Who We Are
Susan DeRoy, Executive Director
Susan DeRoy serves as Executive Director of Citizens Count. A master motivator and fundraiser, Susan is no stranger to the nonprofit world; before taking the helm at Citizens Count, she was the Director of Business Development for the Monarch School in Rochester, NH, where she was instrumental in raising the capital for constructing the new high school and vocational building. Susan has been the driving force behind the development of Citizens Count’s strategic plan, helping us forge a bold vision for the future of the organization.
Christine Altan, Outreach Coordinator
In her role as Outreach Coordinator, Christine Altan helps strengthen the relationships between Citizens Count and its strategic partners. She also helps bring about new collaborations by networking and planning fundraising events on behalf of our organization. Her outreach work increases our brand awareness among New Hampshire residents and grows our community of website users and donors. Born in Turkey to a military family, Christine has been a New Hampshire resident for the past 20 years. She held the title of Mrs. New Hampshire America in 2008.
Jacquelyn Benson, Content Editor
Jacquelyn Benson is the Citizens Count Content Editor. She manages all content on the website, which includes writing, editing, and reviewing written materials for quality and accuracy. She manages our content strategy and SEO. As a policy expert, she is a regular guest analyst on NHPR’s political programming and is frequently invited by organizations like the Chambers of Commerce to speak about civics. Jacquelyn has an extensive background in both print and online publishing, as well as a master’s degree in anthropology from Queen’s University in Belfast.
Anna Brown, Director of Research & Analysis
Anna Brown is Director of Research & Analysis for Citizens Count and has been with the organization since 2011. She is responsible for tracking, analyzing, and summarizing the roughly 2,000 bills and 1,000 candidates that move through New Hampshire every two years. She gathers legislators’ voting records as well as a wide variety of hard-to-find metrics on each elected official’s work in office. She then crunches these numbers in order to pen our exclusive reports about partisanship in the state Legislature, gender disparities in New Hampshire politics, and other legislative trends. Anna has her hand on the pulse of the New Hampshire General Court in a way that few others do, which makes her a valuable resource on our team. She is a familiar voice on New Hampshire’s radio waves, serving as a go-to policy expert for NHPR and other media outlets. She received her master’s degree in justice studies from the University of New Hampshire.
Emily Devlin, Executive Administrator
As Executive Administrator for Citizens Count, Emily Devlin is responsible for keeping complicated projects on track and the trains running on time. Our small staff of policy experts are always on the go between guest media appearances and researching and creating fresh content. Emily helps make sure that everyone on the team has the information and the resources they need to succeed. She also serves as secretary for Citizens Count Executive Director Susan DeRoy. Emily comes to Citizens Count after serving seven years as a high level administrative assistant at The Brattle Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Mike Dunbar, Content Coordinator
Mike Dunbar is the Citizens Count Content Coordinator. He is responsible for proofreading all written material produced by the organization. He also writes many of the original articles on the site and aids the Content Editor in long term projects and ongoing initiatives, like the Citizens Count email newsletter and sitewide SEO optimization. He plays an important role in the organization’s marketing efforts by drafting copy and managing our social media presence. A New Hampshire Seacoast native, Mike has his BA with honors in English and Music from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Ellen Nunes, Director of Technology
Ellen Nunes, Director of Technology for Citizens Count, is in charge of maintaining and strengthening our web platform. Prior to joining us, she led a team of software developers and digital content analysts responsible for powering LibertyMutual.com, the consumer-facing website for the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. Ellen’s expertise is an invaluable resource; Ellen harnesses the latest in web technology to give users a seamless and intuitive experience when browsing our tens of thousands of pages of content.
Citizens Count also welcomes the help of volunteers. Learn more.
Board of directors
Anna Grace Holloway, Chair, Rye
Paul M. Montrone, Treasurer, Hampton Falls and Wolfeboro
Mark Thurston, Sanbornton
Pam LaFlamme, North Country
Katharine Eneguess, Jaffrey
Lew Feldstein, Concord
H. Andrew Crews, Manchester
Anna Grace Holloway, President
Paul M. Montrone, Vice President
Susan DeRoy, Executive Director
John Crowley, Treasurer
Lindsay Millette, Secretary
Citizens Count began in 2009 as The Live Free or Die Alliance. It was founded by a group of New Hampshire citizens from every region of the state and every political persuasion. Their goal was to provide an interactive forum for learning and talking about the issues affecting our state, offer ways for citizens to connect with their elected officials, and spark a renewed interest in civic engagement. Some of our key partners include the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Granite State News Collaborative, NH Listens, and Granite State Ambassadors. See a full list of our partners
Our Board of Directors also recognizes key founders Paul and Sandra Montrone, Anna Grace and Paul Holloway, and Fred and Donna Seigel. See a full list of our Founding Members.
We also recognize Honorary Members, who are those individuals who have reached the pinnacle of citizen engagement through service to their New Hampshire neighbors, communities and fellow citizens both within the state and beyond.
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