Meet the Staff


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Wildolfo (Will) Arvelo, Director
603-271-2591
Will brings over 30 years of leadership experience within higher education and dealing with workforce development issues. As former president of Great Bay Community College, Will worked tirelessly to bridge higher education and business and industry to meet their workforce needs. As the director for the Division of Economic Development, Will is charged with oversight of the division, as well as developing a comprehensive economic development strategy for New Hampshire.






Chris Way, Deputy Director
603-271-2591

As the agency’s deputy director, Chris 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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Lorna comes to the Division of Economic Development following a career in photojournalism spanning 25 years. She still seeks out the most interesting angles for stories and photographs for the division’s blog and social media pages.





Carol Miller, Director of Broadband and Technology
603-271-0252
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Carol is a native of the North Country who lives in Gorham. She is 19-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, covering a wide range of technologies that began with the co-founding of North Country Internet Access in Berlin.


 


Business Resource Team



Deborah McManus Avery, Business Resource Specialist
603-271-0316
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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
603-419-9713

Beno represents the division in New Hampshire's northernmost counties – Coos, Grafton and Carroll – 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.







Mark Laliberte
Business Resource Specialist - Seacoast   
603-271-6351
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Representing the division on the Seacoast region, 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. 




Mollie Kaylor, Business Resource Specialist
603-271-6305
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As part of the retention team, Mollie covers the southwestern region of the state. She brings a background in workforce development to this position, through her previous role as coordinator for a statewide employment and training program.




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Jimmie Hinson, Business Resource Specialist
603-271-6352
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Jimmie represents the NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs division in New Hampshire's Southern Tier - Hillsborough and parts of Rockingham County - assisting businesses with their expansion and retention needs.



 

Business Development Team




Michael Bergeron
Senior Business Development Manager
603-271-0658
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Michael manages the recruitment office, providing assistance to companies looking to expand in or relocate to New Hampshire.





Cynthia Harrington
Business Development Manager
603-271-0496
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Cindy has been with the Division of Economic Development since 2001. As the business development manager, she works with company representatives interested in expanding or relocating their operations to New Hampshire.






Bridgett Beckwith
Tax Credit Program Manager
603-271-2342
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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



Tina Kasim
Program Manager
603-271-0322
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Tina has more than 10 years of experience working with international economic development programs. She oversees the OIC’s programs and coordinates with partner agencies to assist New Hampshire companies reach overseas markets.






Nathaniel Nelson
International Trade Officer
603-271-0331
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Nathaniel’s experience working with international partners in Washington, D.C., led him to OIC. Nathaniel has since focused on supporting New Hampshire's aerospace and defense sectors, primarily through OIC’s involvement with the New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium.





Rachel Adams
603-271-0323
International Trade Officer
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Rachel graduated with a Master's of Business Administration from Fairfield University and received her Bachelor of Science from Marist College. Her experience working with international clients in New York City led her to the Office of International Commerce team. Rachel supports the training and event programs for New Hampshire businesses so they can be more competitive in the global marketplace. 

 

New Hampshire Government contracting Assistance center




David Pease
Program Manager
603-271-0295
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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 Specialist
603-271-7582

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.