About Us


Board of Directors

Tony Coriaty
Tony retired from the US Air Force after 23 years of service. He then had a career as a field service engineer installing and repairing analytical research equipment. He has been active in prison ministry work in NJ and NH since 1995.


Dan Forbes
Dan is Director of the Meelia Center for Community Engagement and teaches Social Work at Saint Anselm College. Dan has integrated service into his courses since 1987 and over the years has helped to introduce service-learning into 14 academic departments and over 50 courses at Saint Anselm. He has facilitated numerous workshops across New England to introduce service-learning to faculty and to help campuses develop the infrastructure to support student engagement. For the past five years Dan has been a member of the NH State Prison for Women Citizen Advisory Board and for the past three years has coached the Woman's Prison softball team.


Lauren M. Hajjar, PhD
An Adjunct Faculty of Public Service and a Senior Fellow in the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University. In addition to her direct care and management experience in nonprofit organizations, Lauren’s research background has focused on addressing organizational issues within nonprofits primarily through process and outcomes evaluations. She has also worked on various state and federally funded research projects, ranging from community policing and gang violence initiatives to diversity in community healthcare organizations and outcomes evaluation for HIV and substance abuse populations. She is a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance Programs. Currently, Lauren’s research is focused on the adoption of evidence-based practices within law enforcement agencies. Specifically, has examined the organizational and community level factors influencing adoption of strategic partnerships, research and analysis and technology within and across police departments in the U.S. Lauren received her Ph.D. from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Lauren also holds an MPA from Suffolk University, and MA in Social Policy from Brandeis University.


Jodi K. Hoyt
A native and life-long resident of Newport, NH, Jodi has had a long career in administration and management of a variety of organizations. After college she began her career at Newport Hospital followed by 12 years with the Community Alliance of Human Services, an entity comprised of several non-profits that provided a wide array of services to at risk children, elderly and people with disabilities, where she rose to the position of Deputy Director. In 2003 she became Director of Human Resources for the NH Retirement System. In January 2009, Jodi returned to Newport when she accepted a position at the Lake Sunapee Bank where she currently is a Senior Vice-President and Chief Human Resources Officer. She has served on several boards of directors of non-profits in her community and is a member of Leadership NH's class of 2016.


Jack McCarthy
Jack's service in the US Marine Corps was followed by a 30-year career in the textile industry. Subsequently he and his wife Julie had a business focused on interior design and furnishing of senior living facilities. After moving to NH in 2006, he has been involved with ministries in the men's state prison. He also does extensive volunteer work in medical facilities with their two Great Dane Registered Therapy Dogs.


Michael McGarry
After three years as an Assistant US Attorney, Mike practiced law in Washington, DC for more than 30 years, serving as managing partner of the DC office of Winston and Strawn for the last 15 of those years. After retiring, Mike founded a vineyard in Vermont which he sold 12 years later. His extensive volunteer work has included prison ministry programs in over 15 states.


Steve Peirce
Steve is an US Air Force and Air National Guard veteran who owned a company specializing in painting and wallpapering. His work history also includes disaster repair and insurance estimator and project manager. He was incarcerated in the state prison for over eight years during which time he became involved in the prison ministry, a connection he has maintained since his release along with other programs helping families of prisoners interact with the Dept. of Corrections.


Beth Richeson
After more than 30 years of work as a hospice volunteer coordinator and bereavement counselor, Beth attended seminary and became a chaplain. For the past 10 years, Beth has been the chaplain at the women's prison in Goffstown, The current focus of her work is to facilitate connections between women within and leaving prison with local congregations and faith-based organizations.


Elaine Rizzo Ph.D
Prior to joining the criminal justice faculty in 1977 at Saint Anselm College, Elaine worked as a counselor for court-involved, at-risk children and adolescents. She founded the fomer Consortium on Justice and Society at the NH Institute of Politics and was the former Chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Saint Anselm. Elaine has regularly published and presented research on domestic and acquaintance violence, female incarceration, and engaged scholarship among other topics.


John Wallace
After a tour as a Navy JAG officer, John began a career in human services. He worked in various capacities in the NH Department of Health & Human Services for 35 years, the last 15 as General Counsel and Associate Commissioner. He has served on numerous boards and commissions and is currently a CASA guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children.


Paul Young
Paul began his career as a U.S. Senate Aide and has been a strategic advisor in numerous presidential and congressional campaigns. He is the founder and of Novus Public Affairs, a NH-based public relations company, and Hynes Communications, a leading national online communications company. He has been active in numerous non-profit organizations and ministries.

 

Program Director

Sara Lutat

Sara has recently accepted the role as the initial program director for Dismas Home of NH. She has an extensive background in education with a particular emphasis on working with students with learning disabilities and mental health disorders. Since 2005 she has served as Transition Coordinator for the Regional Services and Education Center in Amherst, NH where she worked extensively assisting high school students in skill development and the transition to further education or employment. Over the past two years as she has completed work leading to her Masters of Social Work degree, she has interned in residential programs serving women who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, struggling with substance abuse, coming out of the criminal justice system, or facing a host of other problems that interfere with a safe, productive life in the community. For her outstanding efforts she was named the Manchester YWCA's Intern of the Year in 2015.

 

Advisory Council

James Catrambone
John Ferries
Scott Fitzpatrick
Tom Garesche
Tom Schamberg
Douglas Solomon
Don Weatherson