Meet Our Board of Directors
Adam Ruedig, Co-Chair
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.
Pawn Nitichan, Co-Chair
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.
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.
Elizabeth Lahey is an attorney in Concord. She has been practicing for over 10 years in both the private and public sector.
In addition to the Reaching Higher NH board, Elizabeth serves on the board for 603 Legal Aid and the advisory council for the New Hampshire Endowment for Health Race and Equity series. Elizabeth is a graduate of Laconia High School, Kent State University, and UNH School of Law. She and her wife currently have a child in the public school system.
Ashley Major is a CPA and is currently the Assistant Vice President of Finance at Saint Anselm College. Prior to that she spent 10 years at a regional accounting firm where she performed audit, tax and consulting engagements with a diverse background of clients including several non-profits throughout NH. She has also served on several non-profit boards of directors and committees of boards. She currently resides in southern NH with her husband and dog where she enjoys ever changing hobbies which have included quilting, reading, running and shopping.
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.
Alan Reische, Immediate Past Co-Chair
Alan Reische 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, Emeritus
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.