Board of Directors

Barbara Freeman
      Barbara has cultivated her world-view through a life of study and travel. In the beginning of her career as an architect, she lived and worked in Italy.  She has traveled throughout the western world, the Americas, the mid-east, Southeast Asia, Asia and Africa. Africa and its varied countries and cultures pull her back to the continent and she has been travelling there for enrichment, joy and occasionally, for business, for the past 30 years. She traveled to Ghana many times over seven years to help acquire land and design a Community Resource Center for a US based non-profit.  In addition to her work with RAIN for the Sahel and the Sahara, Barbara supports community work in Botswana and Kenya. While she resides in Newbury, NH, she has family in the UK and a home base in Botswana. A little piece of her heart is always in Liguria, Italy.

         Barbara graduated with a BA in Political Science from Barnard College and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Barbara’s architectural firm focuses on collaborative design and master planning.

Louis Salome


      A Portsmouth, NH resident and New England native, Lou's ancestral roots reach to the Middle East, and his working life stretches from Massachusetts to Miami, throughout the Middle East and Europe, to Central and Southwest Asia and North and East Africa. His 35 years as a newspaper reporter and editor include 10 years as the Editorial Page Editor at The Miami News and nearly 10 years as the Jerusalem-based Middle East correspondent and the London-based European correspondent for The Atlanta Journal and Constitution along with all newspapers under the Cox Newspapers Group. He is the author of Violence, Veils and Bloodlines - Reporting from War Zones, which chronicles how tribe, religion language, culture, land and history come together to both bind and separate people in conflict.

 Michael Murphy 

       Michael is a licensed CPA. He’s a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, with a Masters degree in taxation from Bentley College. His specialty areas include tax preparation and audit review-compilation services for individuals, businesses, non profits, 401(k) plans and profit sharing plans. He is Treasurer and past President of the National Football Foundation, N.H. Chapter, Past Chairman/President of the NH Football Officials Association, Trustee of the City of Dover Trust Funds, Treasurer of the Joan G. Lovering Health Center, and a Director of the NHSPCA, Stratham.

John Hutchison     

  Currently Associate Professor Emeritus with the Boston University African Studies Center, John holds an MA and PhD in Linguistics (African Studies) from Indiana University and a BA in Economics (French) from Pomona College. His background includes consulting in West African research, language and education to the World Bank and Peace Corps among others; author of educational and linguistic texts and articles; Founding Editor of Mother Tongue and Issues in Languages and Education; grant reviewer for organizations such as the National Endowment for the Humanities; curriculum planner for several academic programs, courses and workshops and development of the African Language Materials Archive (ALMA) of the West African Research Center and the Mother Tongue Editions websites. His interests include African and creole languages and linguistics, linguistic and cultural reform and policy in education in Africa and France, curriculum & textbook development in maternal languages, language teaching and development for use in primary and adult education, the politics of publishing in Africa, rural education, minority language publishing, and maternal language literacy.
Kathleen Hofer
      Kathleen brings a wide scope of experience in organizational development, management and staff training, recruitment and career development as facilitator, problem solver and coach. She holds a B.A. from George Washington University/Mount Vernon College, an MBA from Clark University, and is SPHR Certified from Bentley College. Currently, Kathleen serves as a consultant to the New England Chapter of the Executive Service Corps, is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at Joan Lovering Health Center, Chair of SolAmor Hospice Foundation Board, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Friends of the Cliff Walk, York Harbor ME.

George W. Page, Jr.

     Mr. Page is a director for Midwest Grain Products, a publicly traded company that produces premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches He is a member of the Nominating and Governance, Audit and Human Resources and Compensation Committees. He is a member of the NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors). Mr. Page has served as President of Page Solutions, an independent engineering design and consulting firm, since 2013. An accomplished engineering and manufacturing professional, he holds several patents and is recognized as an industry expert in the fields of valve and bio-technology design. Mr. Page is a graduate of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management.

 Lee Lamson

With her Department of State officer husband, Lee traveled and lived in five countries, including Niger.  She worked at each consulate or embassy-- Consular Assistant, Acting Housing Officer, Assistant Personnel Officer, Community Liaison Officer.  After John retired to New Hampshire in 2005, Lee served on the RAIN Board for six years and as a Trustee of the Langdon Library in Newington.   Lee received her BA from Emory University, MS in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and studied Counselor Education at the University of New Hampshire. 

The population of Niger is 19.9 million.
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