Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Fellowship Housing is the governing body of the organization and the management entity of all the housing projects. It is comprised of seven to fifteen interested community members and meets monthly to provide oversight and guidance on strategic initiatives. Board members bring a diverse range of skills and interest to Fellowship Housing which helps in achieving our vision and mission. It is the board that has the primary fiduciary responsibility for the financial health of the organization and supervision of the Executive Director.

For more information on the roles and responsibilities of board members, please click here.

To apply for consideration as a member of the board, please click here for an application for board membership.


Joan Gilmore - President

After graduating from college, Joan found a job as a social worker in a child welfare agency where my caseload consisted of infants and young children in foster care and in adoption placements. After two years in that setting, she left to get her M.S.W., and then returned to that agency to work with unmarried parents in a town that hosted both a university and a nursing school. Joan moved from that job to an in-patient psychiatric ward of a local general hospital, where she learned the basics of both hospital and psychiatric social work care. She then moved to a university counseling service where she had the opportunity to work again with adolescents and young adults.

Beginning in 1972, Joan worked for two years on an adult in-patient ward at Bellevue Hospital in New York, and then went to law school in Washington DC, attending a clinical program that focused on poverty law. During some of that time, she worked at the US Civil Rights Commission in the Office of the Attorney General.

Since moving to New Hampshire, her work has primarily been a Senior Psychiatric Social Worker at NH Hospital; a Guardian ad Litem in the former District, Superior, and Probate Courts; as a social worker at Casey Family Services; and as a staff attorney at the Legal Advice and Referral Center.

Many years ago, Joan was asked by a former board member of the original Fellowship House program to write proposal for what has become Fellowship Housing Opportunities. Once the proposal was accepted, she was asked to join the Board and has remained on the Board ever since. Participating in the evolution of FHO has been a privilege for her throughout this time, both because of the contribution the programs make to the quality of life for its participants and because she believes that FHO programs and housing contribute to the quality and character of the greater Concord community.


Matthew Bacon - Vice President

Matthew is a motivated young business professional from the Concord area. Currently, he is a Realtor, high tech small business owner, and is also pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree in Entrepreneurship at Southern NH University. In his former professional career, he has been a computer engineer, IT sales rep, state representative candidate, life and health independent insurance broker, and entrepreneur in several fields. His varied work experiences have guided him to pursue real estate sales and investment, and to follow his passion for committing himself to volunteer opportunities in the community. These include providing free IT services for deployed service member's families and working to improve housing placement for under-served individuals, particularly by transforming currently blighted properties into productive and improved housing. Matthew is looking forward to what he can contribute and learn, as a newly appointed member of the board for Fellowship Housing Opportunities.

Matthew graduated nearly ten years ago with his Bachelor of Arts degree in English, graduating Cum Laude, with Honors, and elected to Psi Chi. Matthew credits his drive and interests to the high tech innovation and startup experiences he has pursued with his business partner. Two of his greatest strengths are adaptability and creativity which were both exemplified recently when placing a house deal with an investor. Matthew is excited to broaden and create partnerships and opportunities for affordable living, as he works with the leaders in our community.


Robin Milnes - Treasurer

Robin Milnes has more than 25 years of experience in real estate acquisitions, property management, sales, leasing, budgeting, fiscal oversight, and administration.  She originally built and developed the property management arm for INEX, a company based out of Manchester, that she and her husband own and operate. 

Previously, Robin served as a Vice President and Human Resources Manager for the New England branch of USI Insurance Services. 

Milnes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Additionally, Robin served on the Board of Directors for the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire for 9 years and currently serves on its Advisory Council.  Having held the officer positions of Secretary, Chair and Vice Chair, Robin led the Board and organization through several years of transition and change.  She has also chaired the Animal Rescue League’s annual auction, its largest fundraising event, for several years.

Finally, Robin is a graduate from the Leadership NH Class of 2015.


Jean Barnes - Secretary

Jean has work for the State of New Hampshire for over 35 years, starting with the Office of Legislative Services, serving two Governors, John H. Sununu, as his Legislative Aide and Stephen E. Merrill, as his Executive Assistant, among the other duties while in Governor Merrill’s Office, was Assistant to the First Lady, Heather W. Merrill. During her 35 year tenure Jean was also the Administrator of the Board of Medicine, Financial Manager/Department of Health & Human Service/Office of Program Support and the Manager of the newly created Office of Professional Licensing which is the 17 small Administratively Attached Boards under DHHS.

Jean has served on the Commission for Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education; Board Member and President of the Mast Yard West Condo Association; New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition; American Cancer Society’s Making Strides; Public Member to the Board of Medicine; Moderator of Ward 2 in Concord and Member of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Choir.

