Louise Franck Cyr, Chair
Louise retired from the University of Maine in 2009 with the title of Extension Professor Emerita in recognition of her distinguished Cooperative Extension career. She brings over 30 years of experience working with individuals, organizations and community groups as a facilitator, educator and life coach. Louise is a published coauthor of Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level I Curriculum and several peer reviewed journal articles about the impact of facilitation skill building at the organizational and community level.
Shortly after moving to Henniker, it was time to become rooted in this quaint college town. She designed and facilitated several LINEC and AIL (Adventures in Learning) courses, “Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom” and “Aging Gracefully.” Louise served on the White Birch Community Center board from 2014 to 2018. As a board member she facilitated a task force to explore senior programs in the area as well as serving as President in 2017-2018. Louise has recently become a Hospice volunteer providing companionship for patients at the end of their lives.
Louise is a lifelong learner. After retiring, she resumed her harp playing and learned how to play the Native American flute. She is an avid knitter, rug hooker, stained glass artist, cross country skier and golfing enthusiast.
Nola Jordan, Vice-Chair, Catalog Editor
Nola is a retired high school French teacher. Born and raised in Kentucky, she spent her working life in Connecticut. When retirement brought her to New Hampshire, she began seeking ways to become part of the community. She worked part-time in a small independent bookstore – a dream job for a lifelong reader – and began volunteering with several organizations: Concord Hospital, the Concord Cold Weather Shelter, Kearsarge Food Pantry, and the Friendly Kitchen. She served three terms as a trustee of her local library, the final four years as Treasurer.
In 2010 friends introduced her to LINEC. Taking courses through LINEC has enabled Nola to pursue on going interests as well as explore new ones. An added benefit has been the opportunity to get to know and connect with so many interesting fellow learners.
Throughout her life, learning about the world through travel has been Nola’s great passion, albeit one drastically curtailed at the moment. Closer to home, she loves being outdoors, whether hiking, skiing, golfing or birding. When Mother Nature keeps her inside, she enjoys reading, knitting and learning to play the recorder.
Lee DeBell, Treasurer
Lee has been an active member and Treasurer of LINEC since 2011.
Prior to retiring from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2010, Lee spent the final eighteen years of his career as a national training specialist, developing implementation and training plans for the nationwide rollout of multiple large strategic computer systems in the agency. He also served as the lead instructor for many of the training courses offered and led a team that developed and implemented a “Train-the-Trainer” program to develop additional instructor teams throughout the United States.
Lee is also a volunteer Instructor, Deputy State Director, and Data Manager for the AARP Driver Safety Program in New Hampshire and enjoys teaching the AARP Smart Driver classroom training course.
Lee enjoys photographing nature and finding ways to use technology to improve how we manage and carry out our daily lives. He and his wife, Charlotte, also enjoy their family and friends, reading, international travel (prior to Covid), and spending time enjoying nature.
Paul Hague, Curriculum Committee Member
Paul Hague is a retired geologist who spent many years conducting geophysical surveys to illuminate what lies beneath. An avid reader, he always has a book going, sometimes two or three. He first joined LINEC back in the early 2000s and, believe it or not, taught a course on Joyce’s Ulysses. After departing for several years to teach school, he returned a few years ago to enjoy the courses offered and to present a few on geology. Always eager to learn something new and to satisfy a curious and skeptical mind, he will stick around to see what develops.
Heleen Kurk, Member
With learning being a never-ending pursuit, teaching both elementary school and college was a perfect combination for Heleen. Weave parenting, gardening, reading, raising animals, and volunteering into her life before and after retiring brought her naturally to LINEC. Over the many years she has been involved in LINEC she has met a circle of talented, interesting and a diverse group of people and courses making life richer day by day.
Anne McCausland, Nominating Committee Chair
Anne is serving her second term on the Steering Committee. She works on the catalog and chairs the Nominating Committee…always looking for new volunteers! A transplant from the Chicago area, having lived 20 plus years in New Hampshire, she now considers herself a resident.
After teaching Latin and Greek she made a career switch and went to Social Work School, lifelong learning! She worked in Concord as a psychotherapist for 15 years before retiring. For Anne, the hardest part of LINEC is choosing which courses to take. She has forced herself to a limit of three per term. Her enjoyment of courses led her to agree to serve on the Steering Committee. She also enjoys walking, gardening and practicing tai chi.
Richard McNamara, Nominating Committee Member
The word “Learning” says it all for me. Either being a recipient or provider of knowledge has been part of my various careers and life experiences. My educational career began as a high school science teacher for 18 years. Over the next 25 years I oversaw the day-to-day operations at a successful wellness clinic. Following my passion for health education, I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Nutritional Counselor. Continuing to educate and serve the community, I served as a New Hampshire State Representative from 2012-2018.
After years of diverse employment, I have learned a great deal and transferred useful knowledge to others. Taking classes through LINEC has provided me with opportunities for personal growth in a low stress and interesting environment.
My mother came to America from Ireland in 1929 as a teenager. She often told my brothers and me “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” Follow my mother’s advice and take a LINEC class – you never know where it will lead you!
Fran Philippe, Curriculum Committee Chair, Catalog Layout
Fran is a happily retired elementary school teacher having taught grades five and six for her 22-year career. Attending Antioch University NE Graduate School led to teacher exchanges in England and Russia. She taught grade five in Hawaii for two years and has traveled extensively.
Retirement has allowed for a variety of volunteer opportunities, currently at the Concord UU Church, the Friendly Kitchen, The Backpack Program at Merrimack Valley School District and most importantly, LINEC. Here, she has been an active member for 32 years having served several terms on the Steering Committee, as Chair and as Vice Chair, and on the Curriculum Committee. She is currently Curriculum Chair and does the catalog layout. Simply, LINEC brings her much fulfillment!
Immersing herself in the environment is what brings her the most joy while hiking, snowshoeing and kayaking. At the beginning of COVID, she reached her goal of hiking all 81 miles of trails in Concord, New Hampshire at age 81, taking 116 miles to do it. Gardening, arts and crafts, music and reading bring comfort at home.
Edda Poggio, Nominating Committee Member
Edda was an elementary school teacher in Concord, New Hampshire for 30 years retiring in 1998. After retirement she expanded her garden, joined a second reading group, explored the countryside, some of the national parks and started painting in watercolors.
She was given a membership to LINEC at her retirement and has been with the organization ever since. It was a most welcomed gift since it gave her the opportunity to continue learning, explore new interests, meet like-minded people, make new friends and support a worthwhile organization. Through the years she has served in a variety of LINEC’s committees spending most of her time in the Curriculum and Catalog Committees.
Susan Roman, Mailing
Susan is a retired attorney. After retiring from the law she earned a Master of Divinity degree with concentrations in spirituality and the relationship between religion and science. She has also worked for many years on boards and commissions in her hometown of Webster and with other organizations primarily doing conservation and environmental projects. She continues to enjoy learning and has attended LINEC classes for many years. Presently she is serving on the LINEC Steering Committee.