Workplace Innovation Challenge Facilitators

Benjamin Adams

Easterseals New Hampshire

Benjamin Adams is the Director of Workforce Development and Youth Transitional Services at Easterseals New Hampshire. Benjamin believes that when afforded the right opportunity and support, everyone can succeed in employment, and that work can provide much more than financial gain. Born in southern Maine and a graduate of Colby-Sawyer College, Benjamin worked five years in special education in public schools prior to joining Easterseals NH where he has spent the past 14 years supporting individuals in achieving personal goals and obtaining employment.

Kile Adumene

Manchester Community Action Coalition

As an engaged mother of four energetic, awesome, caring, loving children, Kile has over 22 years of experience navigating the social, racial, and educational systems to support her children. Kile is passionate about creating a strong community of parents, educators, and young adults that are honest, supportive, and willing to learn from each other’s struggles to ce-creation of solutions to their needs. She is ready to work alongside other partners as they move through educational, social, and racial systems for their community and all residents. With a Master’s degree in community engagement and education, over 20 years of community leadership, Kile approaches all situations with a desire to understand the root cause before defining the solution that centered the most impacted individuals. Over her 20+ year career in medical, community engagement, education, organization, and program design, Kile had developed expertise in understanding the factors that drive positive outcomes for diverse community members and learners. She is available to work with you in a participative style grounded in empowerment, trust, and empathy.

Sandi Coyle

Working Fields

Sandi Coyle is Senior Account Manager for Working Fields, a mission-driven staffing agency that assists people with barriers to employment successfully reenter the workplace and retain meaningful career paths. Sandi serves the greater Manchester and Seacoast regions with extensive background working across NH and NE in the field of substance use, mental health, and nonprofit leadership. With 16 years of professional experience, entrepreneurial flair, and lived experience as a person in recovery, Sandi brings passion and gusto to helping people overcome barriers, reducing stigma, and empowering community!

Sara Cummings


Sara Cummings has over 30 years of experience accompanying and supporting people as they navigate changes and challenges. She is passionate about helping people realize their own solutions and the steps to implement them. Sara comes to her work with a B.A. in psychology from Bates College, an M.A. in marriage and family therapy from Pacific Lutheran University, and is currently pursuing a credential as an ACC level coach. Having worked in human services as a victim advocate, family life educator and school counselor, she brings that experience and understanding to coaching and facilitating mastermind groups and other collaborative learning experiences. She is the owner of All Sorts Organizing, where she assists people in gaining clarity on “the things that really matter,” through enhancing productivity, space organizing, and coaching. Sara lives in Virginia Beach, VA.

Rev. Heidi Carrington Heath

NH Council of Churches

The NH Council of Churches Board is thrilled to introduce you to our new Executive Director, the Rev. Heidi Carrington Heath! Rev. Heidi comes to us with a wealth of experience and a deep passion for the work of the Council. She will begin her work with us on August 15 and will be serving the Council part time. We are confident that Rev. Heidi will provide the leadership and vision we need for our next chapter. Rev. Heidi is an ordained United Church of Christ minister. She is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School. She also holds a professional diploma from New York University. Rev. Heidi is a public theologian, spiritual director, and writer. She is passionate about a relevant, 21st Century faith, and public policy. Rev. Heidi believes that God uses the sacred strands of our denominations to call us into community with one another. We can weave a stronger, and more beautiful tapestry together than any one of us can do alone. She looks forward to joining the work of the New Hampshire Council of Churches in August!

Chloé LaCasse

The Making of Self

A storyteller and educator, Chloé came out as transgender in 2016. She would quickly find her voice while volunteering alongside trans peers & allies on the historic New Hampshire Trans Nondiscrimination Campaign of 2017-2018. Chloé is a regular volunteer with the ACLU, has spoken locally and nationally and continues to work with local and national nonprofits on LGBTQ issues. In 2019 she founded The Making of Self where she consults with businesses and orgs on how to create affirming environments for all employees.

James McKim

Organizational Ignition

Mr. McKim serves as Managing Partner of Organizational Ignition. He is driven by an intense need to help organizations achieve their peak performance through the alignment of people, business processes, and technology. He is recognized as a thought leader in organizational performance, the use of Neuroscience, and Program Management. Mr. McKim has led organizations such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, FIRST, Hawkeye Data, LLC, and Digital Equipment Corp to deliver award-winning product launch and performance enhancement solutions that increased company efficiency and revenues. Mr. Mckim has, also, played an active role in the shaping of public policy affecting the Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Technology industries having served on several boards including the Software Association of New Hampshire, NH PBS, Economic Vitality NH, and the Manchester NAACP.

Beth Tener

New Directions Collaborative

Beth Tener works with social change leaders in businesses, non-profits, and communities, helping them sense what is changing and find ways to take action aligned with their values. Her passion is to bring people together in ways that unlock and ignite personal, group, and community potential. As a strategy consultant and facilitator with New Directions Collaborative, based in Portsmouth, NH, she has worked with over 200 organizations and collaborative networks, working on issues such as climate change, racial justice, and local food systems. As a facilitator, she is skilled in designing interactive processes to access the diverse ideas of a group and generate alignment around the wise and strategic path forward. Beth worked with NHBSR to help curate and facilitate the NH Workplace Racial Equity Challenge, which explored how we shift from historical patterns of oppression to participation, belonging, and equity, where each person has opportunities to grow and flourish. She recently launched a new initiative called Kinship: a hub to amplify the power of community. Here, experienced community builders and social change leaders can connect and get peer support, mentoring, and learn together. The vision is to grow a healthy collaborative web across organizations and sectors in Seacoast NH, seeding new ideas and initiatives, and a culture of solidarity and mutual support that generates ripple effects. Through Kinship, Beth offers small groups, gatherings, workshops, and coaching. Beth was on the faculty in the MBA program at Marlboro College, and taught courses on systems thinking and leadership skills for complex problem solving. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Bates College and a M.S. in Environmental Technology from Imperial College in London. She also has a Permaculture Design Certificate (principles of ecological whole-systems design.)

Betty Woodman


Betty Woodman works with businesses to build thriving workplace cultures and break free of common power dynamics or cultural patterns that block progress. Betty previously taught business ethics at Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at UNH, taught at the University of Maine and Emory University, and before that worked in engineering, marketing/sales, and executive management in the computer and tech industries. Betty holds a doctorate in Applied Ethics from Emory University, degrees in engineering and philosophy, and certificates in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality and Sustainability Leadership. Betty is the owner of Betty J. Woodman Consulting, LLC (BWC).