MATS Board of Directors

Board Members

  • Bruce Simpson, President
  • Ernie Belletete, Vice-President
  • Jane Bowman, Treasurer
  • Denise Frankoff, Secretary
  • Julie Flood-Page
  • Jennifer Runyon
  • Rachel Kipka
  • Scott McGovern
  • Nicole Judge
  • Mary Loftis
  • Hejara Russo
  • Samuel Abbott


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


Ernie Belletete has worked with the Peterborough Police Department and has 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 nonprofit organizations and enjoys working on community-related projects and activities.

Jane Bowman serves as Treasurer of the Board of MATS. 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.

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.

Bruce SimpsonBruce Simpson has practiced law, worked in the property management and development industries, and served as Chair of the Dublin Planning Board, all of which have contributed to his interest in both chronic and acute housing issues. He is a founding member and past President of the Dublin Community Center, and a Trustee of the Dublin Community Church. He enjoys music, travel, writing, history, hiking, and volunteering for various community causes. He lives in Dublin with his wife and son.

Samuel Abbott is a Real Estate Broker Associate for the Bean Group and a former Infantry Mortarman for the United States Marine Corps. Currently he is an undergraduate student at Southern New Hampshire University majoring in Entrepreneurship with dual minors in Economics and Project Management. He is also a Board member for the Peterborough Kiwanis Club; Corporator – 1833 Society and Former Treasurer of the Wilton, NH Heritage Committee.

Mary Loftis is a retired teacher who taught in the Keene Public Schools for 26 years. Mary is married to Paul Tuller and has two grown children and three wonderful grandchildren. She is a former Board Member and Co-Founder of Monadnock Art, a Board Member at the Dublin Community Center and Co-editor of the Dublin Advocate newsletter. Mary enjoys reading, gardening and art and is honored to volunteer on the MATS Board.

Scott McGovern is a retired educator and business consultant; the latter focusing on team and leadership development.  He was part of the original group of concerned clergy and citizens who founded MATS over thirty years ago and served as the first board chair.  He is delighted and honored to be back with this special organization and loves working with the current board, staff, and volunteers.  Scott enjoys travel, Nordic skiing, biking, paddling, hiking and photography.  He lives in Peterborough and has three grown children and one grandson.

Rachel Kipka works as a Senior Production Artist/Graphic Designer at Yankee Publishing in Dublin, NH. She has been married for   27 years and has 2 daughters. Rachel has a true passion for serving the local community and being a voice for affordable housing. She has also volunteered at Coding Club and the Dublin Community Center. Rachel enjoys travelling, fitness, gardening, painting and graphic design.