The guides to our young leaders Meet our Board of Advisors
Stephen Baird, II
Mary Anne Young
Tom Baird, Jr.
Gronkowski (Gronk) Baird is our 6 year old mascot provides emotional, fun support to our young leaders. He enjoys participating in the team meetings and encourages everyone to have a great time. He is a happy and loving asset to our group!
Nikita is affectionately nicknamed Kity. She loves cuddles, hugs, and many kisses during advisory meetings.
Jennifer Baird, LICSW, SAP- Jenn has always been involved in community organizing since she was a teenager. She always sought opportunities to help with the community at large. She volunteered for the Lawrence Community Partnership and was part of the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council Board of Directors in Massachusetts. She was also a member of the Human Rights Commission for the City of Lawrence. Jenn is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and is employed by Anthem EAP as a consultant. She also has a private practice in Bedford, NH as well as virtually. During the past several years, she has helped her three children learn how to become young community organizers and leaders by researching, planning, and implementing a drive that they all agree on. She and her family also volunteer for Habitat for Humanity as well as Bread & Roses in Lawrence, MA. Jenn's goal with Good Shepherds is to continue fostering the growth of children and young adults in becoming positive leaders of their communities and teaching others the impact we have as we help others.
Tom Baird, Jr. has over 40 years of I.T. management experience in a wide variety of industries where he implemented mission critical applications in fast-paced, fast-growth, global environments. He has solid business analysis and project leadership experience, as well as a proven track record of meeting aggressive time frames and building cohesive, productive, cross functional teams. Now retired, Tom volunteers daily at the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The ReStore is a discount home improvement center that sells donated new and gently used building materials, appliances, furniture and home improvement items at greatly reduced prices. All profits of the ReStore support Habitat efforts to build safe and affordable homes in the Merrimack Valley. In addition, Tom is a regular volunteer at the Bread & Roses soup kitchen in Lawrence, MA. Bread & Roses has long been a center of hope and caring to the thousands of people in the Merrimack Valley who are struggling for survival. It’s primary purpose is to ease the hunger of people in the Lawrence community by providing a well-balanced, nutritious evening meal.
Isabella Baird, co-founder, is a junior at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT where she is majoring in Public Relations and double minoring in both Sport Studies and Media Studies. Bella is a former member of Legislative Youth Advisory Council, a small organization in the Legislative branch in the New Hampshire State government. In 2016, Isabella was awarded the American Legion School Medal for possession of Courage, Honor, Leadership, Patriotism, Scholarship, and Service. Bella enjoys volunteering at Bread & Roses in Lawrence, MA as well as with Habitat for Humanity of Merrimack Valley. She loves spending time with her family, friends, and dogs, Gronk and Nikita. Bella hopes to make a difference in others, lives, for better.
Stephen Baird, co-founder: Stephen recently graduated from Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH. He will attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to study Aerospace Engineering. He enjoys running track and traveling. Stephen loves finding different ways to help others in the community. He spends time volunteering at other organizations such as Bread and Roses in Lawrence, MA helping serve meals to those in need. He is also a volunteer for Essex County Habitat for Humanity. Stephen is the Race Director for the Auburn Duckling Dash 5K for the 5th year. He works tirelessly to prepare each year to provide the best event possible. He is also co-coordinator for the Thanksgiving Basket Brigade Ethan Wasiejko is attending Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH. and majoring in Psychology. He founded and ran the Mindfulness Club at Pinkerton Academy, and worked as a member of the PAC (Positive Action Committee) which works to promote positivity while dealing with suicide awareness and mental health awareness. He has completed NAMINH’s Youth Suicide Prevention Training in June of 2018. He is a certified mindfulness practitioner, angel healing practitioner, and a psychic/medium and helps to bring light to the world through many spiritual healing practices he has collected over the last few years. Ethan hopes to bring positivity, joy and love to those in need. "I want children, and all people for that matter, to know that we can't push someone else down the stairs if we all want to get to the top. Be kind, and know that there is always someone who wants the very best for you." He is the coordinator for volunteers, We Are One Movement, and Thanksgiving Basket Brigade. At the start of COVID-19, Ethan co-founded the Thank You Mask Drive which helped make over 2,000 masks for front line workers. Learn more about Ethan by visiting www.healingwithethan.com
Jada Gaudreau is attending University of New Hampshire. She is dual majoring in French and Psychology while minoring in Forensics. She enjoys volunteering for the community and is a Student Representative at her University. She loves reading and working with children as a Cabin Leader in the summer at Camp Takodah. After college, Jada is looking to pursue a career in Criminal Psychology while continuing volunteering for her community.
Joselyn Simmons is a junior at University of Pittsburgh to study Psychology and Emergency Medicine. She was an active member in PALS, Health Occupations Students of America, and National Foreign Language Honor Society. She loves to run and was a part of Pinkerton’s Indoor and Outdoor track teams. Before attending Pinkerton, Joselyn went to Gilbert H. Hood Middle School, where she was heavily involved in a numerous amount of groups across the school, including National Junior Honor Society, tutoring, the Headstart Program for toddlers, and the Student Athletic Association for soccer, basketball, and softball, where she communicated between faculty and athletes in order to provide an improved class of student-athletes. She loves to help everyone and everything in need, and is always willing to lend a hand.
Mateo Peguri is attending Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts where he will be majoring in Criminal Justice. He has been active in many local sports teams along with playing both soccer and volleyball at Pinkerton Academy. In his free time he enjoys skiing, watching football and being with friends, family and his dog, Charlie. Mateo hopes to make a difference in people's lives for the better.
Mary Anne Young grew up in an active household devoted to volunteering to help others through both military organizations and family interests, including The Boys & Girls Club of Manchester. Sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America, Mary Anne has helped one of her grandsons with Scouting for Food for the past two years and volunteered with other community initiatives such as Good Shepherd’s Thanksgiving Brigade with her granddaughter, Brooke. Together with her husband, formerly in the food industry, she has been a volunteer with the New England Food Foundation, whose primary purpose is maintaining The Cape House in Sandwich, Massachusetts, providing a vacation retreat for qualifying children throughout New England. With 27 years of experience, Mary Anne brings enthusiasm for education and the love of children of all ages to her teaching. She is currently a reading specialist at and the Literacy Lab Coordinator for Learning Skills Academy in Rye, New Hampshire. Mary Anne’s life motto: “With just a little bit of help, everyone needs to be recognized for their abilities, not their limitations.”