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Mark H. Whitney

Board President

Since 2007, Mark Whitney has been the Vice President of Strategy, Community Relations and Fundraising at Exeter Health Resources, an integrated healthcare delivery system primarily located in Exeter, New Hampshire. Mark serves as both the chief strategy and chief community relations officer for all of Exeter Health Resources, Inc.'s operating affiliates including Exeter Hospital, Core Physicians, and Rockingham Visiting Nurse and Hospice. His role also includes responsibility for system-wide fundraising and community benefit activities. Mark is responsible for the development and oversight of the organization's Community Needs Assessment and manages Exeter Health Resources' Community Grants Program which provides funding to local area health care related not-for-profits including a broad based five year initiative to reduce the underlying drivers of youth suicide in the region.


Prior to coming to Exeter Health Resources, Mark worked at Winchester Hospital in Winchester, Massachusetts and University Hospital in Boston (now part of Boston Medical Center) .


Mark earned his bachelor's degree at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and a Masters of Business Administration at Boston University.


Until recently, Mark served as a Board Member of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and was a member and chair of the Regional Council of the United Way of the Greater Seacoast. He has served on a variety of other community and professional Boards.


Mark and his wife Tara live in Newfields, NH with two children at Exeter High School and one who is in his sophomore year at Middlebury College in Vermont.


Karen Monaco

Board Treasurer and Secretary

Karen, Key Collective Treasurer and Secretary, is excited and proud to be a part of this wonderful concept of helping underserved youth in the Exeter area. As the Treasurer of Squamscott Womenade since 2005, she understands the need for financial assistance in the seacoast area.

Karen, a Boston College graduate, and husband Bob raised 3 daughters in Stratham. When not visiting their granddaughter, they love to hike, bike, snowshoe, and water ski.


Kari Lazerowich

Board Member

Kari is a resident of Rye Beach and works as a graphic designer. As such, she plans to contribute to Key Collective's efforts (as she has for numerous other local non-profits over the years). Kari was one of the founding board members of Womenade of Greater Squamscott and served actively on that board for a decade.

As the mother of two boys (now successful young men) Kari understands the value of out of school activity. By working with Key Collective on their areuin card program she hopes to see deserving families able to take advantage of opportunities for their children in both the arts and athletics.

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Jeanne Pierce

Director of School Nutrition

for the Exeter Region Cooperative School District

Jeanne is the Director of School Nutrition for the Exeter Region Cooperative School District and a few of the surrounding elementary schools within SAU 16.  Jeanne has served on the School Nutrition Association of New Hampshire Board as a two time Past-President, and recently was the Public Policy Legislative Chair for the state.  She was part of the USDA-FNS National Task Force to write the Professional Standards for all School Nutrition Professional.  She served on the National School Nutrition Association Professional Development Committee and most recently was part of the NH Hunger Solution Board in our state. Over the last few years she has worked on a Task Force to health increase breakfast in our schools across the state of New Hampshire. Jeanne lives in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire with her husband.


Jamie Sawler

Director of School Counseling

Exeter Region Cooperative School District

Jamie lives in Stratham with his wife (Melissa) and three children, George (6), Louisa (4) and Teddy (1). He has  worked in education for his entire career, first as a mathematics teacher, then a school counselor, an assistant principal and now as the Director of School Counseling at the Cooperative Middle School and Exeter High School.  Jamie has coached football and track and field in the past and now has turned his passion for coaching to tee-ball. He enjoys spending time with his family, particularly, skiing, biking and playing in the back yard.  Helping families in need is a passion of his and the #areuin? card is a great way for families to have equal access to resources that contribute to an active, healthy lifestyle.


Kristen Russell

Board Member

Coming Soon!


Molly Zirillo

Executive Director, SVDP

Molly has been the Executive Director of Society of St Vincent de Paul Exeter Food Pantry and Cleo Castonguay Community Assistance Center for eight years. Molly has a passion for assisting our neighbors in need.

Molly and her family have resided in Exeter for the past 20 years. She is a mother of two teenaged sons who attend Exeter High School. Being a Mother, she is keenly aware of how critical the opportunities The Key Collective can provide to contribute to a student's successful development.  

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