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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

From left: Leo Dwyer, Harry Viens, Georgie Thomas, Joan Aubrey, Joseph Kwasnik, Chuck Braxton, Sharon Davis, Dave Talbot, Tom Mongeon, Ken Colburn, Carolyn Kedersha

NHEC is governed by an elected 11-member Board of Directors. The Board appoints a President/CEO who oversees the Cooperative’s day-to-day operations. Below is a list of current board members.

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Joseph Kwasnik

Board Chair

Community: Jackson

Joe is a consulting engineer in the field of climate change and sustainability. Before this current area of focus, Joe was the Head of Climate Change for National Grid where he conceived, developed and implemented National Grid’s Climate Change Initiative which included setting of an 80% reduction in National Grid’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, embedding greenhouse gas (carbon) budgets in each operating area of the company and linking performance toward these budgets with executive compensation. Prior to being appointed Head of Climate Change, Joe was the Vice President of Environment for National Grid’s US Operations.


Joan Aubrey


Community: Jackson

Joan’s work experience includes 25 years at Northeast Utilities, the largest utility in New England. After starting in power plant safety analysis, she moved into the emerging competitive electric energy markets in New England and the Northeast region. Joan held management positions in; strategic planning, electric power pricing, electric power portfolio management and sales of electric power to wholesale and retail customers. Prior to working at Northeast Utilities, Joan worked for Combustion Engineering, Westinghouse Inc. and at Argonne National Laboratory.

David C. Talbot

Assistant Treasurer

Community: North Woodstock

David is a professor at Plymouth State University, where he teaches courses in Finance and Economics at both graduate and undergraduate levels. David is a former Treasurer and CFO at Loon Mountain Recreation Corporation, Booth Creek Ski Holdings, Inc., and The Stratton Corporation. He is a former Treasurer and CFO of Tech Resources, Inc. and the former President of Granite Bank. He has also served as the former Vice President of The Central Savings Bank.

Kenneth Colburn

Board Member

 Community: Meredith

Ken is an independent consultant on climate change, energy, and environmental issues. Most of his work involves helping states, foundations, and progressive companies recognize and secure economic opportunity through action on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other policies. Ken previously oversaw New Hampshire’s air pollution control programs for nearly a decade at the Department of Environmental Services (DES), and represented the state’s business community on environmental and energy issues for the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire (BIA).   Earlier, Ken worked in manufacturing management and taught at Proctor Academy in Andover.

Harry Viens

Board Member

Community: Center Harbor

Harry began his career in marketing in Boston as a copywriter. From there he worked with firms in New York, Chicago, San Francisco ultimately settling in Connecticut as a partner in Mason & Madison, a New Haven based advertising agency where he spent 20+ years transforming the company into a marketing, branding and business development consultancy. During his time there Harry built the firm from a small local agency with 12 people into a regional company with 80+ people and $50MM in sales, serving companies such as GM, Black & Decker, Saab, Beretta USA, Verizon Wireless and SAS Airlines. In 2004 he retired and currently provides marketing and business development consulting services on a part-time basis

Carolyn Kedersha

Board Member

Community: Tuftonboro

From 1988 -2013, Carolyn worked as a senior executive at BNY Mellon. During her tenure she rose to co-managing the $10 billion Emerging Markets fund, which outperformed nine out of ten years while maintaining a significantly lower risk profile. She also headed up the International and Emerging Market Small Cap Strategies. Prior to BNY Mellon, she worked at Fidelity, where she was an analyst, and at PwC, where she was an auditor. Whether it was as an industry analyst covering electric utilities, or as an auditor on Rochester Gas & Electric and Niagara Mohawk, Carolyn has had a long standing appreciation of the unique structure and operating challenges facing electric companies.

Thomas Mongeon

Vice Chair

Community: Rumney

Tom is the Executive Director/CEO of the Executive Service Corps, a nonprofit comprising 38 volunteer senior executives and professionals who donate their business expertise to help other nonprofits. He is also an adjunct graduate professor teaching organizational leadership and change in the Masters in Computer Information Systems program at New England College. A former Fortune 100 executive, Tom has led diverse teams of professionals, built organizations and managed highly complex projects for corporations including GE, Honeywell, United Technologies, the World’s largest distributor of semiconductors and ISO New England – New England’s regional transmission (electrical grid) operator. He also worked in the distribution engineering department of an electric utility and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Electrical Power in New Hampshire.


