Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

We benefit from the generous service of our Board of Directors. We are committed to a Board that is representative of the diverse communities we serve, reflecting the socioeconomic, ethnic, geographic and disability diversity of New Hampshire.

To achieve this, one third (1/3) of our Board members must be people with disabilities or family members of people with disabilities, and one fourth (1/4) of our Board members must be attorneys.

Our Board of Directors meets every other month on the third Monday from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.  The Board usually meets in-person at our office in Concord but due to COVID-19, meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice.

2023-2024 Meeting Dates

September 18, 2023
November 20, 2023
January 22, 2024
March 18, 2024
May 20, 2024
July 15, 2024
September 16, 2024
November 18, 2024

DRC-NH Board of Directors Responsibilities and Expectations

Meet Our Board of Directors

Snapshot of Irene in glasses smiling and wearing a black t-shirt with white lettering 'Protect black & brown women's mental health'.

Irene Bucken

Irene is a Family Worker at Head Start Nashua where she helps parents navigate the special education system and connect with community resources that address their own mental and physical disabilities. Irene’s personal experience with mental illness led her to connect with local organizations such as the Nashua chapters of NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) and DBSA (Depression Bipolar Support Alliance). Irene is interested in how the intersection of race and socioeconomic status affects people with disabilities and is dedicated to addressing ableism in all its forms professionally and personally. Irene has her BA in Sociology and Government from Connecticut College and lives in Massachusetts.

Katie Epstein Head ShotKatie Epstein

As a person with a disability, Katie Epstein often draws on her personal experience when advocating for disability rights. Katie works as a Direct Support Professional and is a 2010 graduate of the IOD Leadership program. Katie has a special education degree from Granite State College and recently completed her term as the Vice-Chair of the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities. Katie lives in Epping.

Daniel, a man with light skin tone and gray hair, is pictured against a vibrant blue sky.Daniel Frye

Daniel Frye is a disability policy consultant, motivational speaker, professional coach, and certified mediator.

Among other things, Daniel served as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, President Elect of the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind, and worked for the Rehabilitation Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Education.  From July 2019 to February 2023 he served as the Administrator of Services for the Blind and Vision Impaired, within the New Hampshire Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, NH. Department of Education.

Currently, Daniel is the Director of Employment and Professional Development Programs with the National Federation of the Blind. Daniel received his BA in History and Government at Erskine College and his J.D. from the University of Washington, School of Law.

Dan sitting at table with art behind him.

Daniel Goldstein

Attorney Daniel Goldstein recently retired from a remarkable career with the Baltimore, Maryland law firm of Brown, Goldstein & Levy. For several decades, Dan’s disability law work concentrated on increasing the accessibility of digital content and devices, including ATMs, voting machines, accessible absentee ballots, websites, e-readers, kiosks, educational software and instructional technology.  He worked with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) to reach agreements with some of the country’s most well-known companies and universities including Apple, Amazon, Target, Penn State, and Florida State University.

At the time of his retirement, settlement was nearly complete in a lawsuit for blind prisoners against the Maryland correctional system, ensuring that blind prisoners learn independent cane travel, need no longer depend on sighted prisoners to file grievances or other forms, and can fully participate in work and educational programs.

Dan is the recipient of the NFB’s Kenneth Jernigan Award for his contributions to the blindness community and the American Bar Association’s Paul Hearne Award for Disability Rights Advocacy (together with Marc Maurer, then President of the NFB).

Jules standing outside against a yellow doorJuliana Good

Juliana is the founder and consulting lead of Neighborhood Access. Jules is a late-Deaf entrepreneur with a passion for leveraging design, community, and talent to create more accessible neighborhoods. They are finishing their Master in Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. Jules has worked on a wide variety of projects, including diversifying graduate schools with the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, building a youth entrepreneurship curriculum with the UNH Sustainability Institute, running tech support for the Crip Camp documentary team’s summer discussion events, and training Black Lives Matter organizers on protest accessibility. Jules lives in Barrington NH.

