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Families in Transition welcomes new leadership team members


Families in Transition. File Photo/Carol Robidoux

MANCHESTER, NH – Families in Transition has added two new hires to its leadership team to support the organization’s mission to prevent and break the cycle of homelessness.

Daniel Kern has been hired to serve as Chief Financial Officer and Kerry Pellerin, as Chief Human Resources officer. 

“Dan and Kerry bring a wealth of experience and expertise from their respective fields, which will help us find new and efficient ways to provide critical services to those who need us,” says Maria Devlin, President & CEO of Families in Transition.  “Working in the nonprofit sector means knowing how to stretch limited resources for maximum positive impact and this duo has stepped in seamlessly to boost the goal of helping us help others.”


Kern has worked most of his career in the nonprofit and government sectors. He started at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation liquidating failed banks and then went on to work for small cooperative banks and credit unions. He also ran a small regional land trust where he protected almost 10,000 acres of forest and farmland, some not far from downtown Manchester’s Families in Transition main office. He last worked for community action programs – helping them navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and distributing millions in financial aid to residents in NH. He holds a master’s degree in money and finance from Northeastern University, a bachelor’s degree in political science, and a minor in economics from Plymouth State College. He and his family live in Strafford on a farm property he helped conserve.  

“My career focus has always been an effort to pay it forward and I am deeply honored to join this accomplished and well-respected agency,” says Kern.  “Working in finance, my goal is to enhance relationships with the business community to improve funding opportunities that will assist in our efforts to serve others.”


Pellerin has more than 25 years of experience in all areas of Human Resources, with a passion for strategic planning, employee relations, and leadership development. She worked in various industries, including manufacturing, renewable energy, food service, and non-profits. Hher master’s degree is in business administration and she holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Southern NH University. She holds Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SCP) certifications. 

“Families in Transition represents all the areas that reflect my own professional goals:  serving others, providing skilled and smart leadership, and meeting growing and changing community needs,” Pellerin said. “There is a long and impressive history of FIT serving families in crisis and I am honored to join this team.”


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