OCC Board Members
Ossipee Concerned Citizens Officers of the Board
"I have been in Freedom part-time since 1995 and full-time in 2008 when I retired from the golf business. I was asked to join the Board about ten years ago. When long-time President Pat Parsons of OCC retired, I became the President. OCC is such a valuable part of Ossipee and surrounding communities, assisting so many people.
Giving of my time has always been in my blood. I was President of my local Lions Club in Massachusetts, and twice President of my local church. I also served on my town's Board of Appeals for 25 years while in Mass. Now being full-time in Freedom, I was President of the Freedom Community Club and I am President of our church in Freedom. Being part of OCC is probably one of the most rewarding positions I have ever had.
I enjoy camping and gardening with my wife Judy, but the continued success and growth of OCC is always on my mind. I know that under the new leadership that OCC will always be an asset to our community and will continue to help people for years to come."
Acting Vice President & Treasurer
"I have been a part of the community since 2005 and joined the board in 2018 after having a conversation with the President of the Board, Dean Robertson. Since that time, I have come to appreciate the work that OCC does in the surrounding communities and its impact on the lives of our citizens. In the past, I have volunteered to help OCC with turkey dinners, packing for Meals on Wheels, and various penny sales and other functions. Since joining the board, we have worked to put in place the people and tools necessary to ensure OCC's continued success so it can touch the lives of generations to come. Since moving to Ossipee, I have served as a board member and officer of Ossipee Bluffs Association, Ossipee Area Community Center, and the Town of Ossipee Budget Committee."
Melissa has been a resident of Center Ossipee for over 5 years. She owns three local businesses with Certificates and College Degrees in Accounting, Graphic Design, and Business Management, and has a Masters in Art. Melissa is currently on the planning board with the Town of Ossipee as an alternate member, the Co-President of a non-profit, the Ossipee Area Community Center, the Board Treasurer, and the Financial Officer of a non-profit, Serenity Hill Equine Sanctuary, and the Board Secretary of Ossipee Concerned Citizens. Melissa joined OCC to help and become a more active citizen in the town. She has donated time, items, and money to 68 hours of hunger, the Libby Museum, The Community Center, and Ossipee Concerned Citizens.
Ossipee Concerned Citizens Board Members
"I have been a part of the community for over 20 years and was invited to join the Ossipee Concerned Citizens Board. I have enjoyed judging the 4th of July parade and helping and contributing by being on the board. I am a member of the First Christian Church of Freedom and serve as a deaconess. I also enjoy knitting and I am part of a group that meets in Freedom. I also serve on several scholarship committees. In my spare time, I love to garden."
Before retiring in 2002 from the Manchester US Post Office, he spent most of his life in southern NH. As a retired person he had time to volunteer on the budget committee for the Ossipee Corner Precinct, the library where he manages the Book Cellar, and is the secretary for the Friends of the Ossipee Public Library. In 2007 he became a member of the Ossipee Concerned Citizens Board of Directors where he was the secretary for 10 years. "The Greater Ossipee area is a great place to live and help people."
"I have been in this community since 1965 and have been a part of the OCC board since around 2005- I wanted to give back to the community.
So many accomplishments, but the best is just being a member of the team. I volunteered at the Conway Dinner Bell for 17 years and I continue to be on their Advisory Council. I am also a member of RSVP. Volunteering my time has been very rewarding to me. I enjoy it very much."
Leona has lived in the Ossipee vicinity most of her life and moved here in 1983. A couple of years later she worked as The Adult Tutorial Program Coordinator for Tri-County Cap and in the early 90s as The Family Service Coordinator for Head Start. For ten years in the 1990s, she served Ossipee Mountain Habitat for Humanity in the Family Selection Committee as a member, chairperson, and later on the board. In 2007, Leona won a NASA Scholarship to return to school to obtain an associate degree in Energy Services and Technology. She also established an ad hoc Energy Committee for the town and chaired it. Along with this, she successfully negotiated a Net-Metering Program with the Wolfeboro Municipal Electric Company to allow her client to tie a wind turbine to the municipal grid. The next year, Leona selected the Ossipee Town Hall to perform her required Commercial Structure energy audit. She also assisted with the audit of the Town Library. She also assisted in an energy audit of the Childcare portion of the OCC building. Leona is now a professional, certified Success and Money Coach. She loved serving her community and her clients and making positive a positive contribution to the greater good.
Karen has been a part of this community for over 30 years. She married her husband Roy in 1999 and had her daughter Ruth, who attended the OCC Childcare Center for many years. She retired in 2020 from Huggins Hospital after working there for 21 years. Karen is a driver for Caroll County RSVP, for which she received a Transportation Award in 2022. She also works at the Bank of NH Pavilion as a Ticket Taker as well as Moultonborough Lake Host, Moultonborough Lions Club Member, and she hosts Bingo in Moultonborough and Ossipee Concerned Citizens Senior Center.