Election is open April 1 – April 15

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If you do not receive your electronic ballot and would like to vote online please send an email to Debbie Hawkins and she will assist you in receiving a ballot. Upon request, the Bar will provide a traditional paper ballot.

Officers

President Elect – Sandra Cabrera

Sandra Cabrera of Waystack Frizzell Trial Lawyers

I humbly ask for your support of my candidacy for President Elect of the New Hampshire Bar Association.

Over this past year as Vice President, I have been inspired by the creativity and resiliency of our legal professionals across the state as they shifted to online meetings, trainings, depositions, hearings, and more.  I am proud of our Association, and its leadership under President Will and Executive Director Moore, for its continued service to our profession during these difficult times.

Now more than ever, as we recover from this past year, I understand that our Association will continue to face many challenges as we evolve and adjust to our new normal, whatever that is, over the next several years.  I feel that along with my perspective and range of experiences, I have the energy and resolve to face these challenges head on.

I am a partner at Waystack Frizzell in Colebrook New Hampshire, where I have been practicing in all areas of civil litigation, and appellate matters, in both State and Federal Courts.  Like many firms in New Hampshire, Waystack Frizzell is a small four-lawyer firm in a rural location.  Before moving to Colebrook, I worked as a law clerk for the Strafford and Carroll County Superior Courts.  I have served on the New Hampshire Board of Governors for the Association for eight years, first serving as the Coos County Representative, then as a Governor at Large, and presently as the Vice President.  I previously served several terms as a county representative for the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association’s (NHWBA) Board of Directors.

Whenever I have the chance, I enjoy teaching and giving back to our profession.  I am currently serving on the NH Bar Association’s new committee on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, which is chaired by Talesha Saint-Marc.  I am also serving as a mentor to younger lawyers through our Association’s renewed mentorship program.  I have recently given a training to the local Emergency Medical Services team regarding the legal aspects of their important work.  I have presented at the “Solo / Small Firm Practices” for the NHBA CLE program; local estate planning seminars for the public; and my partner Phil Waystack and I have given a guest lecture to a Torts class at Vermont Law School.  I have also taken on leadership roles within my community in Colebrook, New Hampshire by creating and managing an organization to take over a failing child care center, forming the 501(c)(3) nonprofit known as Colebrook Community Child Care, and obtaining grants to secure this important community asset.

In 2019, I was humbled to receive the Robert E. Kirby Award from the New Hampshire Bar Foundation.  This award is given each year to an attorney 35 years old or younger who demonstrates the traits of civility, courtesy, perspective and excellent advocacy.  I want to continue to practice law using those timeless principles and help to encourage my colleagues to do so, too.  Our level of professionalism as New Hampshire lawyers – the way we treat each other and the way we act in court – is recognized nationally.  I want to help to maintain that reputation for the NHBA.  I ask for your support as President Elect this next years, so I can continue serving our association and furthering these goals.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Vice President – Jonathan Eck

Jonathan M. Eck

Jonathan M. Eck of Orr & Reno PA

Jonathan Eck is a shareholder and member of the litigation department at Orr & Reno, P.A. in Concord, where he maintains a broad and varied litigation practice that includes business litigation, probate litigation, commercial leasing disputes, and tort claims.  From 2011 to 2020, Jonathan served on the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Board of Governors as a Governor-at-Large.  For the 2020-2021 Bar year, Jonathan is serving as the Merrimack County Governor.  Additionally, for the past five years, he has served on the Bar Association’s Committee on Cooperation with the Courts, which he has chaired since the fall of 2017.  Jonathan is the vice president and a trustee for the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society and a member of the Executive Committee for the New Hampshire Estate Planning Council.  Jonathan formerly served as a member of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire’s Federal Court Advisory Committee.  In 2014-2015 Jonathan was president of the Manchester Bar Association.  In 2015, Jonathan received the New Hampshire Bar Foundation’s Robert E. Kirby Award.  Jonathan was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar in 2006.  He received his law degree from Vermont Law School and is a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Since the fall of 2011, I have served on the NHBA Board of Governors (for three consecutive terms as a Governor-at-Large and currently as Merrimack County Governor).  I am now seeking to be elected Vice President of the New Hampshire Bar Association.  Over the course of the past decade I have faithfully attended Board of Governors meetings and meaningfully contributed to board work during and outside of those meetings.  Through my work chairing the NHBA’s Committee on Cooperation With the Courts over the course of the past several years I have gained significant insight into the operations of our courts and awareness of the numerous and varied interests, needs, and priorities that must be balanced in the operation of our court system.  In the course of my service I have also helped the Bar Associate provide great value to its members.  With your support, I hope that I will have the opportunity to continue to contribute to the important work that the Bar Association is doing on behalf of its members and in support of the delivery of legal services in New Hampshire.

