Maureen Beauregard, who founded one of the largest organizations serving the homeless in New Hampshire, will be the new president and CEO of Easterseals NH.
Beauregard is replacing Larry Gammon, Easterseals’ long-time CEO, who will retire and move into an advisory position at the end of October.
Beauregard is the founder of Families in Transition, and has been serving as president of the recently merged organization Families in Transition-New Horizons.
In a letter to FIT-New Horizons supporters, Beauregard noted the humble beginnings of the organization she founded in 1991, serving just five women and their children at a shelter on Spruce Street in Manchester. Now, the agency provides shelter, housing and other services for nearly 600 individuals in Manchester, Concord, Dover and Wolfeboro, she noted.
“Although I am embarking on a new direction, I will always seek ways in which the nonprofit community can work together to resolve the needs and challenges facing families and individuals in our great state,” she wrote.
Easterseals NH has served New Hampshire residents with disabilities and special needs for 83 years, and now also oversees the Farnum Center.
In a news release announcing her position, Beauregard noted the organization’s reputation for providing services to individuals of all backgrounds and said, “I look forward to the opportunity to find new and exciting ways to enhance programs and make a difference for New Hampshire families.”
Matthew Boucher, chairman of the Easterseals NH board of directors, said the agency chose Beauregard as its leader “because of her demonstrated ability to identify unmet needs and provide high-quality services for the most vulnerable populations within our state with innovation and compassion.”
Boucher said he expects a “seamless” transition.
The FIT-New Horizons board of directors has appointed a leadership team to run that organization on an interim basis after Beauregard’s departure. It includes Lisa Allard, chief financial officer; Cathy Kuhn, vice president of research and training; and Stephanie Savard, chief operating officer.