Applications are CLOSED for the Class of 2015.

A big THANK YOU to our 2013-2014 CEOs for volunteering their time to mentor our members!

Cathleen Schmidt, Executive Director & CEO, McLane Law Firm


As the Executive Director, Cathy is responsible for overseeing the operational, financial, marketing and human resource functions of the firm, and works closely with the firm’s management team on day to day operations and strategic planning. She is a member of the firm’s management committee and is an integral player in the implementation of McLane’s strategic plan. Cathy joins the firm after spending over five years as President and CEO at Citizens Bank, where she was responsible for overseeing the success of 108 branches and 1,200 employees in New Hampshire and Vermont. Prior to that, she worked as the Executive Vice President and Retail Banking Director for Citizens Bank in Massachusetts. She is able to bring her business experience to assist in practical business solutions for clients. Cathy is a resident of Bedford, New Hampshire and is very involved in the community. She has served on the Boards of New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Manchester Economic Development Corporation, and the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts. She has also served as Trustee of Neighborworks, Southern New Hampshire. She currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the Granite United Way Board of Directors and is also on the Advisory Board of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Board of Overseers for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Cathy also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Nackey Loeb School of Communications. Cathy holds a B.S. in economics and psychology from Boston College.

Paul Boynton, President & CEO, Moore Center and author of the motivational book, “Begin with Yes”


Paul Boynton is President & CEO of The Moore Center, an agency that serves people with intellectual, developmental and personal challenges by creating opportunities for a good life. In addition to over 35 years in the healthcare, human services and nonprofit world, Mr. Boynton has served on numerous boards in New Hampshire in leadership roles, including Pastoral Counseling Services, Special Olympics NH and the New England Heart Institute. He currently serves on the boards of Catholic Medical Center and The Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center. Paul received his B.A. in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire and his M.A. in Counseling from Goddard College. Paul is the author of the motivational book “Begin with Yes,” hosts the TV Show “Begin with Yes,” and writes the column “Begin with Yes in the Workplace” for NH Business Review.  Paul was a recipient of the EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award from Exceptional Parent Magazine. And under his leadership, the Moore Center was also awarded the Walter J. Dunfey Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management for its exemplary nonprofit management practices.

Chris Pappas, Co-Owner and Manager, Puritan Backroom and District 14 Executive Councilor


Chris Pappas is a lifelong New Hampshire resident and small business owner who also serves the greater Manchester area on the Executive Council.

A product of Manchester public schools, Chris graduated from Harvard College in 2002 with a BA in government. Chris returned to New Hampshire after college to help run his family’s restaurant business, the Puritan. The business, which employs more than 230 workers, was started by his great-grandfather in 1917 and has grown into one of the state’s largest independent restaurants.

Chris has been actively serving his community in various elected and volunteer positions. In 2002, Chris was elected to the first of two terms in the New Hampshire House, serving as a member of the Ways & Means and Finance Committees. In 2006, Chris was elected to the first of two terms as Hillsborough County Treasurer. In 2012, he was elected to his first term on the Executive Council, representing the nineteen communities of District 4. He also serves as Treasurer of the Manchester Historic Association.