Treasurer – Christopher Regan

Christopher Regan of of Bamford Dedopoulos & Regan

As a former Vice President said: “Don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.”  The New Hampshire Bar Association must reflect the values and interests of its members.  Having worked in a medium-sized firm, as a solo practitioner and in small partnerships, I am aware that every dollar spent comes from someone’s pocket and might be used elsewhere.  And having served as a member of the Board of Governors as Strafford County Representative and Governor-at-Large for the past 13 years, I know what the Bar does that is important to our members.   I have been a member of the Bar Finance Committee for a number of years.

As Treasurer, my duty would be to see that each dollar continues to be spent in a manner that directly benefits the interests and values of our members.  I will keep in mind that the programs that the Bar provides benefit its members in a cost-efficient manner.

I was born in Cambridge and grew up in West Chester, Pa and Fairport, NY (outside Rochester).  My undergraduate was at Cornell University (A.B. 1975) and I received my J.D. from Boston University (1982).  I believe that service is important and have been the Assistant and then Durham Town Moderator since 2004.  In addition to full-time law practice, I have also been on a number of boards of community non-profits, including serving as treasurer.

Secretary – Susan Aileen Lowry

Susan Aileen Lowry of Upton & Hatfield LLP

I respectfully ask for your vote for Secretary of the New Hampshire Bar Association.  I am a partner

at Upton & Hatfield, LLP and a member of the firm’s Employment Law, Municipal Law, Personal Injury, and Business/Commercial Law practice groups.  I was admitted to practice in New Hampshire in 2008 after graduating magna cum laude from Vermont Law School.  I received my B.A. from St. Olaf College.  My practice began at the New Hampshire Public Defender’s office in Rockingham County, and for the past decade, I have been in private practice both on the Seacoast and in Concord.  My practice includes both state, federal, and appellate practice.

I have been privileged to serve New Hampshire attorneys over the years.  I have been on the New Hampshire Board of Governor since 2017 as the Governor for Rockingham County.  I currently serve on the New Hampshire Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules.  I am also a member of the Rockingham County Bar Association Board of Directors and have been for almost the past decade, serving as President in 2016-2017.  I am a graduate of the 2014-2015 N.H. Bar Association Leadership Academy and an active participant in the Charles C. Doe Inns of Court.  I am grateful for these opportunities to serve and welcome the opportunity to continue to contribute to the practice of law as Secretary for the New Hampshire Bar Association.  New Hampshire is privileged to have a collegial bar, and I believe it is a common goal for us to maintain that environment.

Governor-At-Large –  2 Open Seats

Christine Hanisco

Christine Hanisco of The Stein Law Firm PLLC

Christine Hanisco is an attorney with The Stein Law Firm, PLLC in Concord, and is licensed in both

Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Chrissy grew up in Connecticut, but primarily has resided in New Hampshire since 1989. She is 2000 graduate of New York Law School and a 1993 graduate of Saint Anselm College.

Chrissy’s current practice focuses on third party family building through adoption and assisted reproductive technology (ART). She has co-written and successfully advocated for passage of legislation to benefit all NH residents who are building their families through adoption and ART. She is an active member of the NH Women’s Bar Association, the NHBA’s Family Law Section, the ABA’s Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee, and the Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy, as well as a member of its Grievance Committee. Since June 2017, she has served on Resolve New England’s Board of Directors, including its Executive Committee, which is a regional nonprofit that provides advocacy, support and education to those with infertility, and currently is serving a two-year term as Vice President for the Capital Region Mothers of Multiples.

It has been a privilege to serve on the Board of Governors over the past two years. Having initially been appointed to fill a vacated At-Large seat and then elected to the final year of that term, I would be honored to have the Bar’s support in serving my own 3-year term.  As the legal community continues to grapple with the challenges of the pandemic, I seek to be a voice for all of the Bar’s members and ensure that the needs of our members and the public are met as we move forward. My years as a public servant, combined with my experience in a small firm allow me to have a keen understanding of the needs of the majority of our members. Thank you for your support.

