Board of Trustees

The Volunteer Board of Trustees is comprised of residents, residents’ family members, waitlist members and local people 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.

CHRISTOPHER J. FLYNN, Chairman of the Board - Before retiring in 2014, Mr. Flynn served as the Senior Executive Vice President of Pentagon Federal Credit Union, President and CEO of the PenFed Foundation, President and CEO of Primary Bank in Peterborough, NH, and as President and Director of Granite Bank in Keene. He also served as a consultant to various financial institutions throughout New England and lectured at various universities and throughout the military community, receiving commendations from members of Congress and The White House Office of Communications. Mr. Flynn holds a B.S.B.A. in Accounting and advanced management certificates from the Williams College School of Banking and Babson College. Active in his community, Mr. Flynn has served on the Board of Franklin Pierce University for 15 years and received an honorary doctorate in 2005. He also has served on the Board of Monadnock Community Hospital, holding the office of Chair for three years.  Named Business Leader of the Year, Mr. Flynn co-founded Monadnock Business Ventures, served as President of the NH Bankers’ Association, and was a RiverMead Trustee for several years. He has been married for forty-five years and has four children and ten grandchildren.

GEORGE B. FOOTE JR., Vice Chair - Mr. Foote holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He retired as President of Advantec, Inc. Prior to moving to Dublin, he and his wife Lisa lived in Carlisle, MA where he served on the Conservation Commission, chair of the Planning Board, member of the long-term capital requirements committee and chair of the Carlisle Land Trust and Carlisle Conservation Foundation.  In the Monadnock Region, he has served on the board of the Sharon Arts Center, and currently serves on the boards of TriPyramid Structures Inc., New Hampshire Institute of Art, and Dublin School.

CARL AMOS JOHNSON, Treasurer - Mr. Johnson is the owner and Global Investment Fiduciary and Financial Planner with Grove Street Fiduciary, LLC based in Peterborough. He is skilled in using his fiduciary expertise in tax, investment and estate planning concepts to create prosperous and coordinated strategies with clients in the Monadnock Region and beyond.  He and his wife and family moved to Greenfield, NH in 2001. His lifelong and continuing commitment has been in the U.S. Navy in which he served actively until 2000, followed by his active role with the Navy Reserves. He will be retiring shortly, as Captain serving on the Joint Staff Military Delegation to NATO, and at the Pentagon, and having received a number of Navy Meritorious Service, Commendation and Humanitarian Service Medals. His community involvement has included active co-founding of the ConVal Community Scholarship Foundation for disadvantaged youth, as board member of the Dublin Christian Academy and Greenfield Historical Society.

SUSAN W. PETERS, Secretary - An attorney, Ms. Peters clerked for Justice Neil Lynch on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and practiced business law in Massachusetts before moving to New Hampshire to raise a family. She is a member of the Dublin Zoning Board of Adjustment and water-testing volunteer for Dublin Lake, and has served on other Town Boards. She is an active member of the Bar in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and served on the Phillips Academy Alumni Council. As a caregiver for her parents, she was closely involved from both the medical and personal financial perspectives.  A graduate of Middlebury College and Boston University School of Law, she earned a Certificate in Strategic Management from Harvard Extension School in 2015.

ROBERT (BARC) BARCLAY BEAHM, Trustee - Mr. Beahm and his late wife, Muriel (born in Peterborough and raised in Greenfield, NH), moved to RiverMead in June of 2016 from Boxford, MA., where he served on the Finance Committee. Since retirement as General Manager of Krohne, Inc., a German-based manufacturer of industrial instrumentation, he was active as a Trustee of the Second Congregational Church of Boxford, MA., having served as Chair for eight years. An engineering graduate of Cornell University, he has an MS in Agricultural Engineering from Michigan State University and a PE License from the State of Ohio. Mr. Beahm has worked in various general management and engineering capacities in the Industrial Instrumentation and the Engineering Contracting fields. He has been an active member of the Residents’ Council at RiverMead as well as with numerous other activities including Pocket Billiards (Pool), Water Volleyball, and Croquet. He continues his life-long passion for tennis at the Monadnock Indoor Tennis Club.

