Advisory Board Committee:
Julia Freeman, Director for NH Disability Rights
Julia Freeman-Woolpert is the Outreach Advocacy Director at the DRC. She manages the website, newsletters, outreach to the public, and a variety of other projects related to education and advocacy. She is the producer of Disabilities Rights Center Presents…, DRC’s public access television show.
Julia is currently Chair of the Concord Unitarian Universalist Church’s UU Friends of Refugees Committee, which organizes circles of support for newly arriving refugees. She is active in Concord multicultural affairs, including the annual Multicultural Festival, and has a deep interest in welcoming newcomers into the community. She has been active in the NH Health and Equity Partnership and the Minority Mental Health Working Group.
Julia received a M.Ed. in Organization and Management in 1983 from Antioch/New England Graduate School, and a B.A. in Sociology from Boston University in 1975. She serves on the Legislative Commission to study the effects of service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury suffered in the line of duty by members of the armed forces and veterans, and is on the Board of Concord Community Television.
In 2010 she spent several weeks in Nepal, including a week visiting the Bhutanese refugee camps.
Doug Hall, Former State Legislator
As a Peace Corps Volunteer, Doug taught science and English in high schools in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 1968-69. In 1970-71 he was USAID’s science education adviser to the Nepal Ministry of Education. In 1971-72 he helped found New ERA , a non-profit research firm doing development research in Nepal. After returning to the U.S. in 1975, he managed and created various non-profit organizations in New Hampshire for 30 years. He retired as Executive Director of the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies in 2006. Because he and his wife Kate both could speak some Nepali, they met and assisted the first Bhutanese family to resettle in New Hampshire in 2008. He has many friends in the state’s new Bhutanese-American community.
Patrick El-Azem, Experienced and personable technologist, and consultant.
Patrick El-Azem started TechRamp, a program to teach business-focused computer skills to underserved communities. As a volunteer with BCNH, he has taught several multi-month TechRamp classes to community members, including supplying the needed equipment. He has periodically taught outside traditional classroom settings on various subjects, and greatly enjoys teaching and motivating.
Patrick is the Director of Technology and Platforms at 4D Technologies/CADLearning in Bedford, NH. 4D is a premier provider of online educational content, and Patrick’s team works to make 4D’s offerings available world-wide on any device. Patrick has previously worked across multiple industries in software and technology implementation, consulting, and management roles.
Patrick graduated with a B.Sc. from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and has since continued his education in various settings including online, fueling his interest in helping to provide learning opportunity to anyone, anywhere.
William Gillett, DEAN OF BUSINESS SCHOOL, SNHU
William Gillett has served as the Dean of Southern New Hampshire University’s School of Business. since June 2010.
He was previously the President of RiverStone Resources LLC and its affiliated companies in Manchester, NH and earlier held positions with RiverStone, a specialty insurance services provider, of Managing Director of RiverStone’s European operations based in London and as General Counsel. He began his professional career as a lawyer, working both in Detroit and subsequently as counsel at the international New York-based law firm, Shearman & Sterling.
Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a law degree from the University of Michigan.
In addition to his professional career, Bill is active in the non-profit community, currently as the Board Chair of the International Institute of New England and as a Board mmeber of the New Hampshire High Tech Council. He has previously served on the boards of New Hampshire Public Radio, the New Hampshire Writers’ Project, Mount Saint Mary Academy, and the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts.
Bryan Bouchard currently works full time at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in Manchester New Hampshire where he is a full time faculty member in the Accountancy and Taxation Department in the School of Business. In 2010 he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award and in 2012 won the Advisor of the Year award. He is a member of the Union Leader’s 40 under Forty Class of 2012 where he was recognized for his work with nonprofits in the community. Bryan is a huge proponent of service learning and incorporates it into his classes at SNHU. His students assist various local nonprofits with their accounting and finance needs.
The Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire is one such organization that his classes have worked with. It is through this work that he won the Campus Compact for New Hampshire Presidents’ Award in 2011. For two years, Bryan served on the board of the Women for Women Coalition in Manchester which is a 501C3 nonprofit that has a mission to support, promote, encourage, and educate African Refugee and immigrant women and children living in New Hampshire. As treasurer, Bryan served as the financial officer of this nonprofit dealing with budgets, grants, and other financial matters. Bryan also served three years on the board of Mill Falls Charter School where he also served as Treasurer. He is currently a board member for Easter Seals of New Hampshire. With Bhutanese Community of NH, Bryan Bouchard is a key team member of Board Advisors and oversee organizations’ Accounting, Budgeting and Financial Reporting functions advising Secretary, Accountant and Board of Directors. In addition, Bryan is a real estate investor who owns and manages numerous residential and commercial rental properties in New Hampshire. He received his undergraduate finance degree from Southern New Hampshire University as well as both a Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Finance. Bryan lives in Manchester, NH.