Board Members

Rob Harbeson, Chair
Rob Harbeson is the founder and owner of Market Square Architects PLLC in Portsmouth, NH. He lives in Stratham with his wife and their two sons, who attends the Pease Center. Rob worked on the design and construction of the Pease Center. Rob holds a Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with a Minor in Art History from the University of Delaware. He is accredited through NCARB and IDP, and is a Registered Architect in the State of New Hampshire. Rob is a member of the AIA, and sits on the Board of Directors for Area HomeCare in Portsmouth.

Marc Fournier, Vice Chair
Marc joined the Board in 2013. He is the Assoc. Director of Benefits & Compensation for the University System of New Hampshire. Marc’s role at USNH is to ensure high quality benefits and competitive salaries to the 10,000+ employees of the State’s college system (UNH, Keene, Plymouth and Granite State colleges.) Marc has been a human resources professional for more than 18 years and is also a Certified Medical Practice Executive. Marc lives in Exeter with his wife and two daughters, one of whom is a graduate of Great Bay Kids’ Company and the other a current attendee.

Laura Leber, Treasurer
Laura joined the Board in 2010. She is a self-employed CPA with 30 years of tax and accounting experience. Laura resides in South Berwick and is married with two adult children. She is very supportive of GBKC and the quality early childhood education and care provided.

James Grant, Secretary
James is a Construction Project Manager at Adrenaline, LLC in Portsmouth, NH.  James holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida and is a licensed structural engineer in the state of New Hampshire.  James and his wife Stephanie currently reside in Portsmouth, NH with their son, Tripp.  In his free time James enjoys fishing, sailing, surfing and snowboarding.

Jessica Lyons, Board Member
Jessica is a self-employed psychotherapist and business consultant.  She is an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School at UNH in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and a current GBKC parent.

Alex Talcott, Board Member
Alex is a family financial advisor with Ameriprise, based in the Portsmouth Office.  A financial services attorney by trade, he continues to teach business law at Southern New Hampshire University.  He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Notre Dame Law School.  Alex lives in Durham with his wife, toddler twins, dog and cat.

Tim Reed, Board Member
Tim is a product development manager for Teaching Strategies, an early childhood education firm that publishes the Creative Curriculum and GOLD by Teaching Strategies. Tim has been with Teaching Strategies since 2010, and currently oversees the product side of technology development after holding various positions with the firm, including implementation support and content development. Tim is also working towards a master’s degree in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University, expecting to graduate in Spring 2017. Tim and his wife moved to Exeter, NH, in May of this year with their 14 month old daughter, Maddie, who attends the Exeter GBKC center, and their dog, Duffy.

Thomas Cronin, Board Member
Tom is the Public Affairs Manager for the University of New Hampshire where he focuses on the University’s government relations, advocacy and engagement efforts at the local, state and national level.  He joined UNH in July of 2014 after nearly ten years as a legislative and campaign staffer.

Most recently, Tom served as the Communications Director and before that the Majority Caucus Director for the New Hampshire State Senate.  In those roles he was a senior advisor to the Senate President and Senate leadership on matters of communications and legislative strategy.  As Communications Director, Tom was responsible for regularly interactive with the press, public and interested organizations on a nonpartisan basis concerning the Senate’s business, agenda and accomplishments.

Prior to the State Senate, Tom was a legislative aide in the Washington, DC office of U.S. Senator John E. Sununu.  He is a veteran of multiple New Hampshire political campaigns.

Tom is a graduate of Saint Anselm College and earned his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire.  He lives in Exeter with his wife Áine and their daughter Clementine.

Ashleigh Sullivan, Board Member
Ashleigh is the Regional Sales Director for BuildSourced Asset Management – a high tech company in the construction industry.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine and a graduate degree in Management from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Ashleigh and her husband Ford live in Stratham with their two children, both of whom attend the  Pease GBKC Center.

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