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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Judy Gove

President

Judy is the Vice President of Business and Government Relations at New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC). She holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Granite State College. Judy is responsible for government relations activities including influencing key local, state and federal legislation impacting NHEC and communicating NHEC issues to legislators and other key political leaders. She is also responsible for NHEC’s innovative product and service development including energy efficiency and renewable energy programs as well as overall economic development functions. Judy joined the NHEDA Board in 2009.

Glenn Coppelman

Vice-President

Glenn is Senior Economic Development Planner for North Country Council, and a Community & Economic Development Advisor working with communities, non-profits and businesses in the areas of planning, economic development, grant writing and strategic initiatives. He was previously the Economic Development Director for Community Development Finance Authority. Mr. Coppelman has over 30 years of experience encompassing grant making, business development, marketing and sales in both the private and public sectors. He earned his Master’s degree in Resource Administration and Management from the University of New Hampshire and is a Certified and Credentialed Economic Developer through the New Hampshire Economic Development Association and Northeastern Economic Developers Association. Glenn joined the NHEDA Board in 2009.

Lorna Colquhoun

Board Member

Lorna Colquhoun is the communications and legislative director for the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development at the Department of Resources and Economic Development. She grew up in Tuftonboro and spent over 25 years as a newspaper journalist, including 20 years as the North Country correspondent for the New Hampshire Union Leader. She lives in Franconia.

Laurel Bistany

Secretary & Treasurer

Laurel Bistany is the President of REDC, which is a non-profit alternative lender located in Exeter NH. Ms. Bistany earned her Certified Economic Developer Certification (CEcD) and has spent more than a decade studying the fields of economic and business development through various national and state programs. Along with her many duties at REDC, Ms. Bistany is a Board Member of the New Hampshire Alliance of Regional Development Corporations. In additional she sits on several advisory committees dedicated to economic development, Brownfield’s cleanup, and workforce housing.

Andre L. Garron, AICP

Board Member

Andre Garron is an Economic Development Specialist with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension’s Community and Economic Development team. He has over 25 years of Community Planning and Economic Development experience. His primary responsibility with Extension is to provide Economic Development and Broadband technical assistance and outreach education to municipalities, planning and economic development practitioners, chambers of commerce and the business community. Andre has led and developed the Business Retention and Expansion, the Economic Development Academy and the Economic Assessment/Profile program over the past two years with Extension. Andre has a M.S. in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University and a B.S. in Community Development from the University of New Hampshire.

Liz Gray

Board Member

Originally from New York, Liz Gray came to New Hampshire for college, fell in love with the Granite State and decided to stay. Liz is now the Director of Entrepreneurship for the NH Business Finance Authority where she is leading the Live Free and Start initiative on behalf of the state. Launched in June 2014, Live Free and Start is a joint initiative between the Governor’s Office, Business Finance Authority, and Department of Resources and Economic Development aimed at creating jobs and making it easier for innovation based companies to start, grow and succeed in New Hampshire.

A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a B.S. in Environmental Conservation and International Affairs and later a Master’s in Public Administration; Liz is drawn to public service and state government. Working first for then-Governor Jeanne Shaheen, followed by time with the New Hampshire State Senate, Liz joined Governor John Lynch’s team soon after his election as the director of scheduling. At the conclusion of his fourth term, she was his economic development policy advisor. Liz went on to join the NH Division of Economic Development as the Business Services Manager. She led a team of eight business specialists in connecting businesses and manufacturers with programs and services to help them grow and prosper. In her first months at the Division of Economic Development, she implemented Lean process improvement techniques, which is making a positive impact in the way her team works with business clients, and she is now a certified Lean Continuous Improvement Practitioner.

Carmen Lorentz

Board Member

A Belknap County native, Carmen Lorentz studied international affairs at George Washington University and spent several years in Washington, DC addressing foreign policy issues and working at an international foundation. She earned her Master’s degree at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and later analyzed state economic development policies at New York’s Public Management Institute.

She returned to the Granite State in 2011 to become the executive director of the Belknap Economic Development Council, responsible for its strategic goals of enhancing the region’s workforce; retaining and attracting young talent and encouraging creative entrepreneurs.

By a unanimous vote of the Executive Council in January 2014, Carmen was appointed as the director of the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, where she will oversee the mission of the division, including business retention and recruitment, government procurement and international trade.