Celina Adams served as the Chief Philanthropic Officer for the Thomas W. Haas Foundation, leading philanthropic strategy development and execution. She directed the Foundation’s grantmaking process and ensured that the organization achieved the greatest good with its resources. 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 on the board of Northern Forest Center. Celina holds BA and MA degrees from the University of New Hampshire.
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.
Dr. Ross Gittell
Foundation Board of Directors
Dr. Ross Gittell is the Chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) and an adjunct lecturer at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. He also serves as vice president, forecast manager, and board member of the New England Economic Partnership; a director of the Exeter Trust Company; and a board member of the NH Business and Industry Association, Exeter Hospital, Riverwoods and the Foundation for Healthy Communities.
He was appointed by Governor Benson to the NH Consensus Revenue Estimating Committee, by Governor Lynch to the Economic Development Advisory Council and to the Shipyard Advisory Council, and worked with Governor Shaheen on economic policy. He served on the Foundation’s Task Force for Philanthropy and was a board member of the New England Higher Education Public Policy Collaborative. He is also co-founder and co-director of the Green Launching Pad, an innovative and highly successful business accelerator program in New Hampshire.
Dr. Gittell has published books, articles and professional studies. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the Champion of Educational Opportunity Award from the NH Educational Opportunity Association and the Award for Excellence in Service from the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development.
Dr. Gittell holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in economics from the University of Chicago. Prior to serving as Chancellor of the CCSNH, he was the James R. Carter Professor in the Department of Management at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. He has also taught at the Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at the New School for Social Research, Harvard College and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Tom Naughton currently serves as the CFO and Director of Investor Relations at New Energy Capital. Tom was most recently an Adjunct Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He was previously Managing Director and founder of NeoCarta Ventures. Before forming NeoCarta, he was vice president for GE Equity, the private equity arm of General Electric and GE Capital. Tom obtained his BA in mathematics from Dartmouth in 1989 and received his MBA from Tuck in 1996, where he graduated as an Edward Tuck Scholar with High Distinction.
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 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.