- Peter Harrison, President
- Mary Loftis, Vice-President, Secretary
- Jane Bowman, Treasurer
- Beverly Bacon
- Ernie Belletete
- LeeAnn Clark
- Denise Frankoff
- Melissa French
- John Newman
- Rebecca Saari
The Board of the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter is completely volunteer. The Board meets on the third Tuesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Peterborough, New Hampshire. If you would like to serve on the Board and share you time and expertise, please contact MATS by email or by phoning 603-924-5033
Jane Bowman serves as Treasurer of the Board of MATS and has been a board member going on four years. Living in Peterborough for 50 years she has volunteered in many capacities in many different areas. Being an independent business owner helps with making her time flexible. She has enjoyed meeting and helping the clients of MATS and especially likes working with the members of the Board.
Ernie Belletete of Keene is a retired police Captain with the Peterborough Police Department with over 30 years of experience. He is a past president of MATS for 3 years and board member for 10 years. Ernie is currently a funeral Assistant with Foley Funeral Home in Keene, NH. He has been involved with several nonprofits organizations and enjoys working on community-related projects and activities.
A year and a half ago Denise Frankoff moved to Dublin, NH from Washington DC with her husband and two springer spaniels. In looking for a place to retire they fell in love with the natural beauty and serenity of the Monadnock region and welcoming spirit of the Dublin community. Denise enjoys the outdoors- walking with her dogs, yoga, going snowshoeing and cross-country skiing; traveling, gardening, cooking, and reading.
For over 30 years Denise has worked as a speech-language pathologist- helping adults regain their communication and swallowing abilities, after a brain injury or disease. Her patients and their caregivers have taught her the importance of advocating for people with disabilities and, just as importantly, empowering them to advocate for themselves.
Since moving to NH, Denise began volunteering at Keene Community Education, helping adults improve their literacy skills. She was looking for more local involvement and was delighted when MATS voted to have her join. MATS helps people return to self-sufficiency and this seemed like an excellent match. Denise looks forward to working with the Board of MATS and the people they serve.
LeeAnn Clark is the Philanthropy and Community Relations Manager at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough. She currently co-chairs Be the Change-Behavioral Health Task Force for the Eastern Monadnock Region and sits on many state and local committees including the ConVal Substance Use Task Force, the Executive Council for the Public Health Network and the Peterborough Women’s Club. With her degree in sociology and women’s studies and her involvement in the Community Health Needs Planning, LeeAnn has a passion for helping the community in any way possible. LeeAnn has been on the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter for 3 years. She resides in Wilton with her husband, Sean and furbaby, Maya.
Melissa French has an endless sense of curiosity and values the satisfaction of helping others. She uses these powers for good. She knows how important it is to give back to the local community. After being foreclosed on and subsequently homeless, she and her family moved all over the country. Finally they resettled in the comfort of her home state of New Hampshire. Knowing the value of the services MATS can offer and how essential providing security for families in transition can be, she joined the board. Melissa works as an assistant and web manager by day and a writer by night. She lives in Peterborough with her husband, three children, and two cats.
Mary Loftis taught art in the Keene School District for 26 years. Since her retirement ten years ago, she has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations including Monadnock Art, the Friends of the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, the Dublin Community Center and MATS. She also volunteers at the Monadnock Community Hospital and serves as a Deacon at the Dublin Community Church. She also served as Dublin’s representative to the ConVal School Board for six years.
John Newman, his wife, and their two children have lived in Peterborough for 18 years. As a lawyer for the New Hampshire Public Defender, he has had a lot of contact with people who are in need of a helping hand to get themselves back on track with their work, living arrangements and child care. MATS’ impressive track record of helping people turn their lives around led John to join the board.