Byron Champlin, Jeanie Forrester and Lorraine Stuart Merrill have joined the board of directors of the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance.
Champlin is an at-large councilor on the Concord City Council who recently retired after 27 years with Lincoln Financial Group and its predecessor companies. Earlier in his career, he was a reporter for The Union Leader, a communications officer for the N.H. House of Representatives, and a public relations director for Colby-Sawyer College. An independent historian and arts advocate, Champlin has written and lectured on Concord’s role in World War I and has worked to advance the creative economy in New Hampshire.
Forrester is the town administrator in Tilton and a selectboard member in Meredith, where she lives. She began her government service in the administration of then-Governor John H. Sununu and served as a New Hampshire Senator from 2010 to 2016. Forrester is the co-owner of Forrester Environmental Services. She was previously the executive director for Main Street programs in Meredith and Plymouth.
Merrill and her family own and operate a dairy farm in Stratham. She served as commissioner of New Hampshire’s Department of Agriculture for a decade, and 18 years on the USNH Board of Trustees. Also a journalist and technical writer, in 2008 Merrill and collaborators demographer Peter Francese and filmmaker Jay Childs produced a book and documentary titled, Communities and Consequences: The Unbalancing of New Hampshire’s Human Ecology and What We Can Do About It. The trio is currently updating their research and producing a sequel documentary and book.