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Greater Manchester Chamber appoints Cookson as Board Chair,  announces new Board members


Matt Cookson of Cookson Communications will serve a two-year term as  GMC Board of Directors Chair.

Matt Cookson
Matt Cookson will serve a 2-year term as Board Chair for the Greater Manchester Chamber.

MANCHESTER, NH – The Greater Manchester Chamber has announced the appointment of Matt Cookson as board chair and the election of new members to the GMC Board of  Directors (BOD). Matt Cookson is President & CEO of Cookson Communications and will serve a two-year term as Chair.

New board members will include Dr. Greg Baxter, President & CEO, Elliot Health  System, MD, MBA, FACEP; Talesha Saint-Marc, Shareholder, Bernstein Shur, PA; Ken Senus, CEO, St.  Mary’s Bank; and Jodie Nazaka, Economic Development Director, City of Manchester.  

“The GMC is thrilled to welcome such a strong class of new members to our Board of Directors,” said  Heather McGrail, GMC President & CEO. “Under the leadership of Matt Cookson, our board is poised to  continue to guide the GMC toward its mission of enhancing economic success and quality of life in  Greater Manchester and throughout the region.”  

“I’m excited about the year ahead for the Greater Manchester Chamber, and the community and members we serve. The Chamber is constantly evolving programming to reflect the diverse needs of the region. The board looks forward to supporting our talented staff and ensuring that businesses and our membership at large are well-served through meaningful events, information, and engagement,” said new GMC Board Chair, Matt Cookson. 

Trinnie Houghton of Rippleffect Consulting will continue to serve on the GMC BOD in the new role of Vice Chair, and Genella McDonald of Stibler Associates will now serve as Past Chair. Sheila McNeil of  Wipfli will continue to hold the seat on the GMC BOD as Treasurer, Talesha Saint-Mark of Bernstein Shur will assume the role of Legal Counsel, and Ernesto Burden of Yankee Publishing will take over as  Secretary.  

The GMC thanks Donna Gamache of Eversource Energy, Matt Kfoury of K4E Company, Paul Mailhot of  Big Network, Nathan Saller of Bellwether Community Credit Union, and Ovide Lamontagne of Bernstein  Shur – all outgoing board members – for their service to the GMC.  

The GMC’s BOD is the governing and policymaking body for the organization. The BOD is responsible for ensuring the GMC is accomplishing its mission and implementing the organization’s strategic plan. The 

BOD is representative of the Chamber’s diverse membership and nominations to the BOD are considered annually. More information about the GMC’s BOD can be found here: 

About the Greater Manchester Chamber  

Incorporated in 1911, the Greater Manchester Chamber (GMC) is the largest business organization in New Hampshire, focusing its efforts primarily on Manchester and the surrounding communities of Auburn, Bedford, Candia, Derry, Goffstown, Hooksett, Litchfield,  Londonderry, and Merrimack. It is the Chamber’s mission to be the voice of business, shaping economic success to enhance the quality of life in Greater Manchester. For more information visit www.manchester-chamber.org


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