Inaugural Class of Granite Leaders Program Graduates

2013-2014 GRANITE LEADERS GRADUATES: Sixteen participants from the inaugural Granite Leaders class were recognized for completing the six-month educational program.  Pictured, (l. to r. back row) Cathy Kuhn, Ph.D., Director of the NH Coalition to End Homelessness, Michael Robb, John Pelletier, John Jasiek, Leonard Constant II, Rebecca Curley, Craig Meriwether, Joanne St. Hillaire, Sheila Richards and Maureen Beauregard, President of Families in Transition.  Pictured, (l. to r. middle row) Chrissy Simonds, Cindy Moher-Bowman, Sharon Soltani, Liza Urena, Xiante Dahabi, and Diana Richard.  Pictured, (l. to r. front row) Diane Zielinski and Michou Nanduhura.


Graduates of homeless-and-formerly-homeless leadership program set their sights on improving the quality of life in communities across New Hampshire. 

MANCHESTER, NH – On April 23, 2014 at Southern New Hampshire University, sixteen graduates from the inaugural class of Granite Leaders, a program of the NH Coalition to End Homelessness, were recognized for completing a six-month leadership training program.  Graduates of the program now set their sights on improving the quality of life in communities across New Hampshire.

During the six-month program, participants received training on a number of topics, which included learning about best practices on working with policymakers, learning how to raise awareness about an issue through grassroots organizing and learning about effective techniques for public speaking. 

“The passion and energy among this group of leaders is reflected in the many successes that they have already achieved,” said Cathy Kuhn, Ph.D., Director of the NH Coalition to End Homelessness.  “Since our first training session last November, these exceptional leaders have had their voices heard on a wide range of issues and in a number of different ways.”

One participant that utilized the skills he gained was Leonard Constant, who raised awareness about homelessness as an in-studio guest on NH Public Radio’s “The Exchange” in January of 2014. "Granite Leaders has given me the confidence to let my voice be heard and has opened my eyes to the possibilities that are available to get involved in a cause,” said Constant, a 2014 Granite Leaders Graduate.

The Granite Leaders program, which received financial support from the New Hampshire Housing and Finance Authority and the Bank of New Hampshire, will be recruiting participants and sponsors for the next participating class, which will begin in November of 2014. 

To learn more about Granite Leaders or about sponsorship opportunities, visit www.nhceh.org/GraniteLeaders.

The NH Coalition to End Homelessness is a nonprofit organization with the purpose of eliminating the causes of homelessness through research, education, and advocacy.  For more information about the NHCEH, visit www.nhceh.org or call 603-641-9441.



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