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.
Katherine serves as the Director of Operations for Port City Pretzels, a specialty snack company dedicated to recruiting, hiring and supporting individuals who face barriers to employment. Prior to joining Port City Pretzels, Katherine served as the Interim Executive Director for the Hire Opportunity Coalition, and as a Director at FSG, a global strategy consulting firm that supports foundations, nonprofits, corporations and multi-sector groups in creating large-scale, lasting social change. Katherine holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BA from Brown University. She lives in Rye with her husband and two children.
Antonia Esposito is a Director at Social Finance, a national impact investing and advisory services nonprofit organization. She leads a portfolio of education, healthcare and criminal justice engagements with nonprofit, investor and government clients, with a primary focus on assessing program impact, quantifying the value of critical outcomes, and developing outcomes-based contracting (often known as Pay for Success). Since joining the organization in 2016, her work at Social Finance has included projects to scale high-quality preschool and early literacy services, to
improve birth outcomes and access to prenatal care services for Medicaid-eligible mothers, to advance degree completion and reduce juvenile justice interactions for at-risk youth, and to scale best-in-class reentry interventions for ex-offenders.
Prior to Social Finance, Antonia was an Investment Associate and Associate Director at Cambridge Associates, providing investment consulting services to a variety of non-profit, private wealth and pension clients with assets ranging from $50 million to over $90 billion (including her favorite client, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation). While at Cambridge Associates, Antonia also served for two years as a manager for the Boston investment associates, overseeing hiring, staffing, performance evaluations and setting the strategic direction for the 80- to 90-person group. Prior to Cambridge Associates, Antonia was a corps member with Teach for America, where she taught sixth grade special education math in Kansas City’s Hickman Mills School District, and served as the Special Education Content Leader for the Kansas City corps. Antonia graduated cum laude with honors from Harvard College with a B.A. in English.
Bishop Robert Hirschfeld
Foundation Board of Directors
The Right Reverend A. Robert Hirschfeld has served as the Tenth Bishop in the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire since August 2012, providing spiritual oversight to the 46 congregations. He also serves on the boards of two Episcopal Schools: White Mountain School and Holderness School. Bishop Rob is the author of two books of pastoral theology: Without Shame or Fear: from Adam to Christ (2016) and With Sighs too Deep for Words (2020). A graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale Divinity School, he lives with his spouse Polly Ingraham in Hopkinton, NH. They have three grown children.
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.
Michael is the CFO for Dartmouth College in Hanover. Michael joined Dartmouth in 2001 and has held positions as vice president for finance, chief financial officer of the Geisel School of Medicine and as Dartmouth’s controller. Prior to joining Dartmouth, he was a Senior Manager in the Boston office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
He graduated from Amherst College with a BA in economics and a masters from Northeastern University in accounting.
Michael lives in Hanover with his wife Laura and their three children.