzmanWayne.Kurtzman434-0974Media PR
Lou McKennaLou.McKenna868-2140 x711Camp Director

NH Affiliate Challenge Masters (ACMs)

Have a question about your Challenge? Email these individuals who volunteer their time as the people who lead their respective Challenge in New Hampshire. Please include your team, school and contact information.

Escape ArtistsJenna Caputojenna.caputo@nhicc.org
Game OnSandra Hardysandra.hardy@nhicc.org
Heads UpBruce Campbellcampbell14@roadrunner.com
Heads UpEdward Koonzedkz@comcast.net
Instant ChallengeDaniel Whitneydan.whitney@nh-di.org
Instant ChallengeJane Welchjane.welch@att.net
Medical MysteryEllie Stetsonellie.stetson@nhicc.org
Medical MysterySteve Gilvarsteve.gilvar@nhicc.org
Monster EffectsBryce Broadhurstbryce.broadhurst@nh-di.org
Monster EffectsHarvey Blackharvey.black@nh-di.org
Monster EffectsRichard Haskinsric.haskins@nhicc.com
On TargetSharon Lewandowskishazzielew@yahoo.com
On TargetSteve Greenwoodsteve.greenwood@nh-di.org
Pop UpEileen McDonaldemcdonald@sau15.net
Pop UpJason Kittredgejkittredge@gmail.com

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
Sandra Hardysandra.hardy
Diana King (Vice-Chair)diana.king
Wayne Kurtzmanwayne.kurtzman
Bill O'Connorbill.oconnor
Frank Phillipsfrank.phillips
Craig Richardsoncraig.richardson
Jamie Saucierjamie.saucier
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.
Jamie SaucierDirector of School District Engagement at Reaching Higher New Hampshire; founder, chair and developer of the Voices of the (603) A cappella Festival; co-chair of NH Citizens for the Arts.
Jill SchoonmakerRetired Executive Director of NHICC and Affiliate Director for NH Destination Imagination.