CHRISTOPHER W. BROWN, Trustee - Mr. Brown and his wife Mileva moved from Guilford VT to RiverMead in 2009.  Since his retirement, he has been involved in two major business activities.  The first was a consulting business for investors seeking advice and voting agenda items on company proxies for shareholder meetings, the second was SCORE – the Service Corps of Retired Executives – drawing on his experience as an investment analyst helping small businesses solve problems such as business and financial planning. He has been active in charitable and non-profit organizations including the United Way and Rotary. He has a MA degree from the University of Vermont, and began his investment career with Equitable Life in New York, then moving to Keystone Custodian Funds in Boston. From 1978 until his retirement in 1989, he was an analyst and portfolio manager at Massachusetts Financial Services Company in Boston. He has served as President of the Residents Council at RiverMead, as well as a volunteer at Monadnock Community Hospital.

CYNTHIA (CYNDY) P. BURGESS, Trustee - Mrs. Burgess served two years on the ConVal School Board (Peterborough representation). She resigned when she and her husband, Don, moved to Sharon.  Cyndy has served several years on the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce, 3 years as Chair and has served as Chair of the Festival of Fireworks (sponsored by the Jaffrey Chamber) for 10 years. Cyndy won the prestigious award of Jaffrey Citizen of the Year in 2005.  She has served on the Monadnock Community Hospital Board of Trustees for 10 ½ years, as the Board Chair for 3, and is currently a member of the MCH Philanthropy Committee. Cyndy also volunteers in the MCH Registration Department. Cyndy served as Co-Chair of the Monadnock Arts Auction for 13 years (also sponsored by the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce) and received the Extraordinary Women in the Monadnock Region Award in 2014. Cyndy also served on the NH Charitable Foundation, Monadnock Regional Board.  Cyndy enjoys volunteering with organizations with whom she feels a connection. She currently serves on the Board of the ConVal Chapter of Dollars For Scholars and End 68 Hours of Hunger, of which she recently co-chaired an event. She and her husband were owners of Precisionforms in Jaffrey, NH and currently own Self-Storage of Jaffrey and Self-Storage of Peterborough.

JOE CARACAPPA, Trustee - Joe was born in Brooklyn and raised on Staten Island. Joe attended Columbia University, undergrad Operations Research. Joe has been married to Linda for 34 years and they have three children; Joseph Jr. (29), Alexander (26), and Leanna (17). Joe is a Real Estate Investor and owner of several small businesses (two large laundromats in Boston and a carwash in Nashua). From 2013 to 2017, Joe was the Head of Sales/Business Development at Symbotic, a Boston-based robotics company. He was responsible for all sales and business development activities for this warehouse automation company. Joe held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for C&S Wholesale Grocers from 2005 to 2013 and was responsible for all aspects of technology and process improvement within the company. From 2003 to 2005, he was employed by Ann Taylor as the Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, responsible for all aspects of technology and process improvement within the company. Joe worked for Footstar Corporation from 1993 to 2003 as their Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, responsible for all aspects of technology and process improvement within the company. From 1991 to 1993, Joe worked at Novartis Corporation as the Senior Director of Information Systems, and was responsible for software development for all supply chain areas. Joe worked for Anderson Consulting from 1984 to 1991 as their Senior Manager, as a management consultant. Joe currently holds several volunteer positions in the community. He is the President and Treasurer of Monadnock Art / Friends of Dublin Art Colony (2016 to present). Joe is the Trustee (Stearns Farm, Finance & Strategy Committee Member) of Peterborough Players, (2018 to present). Joe’s hobbies include oil painting, reading, chess, and traveling.

GERALD M. DEBONIS, M.D., Trustee - Dr. DeBonis has been a resident of the Monadnock Region for forty years. He and his wife, Karen, have a home in Sharon, NH. They have two children and four grandchildren. Now retired, Dr. DeBonis was in private practice in orthopaedic surgery at Monadnock Community Hospital. Prior to coming to NH, Dr. DeBonis was in private practice in the New York metropolitan area where he also served as Associate Clinical Professor and assistant director of Hand Surgery Clinic at the New York Medical College. Dr. DeBonis was in college at Columbia University and in medical school at Northwestern University. Following surgical residency and fellowship, he is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. In the time he has lived in the Monadnock area, Dr. DeBonis has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Monadnock Community Hospital where he continues to serve on the Philanthropy Board; he has been a Board member of the Scott Farrar Home; he has served on the Pastoral Council of the Divine Mercy Parish; he continues to serve on the Planning Board for the town of Sharon.

