Our Board

Board of Directors

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Barbara Freeman


Barbara has cultivated her world-view through a life of study and travel. She has traveled throughout the western world, the Americas, the mid-east, Southeast Asia, Asia and Africa. Africa’s varied countries and cultures pull her back and she has been travelling to the continent for the past 30 years. She helped acquire land and design a Community Resource Center for a US based non-profit in Ghana. In addition to her work with RAIN, Barbara supports community work in Kenya and Bostwana. She holds a BA in Political Science from Barnard College and a Master’s in Architecture from MIT.

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Louis Salome


Lou is a Portsmouth, NH resident and New England native. His 35 years as a newspaper reporter and editor stretch throughout the Middle East, Europe, Central and Southwest Asia, and North and East Africa. Lou spent 10 years as the Editorial Page Editor at The Miami News and nearly 10 years as the Middle East correspondent and European correspondent for The Atlanta Journal and Constitution along with all newspapers under the Cox Newspapers Group. He is the author of Violence, Veils and Bloodlines – Reporting from War Zones. His latest book is Thoreau, The Kid and Mr. Lou — Book Notes of a Foreign Correspondent.

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Michael Murphy


Michael is a licensed CPA, is a Partner at Murphy, Powers & Wilson, Certified Public Accountants, P.C. in Hampton, New Hampshire. He has been in public practice for 38 years with his own firm. Michael is a graduate of UNH, with a Master’s in taxation from Bentley College. His specialty areas include tax preparation and audit review-compilation services. He is Treasurer/Past President of The Joe Yukica N.H. Chapter of the National Football Foundation, John Clark Officials Award recipient 2015, Trustee of the City of Dover Trust Funds, and Treasurer of the Joan G. Lovering Health Center, New Hampshire SPCA – Stratham, and Hospice Help Foundation.

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Alison “Sunny” Coady


Sunny is a graduate of Colby College. She is a retiree of Verizon where she was trained as a programmer and retired as HR Director of the IT department (then NYNEX). A Board member of Easterseals Massachusetts since 1983, she served two terms as Board Chair, chaired many committees, and is currently an active Lifetime Board Member. Additionally, she served two terms on the National Board of Easterseals and, most recently, was chair of their Emeritus Board during the 100th Anniversary year. Sunny’s world travels have covered five continents, most recently Africa. She currently resides in New London, NH.

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Rebecca Black


Rebecca recently returned to the US after 25 years with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Most recently, she was Mission Chief in Cambodia, managing a diverse assistance portfolio with emphasis on governance and health. Prior to that, she served as Mission Chief in Mali during a period of turmoil following a Coup d’Etat and rebel take-over of the northern two thirds of the country. She also co-led a $2.5 billion assistance program in Afghanistan, and managed economic development and urban environment programs in India, South Africa, and Eastern Europe. Rebecca has a Masters in City Planning from MIT.

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Gaylen Moore


Gaylen is an independent program evaluator and sole proprietor of Gaylen Moore Program Evaluation Services. She has 30 years of experience evaluating education programs, with a specialization in STEM programs. At the national level, she has evaluated National Science Foundation (NSF) grants for elementary, middle, and high school science and mathematics including ITEST, Full-Scale Development, and Collaborative Partnership programs for the New York Hall of Science, New York Academy of Sciences, SUNY, and Pace University. Clients also include the American Museum of Natural History and Wildlife Conservation Society.

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Susan Fine


Susan began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer and ultimately spent 30-years with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), including two years as Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator responsible for development policy and representing the U.S. in multilateral forums. Susan led USAID’s technical and logistical support to Southern Sudan’s 2011 self-determination referendum. As Mission Director for Senegal and the Sahel she guided a ground-breaking resilience program in Niger and Burkina Faso. Susan holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. Susan is based in Sunapee, NH and serves as a Senior Associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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Lee Lamson


Lee traveled and lived in five countries, including Niger with her Department of State officer husband, John. She worked at each consulate or embassy– Consular Assistant, Acting Housing Officer, Assistant Personnel Officer, Community Liaison Officer. After John, retired to New Hampshire in 2005, Lee served on the RAIN Board and as a Trustee of the Langdon Library in Newington. Lee received her BA from Emory University, MS in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and studied Counselor Education at UNH.

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Bess Palmisciano


Bess Palmisciano went from West African tourist to partner when she founded RAIN in 2001. Previously an attorney, Bess has spent the last 15 years dividing her time between Niger and the Seacoast area of New Hampshire. She is a member of the NH Advisory Board of the National Global Leadership Coalition and was named by New Hampshire Magazine as one of the state’s “Remarkable Women of the World” for 2011.

Advisory Board

Hassana Alidou, PhD
Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Niger to the United States and Canada

John Ahlgren, JD
Attorney, Hoefle, Phoenix, Gormely & Robets, PLLC

John Hutchison, PhD
Emeritus Professor of African Languages and Linguistics, Boston University

David (D.J.) Shaugnessy, CFA
Portfolio Manager, HM Payson