Attorney Christopher J. Seufert, Esq., President of the Board of Managers, came to town in 1985 driving a 1967 F-100 he inherited from his father. He pulled up to the Franklin Savings Bank on Central Street to sign mortgage documents for the new home he was purchasing. Now, almost 40 years later, he has seen Franklin thrive, prosper and build on the efforts made by the generations before him.
Besides sitting on the board of Peabody Place for over 20 years, he is also a founding director and current board member of the Franklin Opera House, the founding member and former chairman of the Franklin Business and Development Center (FBIDC), board member of the Franklin Visiting Nurses Association, past president and current member of the Andover Lions Club and the past president and current board member of the New Hampshire Association of Justice. Between all his volunteer positions, he finds time to practice law at his firm, Seufert Law.
Duncan Coolidge has an impressive, three-decade-long relationship with Peabody. He’s collaborated with other board members and has worked to see Peabody evolve into a modern expanded tiered service facility that will add to the beauty of central Franklin.
Prior to his retirement in 1981, Duncan was a board-certified internist and as a physician based at the Franklin Regional Hospital, now Concord Hospital-Franklin. He maintained an office practice and provided nonsurgical adult hospital and intensive care. During his tenure, he served as Chief of Staff, President of the Medical Staff and Director of the Intensive Care Unit.
Duncan’s greatest joy comes from being a proud grandfather sharing his 1790’s farmhouse with his wife Margo out in the countryside in the town of Andover, New Hampshire.
John Benham has been an integral part of Peabody Place in many iterations as a resident family member and as a highly active member of the Board of Managers. After graduating from the Nashua School system, he worked as a sales representative for a wholesale pump company and later opened his own business, Pump Systems, in Franklin. After retirement, his son began running the company.
John has served as a member of the Franklin City Council, the Franklin Zoning Board and the Franklin Business & Industrial Development Corporation (FBIDC) and as a corporator of the Franklin Savings Bank. He is involved with his church, the Masons, a local group known as the Kearsarge Mountain Boys, the Franklin VNA and Peabody Place.
Married for almost 60 years, John’s wife Dorothy passed away at Peabody Place in 2017. They raised two children and spent many happy years together in their cottage on Webster Lake. Family life is still central for John. He enjoys spending his time with his four grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Pamela Hannan is a senior vice president and advisor with Independence Financial Advisors, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Franklin Savings Bank. She has over 18 years of experience assisting clients in developing financial plans along with managing their investment needs.
Professional affiliations include membership in Franklin Business and Professional Women (BPW), Franklin Regional Hospital Women’s Auxiliary and the Franklin Cemetery Association. In 2010, Hannan was honored with a “Woman of Achievement” award from Franklin BPW.
Her love of and passion for the elder population is what brought her to the Board of Managers at Peabody Place, a position that she holds with a high standard. She knows that the team at Peabody is filled with an equal passion for the elder population evidenced by the smiles on resident and employee faces.
Pam enjoys golfing, gardening and spending time with her family: husband Larry, her two daughters, four grandchildren and their dog, Molly.
Robert (Bob) Lucas is a New Hampshire native and grew up in New England and Japan. After graduating from Yokohama High School, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served as an instructor, teaching principals of electrical power production. After six years, he transitioned to the healthcare arena as a civilian working for the Department of Veterans Affairs at various VA medical centers. Serving veterans and their healthcare needs at the executive level became his passion.
After a combined service career of 37 years, Bob retired and settled in Franklin. Looking for opportunities to serve his new community, Bob has served on many committees, boards and volunteer organizations.
Most recently, he accepted a seat on the board of Peabody Place as we began discussions and planning for our brand new building.
Bob and his wife Diana have been married for thirty years and live in Franklin.
Wanda Belyea graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1969. Her professional life includes years in community health, school nursing, community and hospital care management and hospice volunteer management.
She is the 2019 recipient of the Vaughan Award for Merrimack County, presented by the Department of Health & Human Services and EngAGING NH for work as a senior volunteer, enriching the lives of older adults. This award is presented annually to individuals who have shown outstanding leadership or demonstrated meritorious achievement as a volunteer, on behalf of older citizens in New Hampshire.
Serving on the Board of Managers and as a deeply committed volunteer has given Wanda a way to give back and express appreciation for the excellent care and loving spirit Wanda’s family members all found at Peabody Place.
Wanda and her husband, Keith, spend winters on the California Central Coast where their three children gather from various parts of the country. Wanda enjoys reading, sewing, cooking, gardening, kayaking, bicycling and being with friends and family.
Kathy Fuller is a seventh-generation resident of Franklin. She graduated from Franklin High School and earned her nursing degree from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing in Boston.
Her career spans over 40 years working at Franklin Regional Hospital, now Concord Hospital-Franklin, as an RN in the emergency and obstetrics departments.
After retiring in 2015, Kathy continued serving the Franklin community by serving on the City of Franklin’s Zoning Board, Master Plan and CIP Committees, and multiple terms on the school board where she was the chairman for nine years.
She has served as the director and president of the NH School Boards Association, a member of the Primex Board of Trustees and a past president and director of the Ski Patrol. Her current service includes the president of the board of the Thrift Clothes Closet, treasurer of the Franklin Outing Club and secretary board of manager at Peabody Place.
The Franklin Business and Professional Women’s Club named her a “Woman of Achievement” and a “Franklin Citizen of the Year.”
Craig Jacobson holds a B.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute of Worcester, Massachusetts and a master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology based in Cambridge.
He’s spent the majority of his career working in the technology sector. He’s held positions with a few well-known technology firms, including General Electric, Digital Equipment Corporation (acquired by Compaq) and Hewlett-Packard.
Jacobson retired from the corporate IT world in 2017 and is now a licensed real estate agent with Bean Group.
He is also a board member of Franklin Savings Bank and a member of the Peabody Place board of managers.
He and his wife reside in Andover, New Hampshire.