Barbara graduated with a BA in Political Science from Barnard College and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Barbara’s architectural firm focuses on collaborative design and master planning.
A Portsmouth, NH resident and New England native, Lou's ancestral roots reach to the Middle East, and his working life stretches from Massachusetts to Miami, throughout the Middle East and Europe, to Central and Southwest Asia and North and East Africa. His 35 years as a newspaper reporter and editor include 10 years as the Editorial Page Editor at The Miami News and nearly 10 years as the Jerusalem-based Middle East correspondent and the London-based 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, which chronicles how tribe, religion language, culture, land and history come together to both bind and separate people in conflict.
Michael is a licensed CPA. He’s a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, with a Masters degree in taxation from Bentley College. His specialty areas include tax preparation and audit review-compilation services for individuals, businesses, non profits, 401(k) plans and profit sharing plans. He is Treasurer and past President of the National Football Foundation, N.H. Chapter, Past Chairman/President of the NH Football Officials Association, Trustee of the City of Dover Trust Funds, Treasurer of the Joan G. Lovering Health Center, and a Director of the NHSPCA, Stratham.
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 during a period of turmoil following a Coup d'Etat and rebel take-over of the northern two thirds of the country. Ms. Black 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. System development and building local capability have been her prime focus throughout her career, as well as commitment to partnerships and collaborative work. Ms. Black has a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and worked for and in the City of Boston promoting community development prior to beginning her successful career in international development.
George W. Page, Jr.
Mr. Page is a director for Midwest Grain Products, a publicly traded company that produces premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches He is a member of the Nominating and Governance, Audit and Human Resources and Compensation Committees. He is a member of the NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors). Mr. Page has served as President of Page Solutions, an independent engineering design and consulting firm, since 2013. An accomplished engineering and manufacturing professional, he holds several patents and is recognized as an industry expert in the fields of valve and bio-technology design. Mr. Page is a graduate of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management.
With her Department of State officer husband, Lee traveled and lived in five countries, including Niger. 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 for six years 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 the University of New Hampshire.
RAIN for the Sahel and Sahara is a nonprofit 501(c)3 working to make a lasting difference in Africa.