Families in Transition is lead by a devoted team of senior managers.
Maureen A. Beauregard, President
Maureen A. Beauregard is the President and founder of Families in Transition. She started the agency nearly 25 years ago working with five homeless women and their children and has grown the agency to where it is today, serving over 170 families and 180 children on each given night. She is responsible for oversight of all aspects of the agency, including programmatic, financial, fund raising, project development, and policies.
Prior employment includes working for the State of New Hampshire, Division for Children Youth & Families as a social worker working with abused and neglected families. She also worked for Phoenix East as a substance abuse counselor in a halfway house.
Maureen earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Child and Family Studies from the University of New Hampshire. She is a graduate of Leadership New Hampshire.
Currently, she sits on the Board of Directors of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, on the Governing Council of Housing Action New Hampshire, and is the Chairperson of New Hampshire Interagency Council on Homelessness. She’s served as an Advisory Board Member of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundations Manchester Region.
Over her career, Maureen has been granted numerous awards including the YMCA Susan B. Anthony Award, NASW Citizen of the Year Award, Pastoral Counseling’s Good Samaritan Award, Citizens Bank Good Citizens Award, Girl’s Inc.’s Woman of Achievement Award, NH Commission on the Status of Women – Women’s Recognition Award, NH Business Review’s Business Excellence Award and the Key to The City of Manchester by Mayor Robert Baines. In 2011, she was named one of six Outstanding Women in Business by the New Hampshire Business Review.
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Stephanie Allain Savard, Chief Operating Officer
Stephanie Allain Savard is the Chief Operating Officer of Families in Transition and a New Hampshire Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Stephanie has been working on the issue of homelessness for over 15 years. At Families in Transition, Stephanie provides development and oversight of the clinical services provided to the adults, families and children the agency serves. Stephanie’s clinical specialties are homelessness, trauma, women’s issues, and clinical supervision.
She received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an Associate Degree of Science in Chemical Dependency, both from Keene State College. She was recently appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment for a three year term.
In addition, Stephanie is member of the National Association of Social Workers, past Vice-President and current member of the NH Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, named as a 40 Under 40 Leader of New Hampshire by the Union Leader and Business Industry Association in 2004 and is a member of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Greater Manchester” Class of 2011.
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Lisa Allard, Chief Financial Officer
Lisa Allard is the Chief Financial Officer of Families in Transition with oversight of the Accounting and Human Resource areas for FIT, Manchester Emergency Housing, Housing Benefits and the OutFITters Thrift Stores. Lisa has been with FIT since 2000 and formerly served as FIT’s Chief Operations Officer and Director of Finance. Lisa brings over 30 years of accounting experience with her and has previously held positions at McCord-Winn Textron, Manchester, NH and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission of West Springfield, MA. In 2012, Lisa was recognized as the NH Business Review’s Financial Executive-of-the-year in the small non-profit category.
Lisa received her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Westfield State College. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from Plymouth State University where she was recognized as a member of Delta Mu Delta, an International Honor Society in Business. Along with her MBA, Lisa earned a Graduate Certificate in the Human Side of Enterprise.
Currently, Lisa volunteers for the Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc. in Lilburn, GA as Treasurer of the Board of Directors and Chairperson of the Audit and Finance Committee and is also the Membership Coordinator for the Rhythm of NH Show Chorus, Derry, NH.
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Cathy Kuhn – Vice President of Research and Training
Cathy Kuhn is Vice President of Research and Training at Families in Transition (FIT), where she has worked since 2006. In addition to grant writing and grants management, Cathy oversees all research and evaluation activities and heads the Property Administration Department at FIT. In 2012, Cathy took on an additional role as the Director of the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness (NHCEH), a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding thoughtful and effective solutions to homelessness in New Hampshire through research, education and advocacy.
Cathy holds a PhD in Sociology/Urban Studies from Michigan State University, where she taught before joining FIT. She also holds a Master’s Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Resource Development and Environmental Studies. From 1997-1999, Cathy lived in Panama where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching environmental education in primary schools. In addition to her roles at FIT and the NHCEH, Cathy is also an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at St. Anselm College and at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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Michele Talwani, Vice President of Economic Development and Marketing
Michele Talwani is the Vice President of Economic Development and Marketing for Families in Transition.
In this role, she is responsible for the growth, stability, and success of FITs social entrepreneurial businesses – OutFITters Thrift Store in Manchester and OutFITters Thrift Store Boutique in Concord. In addition, she plans, oversees, and executes FIT and OutFITters fundraising, event planning, marketing, public relations, social media, and advertising efforts.
She joined FIT in May of 2010 and brings with her nearly two decades of communications, public relations, marketing, social media, and nonprofit management experience. Prior to joining FIT, she worked for nearly 12 years at the NH Community Development Finance Authority, most recently as their External Relations and Communications Director where she had responsibility for the organizations external communications. For several years, she provided media relations and outreach consultation to the New Hampshire Master Chorale. Prior to that, she was a Marketing Consultant for the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative in Plymouth and a Lecturer in Marketing at Plymouth State University.
Michele earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Master in Business Administration from Plymouth State University (PSU). She is a graduate of Leadership New Hampshire.
Currently, she is on multiple Leadership New Hampshire Committees and is a member of the Yankee Chapter Public Relations Society of America. Previously, she was the secretary on the Board of Directors of the NH Women’s Lobby & Alliance , Chairperson of the Plymouth State University Alumni Association Board of Directors, and on the on the Board of the Yankee Chapter Public Relations Society of America.
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Meghan Shea, Vice President of Clinical and Supportive Services
Meghan Shea is the Vice President of Clinical and Supportive Services of Families in Transition-New Horizons. Meghan is a New Hampshire Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Master Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. With her Masters and dual licensure, Meghan Shea has specialized in substance use disorders, homelessness, gender-specific treatment, trauma, suicide prevention/post-vention, case management and clinical supervision.
Meghan is responsible for the oversight and management of the agency’s substance use treatment programs, clinical and supportive services, including its continuum of supportive housing.
She has been working for the agency for over 12 years beginning as a Treatment Coordinator with her Bachelor’s degree from the University of NH (UNH), then earning her Masters in Social Work from UNH. With this specialty, Meghan Shea held positions within the programs including Therapist and Program Manager of the Family Willows Substance Use Treatment Center in Manchester NH. She currently serves as Vice President for the New Hampshire Providers Association Board of Directors and is a current member of both the National Association of Social Workers and the NH Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Association. In addition, Meghan is a therapist with the Bedford Family Therapy, LLC, a private group practice, in Bedford NH.