Staff

STAFF

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ALI BROKENSHIRE
Upper Valley & Sullivan County Regional Organizer

For nearly two decades, Ali has been on the front lines of community and political engagement through electoral organizing in New Hampshire and Vermont.  As a single mother, caretaker, and fellow Granite Stater she is a staunch advocate for social and economic justice, universal healthcare as a human right, and voter rights and access. Forever a nerd at heart, Ali knows to her core that through all of time and space there is no such thing as an unimportant person, and she is committed to amplifying our collective voice to build a more equitable future for the generations ahead. She can be reached at ali@radnh.org
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AMANDA MCNELLY
Deep Canvass Volunteer Coordinator

Originally from Western New York, Amanda graduated in three years with a Bachelors in Psychology from Arcadia University. She then attended Suffolk Law School in Boston where she earned her Juris Doctorate, focusing her studies on Juvenile Public Defense. While in law school she worked with the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and the Legal Aid Society of Rochester fighting for underprivileged adolescents in the criminal justice system, and marginalized communities in the family law courts. Amanda caught the campaign bug volunteering as staging location director for the Bernie 2020 campaign in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. When not working she can be found with her dog Hayden or painting while listening to music far too loudly. You can reach her at amanda@radnh.org.

ANNIE SCHWARTZ
Communications Manager

Annie was born and raised in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She previously has worked in digital engagement as an ambassador for Syracuse University, from which she holds a B.F.A. She is a practicing artist whose work addresses issues of climate change and the Anthropocene is passionate about engaging with her community and beyond around social issues. You can reach her at annie@radnh.org

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ASMA ELHUNI
NH Movement Politics Director

Asma Elhuni, she/her/hers, is a proud Muslim African Immigrant who received her B.A. in Political Science from Georgia State University. She has organized tirelessly around issues of immigration, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, state sanctioned violence, and economic justice. She staunchly believes in collective liberation – we will never be free until we all are free. Her motto is “collective liberation or no liberation”. You can reach her at asma@radnh.org

BRANDON LEMAY
Greater Nashua and Manchester Regional Organizer

Brandon Lemay was born and raised on the West Side of Manchester. As the descendant of three generations of union laborers, his social and political views have been deeply influenced by the labor movement. While studying Political Science and French at Plymouth State University, Lemay was introduced to organizing by working on the 2014 Coordinated campaign. Since that time, he’s worked for NextGen, League of Conservation Voters, American Bridge, Joyce Craig for Mayor, and Andrew Yang for NH. He is excited to be organizing in his hometown and is glad that Rights & Democracy is making a long term commitment to community organizing in the Manchester and Nashua Greater Areas. You can reach him at brandon@radnh.org

COLIN MONAHAN
Lead Canvasser

Colin (he/him) is a second-generation Asian-American from the seacoast area of New Hampshire. Colin received his B.A. at Colorado College having studied Political Science, Spanish, and Latin American Studies. He has had the great privilege to live and learn beside revolutionaries, radicals, and activists around the United States and around the world, particularly, Colorado, Chile, and most recently, Vermont. Colin works tirelessly to help others reimagine and actualize upon their utopian visions for a New Hampshire that works equitably for the many, not the few. He enjoys hiking, skiing, writing, and live music. You can contact him at colin@radnh.org

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FRONSY THURMAN
Communications Director

For over a decade, Fronsy designed and implemented climate education and advocacy programs for environmental nonprofits in New York City. During her time in New York, she was active in local politics and community organizing around local housing, immigration, and environmental justice issues. Fronsy received her Master’s in Sustainable Development from SIT Graduate Institute, where she focused on climate justice, labor issues, and policy advocacy. Since moving to Vermont, Fronsy has worked with racial justice organizing groups in Windham County. You can reach her at fronsy@radvt.org

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GISELLE HART
Co-Field Coordinator

Giselle is an activist/organizer, tall ship sailor/mariner, musician/music lover, feminist/freedom fighter, and all around believer in people power. She has worked with a number of nonprofits in the state of New Hampshire on issues including fossil fuel divestment, zero waste, ecofeminism, and resisting fossil fuel infrastructure in New England. Giselle envisions a more just, loving, and life-giving world, a place where all human or nonhuman, living or nonliving beings are known to be sacred and treated accordingly. She believes in the power of community organizing and participatory democracy to realize this vision of the world. You can reach her at giselle@radnh.org

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HEATHER STOCKWELL
Monadnock Regional Organizer

Heather has been a resident of New Hampshire for almost 50 years. She attended college in Boston and New York, only to return to New Hampshire after her studies. She currently lives in her hometown where she started her own family in the house she grew up in. She is one of the founding members of the Monadnock Progressive Alliance, a local chapter of Rights & Democracy NH. She aspires to apply what she’s learned over the last two years by using these experiences across the Granite State. Contact: heather@radnh.org

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HILARY VIENS
Operations Director

Hilary is a clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience working with non-profits. Before devoting her time to RAD, Hilary served as Director of Programs and Assistant Director with several non-profits on the East Coast. Hilary provides national consulting services on capacity building related to infrastructure development as well as HIV prevention, and is an experienced federal grants reviewer. You can reach her at hilary@radvt.org.

