Our Board of Directors meets every other month on the third Monday from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at our office in Concord.
2019 Meeting Dates
January 28, 2019*
March 18, 2019
May 20, 2019
July 15, 2019
September 16, 2019
November 18, 2019
Meet Our Board of Directors
Kathy Bates is a teacher, advocate, and a writer. After receiving her BA degree in Elementary Education from St. Andrews University in North Carolina, she began her teaching career. Kathy has worked extensively with both children and adults, with disabilities. She believes in everyone’s right to full citizenship and envisions a future where disability is seen as just another form of diversity. She lives in Somersworth. Read Kathy’s writing at https://iod.unh.edu/iod-blog.
Judith is an attorney specializing in disability, estate planning, public benefits and elder law. Her training and affiliation with special needs trust planners enables her to assist clients in planning for the future care of individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities by tailoring estate plans and public benefits eligibility to ensure long-term financial security for their loved ones. She received her BA from Rhode Island College and her J.D. from UNH School of Law. She lives and works in Manchester, NH.
Dellie Champagne, Secretary
Dellie is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative. Her passion for mental health awareness comes mostly from her lived experience. Her son lives with Schizoaffective Disorder and Dellie has advocated for his needs from the onset. Dellie received her BA in Sociology and her M.Ed. in Education from the University of New Hampshire. She is currently working on another Master’s Degree in Human Services. She lives in Concord.
Lisa DiMartino, Chair
Lisa DiMartino is a disability rights advocate understands the needs of people with disabilities across New Hampshire through her experiences as a person with chronic health issues, parent of a son with autism and other disabilities and daughter of a mother with mental illness. A former NH State Representative, Lisa received her BS in Early Childhood Education from Rhode Island College. Lisa lives in Gilford.
Darlene Gildersleeve is the mother of three children, ages 2, 13 and 19. Her two older children have significant mental health needs. She is an advocate for families, using the knowledge that she gained through lived experience to help other families learn to advocate for themselves. Darlene speaks regularly about the mental health needs of her children and gaps in the system of care for children’s mental health. She has a degree in business from SNHU. Darlene lives in Hopkinton.
Melissa Mandrell, Treasurer
Melissa Mandrell is a social worker whose projects currently focus on supporting access to person-centered long-term care options for individuals with disabilities and/or who age into disabilities at the Institute on Disability, a program of the University of New Hampshire and New Hampshire’s UCED. Throughout her career as a social worker Melissa has been committed to the social work mission of “promoting the responsiveness of organizations, communities and other social institutions to individuals’ needs and social problems.” Serving on the DRC-NH Board is an opportunity to further that goal by assuring that people with disabilities do not experience discrimination. Melissa received her MSS and MLSP from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College. She lives in Concord.
Anne Rice is an attorney whose practice focuses on the integration and coordination of employment law with personal injury, Workers’ Compensation, Social Security, discrimination and disability law with an aim toward maximizing benefits, coverage, and outcome for those with serious injuries or disabling conditions. Anne’s passion for her work is strong and her roots in NH run deep. Anne grew up on the Seacoast of New Hampshire before heading off to the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business for her undergraduate degrees. Thereafter she received her Juris doctorate from the University of Connecticut before returning to the lakes region, where she has lived and worked for over 20 years.
John Tobin, Vice Chair
John Tobin is an attorney who served for over 38 years as a staff attorney and as then as the Executive Director of NH Legal Assistance. He retired in 2014 and now advises legal services organizations across the country on management, planning, and leadership. He also advocates for school funding equity and property tax reform in New Hampshire. John received his AB from Hamilton College and his J.D. from Cornell Law School. John lives in Concord.