ROBERT L. EDWARDS, Trustee - Bob and his wife, Sarah live in Antrim, NH.  They have 23 year old twin boys (recent college graduates), and a daughter who resides in Hancock, NH. From April 1969 until his retirement in April 2011, Bob served as the VP-Commercial Loan Officer of People’s United Bank in Peterborough. He was responsible for the development and servicing of a $35MM commercial loan portfolio in the Greater Contoocook Valley and Monadnock Region. Loan origination of business credit lines, Irrevocable Letters of Credit, term loans for equipment, real estate and other fixed asset purposes. Peoples United Bank was the successor of Ocean Bank, formerly Ocean National Bank, Granite Bank, Primary Bank, and its original bank, Peterborough Savings Bank. From April 2011 to December 2014, Bob held the position of VP-Commercial Loan Officer for Connecticut River Bank, NA, Charlestown, NH (aka Mascoma Bank), where he was responsible for the development and servicing of a $26MM commercial loan portfolio in the Greater Peterborough and Keene markets.  Bob was responsible for the oversight and development of a lending assistant with the principal responsibility of preparing loan document in compliance with the Bank’s and US Small Business Administration’s 504 and 7(a) commercial lending programs. Bob retired again on December 31, 2014. Bob is a graduate of Peterborough High School, The Graduate School of Savings Banking; Fairfield University, the National School of Commercial Lending; University of Oklahoma, and holds an AS from Becker College (Leicester Junior College by merger). Bob was honorably discharged from the US Army, Non-commissioned officer, Sargent E-5 and is a current member of Myers-Prescott-Olson Post #50, American Legion, Antrim,  NH.  Bob’s community service includes the Antrim-Bennington Lions Club (40 year Lions Club Member), Member of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Trustee of the Trust Funds, Manager and Elder – First Presbyterian Church of Antrim. Bob serves on the Philanthropy Committee at Monadnock Community Hospital, and is the Chair of the Regional Board’s Grant Committee of the NH Charitable Foundation, is an Advisory Member of the Thornton Wilder Center for the Arts at ConVal High School (Performing Arts Initiative) and is the Treasurer and Trustee of the Maplewood Cemetery Association, Antrim, NH. Bob is currently a member of the Antrim Select Board, an ex-officio Member to the Water and Sewer Department, and an appointed member to the NH Assessing Standards Board Sub-committee to study and recommend a formula for assessing NH PUC regulated multi-jurisdictional NH Public Utility companies. Bob is also an ex-officio member to the Antrim Planning Board. Bob was previously an ex-officio member to the Select Boards Advisory Committee (SAC) for SAU#1, previous chair, and Trustee of the Trust Funds, Town of Antrim for 28 years. Bob served 2 separate terms as Chair of the Antrim Planning Board, and was a member of the Antrim Town Hall Restoration Committee ($800,000 bonded Town Hall Restoration project). His previous community service experience includes Monadnock Community Hospital, 2008-2016, Board Member, and Board Chair positions. Bob was the Chair of the Monadnock Community Hospital CEO Search Committee in 2012-13, a member of the Antrim Advisory Budget Committee in 2013, the ConVal Principals’ Community Advisory Committee 2014-15, the ConVal Builders Charitable Trust-Building Trades Program, trustee and treasurer, VP and Co-Chair of Development, ConVal Visual and Performing Arts Center, LLC and the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Business Support Member and Co-secretary. Bob has received several recognitions throughout his career. He is the 2008 Business Leader of the Year-Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce; received special recognition in 2011 for Service to the Town of Antrim by the Antrim Grange #98. In 2013, he was the Key Note Banquet Speaker for ConVal’s Student ACE Awards – Franklin Pierce University. Bob was a finalist in 2016 for the Community Man of the Year – Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce. Bob previously held Board Chair and Treasurer positions with the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce and begin an 8-year service in 2015 as an Intervenor with the NH Site Evaluation Committee for the Antrim Wind Farm Initiative. Bob also received the Melvin Jones Award from the Lions Clubs International Foundation.

J. RODERICK FALBY, JR., Trustee - Served as Law Clerk to Chief Justice William McAllister of the Oregon Supreme Court from 1966-1967.  After practicing law for several years in Manchester, NH, he joined the firm in Peterborough now known as Fernald, Taft, Falby & Little in 1971, with a concentration in Insurance Defense, Commercial Law, Banking, Real Estate, and Estate Planning. Mr. Falby served on the NH Board of Bar Examiners (1985-2002) and in the NH Superior Court Litigation Mediation Program. He has served on several Town Boards most recently on the Peterborough Board of Trustees of Trust Funds and on the boards of various civic and charitable organizations such as The Sharon Arts Center and the Peterborough Historical Society.  He served at All Saints Church, Peterborough in various capacities including twelve years as Senior Warden.