Snap shot of Dan smiling.Daniel Hebert, Chair

Daniel received his BS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has been a software engineer at IBM since 2006. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys developing accessible technology and the planning/execution of accessible world travel. He continues to work as an advocate for persons with disabilities in nonprofit and state-level settings.

Megan smiles at the camera in a professional headshot. She has light skin tone, dark hair, and is wearing rust colored shirt and black suitcoat.Megan Henly

Megan is a social science researcher at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability (IOD) where she studies the health, employment, and community living characteristics of the population with disabilities. She also administers a public health program designed to reduce health disparities for those with mobility and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities in our state. Megan received her M.S. in survey methodology from the University of Maryland-College Park and her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in Nottingham with her spouse and three children.

Headshot of Ben KingBen King, Treasurer

Benjamin T. King is a partner in the Concord, New Hampshire, law firm Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C.  He focuses his practice on employee rights litigation, personal injury litigation, and workers’ compensation.   Ben’s peers have rated him among the top 5% of attorneys in New England in representing employees in employee rights litigation, continuously since 2014.   New Hampshire Magazine has ranked him among the best attorneys in the State in representing injured workers in workers’ compensation cases. Ben frequently lectures at continuing legal education seminars educating New Hampshire attorneys and human resource professionals on State and Federal employment laws.

Ben is the current President of the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, and a Past President of the New Hampshire Association for Justice, as well as a current member of its Board of Governors.

In his spare time, Ben enjoys writing freelance columns in the Concord Monitor on topics like restaurant kiosks, hotel resort fees, and what not to do in Concord in a snow emergency. Ben graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia School of Law.   He resides in Concord, New Hampshire.

A picture of Sarah Parsons wearing glasses and a purple sweater.Sarah Parsons

Dr. Sarah Parsons earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership with a concentration in higher education administration from Plymouth State University.  Her dissertation focused on the question of what autistic students identify as barriers to their successful completion of a college degree. Sara is a passionate advocate for the creation of inclusive and accessible environments in schools and communities so that people living with disabilities can engage in their environments without barriers. Her goal is to create a more accessible and inclusive environment in higher education.

Sarah currently works at Plymouth State as an instructor in Composition, Critical Thinking, and Special Education and as an advisor in the support program for at-risk students.  Sarah and her wife live in Madison, NH with their two daughters.

Casual profile of Kirk laughing. He has light skin tone and short graying hair with a short mustache and beard. Kirk Simoneau, Vice Chair

Known for always wearing red shoes and a seemingly carefree demeanor, Kirk came to the practice of law for very specific and serious reasons. In 2003, he was the sole eye-witness to a hit-and-run drunk driver killing his pedestrian father.  Unhappy with how the legal system treated his family as just the “next case” on the docket, Kirk became a lawyer to help those harmed, as his family was harmed, with personal understanding and caring, leaving behind a budding career as a comedian and writer.  Kirk tries to treat every client like a person not a “case.”

As the child of two Deaf parents and having a neurological disability himself, which is why Kirk is always wearing those red sneakers, to protect himself from further pain, Kirk is deeply committed to aiding the disabled and downtrodden, both professionally and personally.

An experienced trial attorney, Kirk is a graduate of the UNH School of Law’s Daniel Webster Scholar Program.  In addition to his own legal practice, Kirk also teaches law at his alma mater.

Ellen smiling while sitting outside. She has short hair with glasses and is wearing a purple checkered shirt. Ellen Tavino

Ellen’s personal experience with mental illness, PTSD, and epilepsy guides and inspires her work as a Team Leader at a Peer Support Center. Ellen challenges us all to look beyond a person’s diagnosis and, as a certified WRAP facilitator and certified in Intentional Peer Support, she focuses on empowering those she works with to live lives filled with purpose and meaning. Ellen holds a degree in Behavior Sciences, with a focus on special education and lives in Berlin.