Professionally, one of Jean’s greatest accomplishments was assisting First Lady Heather Merrill plan and execute 23 Breast Cancer Town Meeting, which were held throughout the State. With the cooperation of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, they were provided with the medical experts needed to inform citizens on the latest information available.

Jean’s second accomplishment was combining 17 small regulatory Boards into one administrative unit. This has been accomplished with the cooperation of the New Hampshire General Court, the Department of Health & Human Services and the Boards themselves. Not only combining the Boards, but also moving all 25 DHHS/Administratively Attached Boards and Advisory Committees into the Philbrook Building on the State Hospital Grounds.

Jean is the mother of three grown children and one granddaughter, who is her travel partner, her pal and her best friend.


Herbert Carpenter - Trustee

Herbert Carpenter is a member of the management team at LRGHealthcare in Laconia, NH and works primarily in the areas of contracting and operations. He has over thirty years of experience in health insurance operations and hospital administration. Previously he was employed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire where he held leadership positions in underwriting, operations and provider services. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Bryant University and a Masters from Southern New Hampshire University.

He lives in Concord, NH with his wife Tracie and is active in his church and community. He enjoys spending time at their home in York, ME and researching genealogy.


Wit Jones - Trustee

Wit Jones has worked for the Small Business Association from 1972 until December 2010. Throughout his time there, he filled many different roles. In 1992, Wit was the New Hampshire Team Leader of the New England Lending and Recovery project. As Team Leader, Wit was responsible for ten permanent SBA employees detailed to NH from SBA offices located throughout the United States. His duties also included hiring, managing and supervising temporary employees for the program. Wit’s ability in operating the NELRP was proven and documented as he was awarded the Administrator’s Certificate of Special Achievement. He also received from the Regional Administrator a Special Performance award and a letter of recognition. In the letter the Regional Administrator wrote; “You were selected as a team leader to head up this significant and time sensitive program because of your management skills, finance background and established relationships with senior bankers. The employees under your direction were well supervised, trained and efficiently managed.”

From 1993-2007, Wit was the Chief of Finance Division, a Supervisory Business Development Specialist, and a Senior Loan Officer for the Small Business administration. Wit was responsible for all loan activities including loan processing, servicing, and liquidation. From 2007 until his retirement, Wit was a District Director. As District Director, Wit was responsible for all activities of the District including lender relations, business development, loan financing, servicing and liquidation, entrepreneurial development, community development, management assistance, international trade.

Wit holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hartwick College and has continued his education throughout his career. Since his retirement, Wit has spent time volunteering on Boards and Committees. He has been a part of the Child and Family Services board, the Granite United Way Grant Awards Committee, and the Fellowship Housing Opportunities board.


Carol Nelson - Trustee

Carol Nelson and her husband, Charlie moved to Concord in 1976.  They have two grown sons, an old house, a crazy Boston Terrier, and a sweet rescued cat, Earl Gray. Carol has held many positions and titles in the past. She has been an advocate, a Municipal and Business Librarian, a Technical Services Librarian, a Reference Librarian, a writer, a customer service manager, researcher, NHLA Lobbyist, a consultant, gardener, and school aide.  She has also worked for many organizations around the state, like NHTI, Concord’s Community College, NH Preservation Alliance, NH Dept of Environmental Services, NH Dept of Health and Human Services, NH Alzheimer’s Association, Fernlea Flowers, Nashua Public Library, and different retail stores. In addition to working and living within the community, Carol also serves on the boards for Fellowship Housing Opportunities and The Children’s Place.

Carol has found that her time as a director/trustee of Fellowship Housing Opportunities has been an education in the needs of the residents having chronic mental illness, who live quietly in Concord.  She feels there is a strong demand for safe, well-maintained housing to support these individuals. FHO accepts HUD money and CDBG grant funds to rehabilitate housing into clean, attractive apartments and studios, in turn offering our folk quality housing in Concord neighborhoods. Carol believes our programs reduce the stress and ongoing demands on a family, who has provided a lifetime of care to someone with mental illness.

Carol has a sibling with developmental delays and mental health issues, who lives independently in another NH city.  Her time on the board has heightened her awareness of those who truly need community support, daily services and a safe place to live.


Tom Peters - Trustee


Karen Orsini - Trustee

Having served more than four decades as a Behavioral Health Administrator, Researcher and Expert Consultant to federal, state and local programs, Karen is now enjoying a life of retirement. 

Karen remains active in many volunteer cpacities.  Her most important role is "Mum" to her three adult children and "Nana" to her four young adult grandchildren. 

Karen travels often and enjoys the tranquility of life on an isolated pond in rural NH with her long term partner. 


Kristy Moen - Trustee