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.

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

 

Robin Milnes - Interim President

Robin Milnes has more than 30 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, which 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.  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.

Robin is a graduate from the Leadership NH Class of 2015, and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Business Administration through Southern New Hampshire University.

Todd Watson – Treasurer

Todd has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, and management within the banking and retail/wholesale manufacturing industries. He has been with Bangor Savings Bank in Concord since March 2019 and is primarily responsible for the acquisition of new banking relationships, maintaining and deepening the relationships of his portfolio clients, and analyzing new loan requests. Prior to joining Bangor Savings Bank, Todd served as Relationship Manager with Citizens Bank, and previously was Vice President of Commercial Lending with Bank of New Hampshire. He served as a board member and past President of the Wentworth Economic Development Corporation in Wolfeboro and resides in the Lakes Region with his wife and two daughters.

Jean Barnes - Secretary

Jean worked 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.

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.

John Martin - Trustee

John received a degree in law from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) in 1986.  He began working for the Department of Health and Human Services in June 1987, first as a legal intern and then as counsel to the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services.  He also served as counsel to New Hampshire Hospital. 

From December 1999 until May 2006 he served as counsel to the Department’s licensing units and to the Division of Public Health Services. 

In May 2006 he became the Manager of the Bureau of Licensing and Certification.  In that capacity he oversaw the Health Facility Licensing Unit, the Health Facility Certification Unit, the Child Care Licensing Unit, the Professional Licensing Unit and the Therapeutic Cannabis Program.  He left that position and now works as the Department’s Deputy Chief Legal Counsel. He also serves as the Chair of the Multi-Disciplinary Team under RSA 135-E. In addition, since 2009 he has been an Adjunct Professor teaching a Master’s level course in Public Health Law at UNH in Manchester. 

John served on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Public Health Association from 2002 through 2009.  He joined the Board of Fellowship Housing in 2018.  He is married with a son named Alden and a dog named Slim Dusty.  He is an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves. 

Matthew Bacon - Trustee

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.

Matthew J. Knee - Trustee

Matthew J. Knee is just a man who's using what he's given to give what he can. He's a Concord native who's heavily engaged in the local community on multiple fronts, from small business ownership to board level involvement in a variety of local and national non-profits. Matthew acts with intention, care, and an abundant mentality to create value for others and the community.

Since 2009, Matthew has been in the insurance and financial industry. In 2017, he started his first business, New Hampshire Financial Services, LLC. An independent firm located here in Concord, NH focused on serving local small businesses and the senior market. Since going in business, Matthew orchestrates a clothing drive through his company for the benefit of our homeless population, veterans in need, and low-income families throughout the state of New Hampshire. Most recently, the 2020 clothing drive raised over 6,700 lbs. of clothing with a market value of over $40,000.

The nonprofit organizations he presides over and is engaged in focuses on education, senior citizen benefits, uplifting low-income families, providing support for those with mental and physical disabilities, and our veteran community. The core intent of Matthew's endeavors is to create value and deliver positive impacts to those he engages with and the community he's involved in. Matthew accepted the position at Fellowship Housing Opportunities, Inc. at the start of 2021 and is looking forward to helping the community in an additional capacity.

Page Cannon - Trustee

Page retired from her position as the Executive Director of Fellowship Housing in June 2016.  During her 32-year tenure, she savored the challenges and opportunities of leading a small, niche non-profit amidst government, community, and provider influences.  Fellowship Housing grew from a 10-person group home to a continuum of housing and an array of supports for low-income people with mental illness.  She couldn’t be prouder of the work accomplished by the Fellowship Housing board and staff!

During her career, Page was an Adjunct Professor at NHTI-Concord’s Community College in the Human Services Department preparing students for the helping profession.  She learned as she taught from the students, their field placements, colleagues, and the people receiving services.

Page’s clinical work included being a part of a team working with uninsured folks in an after-hours clinic and facilitating groups for people with mental illness placed at NH Hospital.

Page represented Fellowship Housing on many boards and community projects including the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, and the Provider Network of Central NH.  Page is a graduate of Leadership Concord and is presently the Chair of the board of the Womankind Counseling Center. 

Page am a member of the NH Board of Health’s Professional Conduct Committee which works alongside the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification to ensure quality care is provided by licensed mental health practitioners.  She serves as a Ballot Clerk for Ward 6 in Concord for local, state, and national elections.  Her interests include wellness, gardening, music, helping others and family.