Impact Investment Committee

Celina Adams

Celina Adams is the CEO of Celina Adams Consulting, a strategic philanthropy and impact advisory firm. Celina Adams Consulting guides individuals, families, foundations and businesses to nurture, focus, and invigorate their philanthropy and community-focused capital so that it is effective and meaningful. A recent Fellow with RSF Social Finance in Integrated Capital, Celina has deepened her approach to helping clients think holistically about their wealth, time, and social networks in support of a wide range of enterprises working to solve complex social and environmental issues. Celina Adams served as the Chief Philanthropic Officer for the Thomas W. Haas Foundation, leading philanthropic strategy development and execution. Celina joined the Thomas W. Haas Foundation from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation where she was senior program officer for the Piscataqua Region and served as a trusted philanthropic advisor to individuals, families and businesses.

Prior, Celina managed global community investments at Timberland in Stratham, NH. She spent nearly a decade as an educator in public schools and has served as advisor and board member to numerous organizations at the local and statewide level. She currently serves as the vice-chair for the board of Northern Forest Center. Celina holds BA and MA degrees from the University of New Hampshire.

Peter Bergh
Peter Bergh is a former member and chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is retired from Prince Communications – an employee communications consulting firm he co-owned with his wife, Janet Prince.  Prior to joining Prince Communications in 1988, he spent eight years in commercial banking, finance and marketing. He is actively involved in rural economic development, land conservation and outdoor education, working part-time as a Registered Maine Guide for L.L. Bean, and serving on the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Mountain Club and The Northern Forest Center.

Prior to joining the Foundation’s Board, Peter served on the Foundation’s Piscataqua Region advisory board, including three years as chair. He also serves on the Society for the Protection of NH Forests’ board of trustees, as well as a number of other community committees and boards.

Peter has a BA from the University of Maine at Orono and a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston. He and Janet live in New Castle.

Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM
Foundation Board of Directors

Sister Paula Marie Buley, an Immaculata University graduate who earned her Ed.D in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania, currently serves as the president of Rivier University in Nashua, NH. She is also a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Prior to joining Rivier University in 2012, Sister Paula served in many senior roles at Anna Maria College, Mount St. Mary University, Immaculata University and is the former Executive Vice President of Administration at Seton Hall University. Sister Paula also holds an M.B.A. from Villanova University and an M.A.L.S. in Catholic Studies form Georgetown University.

Among her many community and professional commitments, Sister Paula currently serves as a director for Catholic Charities of New Hampshire and St. Joseph Hospital. She is also a member of the executive committee for both the New Hampshire Higher Education Commission and the New Hampshire College and University Council.

Barbara Couch
Foundation Board of Directors
Barbara Couch has been with Hypertherm, Inc. for 30 years. She served as Vice President, Human Resources and, in 2009, she became the company’s first Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and founder and president of the company’s Hypertherm HOPE Foundation. Hypertherm has been recognized nationally and in New Hampshire for its CSR programs. Barbara also serves on Hypertherm’s Board of Directors and chairs its Corporate Responsibility Committee. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees with Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health; the Board of Overseers for the Geisel School of Medicine; the Board of Overseers for the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College and Board of the NH Business Committee for the Arts.

She is on the Steering Committee of NH Coalition for Business and Education, and until 2016 held appointed positions to the NH Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing Education Council and the Governor’s STEM Task Force. She is past chair of NH Public Radio, where she served for nine years.

Beth Newhouse
Beth Newhouse is a retired Managing Director at Cambridge Associates LLC, where she was the Director of the Quantitative Research Group for over 12 years. For the preceding eight years, Ms. Newhouse was a consultant to college endowments, private foundations and health-care institutions at Cambridge Associates. Before joining Cambridge Associates, she was the Director of Sponsor Services for BARRA Inc., where she was responsible for all aspects of the firm’s business unit consulting to pension fund, endowment, and foundation clients. Ms. Newhouse received an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA from Calvin College.

VJ Strehl
VJ Strehl began her career in finance with Bankers Trust and Merrill Lynch Capital Markets working in project finance, risk management and commodity derivatives. She transitioned into the utility and energy sectors, working for Consolidated Natural Gas, Utilicorp United and TXU, culminating in her role as President and CEO of TXU Portfolio Management, from which she retired from the energy industry. VJ maintains a strategic consulting practice focusing on the energy industry.

VJ served on the NH Board of the Conservation Law Foundation (Development and Governance Committees), Jesse H. Jones School of Management at Rice University, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Chiapas Project (part of the Grameen Foundation) and the Business Leadership Council of Wellesley College. VJ holds a BA degree from Wellesley College.