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The Buzz Online
Published Monday, February 6, 2017

John F. Grimaldi

RedBlack, a Bedford-based provider of software and services for the investment management industry, appointed John F. Grimaldi as COO, a new position for the company. He most recently served as group president of SunGard Data Systems, leading the securities finance and processing business unit.

Optima Bank & Trust, headquartered in Portsmouth, announced plans to build a full-service branch at 920 Central Avenue in Dover, the site of the current Fiddlehead Farms Marketplace.

NeighborWorks Southern NH in Manchester elected to its board of trustees: Carolyn Benthien, principal of Benthien Associates; Ellie Cochran, former director of philanthropy at the NH Charitable Foundation; Dennis Ryan, CPA and firm advisor at Howe Riley & Howe; and Richard M. Bunker, retired VP of Royal Bank of Canada Wealth Management.

Ledyard National Bank in Hanover hired Paul St. Martin as VP, Information Technology Officer. He previously served as information technologies manager for Lake Sunapee Bank for 15 years.

David J. McKillop joined Rath, Young and Pignatelli, P.C., a law firm based in Concord with offices in Nashua and Boston, as a government relations advisor. He will focus on legislative and regulatory matters for clients.

Marguerite’s Place and MP Housing in Nashua elected to its board of directors: Sara Bernice Crisp, an associate staff attorney with the Law Office of Katherine J. Morneau in Nashua; Douglas Howard, district homeless student liaison for Harbor Homes and the Nashua School District; and James M. Gallagher III, senior VP and senior commercial loan officer at Merrimack County Savings Bank in Nashua.

The Cornucopia Project, an organization in Peterborough committed to the health and well-being of the community and its children, selected Karen Hatcher of Peterborough as its new executive director. A seasoned nonprofit leader, Hatcher is a native of New Jersey, who with her husband, Mark, relocated to Peterborough three years ago. Since then she founded the Peterborough Welcome Team, serves on the steering committee of the 100+ Women Who Care Peterborough group, and recently became the chairperson for the Fresh Air Fund in Peterborough.

The NH Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities NH in Manchester, received an anonymous $1 million donation with the donor’s desire to make an impact on hunger throughout the state. $800,000 of this gift will be directed to the NH Food Bank’s 430 partner agencies to help reduce costs. These partner agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, afterschool programs, senior centers and other nonprofit feeding programs located in communities throughout New Hampshire. The donor and the NH Food Bank chose to provide financial assistance to Food Bank partner agencies through a reduction of the shared maintenance fee by 50 percent over the course of four years.


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