DHHS Recognizes Efforts to Increase Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Bureau of Developmental Services (BDS) recently recognized 10 individuals for outstanding contributions in strengthening New Hampshire’s workforce by increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.


“These individuals should be considered leaders in their community,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas, “as they provide not only an opportunity to work, but an opportunity to participate in another aspect of life.” Commissioner Toumpas recognized each individual with a certificate of appreciation at a recent employment conference held in Concord.


The following received certificates:


Donna Marcinkowski, Human Resources Manager, NH Ball Bearing, Peterborough


Kathy Harrington, Executive Director, Stonewall Farm, Keene


Matt Louis, Executive Sous Chef, Wentworth by the Sea, New Castle


Dan Beckemeyer, General Operations Manager, Aarons Furniture, Belmont


John Fauci, Supt of Schools, Gilmanton School District SAU 79


Rachel Hatch, Administrative Assistant, Gilmanton School District SAU 79


Christine Grande, Associate Relations Manager, Hannaford Supermarkets, Gilford


Jane Dixon, Manager of Membership and Events, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester


Stacey Wright, Café Manager, Tidewater Catering, Manchester


Bob Purcell, Company President, Brevan Electronics, Merrimack


"As is the case for all citizens of our state, employment is a critical element for people with disabilities,” said BDS Administrator Matthew Ertas. “These employers along with other businesses in the state have been instrumental in employing over 1,100 people. We appreciate the business communities’ recognition of the benefits that individuals with disabilities provide to the state’s workforce.”