Panel of experts
Executive Director, New Hampshire Housing
Rob Dapice is the Executive Director/CEO of New Hampshire Housing. Prior to joining New Hampshire Housing in 2014 and serving in various roles in the Management and Development Division (overseeing multi-family housing) until 2021, Dapice served as a project manager for North Branch Construction. He also was a captain in the U.S. Army and served in Iraq.
Dapice serves on various volunteer boards, including the New Hampshire Children’s Lobby, Waypoint Manchester Advisory Board, and his town’s Planning Board. A resident of Contoocook, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of New Hampshire. He is a member of the Leadership New Hampshire Class of 2017 and a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School.
Community & Economic Development Planning Coordinator, North Country Council
Kaela is the Community and Economic Development Planner at North Country Council. She has studied community development, applied economics, and urban planning at the University of Vermont and Hunter College, Kaela brings over ten years of experience as a professional planner to her work and the region. Throughout her career she has worked in a housing and homelessness policy at the federal and local levels, as a municipal planning director for communities in VT and RI, and as a regional planner in NH. She is well versed in technical development review, comprehensive planning, housing policy and economic development. Outside of the office, Kaela operates a family-owned flower farm and is often found mountain biking or snowboarding.
President and CEO of Business and Industry Association (BIA) of New Hampshire
Michael Skelton currently serves as President and CEO of the Business and Industry Association (BIA) of New Hampshire, the state’s leading business advocate and statewide Chamber of Commerce. In this role, Michael is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the BIA and serving as the chief advocate and spokesperson for New Hampshire’s business community. Previously, Michael served as President and CEO of the Greater Manchester Chamber, the state’s largest regional Chamber of Commerce. In total, Michael has more than 12 years of leadership experience in the Chamber of Commerce industry and brings a background in public relations, media relations, economic development, and government affairs to his roles. In addition to his Chamber background, Michael also previously served as media spokerson for Public Service of New Hampshire (now Eversource), the state’s largest electric utility, where he was responsible for representing the company in front of local, state, and national media.
Michael is member of the Board of Directors of Amoskeag Industries, a member of the Board of Trustees of Manchester’s Palace Theatre, and was appointed by Governor Sununu to serve as a Board member for the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority. He also was named to the 2014 class of New Hampshire’s “40 Under Forty” young leaders by the Union Leader and New Hampshire Business Review’s “NH 200: The Granite State’s Most Influential Business Leaders” in 2021. Michael lives in Bedford with his wife Emily and their two children, Colin and Eleanor.
Carmen Lorentz, Executive Director
Lakes Region Community Developers
Allan Reetz, Director of Public and Government Affairs
Hanover Co-op Food Stores & Auto Service Centers
Darren Winham, Economic Development Director
Karen LaMontagne, Lamontagne Builders
President, NH Home Builders Association
Sally Manikian, NH/ VT Representative
The Conservation Fund
David Nichols, Head, State and Local Corporate and Government Relations USA