"Shaping Lives Before Birth and Beyond"

Board and Staff

BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Officers

  • Tessa McDonnell, M.Ed

    President
    Tessa has served on the Board since 2015

    Statement Profession/Employment: Tessa began as a Head Start teacher and holds a master's degree in Early Childhood Education, NH. Tessa has worked five years in public elementary schools with children in grades 1-3 (multi-aged combined classrooms) and in higher education administration at Granite State College for 38 years. Tessa pursues advocacy for children and families on committees and Boards: NHAEYC, Child Care Advisory Committee, Child Development Bureau, SPARK NH. Currently, Tessa is the Senior Lecturer Early Childhood Education at Granite State College.

    Roles on Board (Committees/Offices): Tessa is currently serving as the President of the NHAIMH Board and serves on the Executive Committee.

    Why IMH matters to me: "The formative years for young children are precious. Working with teachers and families, I strive to support the critical roles they play. Ever increasing research on brain development demonstrates the necessity of providing safe, secure and stimulating environments for infants. The more we learn the better we are."

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  • Kristi Hart, BA

    President-Elect
    Kristi has served on the Board since 2018

    Statement Profession/Employment: Kristi is the Home Visiting Program Coordinator with the State of NH Division of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health Section. She also teaches foster care classes through Granite State College to new and experienced NH foster parents.

    Roles on Board (Committees/Offices): Executive Committee, Knowledge and Education Committee

    Why IMH matters to me: Infant Mental Health matters to me because so much of the scaffolding for a person's cognitive and social development, and ultimately their later integration into society, occurs before they can thoughtfully communicate with others. Preverbal neglect and trauma can have such a significant impact on development, and people often assume that because a child can't communicate that they must not be impacted by early negative experiences as drastically as an older child or adult would be. It is important for me to educate others on the importance of the early years in a child's development and advocate for the wellbeing of children when they don't yet have the ability to advocate for themselves or to express their needs to their caregivers.

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  • Maryann Evers, LICSW

    Secretary
    Maryann has served on the Board since 2016

    Statement Profession/Employment: Maryann is the Program Director, Early Childhood Program at Child and Family Services.

    Roles on Board (Committees/Offices): Maryann is currently serving as the Vice President of the NHAIMH Board and serves on the Executive Committee and Knowledge and Education Committee.

    Why IMH matters to me: "I have worked for many years with families who are struggling with poverty, substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health issues and feel strongly that early intervention with families is our greatest hope for helping improve outcomes for our children and for our communities."

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  • Diane Bolduc, M.Ed., LCMHC

    Treasurer
    Diane has served on the Board since 2014

    Statement Profession/Employment: Diane is the Clinical Mental Health Counselor/Regional Director Family Centered Early Supports and Services, Moore Center.

    Roles on Board (Committees/Offices): Diane is currently serving as the Treasurer of the NHAIMH Board and serves on the Executive Committee. Previously, she served as co-chair of the Membership Committee.

    Why IMH matters to me: "Having worked with children and families for all 40+ years of my career, I see the importance of making a difference as early as possible in the life span. Doing so in partnership with the parent(s) increases the benefit of intervention and the likeliness of the benefits lasting beyond the formal therapeutic relationships."

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  • Mary Lavalley, CLC,FSW,BA

    Secretary
    Mary has served on the Board since 2017

    Statement Profession/Employment: Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services, Keene, NH

    Roles on Board (Committees/Offices): Executive Committee, Knowledge and Education Committee Member

    Why IMH matters to me: I am eager to participate in the planning and facilitation of the diversified realms that NHAIMH sets as critical goals through NHAIMH's educational outreach to support the intricate growth of the infant-family dyad in NH communities.

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