Sharon L. Davis


Community: Campton
Sharon has 43+ years of varied business experience with service on non-profit Boards of Directors. Since October 2008, she has been owner and operator of The Country Lady Bug Greenhouse in Campton, NH. From August 2007 to August 2008, Sharon served as the Associate Executive Director for Pemi-Baker Home Health & Hospice. From October 1999 to August 2007, served as the VP-Regulatory Corporate Compliance Officer for Northway Bank. From January 1989 to October 1999 served as the Regulatory Compliance Officer for Pemigewasset National Bank. From September 1968 to January 1989, Sharon worked at a well-known law firm in Plymouth, NH.

Charles R. Braxton

Board Member

Community: Meredith

Chuck is a REALTOR® at Roche Realty Group in Meredith, where his 11-year real estate practice focuses on properties with larger acreage throughout New Hampshire. Before his real estate career, Chuck was president of Energy Technology Assurance Group, Inc. (EN-TAG), an e-financial services firm serving distributed generation projects; northeast region vice president for Duke Energy’s energy services affiliate; and chief marketing/sales officer for a $600m energy delivery unit of Niagara Mohawk. Chuck was also a senior executive in emerging medical device and other high-tech businesses. He began his career in plastics and oilfield development with Shell Oil Company. A Viet Nam era veteran, Chuck was directly commissioned in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps and honorably discharged as Captain.

Georgie Thomas

Board Member

Community: Thornton

Georgie is currently Vice President of the Government Banking/Not for Profit Division of Citizens Bank NH. She served nearly 18 years as the New Hampshire State Treasurer where she was responsible for all cash management and investment and debt management for the State of New Hampshire. She is also a member of numerous statutory boards and committees including: Nuclear Decommissioning Finance Committee, College Savings Plan Advisory Committee, NH Retirement System, Business Finance Authority, and NH Municipal Bond Bank. Georgie’s other experience includes: Budget Director, Yankee Publishing, Treasurer, Penntech Papers (now a subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Industries), and service in the Treasurer’s Department of Exxon Corporation in New York City, developing the four-year financial outlook for world wide operations and financing the TransAlaska Pipeline. A resident of Thornton, Georgie holds a BA from Cornell University, an MBA from Columbia University and Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) from Southern NH University.

Leo Dwyer

Board Member

Community: Sandwich

Work Experience

Leo has had a wide-ranging career often involved with businesses or industries in startup mode or navigating major changes. Just after college he worked with the Solar Energy Research Institute – predecessor to the National Renewable Energy Lab on projects related to energy consumption in large commercial and industrial buildings and spent a few years practicing architecture and designing energy efficient buildings.

A detour to an MBA then lead to a series of adventures ranging from starting passenger ferry service between NYC and NJ, growing a specialty cheese business on a small island off the south coast of Australia, a stint in the Industrial/Automotive battery business, the startup of the first main stream e-book publishing business and more recently the development of institutional scale wood fired CHP facilities.

Leo now consults from his home office in Sandwich while searching for the next adventure.



Leo holds an Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, an Masters of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts major in Architecture from Washington University in Saint Louis


Community Service

Leo serves on the Board of the Squam Lakes Conservation Trust and has previously served as a Selectman in the town of Sandwich and a member of the Sandwich Planning Board.



Leo and his wife Kathryn Field, a professional artist, are year-round residents of Sandwich.  Kathryn and Leo frequently enjoy kayaking on nearby Squaw Cove, hiking Doublehead and Rattlesnake and the odd snowshoe or cross-country ski when the snow flies, all of which are conveniently accessible directly from their door. In his spare time Leo enjoys carpentry having some years ago completed the renovation of a classic circa 1792 center chimney colonial and loves exploring the woods to discover cellar holes, stone walls and abandoned roads.



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