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Elizabeth McCormack loves it in this 'family-centric' state
Elizabeth E. D. McCormack
Elizabeth E. D. McCormack, 33Home: Concord
Birthplace: Chicago, Ill.
Family: Husband, Mike; twin boys, Brayden and Keegan, 20 months; dad and mom, Len and Terri Diorio; brothers, Adam, David (married to sister-in-law Sarah) and Daniel Diorio; uncle and aunt, Ted and Joanne Pessin; in-laws, Tim and Marcia McCormack
High school: Hinsdale (Ill.) Central High School
College/post grad degrees: B.A. in history and communications ‘02, Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, N.C.); Juris Doctor, 2005, Suffolk University Law School (Boston)
Current job: Operational vice president of human resources and corporate counsel to Brookstone, headquartered in Merrimack
Volunteer activities: Current trustee and secretary on the board of trustees for The Friends Program; previously served on the boards of Intown Concord, Concord Chorale, Concord Historical Society and served as N.H. state representative for the International Council of Shopping Centers in lobbying on Capitol Hill. Most admired person (outside your family): Abraham Lincoln
Key current professional challenge: Maintaining a work-life balance while raising twins and working as counsel to a national retail company
Last major achievement: Giving birth to twins
Biggest problem facing New Hampshire: Retaining and recruiting educated young people to live and work in the state and help drive its economy
Favorite place in New Hampshire: My home in Concord where I can enjoy being with my family
What book are you reading now? "The Going to Bed Book" by Sandra Boynton followed closely in second place by "Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!" also by Sandra Boynton (we love her entire collection!)
How do you relax? Relax? What does that mean? See above regarding twin toddlers....
What websites do you visit most often? Buybuybaby.com, Babiesrus.com, Brookstone.com and I get all of my news from Unionleader.com!
Favorite TV show, radio station or musical artist: We watch ESPN, the Golf Channel and just about all sporting events. ... We haven’t introduced the twins to television so thankfully no Sesame Street yet!
"It's very family-centric and truly community based. There is a lot of thought around loving where you live and being proud of it," McCormack said.
McCormack grew up in the Chicago area. She met her husband, Mike, while they were both attending law school in Boston.
Mike is from New Hampshire and moved to Concord to work for a firm after he graduated from law school.
A year later in 2005, McCormack graduated from law school, took the bar exam, married Mike and moved to Concord.
"You name it, we did it that year," she said.
She had grown to love Boston, so it was hard leaving it behind, but she soon found Concord to be a thriving city full of opportunities.
Over the years McCormack has volunteered for a diverse group of nonprofits in the area. She is currently trustee and secretary of the board of trustees for The Friends Program. Through the program, which provides adults mentors for children, she also was a mentor to a little girl in Laconia, she said.
She previously served as a director on the boards of Intown Concord, the Concord Historical Society and the Concord Chorale, singing with the latter group. She has also served as state representative for the International Council of Shopping Centers in lobbying on Capital Hill for business-friendly legislation for the retail community.
To McCormack, supporting her adopted state also means working for a thriving company based here. In 2011 she joined national retailer and Merrimack-based Brookstone, where she is currently operational vice president of human resources and corporate counsel.
She loves that the company has "always remained with its roots in New Hampshire" and offers young people jobs that will keep them in New Hampshire and not seeking work out of state.
Since her twin boys, 20-month-old Brayden and Keegan, were born, McCormack has had to cut back on some of her volunteer work, she said.
"They are my life. They are the light of my life," she said. "They are just very active, very happy, energetic, funny, silly boys."
But her boys only spur her on to continue her efforts to keep New Hampshire a bustling and culturally and economically vital state, she said. "Truly, though I'm a transplant, truly I have adopted New Hampshire as my state and want to make it better for my children in the future."
She considers her key current professional challenge as maintaining a work-life balance while raising twins and working as counsel to a national retail company.
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