Catherine Shanelaris

Catherine Shanelaris of Shanelaris & Schirch, PLLC

Cathy is a founding member and partner with Shanelaris & Schirch, PLLC in Nashua, NH.  She

received her B.A. in political science from the University of New Hampshire at Durham and her J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 1992.  Cathy is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, Nashua Bar Association and Women’s Bar Association.  She was formerly the chief staff attorney for the New Hampshire Division of Child Support Services.  Cathy practices law in the domestic relations area including divorce, child support, parenting and guardianship matters.  She is a trained marital mediator.  She is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Family Law Section and the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Pro Bono Governing Board.  Cathy is the former Hillsborough County-South representative for the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association.  She was appointed by the New Hampshire Supreme Court to the Access to Justice Commission and the New Hampshire Commission on the New Hampshire Bar in the Twenty-First Century.  She is the current Governor-at-Large for the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Board of Governors.  Cathy was appointed by the Governor to the New Hampshire Board of Psychologists as its public board member.  She is a New Hampshire Bar Foundation Fellow. Cathy is a frequent lecturer on family law topics at continuing legal education programs and the author of several legal articles relating to family law issues.

I have been a Governor-at-Large for the last term on the New Hampshire Bar Association Board of Governors.  It has been an amazing experience to be involved at the governance level of the Bar Association.  I am interested in continuing to represent the interests and needs of the members of our Bar Association.  I take very seriously my obligations as a Board member to make decisions in the best interests of the membership.  I would be grateful and honored to continue my work as a governor to bring the needs and concerns of the members to the Board.  As one of its very important tasks, the Board of Governors sets the strategic direction of the Association.  I am dedicated to working collaboratively with the other Board members and Bar leadership to ensure that our Bar Association understands the challenges, needs and opportunities for our members as we move forward, especially in light of the challenges we face during this pandemic.

Public Sector Governor

Lindsey Courtney

Lindsey Courtney of NH Office of Professional Licensure and Certification

Lindsey B. Courtney is currently the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Office of Professional Licensure and Certification, the state agency responsible for administering occupational licensing boards in New Hampshire.  Born in Georgia and raised in Massachusetts, Lindsey attended Northeastern University and thereafter New England School of Law, where she was a recipient of the Sandra Day O’Connor Award.  Lindsey clerked for the New Hampshire Superior Court and practiced medical malpractice and personal injury law at Abramson, Brown & Dugan, before joining the Department of Justice as litigation counsel to the Department of Health and Human Services.  Lindsey has served on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association since 2014 and is presently the NHWBA Vice President.  She is co-founder of the NHWBA Women to Women Project, designed to unite women attorneys with female inmates at the New Hampshire State Prison for Women for the purpose of providing general legal information.  Lindsey has been an active member of several associations, including most recently as representative to the American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys.

I believe that all professionals have a duty to give back to their profession and to serve the public.   As a leader, I also believe in continuous improvement.  Members of the New Hampshire Bar Association have created a wonderful professional community.  I would welcome love the opportunity to give back to my profession and to look for new ways to better serve members of our profession and to continue to improve the administration of justice.

Out of State Governor

Jason Dennis

Jason Dennis of Hastings Melia PA

I am Jason Dennis, an attorney with Hastings Malia P.A. in Fryeburg, Maine. I am a general practitioner with a focus on civil litigation and municipal law.

I was previously appointed to fill the Out-of-State Governor seat, and I have served in that capacity for two years. I am now seeking your vote to continue my service on the Board. One of my interests is that the business and practice of law remain current with our changing world. My hope is that by serving as Out-of-State Governor, I can make a positive contribution to the New Hampshire Bar, with an advantageous derivative effect upon the many people and entities that New Hampshire attorneys advise and represent.

I feel uniquely situated to serve on the NHBA Board of Governors as the Out-of-State Governor because of my path to practicing law in Fryeburg, ME.

I was born and raised in Central Virginia (otherwise known as the Piedmont), graduated from Roanoke College in Salem, VA in 2003, and graduated from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law (in Bloomington, IN) in 2008. Thereafter, I was first licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Although I have handled matters in Massachusetts (where I remain licensed, albeit currently in inactive status), my first law job was in New Hampshire, and I was sworn into the NH Bar in May of 2010.

Until I started with Hastings Malia P.A. in February of 2019, I practiced mostly in the Concord, NH and Manchester, NH areas. While in the Concord area, I also coached the Concord High School Girls’ Freshman soccer team for two seasons. Now, licensed and practicing in Maine, I am a member of the Oxford County Bar Association. I am also a rostered GAL in Maine. Currently my practice is apportioned approximately 50/50 between NH and ME.

I have previously served the NH Bar as a member of the New Lawyers Committee for several years, and I am a 2017 Graduate of the NHBA Leadership Academy.

I am currently serving on the Leadership Academy Steering Committee and the NHBA’s Committee for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.

