RiverMead Retirement Community Appoints Four New Board Members, All Local Professionals in the Monadnock Region

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RiverMead Retirement Community Appoints Four New Board Members, All Local Professionals in the Monadnock Region

RiverMead Retirement Community Appoints Four New Board Members, All Local Professionals in the Monadnock Region

Peterborough, Nov. 9, 2022 – Not-for-profit LifeCare Community, RiverMead, has appointed four new members to their voluntary board of trustees, the organization’s governing body. Members of the board of trustees advocate on behalf of residents, and staff and follow RiverMead’s mission in providing a high-quality holistic lifecare program in a financially responsible manner.

New Board Members:

  • Beth Fernald: Beth graduated from Wheaton College (MA) summa cum laude and earned a JD from Boston College Law School, magna cum laude. After nearly 20 years in private practice, first in Boston and later with the Bradley Law Firm in Keene, Beth began a second career as a diplomat with the U.S. State Department and served in Guatemala, the Czech Republic, Washington, DC, Belize, Paraguay, and the U.S. UN Mission in Kenya. Beth has also served on the Boards of Andy’s Summer Playhouse, and the Parent Guidance Center, and Chaired the Sharon Zoning Board of Adjustment. She currently serves on the Sharon Conservation Commission.


  • Peter Rotch: Mr. Rotch grew up in New Hampshire. He practiced law, and was a shareholder/director, with McLane Middleton, a Manchester, NH lawfirm. His practice focused on business and financial transactions including representing banks and commercial lenders. He dealt with all aspects ofcommercial real estate and development, land use matters and securing and liquidating collateral. He attended Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago Law School.


  • Gerald “Jerry” Galus: Jerry was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii before moving to Philadelphia to attend the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and, immediately thereafter, to Ann Arbor to attend the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. After attaining an MBA, his working career began in New York City, where he joined the audit staffof a major accounting firm and, in the following year, attained his Certified Public Accountant license. He ultimately became a partner in the firm of Ernst & Young, located in NYC. The last 18 years of his career were centered on coordinating his firm’s services to multinational companies throughout the European and the Asia-Pacific regions while based in Amsterdam, Hong Kong & Singapore. He retired in 2006 and moved (with his wife, Françoise (a/k/a Caroline)) to Peterborough from Singapore. In retirement he continues to be a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

In Peterborough, Jerry has been a member of the Peterborough Planning Board, the Peterborough Economic Development Authority, and chairs two town advisory boards to the Board of Selectmen. One of those boards is that of the South Peterborough Tax Incentive Funding commission which advises regarding infrastructure improvements in the district in which RiverMead is located.

Jerry is the originator and Board Chair of the Monadnock Area Employers’ Forum. The Forum periodically brings together representatives of the largest employers in the Peterborough area to discuss business issues and help find solutions to their problems.


  • Peter Imhoff: Mr. Imhoff is a graduate of St. Lawrence University (BA - Government) and Columbia University (MBA - Finance). Married with three adult children. Mr. Imhoff was a Managing Director in charge of Public Finance with Dillon, Read & Co. Inc., a NY-based investment bank. He was primarily responsible for over $40 billion in financing programs for entities such as the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NYC Municipal Assistance Corporation, NYS Local Government Assistance Corporation, numerous toll roads, healthcare, and educational facilities.

After moving to New Hampshire, he served on multiple local not-for-profit boards and town committees. His primary efforts were on behalf of the Dublin School, where as Board President, he oversaw the revitalization of the physical and financial health of the school. Later he served as the Dublin School’s first Communication Director and Chief Financial Officer.


RiverMead’s Voluntary Board of Trustees is chaired by attorney Susan Peters, and is comprised of residents, residents’ family members, waitlist members and local professionals with varied and expansive backgrounds in finance, business, law, and medicine. These dedicated board members volunteer their time to help set the strategic plan and guarantee RiverMead’s fiscal health and operational success for decades to come.

The new trustees join current trustees and officers: Susan Peters, Joe Caracappa, Robert Edwards, Richard (Rick) Hance, Gerald DeBonis, M.D., George Foote, Jr., Carl Amos Johnson, Cyndee McGuire, Kenneth Messina, Deborah Roody, and Mary Ellen Spencer.

For more information on RiverMead’s Board of Trustees, please visit www.rivermead.org.


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