The Board


Craig Hammon, Chair: Retired executive from education and international development organizations (including World Vision and CURE International). Currently serving as consultant to a variety of international NGOs and foundations. Trustee of Westwood Endowment.


David Mering, Treasurer: Owner, for 25 years, Nor’ East Cleaners, Gloucester, MA. Business leader on Cape Ann.


Nancy Mering: Retired, after 30 years of service at Gordon College, including Director of Admissions and Director of Alumni and Parent Relations. Long-term lay leader at her church. Founder of “Gathering for Hope-North Shore”. Member, Board of Directors, Amirah, Inc.


Margot Hammon: Retired elementary school teacher, finds particular purpose in having a role in educating children and women. “Educate a woman and you educate a village.” Her favorite hobby is spending time with her 4 grandchildren.


Richard Cairns: Retired from teaching after 35 years. Long term Moderator of his Congregational Church and former member of the Board of Deacons. Elected member of his town’s Board Of Assessors.


Beth Cairns: Retired Director of Library Services. Currently serving on the Library Board of Trustees. Member of the Board of the Essex Housing Authority and Town Building Committee.


David Carlson: Founder and CEO of Affinity VideoNet, Inc. Retired.


Alyson Steg: Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing in Medford, MA.


David Friedrich: Higher education administrator currently working in student life.


Jessica Webb: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, currently working as a medical social worker. Member of the Board of the Essex Council on Aging.