Additionally, I am currently serving on the Board of Directors for Tin Mountain Conservation Center, which is based in Albany, NH.

I am asking for your vote to continue serving as the Out-of-State Governor.

Thank you.

County Governors

Cheshire – Monique Schmidt

Monique Schmidt of NH Public Defenders Office

Monique Schmidt is a public defender in Keene. In 2011 she graduated from Roger Williams University with a B.A. in American studies. She worked for Greenpeace in Boston, organizing communities around climate change and corporate abuse issues. There she developed a lifelong dedication to public service and advocacy. In 2017, she graduated from Roger Williams University School of Law, became a member of the N.H. bar, and went directly to work for the N.H. Public Defender in Keene.

Though she is a Massachusetts native – born and raised in Boylston, and currently living in Lancaster – Cheshire County is home away from home. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve the Cheshire County and connect with members of the legal community.

Coos  – Scott Whitaker

Scott Whitaker of COOS County Attorney’s Office

Scott J. Whitaker is an assistant county attorney with the Coös County Attorney’s Office. His primary responsibility is prosecuting felony-level cases at the superior court while working with local and state law enforcement officials. Prior to working as a prosecutor, Scott was an associate with Waystack Frizzell, Trial Lawyers, a local law firm with a state and federal civil practice. A 2014 graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, Scott was a member of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program and served as the 2013-2014 Chief Justice for the UNH Moot Court Advisory Board. He is a proud graduate of both Plymouth State University and White Mountains Community College.

As the Coös County Governor, I will look to add my experience as a North Country resident and attorney to the Board of Governors. A healthy, robust, and member-friendly bar association dedicated to supporting its members is necessary in today’s legal environment. My perspective as a rural attorney with experience in both the private and public sectors allows me to provide a broad perspective on how the bar can continue to maintain and improve its member support. I am honored to continue serving Coös County on the NHBA Board of Governors.

Grafton – Viktoriya Kovalenko

Viktoriya Kovalenko of Grafton County Attorney’s Office

Viktoriya Kovalenko has worked as an Assistant County Attorney at the Grafton County Attorney Office since 2015. There, she has prosecuted a variety of cases, including several jury trials to verdict. She is also on the team of the Grafton County Drug Court.

Viktoriya received her J.D. from Vermont Law School. After graduation, she worked as a law clerk for the Grafton and Coos County Superior courts.  After her clerkship, she stayed in Northern New England, moving briefly to Maine, but then returning to the upper valley. Prior to her current position, she worked at several small firms, gaining experience working on municipal law cases, family law cases, and other civil matters.

She has previously served as a board member on the NH Women’s Bar Association. Viktoriya’s experience working for the court system, in private practice, and as a prosecutor, and as member of the Drug Court team, makes her uniquely suited to raise awareness on the Board of Governors about the administration of justice in New Hampshire Courts.

Merrimack County – Heather Cherniske

Heather Cherniske of NH Attorney General’s Office – DOJ

Heather is an assistant attorney general in the Criminal Bureau at the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.  She has worked at the Attorney General’s Office for over seven years in various capacities, including as an assistant attorney general in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and as the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security fraud prosecutor.  Previously, she worked as an assistant Concord city prosecutor for two years.  She has also worked as a New Hampshire Superior Court law clerk in the Rockingham County Superior Court.  She received her undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 2007 and graduated from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2010.

Heather currently serves as the NH Bar Association Board of Governors ABA Young Lawyers Delegate.  Additionally, she serves on the Bar Association’s Committee on Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion, and on the Public Service/Public Sector Law Committee.   Outside of the NH Bar Association, she is an active member of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association and has held various positions on the board of directors.  She is also a member of the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee, and is a commissioner for the Victims’ Compensation Commission.

I am interested in the Merrimack County Governor position because I am an advocate who would like to represent the interests of attorneys practicing in this area.  I have worked in Merrimack County for just under ten years, and I have met and worked with many bar members working and living in this county.  Through this position, I hope to expand that network, and share the Merrimack County attorneys’ interests and perspectives with the Board of Governors.  As the ABA Young Lawyer Delegate, I have enjoyed working with the Board of Governors to actively address issues facing our Bar Association.  I want to continue that work.

While the pandemic has created many professional hardships, colleagues have also shared some advancements that they hope will remain once society returns to normal.  If elected, I will work with the Board of Governors to embrace the positive change and encourage our legal community to do the same, while recognizing and promoting the collegial, professional network that we have all created by in-person participation in our Bar.

