Board of Directors

(Old version of the Board page)

The Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Innovation and Creativity Connection (NHICC), is comprised of our volunteer board members and our Executive Director.

Our Mission Statement – NHICC

To empower New Hampshire’s youth to embrace any challenge, and to creatively solve it through perseverance, innovation and collaboration.

Ellie Stetson

Board Chair

Head_Ellie_StetsonEllie Stetson is proud to be a teacher. As a teacher, she loves to see that our children and youth are excited about learning, happy, and successful. She supports their sense of wonder, curiosity and inquisitiveness as life-long learners. She is a graduate of Colby College with a major in Mathematics and has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Recently retired, Ellie is now supervising student teachers from Southern New Hampshire University. Ellie has been involved in Creative Problem Solving and New Hampshire Destination Imagination for more than 15 years as a Team Manager, school and district coordinator, Appraiser, Regional and State Challenge Master, and a member of the Board of Directors. She is currently serving as the chair of the Appraiser Committee, and is a member of the Education and Training Committee.

Diana King

Board Vice-Chair

2017 Diana KingDiana joined the Board in the fall of 2017 after facilitating NHICC’s strategic planning process. As the founder of King Strategies, she delivers consulting services that specialize in translating big picture change into organizational success. Diana brings extensive experience leading training, organizational development, and human resources efforts in both for-profit and not-for-profit industries. She’s partnered with teams across the globe, including an assignment at the American Embassy in Athens, Greece, and had work translated into 11 languages. With an artist mother and a metallurgical engineer father, Diana is very comfortable blending art and science—she holds an accounting degree from Bentley University and an art history degree from Boston College.

Carrie Thompson

Board Member, Secretary

2016FEB CARRIECarrie has been involved with NH-DI and NHICC for 15 years. She is currently a team manager, Regional Director, NHICC Board Secretary, and co-chairs the Outreach Committee. In the past she has served as Gottalikachallenge Camp staff and board Vice President. Carrie works primarily with supporting team managers and coordinators including education, training, and recruitment. Carrie is currently managing her son’s high school DI team. She has been involved in the program for 15 years and 3 children. Outside of NHICC, she is a High School English teacher and enjoys karate, hiking, and playing chief support crew and chauffeur for her son.

Jeannette Fitzgibbons

Board Member, Treasurer

JeannetteJeannette has been active in NH-DI for over 10 years as a Team Manager, Appraiser, and DI parent of 3 children, and has accompanied teams to Global Finals five times. Formerly a mortgage banker and business owner, she now manages commercial real estate. She serves on the fundraising committee, and regularly volunteers, for the nationally known Londonderry High School Marching Band (the Londonderry Lancers), and is Treasurer for BSA Troop 426 in Londonderry. Jeannette also enjoys travelling and spending time with her twins and older daughter. She feels that DI has taught her children new skills, and will continue to open new doors for her children well into their adult lives.

Harvey Black

Board Member

2016FEB HARVEY BLACK1Harvey Black has been involved in education for 48 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Biology) from Keene State College and Masters Science Degree in Biology and School Administration from Rivier College. He has been a high school science teacher for 21 years, a middle school administrator for 13 years, a high school administrator for 5 years, and an Educational consultant for 5 years. He is currently an Educational Coach at CSI charter School and on the Board of Directors for CSI Charter School. Harvey has served as a Team Manager, an Appraiser, a Regional Challenge Master, Affiliate Challenge Master, and has appraised numerous time at Destination Imagination Global Finals. He has worked with International Challenge Masters to write and dissect challenges for the National Organization.  Harvey is currently Chair of the Education and Training Committee, a member of varied committees, and a member of the NHICC Board of Directors. He enjoys seeing the participants learn how to work together, solve challenges and experience success.

Steve Greenwood

Board Member

Steve Greenwood is a retired software engineer, and one of NH-DI’s longest serving volunteers. During the years he has been with NHICC, he has been board chair, treasurer, and secretary.

Steve currently co-chairs our Appraiser and Information Technology committees, and is also a member of the NH-DI Program Board and the Education and Training Committee.