RICHARD M. HANCE, Trustee - Mr. Hance (Rick) moved to Peterborough with his wife Patti in 2005.  Their interest in community, and the fact that their house is immediately across from the Peterborough Players, initiated their commitment to the theater, as well as arts and culture throughout the Monadnock Region.  His extensive management experience started in the hospitality arena, in Director, Regional and Executive positions with the Marriott, Westin and Starwood organizations.  Before retiring, Rick was Executive Vice President of The Urban Land Institute in Washington DC.  Since that time, he has served actively in the regional and statewide non-profit communities as trustee and President of the Peterborough Players board, as member of the Monadnock Worksource board, President of Monadnock Art/Friends of the Dublin Art Colony, and as a member and current Board Chair of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation-Monadnock Region.

PETER W. LEBERMAN, Esq., Trustee - Attorney Leberman, is with Upton & Hatfield, of Hillsboro, NH and represents a broad range of for-profit and nonprofit clients with particular emphasis on governance, contractual, real estate and other general corporate, commercial and business matters. In addition, he regularly counsels individuals in pursuing new ventures and planning for their future. Prior to joining Upton & Hatfield, he was Vice President and General Counsel with Northeast Delta Dental, and an attorney and Shareholder/Director with Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green. He holds an LLM, Taxation from Boston University School of Law, JD from Washington & Lee University School of Law, and BS Magna Cum Laude in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. In his more than thirty years practicing law in NH, he has served on committees and boards for more than fifteen nonprofit organizations, government commissions, and business groups.  At present, he serves on the board of Havenwood Heritage Heights.

JOHN H. MORISON, III, Trustee - Mr. Morison serves as Chairman & CEO, Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., Inc., Milford, NH; Manager of Upland Farm LLC, Peterborough, NH; Director, New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, Concord, NH; Trustee, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH; Director, New Hampshire Public Television, Durham, NH; Director, UNH Foundation.

ANNE GRISWOLD PEIRCE, R.N., PH.D.,  Trustee - Dr. Peirce is a tenured Professor at Adelphi University and has worked in nursing education over the last 36 years at Columbia University, University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Seton Hall University. Dr. Peirce has held several hospital appointments including Director of Nursing for Research at University Hospitals Jackson, Mississippi and Senior Staff at Tufts-New England Medical Center. She has coauthored two texts, the most recent: Ethical and Legal Issues for Doctorial Nursing Students: A Textbook for Student and a Reference for Nurse Leaders (2013). She has also contributed to numerous nursing textbooks and journals on topics such as ethics, legal issues, stress and coping, complexity theory, elderly care, and professional nursing. She is the founding editor of the Springer Journal: Clinical Nurse Scholar. Dr. Peirce’s individually funded research totals approximately one half million dollars and in addition, she has participated in several NIH funded studies including the Jackson Heart Study. She currently belongs to the Eastern Nursing Research Society and Sigma Theta Tau, and numerous other professional organizations and boards in the field of nursing. In addition to nursing organizations, Dr. Peirce is a former director at Hillenbrand Industries (NYSE:HB).

DEBORAH S. ROODY, Trustee - Mrs. Roody is a native of New Hampshire, born in Antrim and brought up in Laconia. Her husband, Randy Roody, is also a N.H. native from Concord. After living in Europe at the beginning of their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Roody returned to the U.S.A. and lived most of their married years in Merrimack and Bedford, N.H. They moved to RiverMead in 2015.  In her early professional life Mrs. Roody focused on special education as a teacher and administrator for Hudson and Litchfield, N.H. public schools. She then worked for The NETWORK, Inc., a non-profit, educational R&D organization in Andover, Mass. There she directed a regional supported employment and independent living project for people with disabilities after which she worked nationally and internationally as a consultant, trainer, and facilitator in school improvement, and teacher development. More recently, she continued this work as a private consultant in N.H. with a special concentration on the mentoring of new teachers. She helped establish the N.H. affiliate of Learning Forward, a national teacher development professional organization and served as Board Member, Board Chair, and Executive Director until her retirement. Ms. Roody holds a B.A. degree in Sociology and M.Ed. in Guidance and Counselling from Clark University in Worcester, Mass., and a C.A.G.S. degree in Special Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  At RiverMead, Mrs. Roody chairs the Village Advisory Committee, helps organize the annual Country Store Tag Sale, and participates fully in RiverMead life and activities. She also volunteers in the library and on Medal Day at the MacDowell Colony.