William (Bill) Chapman is Chairman Emeritus of NHPR's Board of Trustees. A shareholder at the Orr & Reno law firm, Bill's experience includes counseling New Hampshire newspapers, national publications and syndicates, and print media publishers on a regular basis, serving as counsel for the press in many of the most significant First Amendment cases and media in New Hampshire.

Barbara Couch served as Chairman of NHPR's Board of Trustees from  2010-2012. Barbara has been with Hypertherm, Inc. for 25 years, responsible for developing the nationally award winning programs that focus on the development and well-being of Hypertherm's associates, an integral piece of the company's mission statement. Ms. Couch and her husband, Richard, were the founding contributors of NHPR's Innovation Fund and NHPR's Couch Innovation Fellowship.




Campaign Chairs

Janet Prince

Janet Prince

Jane Kitchel McLaughlin

Jane Kitchel McLaughlin

Janet Prince, Seacoast Region

Janet Prince is president of Prince Communications, a human resources communications consulting firm she founded nearly 35 years ago. Janet has significantly scaled back the firm over the past 10 years in order to return to school and invest more time doing volunteer work. In 2005, Janet earned her MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. She has worked as a volunteer fundraiser for the Portsmouth, NH African Burying Ground Memorial Park, and served on the NHPR Board of Trustees, including two years as chair.

Janet and her husband Peter Bergh love to travel—especially walking trips, where there is a chance that the number of calories they burn will equal the number of calories they consume.

The couple lives in New Castle and are in the process of renovating a home in Portsmouth, where they hope to spend the next 25 years. 

Jane Kitchel McLaughlin, Upper Valley

Originally from Chicago, Jane Kitchel McLaughlin has been a resident of the Upper Valley for almost twenty five years. While raising her family, Jane has been involved with many volunteer activities. She has served on the boards of The Howe Library Corporation, Vital Communities of the Upper Valley, the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and the Upper Valley Community Foundation.  

Currently, Jane is active with Dismas House, Granite United Way, and the Woodstock Community Food Shelf. 

Jane was formerly a partner with Hessel & Associates, an actuary consulting firm in Northbrook, Illinois. Two years ago, she received a Master of Arts degree from Dartmouth College. She and her husband Peter live in Lyme and have three children.

Jane enjoys theater, reading, cycling, and baseball.

NHPR's Board of trustees

Peter Burger, Vice Chair

Rob Carrigg, Jr.

Sue Chollet

Bill Chapman, Chairman Emeritus

Geoffrey Clark

Betsy Gardella, Pres & CEO

Jean Gottesman

Jane McLaughlin

Mark Kaplan

Carolyn Mertz, Past Chair



Betsy Payne

Alan Reische

Marshall Rowe, Chair

Barbara Russell

Barbara Russell

Jane Stabler

Pam Van Arsdale

Michael Wilson, Treasurer

Susan Zankel


Betsy Gardella, NHPR's President & CEO

Betsy Gardella, NHPR's President & CEO

For more than 25 years, Betsy Gardella has guided pioneering, mission-driven organizations in the fields of public media, arts & culture and education – from Shakespeare in the Park and world music concerts for New York City’s Public Theater, to dance programs for thousands of public school children as Executive Director of Jacques d’Amboise’s National Dance Institute, to the non-commercial broadcast of the finest local, national and international national news –  first as COO of New York Public Radio and now as President & CEO of New Hampshire Public Radio. 

Betsy is highly skilled in leading organizations through transitions, formulating strategic vision, and building capacity. She is effective in creating innovative, collaborative work environments and building productive work teams. Since 2005, when Betsy began her tenure at NHPR, she has completed a multi-million dollar capital campaign for a state-of-the-art broadcast center at 2 Pillsbury Street in Concord; launched a new mid-day program, Word of Mouth;  expanded service to Colebrook, Holderness, Littleton, Plymouth and Portsmouth; increased the editorial staff; launched the Barbara and Dick Couch Fellowship Program; and provided extensive coverage of the New Hampshire Primary with Primary night coverage carried by stations from Boston to New York to Washington, DC.

Betsy currently serves on the NPR Board of Directors and the NPR Foundation Board of Trustees, as well as the boards and committees of several New Hampshire-based nonprofits. In 2010 she received an Honorary Doctorate in Arts & Letters from St. Anselm College.

Deb Turner, NHPR's Vice President of development


Deb is a 35+ year fundraising professional who has spent her career achieving successful outcomes through strategic management of fundraising programs.  Deb started her fundraising career at the University of Maine, her alma mater and then moved into the public media world – a life-long passion and a cause she believes changes our communities for the good. 

For the last ten years, she has been working to develop and enhance over 180 public media station major donors programs which not only increased revenue, but also transformed the way stations relate to their communities.