Steve developed the NH-DI Online system that we team and volunteer registration system, and has continued to maintain and enhance it. He has also worked with Destination Imagination’s IT to create the DI Resource Area and Global Finals registration system.

Steve has been one of NH-DI’s Challenge Masters since 2000, and for several years served as Destination Imagination’s International Challenge Master for scoring.

Sandra Hardy

Board Member

2016sep-sandra-hardy-178x192Sandra has been involved with NH-DI for more than 20 years as a Team Parent, Team Manager, Appraiser, Regional Challenge Master, and Affiliate Challenge Master. She has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2008 and has served as Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer and as a member of the Finance, Concession, Appraiser and Outreach Committees. Sandra has volunteered many times at Global Finals as an appraiser and head appraiser and has accompanied teams to Globals twice. A banker for years, she now manages a locally based internet retailer, regularly volunteers for the Town of Milford and the Animal Rescue League of NH, and enjoys gardening and her many pets.

Wayne Kurtzman

Board Member

2016FEB Wayne KurtzmanWayne has been a Team Manager, Appraiser and, as a member of the Board of Directors is responsible for marketing, social and online content for NHICC, including much of the NH-DI photography. He launched social media for Destination Imagination, Inc. and currently volunteers as the photography team lead for Global Finals. Wayne leads the IDC research in the collaboration, social media and experiential practices helping global companies adjust to Digital Transformation. Wayne is an adjunct educator with the University of Tennessee, has writes on social media, analytics, and disruptive technologies – and loves the shiny toys of technology.

Bill O’Connor

Board Member

Bill joined the board in December 2018. He worked for the Gillette Company in Boston for 33 years before his retirement in 2018. For the last 17 years of his career, Bill ran the product design and development department as the Associate Director. The products that Bill’s team developed (including Gillette Fusion and Venus Embrace) have over $4 Billion in annual sales. Bill holds multiple US and international patents on razors, personal care products and writing instruments. He has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from UMass, an MS degree in Manufacturing Engineering and an MBA from Boston University.

Bill has been involved with DI for over 25 years as a Team Manager, Appraiser and as an active member of the Londonderry’s DI Pit Crew. All four of Bill’s children participated in DI when they were growing up, and all of them have been strongly influenced by the skills they learned in the program. As a team manager, Bill has brought teams to Global Finals 18 times, with one team finishing in 2nd place and winning a DaVinci Award at Global Finals.

Frank Phillips

Board Member

2017 Frank PhillipsFrank Phillips is the director of the Defense Systems Engineering Organization at BAE. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Frank has over 28 years’ experience leading, developing and supporting Electronic Systems programs and pursuits at BAE Systems and legacy companies.

Frank has also served as the District Chairman for the Daniel Webster Council of the BSA. He also supports his daughter’s Special Olympics team in Merrimack as a coach and her Challenger Baseball team in Nashua.

He is married to Nanci Phillips and they have two children: Morgan, a “Super Senior” at Merrimack High, and Matthew, a freshman at UNH. His hobbies include his family, and with the remaining time he enjoys computers, computer games, remote control airplanes and drones.

Abby Tucker

Board Member

Abby Tucker is an Associate Attorney at Wadleigh, Starr & Peters, PLLC. Prior to joining the firm in 2016, Abby interned with U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrea Johnstone at the United States District Court, District of New Hampshire, Legal Advice and Referral Center and was a summer intern at Wadleigh.

Before she went to law school, Abby had a long career as a general manager in the leisure and hospitality industry, and oversaw several multi-million dollar accounts and managed over 400 employees.

Dan Whitney

Board Member

2016FEB DAN W2“DI Dan” was first elected to the NHICC Board of Director in July 2005. Dan has been a long-time tournament director, who makes sure that tournaments run smoothly and without a hitch—a feat that he accomplishes with tremendous aplomb. Dan seems to be everywhere at once on tournament days, wearing his signature red sneakers and working with enormous enthusiasm and energy. Dan is our consummate Master-of-Ceremonies, always keeping tournament attendees well informed about everything that is going on, and making sure that every team feels unique and “special” during the awards. Dan has an almost eidetic memory, and is apt to break into song, especially if he needs to improvise during the awards due to an unanticipated delay.