Reaching Higher NH Board of Directors

Alan Reische, Co-Chair

Alan Reische, Co-Chair, is an attorney with Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green. He is a director of the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, a trustee of NHPR and a director and former chair of New Hampshire Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Alan and his wife Joan have been the 2008 recipients of the NH Charitable Foundation’s Lifetime of Service Award. Alan also serves as a member of the Governor’s Live Free and Start-Up Committee and chairs the subcommittee for revisions to and updating of New Hampshire’s securities law.

Tom Rath, Co-Chair

Tom Rath is one of the most notable Republican strategists and advisers in the state. Tom served as the Chairman of the election campaigns of New Hampshire’s former U.S. Senators, Warren Rudman, and Judd Gregg and he actively assisted in the U.S. Senate process that confirmed David Souter as Supreme Court Justice. He was appointed as New Hampshire attorney general in 1978 and later founded Rath, Young, and Pignatelli to provide guidance on legislative and public policy issues.

Kass Ardinger

Kass Ardinger is an attorney who served for nine years, five as president, on the Concord School District Board of Education. Under her Board leadership, Concord consolidated its elementary schools and built three new ones. From 2016-2018 she was elected to serve as Treasurer for the District. She was nominated by both Governors Hassan and Sununu to serve on the Board of Trustees of the University System of New Hampshire. From 2014 to 2020, Kass served as a Commissioner on the New England Commission of Higher Education, which is the accrediting body for all colleges and universities in New England. In addition, Kass has recently joined the Board of Directors of the Commission for Higher Education Accreditation, which carries out periodic review of institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations throughout the U.S.

Heidi Crumrine

Heidi Crumrine is an English and reading teacher at Concord High School. She has been teaching for 19 years, including three years in the New York City Public Schools. She is the 2018 NH Teacher of the Year.

She has a B.S. from the University of New Hampshire, an M.A.T. in English education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an M.Ed. in reading instruction from Grand Canyon University. Heidi’s writing is published in the "Today’s Teacher” column in the Concord Monitor, as well as on Education Post, Heinemann and various education blogs. Heidi derives great joy in engaging with the students in front of her who she knows they are the best hope for the future.

Lew Feldstein

Lewis M. Feldstein is the former President of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and plays a leadership role in a number of important issues in New Hampshire. He worked with the civil rights movement in Mississippi and served for seven years in senior staff positions to New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay. Lew serves on several boards, including the Boards of Directors of the Independent Sector and Civic Ventures.

Mark Joyce

Dr. Mark Joyce served as executive director of the New Hampshire School Administrator’s Association for 20 years, a private not-for-profit organization that represents all New Hampshire school system administrators and advocates on behalf of all children and public education. Mark advises businesses and organizations regarding education, leadership, and communication. He has taught grades 7-12, as well as at the graduate school level and has served as a school principal and as assistant superintendent of schools in New Hampshire. He has also served as a superintendent of schools in both New Hampshire and Maine.

David Juvet

David Juvet is the current Senior Vice President of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire. He leads the association’s public policy team, where his expertise lies in the areas of education, tax policy, economic development, and human resource and labor issues.

Neil Levesque

Neil Levesque currently serves as the executive director at the nationally known New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. The institute’s mission is to increase civic engagement and is especially noted for its focus on Presidential politics. Levesque has worked in New Hampshire politics for over 30 years.

In addition, Levesque has served on numerous nonprofit boards. Currently he is the vice-chair at Catholic Medical Center and on the Board of Directors at Pease Development Authority.

Selma Naccach-Hoff

Selma Naccach-Hoff, is a Manchester native who is a highly respected, long-time English teacher and department head at Manchester High School Central. She served on the committee helping to define an “adequate education” as directed by the New Hampshire courts; on committees to design competency assessments and guidelines for work study practices for New Hampshire schools; and on the committee to establish English Language Arts competencies for the City of Manchester. In addition, Selma has served her greater community as Chair of the Elliot Health System Board of Directors, Chair of the VNA of Manchester and Southern NH Board of Directors, and is a member of the UNH-Manchester Advisory Board, as well as the Manchester Historic Association Board of Directors.

Pawn Nitichan

Pawn Nitichan is the Executive Director of City Year New Hampshire and a Vice President of City Year Inc. With Nitichan’s leadership and her commitment to helping students, corps members, and staff succeed, City Year New Hampshire has more than tripled its service capacity and developed a widely recognized culture of idealism. The organization consistently provides high-quality service to kids and communities as reflected in numerous awards including ten Best of City Year Awards, City Year National’s highest recognition, as well as a Corporate Fund’s Dunfey Award. Among Nitichan’s community and professional commitments, she serves on the boards of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Manchester Proud, as well as the Governor’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council.

Adam Ruedig

Adam Ruedig is a financial advisor with The Ruedig Group at UBS in Concord and Portsmouth, Prior to his career as a financial advisor Adam worked as an architect in New York and Boston.

In addition to the Reaching Higher NH board, Adam serves on the Board of the Portsmouth Housing Authority. He has served on the boards of 3S Artspace and Red River Theater. Adam is a graduate of New Hampshire public schools and currently has two children in the Portsmouth public school system.

Past Directors

The late, Senator Scott McGilvray

Steve Duprey, President, Foxfire Management Company

Donnalee Lozeau, Executive Director, Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc.

Former State Senator Nancy Stiles

Barbara Russell

Talmira Hill, Principal, T.L. Hill Group