Rockingham – Paul Kleinman

Paul Kleinman of Bouchard Kleinman & Wright PA

I am a Boston University Law School graduate and have been a lawyer for the last 35 years since 1986.  I have been the managing partner in my law firm, Bouchard, Kleinman & Wright for the  past 20 years. My practice focuses on complex civil litigation. I have served as the vice chair on the Bar’s Insurance committee and have been involved in specific projects such as the Pro Bono call marathons.  As I get into the later stage of my career, I would like to give back in a more significant way to the legal community that has been so supportive of me through the years.  This is why I seek to serve on the Board of Governors for Rockingham.  I do believe that my background and experience will allow me to be a valuable addition to the Board and the NHBA.    I am a member of the Charles Doe Inn’s of Court. I previously served on the Board of New Generations and presently serve on the Board of Great Bay Services who provides supports for developmentally disabled individuals. My wife and I have four children and reside in Brentwood, NH.

ABA Associate Delegate  – 1 Open Seat

Michael Iacopino

Michael Iacopino of Brennan Iacopino and Hickey

I ask for your vote to serve as the ABA Association Delegate for the New Hampshire Bar Association.

My family came to New Hampshire in 1976. After graduation from the University of New Hampshire and Suffolk Law School I joined the New Hampshire Bar in 1984. I began my practice at the New Hampshire Public Defender Program. For the past 33 years I have practiced at a single law firm in Manchester – Brennan Lenehan.

It has been my privilege over the years to serve our Bar in several positions. I am the chair of the NHBA Legislation Committee and have served on the Committee on Cooperation with the Courts. Locally, I have served the New Hampshire criminal defense bar. I am a past president of the New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and continue to serve that organization as a member of its Board of Directors. I have served the federal criminal defense bar as a Criminal Justice Act Panel Representative and on the CJA Selection Committee.

I have leadership experience in serving national bar associations. I was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for six years and continue to chair two policy committees for NACDL. I also serve on the NACDL Amicus Committee.

These experiences make a strong foundation to serve our Bar as the Association Delegate to the ABA.  My door is always open, and my phone line is always available to other lawyers. If elected I will endeavor to assure that the common-sense voice of the New Hampshire Bar Association is persuasively presented in the ABA House of Delegates.

Charla Stevens

Charla Steven of McLane Middleton Professional Association

I am running for the opportunity to represent the New Hampshire Bar Association as the Association’s Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates.  As a member of the New Hampshire Bar since 1984, I believe I can fairly represent a diverse cross-section of attorneys.  Although I currently chair a practice group in the state’s largest law firm where I have practiced for 20 years, in the first 17 years of my career I worked in small  firms doing a variety of legal work. I have served on the board of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association and been on several NHBA committees including the Gender Equality Committee, the (former) Lawyer’s Assistance Committee and the Conflict Resolution Committee.   As a younger lawyer I served as Executive Editor of the New Hampshire Bar Journal, a job which first got me involved in NHBA volunteer activities and a position I truly loved.

I have been an ABA member continuously since 1992 and have been active in several different sections over the years.  Most recently, my focus has been in the leadership of the Section of Litigation, but I am also a member of the Section of Labor and Employment.  I have been an appointed section leader for well over ten years having first served as a co-chair of a substantive law committee, followed by roles as co-chair of the Book Publishing Board and then the Content Management Committee.  I currently serve as a Division Director for the Section’s task forces, which are primarily responsible for particular focus areas for the Section.  Examples include Children’s Rights Litigation, Access to Justice, Pro Bono, Amicus Curiae, and American Judicial System (focused on maintaining the independence of the judiciary).  I am also a member of one of the task forces, the Mental Health and Wellness Task Force, which gives me the opportunity to work on a national level on an issue of critical importance to the future of our profession: the well-being of its members along the continuum of the life of a practitioner, from law school to seasoned senior lawyer.

I was recently nominated to serve a three year term on the Section of Litigation Council, the governing body of the ABA’s largest section, beginning in August 2021.

Serving my community is a passion to me, and my current volunteer activities include being on the Board of Granite United Way, where I chair the Governance Committee and Co-Chair the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee, and on the board of Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, a part of Solution Health.  I was appointed by Governor Maggie Hassan to Chair the New Hampshire Personnel Appeals Board on which I sat for three years.  I was just this week appointed by the Supreme Court to sit on the board of the NH Lawyers’ Assistance Program.

I grew up in Haverhill, MA and attended Merrimack College and Boston College Law School. I have lived in New Hampshire for 37 years, my entire professional life, and I would be honored to be your representative to the ABA House of Delegates.