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ISAAC GRIMM
Organizing Director

Since it’s inception, Isaac has helped build RAD as canvass director, lead organizer, and political engagement director in Vermont, knocking doors around the state, building organizing teams, and then coordinating lobbying, coalition building and statewide electoral campaigns. Previously, he worked as co-canvass director with the Working Families Party and organizer for SEIU helping thousands of adjunct faculty form a union. A University of Vermont (UVM) grad and former Vermont Workers’ Center intern, he also worked as a high school social studies teacher in Cali, Colombia for 5 years. He can be reached at isaac@radnh.org

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JAMES HASLAM
Executive Director

James co-founded Rights & Democracy after serving as the Executive Director at the Vermont Workers’ Center for over 15 years. He has extensive experience in running grassroots legislative advocacy campaigns, labor and community organizing. He can be reached at james@radvt.org

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JIM GUEST
Deep Field Organizer

Jim was raised in Massachusetts, having spent time living in Vermont and Rhode Island, he currently resides in Boston. Prior to joining RAD, Jim graduated from Wake Forest University and worked in Sales for a decade. In his free time he enjoys traveling and reading as much as possible about history, attempting to understand the beautiful and troubled world that we all inhabit. Understanding the critical moment that we are in for our society and our planet, he joined the 2020 Bernie Sanders Campaign in NH to begin fighting for a fairer and more equitable world for all. You can reach him at jim@radnh.org.

KATE LOGAN
Director of Programming and Policy

Kate is a feminist social and political theory scholar, specializing in family policy, participatory democracy, and human rights, as well as a having a background in labor and community organizing and nonprofit management. Working for Rights & Democracy gives her the opportunity to put all of these passions and skills to use in helping to build a more just and sustainable future. You can reach her at kate@radvt.org.

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KATY ALLEN
Lead Canvasser

Katy is a unique lady who loves in equal measure the joys of nerding out on philosophy and feminist thought, baking homemade pies, taking deep breaths in nature, and connecting with people about their deepest hopes and griefs. She feels the terrain of our inner worlds has so much to bring to our work as change makers and activists. In college she dedicated her efforts to leading Slow Food UNH to help shift the buying practices of the university’s dining hall and create a more viable market for local fisheries and farmers. This work helped her realize the importance of using her voice to advocate for greater system justice. Though the past few years led her to focus on cultivating the skill of listening to nature and studying plant medicine, she is now ecstatic to bring her passion for communication to her work with Rights and Democracy. You can reach her at katy@radnh.org.

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KEVIN PENTZ
Lakes Region Regional Organizer

Kevin Pentz and his family have lived in Kentucky for the last 20 years. He has worked as an organizer for Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, first as a chapter organizer for several counties in eastern Kentucky and more recently as an issue organizer focused on resource extraction issues related primarily to coal mining. Before that he worked briefly as an organizer for Montana People’s Action in Bozeman MT. Kevin and his wife, Amy, have a two year old son, Eli. They are all looking forward to exploring the New Hampshire woods. Kevin’s family has owned a camp on Norton Pond in the northeast corner of Vermont since the early 60’s. kevin@radnh.org.

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KJ DEYETT
Data & Technology Manager

KJ hails from New Hampshire and holds a B.A. in History from UNH. Prior to joining RAD, he worked in healthcare analytics and was a data engineer on the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign. KJ joined RAD to use the technology skills he learned in private industry in service of justice and equality. He can be reached at kj@radnh.org.

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LAUREN MELCHIONDA
Relational Organizer

Lauren (she/her) grew up in southern New Hampshire and attended Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. She was an organizer on the Bernie 2020 campaign and is passionate about Medicare for All, environmental justice, and racial equality. Lauren has spent time farming in Vermont and has the most impressive vegetable garden in the entire United States.  In her free time, she organizes and demonstrates with various animal rights groups and is an ethical vegan.  You can reach her at lauren@radnh.org.

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MAGGIE CAWLEY
Digital Engagement Coordinator

Maggie grew up in Central Vermont, attended college in rural Ohio, and spent several years living in Medellín, Colombia before returning to her home state in 2016 to complete a Master’s in Sustainable Development. She later moved to Central Massachusetts, where she worked as an advocate for food justice, canvassed for progressive candidates, and participated in state and community efforts related to workers’ rights, climate policy, and racial justice. Her background also includes online journalism focused on organized crime, government corruption, and related human rights issues in Latin America. You can reach her at maggie@radvt.org

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MICKAYLA ABOUJAOUDE
Field Organizer

Mickayla (they/them) (she/her) is a New Hampshire native who did a stint in Worcester, MA, where they graduated from Clark University with a BA in Economics & a Music Minor. Mickayla is a musician, a born advocate, and an academic thinker. Mickayla strives to see issues from all sides and find creative ways to work within systems to create lasting positive changes for underrepresented populations, of which she is a member of a few. Disability rights advocacy is of foremost importance to Mickayla, and they are fascinated with finding ways to teach compassion and bring people of diverse perspectives together. You can reach Mickayla at mickayla@radnh.org.

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THOMAS LABORE
Co-Field Coordinator

Thomas is from Manchester, NH. Both his parents were postal workers and his mother was a union steward for many years. He spent time doing the WWOOF program in Western Massachusetts and Northern California. Thomas worked for the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016 and in 2020. He received a Bachelor’s degree from UNH in Social Work. Thomas recognizes the barriers and flaws in our current economic system is driven by a social justice approach. “From each according to [their] ability, to each according to [their] needs.” He enjoys playing hockey, reading, hiking, and running. He is excited for his wedding day in summer 2020. He can be reached at tom@radnh.org.