Board of Directors
"Volunteers are not paid ~ not because they are worthless but because they are priceless!"
Lucille, a Berlin native, has served on the Board of Directors since 2014 andas Board Chairperson since 2017. She and her husband, Stephen, havebeen married for 38 years and presently reside in Gorham, NH. They haveraised three children, Reggie, a physical therapist; Jessica, an occupationaltherapist; and Matthew who has physical disabilities and lives at home. After45 years in the legal field, Lucille retired in March 2013. She was first hiredby the law firm of Bergeron and Hanson in June 1968 and remained anemployee until April 2008. That year, the practice was sold to Cooper, Cargilland Chant, P.A. In 1985, Lucille earned a Paralegal Studies certificate fromthe University of New Hampshire and developed extensive experience indealing with estates, trusts and guardianships. Lucille has served on theBoard of Directors for Northern Human Services, volunteers/coaches for NHSpecial Olympics and is a volunteer for Holy Family Parish
Owner / Operator, Bisson’s Sugar House
Mr. Blais, a Board member since 2011, serving as Secretary, 2012 through 2018, now serves as the Board’s Vice-Chairperson. He and his wife Muriel own and operate Bisson’s Sugar House, a family business in Berlin which began producing maple products in 1921. Lucien is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He worked in human services from 1974 to 1988, his last position being supervisor of the Division of Children and Youth Services in Berlin. In addition to his work at the sugar house, Lucien is self-employed doing home remodeling and maintenance. Over the years, Lucien has served on numerous boards and committees including serving as Past President of the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association. He is currently an officer with the local Knights of Columbus Council and serves on the Advisory Board for the Granite United Way. He and Muriel have three children who all work in teaching/counseling professions.
Bank Branch Mamager
Janet Caron is a Berlin native who joined the Board of Directors in March of 2018. Earning an Associate Degree in Business Management from NH Vocational Technical College, Janet has been involved in the banking industry for over 25 years, now serving as the Berlin Branch Manager for Service Credit Union. She has always been fascinated by entertainers and the talent they bring to the table and finds participation in the arts uplifting, inspirational and joyful. She and her husband Roland have three children and four grandchildren who bring them so much joy.
Community Care Coordinator Nurse Joann L’Heureux, joined the Board of Directors in October of 2017. She was born and raised in the Berlin/Gorham area, graduating high school in 1978. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire. In 1982, she returned to the area, meeting and marrying her late husband Robert L’Heureux. After the birth of their fi rst son, Joann expanded her education in the fi eld of health, becoming a registered nurse. Their second son soon followed. For many years she cared for the people of the community as a visiting nurse. Her current role, Community Care Coordinator Nurse, is a shared position with Coos County Family Health Services and Androscoggin Valley Hospital.Joann’s interest in the arts goes back to her high school days. She was an active member of the drama club, chorus and select choir. Her family, of local Riendeau fame, was made up of well-known and talented musicians. They provided much musical entertainment on guitar, fi ddle, harmonica, and accordion for numerous family events.
Karen Smith is a Registered Nurse at Androscoggin Valley Hospital, where she is the Director of Inpatient Services. She is a Berlin native who graduated from Berlin High School in 1985. She soon began her nursing career after graduating from New Hampshire vocational-technical college in 1986. However she continued to advance her career by obtaining an Associates's Degree in 1996, Bachelors's Degree in Nursing in 2015, and she enrolled to begin her Masters in Health Administration program in the Capella University 2020 spring semester.
Karen’s interest in the “Raise the Roof” fundraising and the First Annual Dinner on the bridge led Karen to join the board in August of 2018 and she continues to play a role in the fundraising efforts needed to preserve the St Kieren’s Center for the Arts.
Program Administrator (retired)
Twelve years ago (2004), Sue Young was asked to help create the first St.Patrick’s Day Fundraiser for St. Kieran’s Community Center for the Arts. Thefundraiser was a tremendous success and slowly but surely, after continuousinvolvement with numerous fundraising efforts, she became a board member.She has a love of the arts and creative processes. Sue has an extensive background in Therapeutic Recreation and a Master’s Degree in RehabilitationCounseling; before returning to the city of her birth, Sue worked in a rehabilitation hospital in Massachusetts. She is positive, energetic and strives to use her time and talents to make a difference every day.
Administrative Assistant (retired)
Pauline is a life-long resident of Berlin with a life-long commitment to St.Kieran’s. She is a graduate of St. Patrick’s High School and has taken a number of courses through the Christian Life Center. A mother to five,Pauline worked as a CCD teacher, volunteered with the Girl Scouts, the St.Kieran Food Pantry and as a Eucharistic Minister and served as the treasurer/secretary for the Millsfield ATV Club. She enjoys swimming,camping and arts and crafts. Pauline has dedicated herself to ensuring thatthe St. Kieran historic building remains part of Berlin’s landscape. She hasserved on the Board of Directors since the arts center’s inception and looksforward to its continued growth.
David practiced law in Illinois for thirty years before retiring and moving toBerlin in 2011 with his wife, Dr. Sandra Benckendorf, who practices medicinewith Coos County Family Health Services. He served on numerous boards inIllinois, including the Tazewell County Board, Tri-County Regional PlanningCommission, and Pastoral Counseling Service. David is an adjunct professorand criminal justice program coordinator at nearby White Mountains Community College. He joined the Board of Directors at St. Kieran’s in2015. He and his wife have three children. David enjoys reading, writing,and martial arts.