Meet the Staff

Cynthia Harrington,
Deputy Director
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As the agency’s deputy director, Cynthia oversees key programs and leads the division’s legislative efforts and business operations.

Lorna Colquhoun, Communications Director
603-271-0354/Journalists on deadline: 603-419-0533
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Before joining the Division of Economic Development, Lorna spent more than 25 years as a photojournalist, drawing on that experience to find the most interesting angles for stories and photographs for the division’s blog and social media pages.


Business Specialists

Deborah McManus Avery, Business Resource Specialist
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Deborah spent over two decades as a senior sales and marketing executive for AETNA, Healthsource and CIGNA. She is a graduate of the Southern New Hampshire University Professional Economic Development program and maintains licenses with the Department of Insurance and the Securities and Exchange Commission. She works with communities and businesses in Belknap and Merrimack Counties.

Benoit Lamontagne, North Country Industrial Agent

Beno represents the division in New Hampshire's northernmost counties – Carroll, Coos, and Grafton – assisting businesses with their expansion and retention needs. Fluent in French, he also works to actively recruit companies in neighboring Canada to expand to New Hampshire.

Theresa Pinto

Business Resource Specialist - Seacoast   
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Representing the division in Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Strafford Counties, Theresa works with businesses and municipalities and agency partners throughout the state. She returned to New Hampshire from Florida recently, following a successful 30-year career within the chamber of commerce sector.

Janel Lawton
Rural Economic Development Administrator
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Mikael Pyrtel
Business Recource Specialist
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Business Development Team

Mark Laliberte
Business Development Manager 
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Representing the division in Hillsborough, Rockingham and Strafford Counties, Mark brings a wealth of experience from his work in the public policy and journalism fields to assist businesses. A New Hampshire native and a dual graduate from the University of New Hampshire (BA and MPA), Mark understands the ins-and-outs of the Granite State's economic, political and cultural environment.

Bridgett Beckwith
Tax Credit Program Manager
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Bridgett comes to the Division of Economic Development with experience as a small business owner, providing bookkeeping services for dozens of small companies throughout New Hampshire for over 20 years.


Office of International Commerce

Adam Boltik
Program Manager
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Adam works with companies seeking to sell their products in the global marketplace,

Ricardo Johnson
International Trade Officer
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NH Procurement Technical Assistance Center

David Pease
Program Manager
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After years as a small business owner, Dave developed a passion for business training and consulting. He sees government from a business perspective and uses his experience to help companies make informed decisions when it comes to government.

Jane Brezosky
Procurement Counselor

Jane appreciates the customer service aspect of the Government Contracting Assistance Center and enjoys working with small New Hampshire businesses to develop an individualized plan for each. With a background in federal grant administration, she helps small businesses to navigate the fine print.

Danielle Bishop

Procurement Counselor

Amanda Duquette
Procurement Counselor


Matthew Conserva
Broadband Project Manager
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