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July 07. 2013 3:25PM


Rancourt named president of NH Bar

PORTSMOUTH — Attorney Jaye L. Rancourt, a shareholder at Brennan, Caron, Lenehan and Iacopino was named president of the NH Bar Association for the 2013-14 term at the association's annual meeting in Portsmouth on June 21.

A member of the bar since 1999, Rancourt began her career with the N.H. Public Defender's office. At Brennan, Caron, Lenehan and Iacopino, she practices in the areas of criminal defense (federal and state), civil litigation and family law.

Rancourt has served on the NH Bar Association's Board of Governors since 2008. She is the past chair of the NHBA New Lawyers Committee.

In 2009, Rancourt was the recipient of the N.H. Bar Foundation Robert E. Kirby Award, an annual award that recognizes the professionalism of attorneys under the age of 35.

St. Anselm VP named president at Carlow

MANCHESTER — Saint Anselm College executive vice president Suzanne Mellon, Ph.D., R.N., has been named the 10th president of Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Mellon has served as the college's chief operating officer and second in command to Father Jonathan DeFelice, president of Saint Anselm, since 2009. In that position, she was responsible for all areas of the college, including academic affairs, advancement, finance, marketing, enrollment, student affairs, athletics and other administrative areas.

Under Mellon's leadership, the college created and implemented its five-year strategic plan. Among the plan's many successes is a significant growth in revenue from foundations and grants, as well as the launch of the college's hybrid-online RN to BSN Program, the college said.

Optima Bank adds three employees

Elaine K. Charles has joined Optima Bank as a mortgage originator in the Dover loan office. Charles, who has more than 25 years of banking and lending experience, will assist customers with residential mortgages, refinancing, home equity loans and jumbo mortgages.

A graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in business management, Charles also has completed certification in banking management. She is treasurer for the Dover Lions Club and is a member of the Dover Chamber of Commerce and the Strafford County Board of Realtor Affiliates. Charles, who is married with two grown children, has lived in Dover for nearly 20 years.

Optima Bank also has added two private bankers to its staff. Scott Richards, a graduate of Saint Anselm College, will be working at the Portsmouth headquarters assisting customers and opening accounts. Rachel Marie Falk, who brings customer service and banking experience to her post at Optima, has been named a private banker at the North Hampton branch.

McGrath graduates from Leadership NH

MANCHESTER — Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA shareholder David W. McGrath was among the 36 Leadership New Hampshire graduates for the 2013 class. Graduates include established and emerging leaders from across the state with a wide range of backgrounds, professional skills, interests, geographical locations and age.

McGrath, who joined the firm in 1992, serves as chairman of its litigation department and also serves on the firm's management committee.

Leadership New Hampshire is an intensive nine-month educational program that engages New Hampshire citizens in discussions about the challenges and leadership opportunities across the state in order to enhance a network of effective and knowledgeable leaders.

GFA names assistant branch manager

GFA Federal Credit Union recently announced the promotion of Nicole Blais to the position of assistant branch manager for the Rindge branch. Blais joined GFA in 1998. She has been instrumental in the overall success of the GFA Parker Street Branch while serving in her previous positions as a part-time teller to full-time teller, teller supervisor and financial services specialist. Blais attended Mount Wachusett Community College.

Crafts' research study nationally published

BEDFORD — The Appraisal Journal has published a research manuscript by John M. Crafts, president of Crafts Appraisal Associates, titled "Tax Abatement Issues that Impact Limited-Market and Special-Purpose Properties."

The study examines the unique challenges in the valuation of limited-market and special-purpose properties for ad valorem taxation. This is the third research study Crafts' has had nationally published since founding Crafts Appraisal Associates in 1978. Crafts is a past chair of the state of New Hampshire Real Estate Appraiser Board and a past president of the Greater Manchester Board of Realtors.

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