The guides to our young leaders Meet our Board of Advisors
Tom Baird, Jr.
Gronkowski (Gronk) Baird is our 3 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!
We welcome Nikita to the Board of Advisors as the newest member. She 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. 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.
Jennifer Ampuja has been in Network Marketing professional for five years educating people how to leverage their skills and talents to diversify their income. Jennifer's passion is inspiring and educating everyday people how to broaden their skills and talents to serve others. Prior to network marketing, Jennifer worked in sales and social work which allowed her to naturally develop the skills needed for success in her current profession. Helping people problem solve, discover their strengths and find excitement in creating a greater vision are key aspects which allows Jennifer to continue achieving success in her field. She created a "Pay It Forward" initiative in 2015 which challenges people to "think big" on duplicating kindness and philanthropy in their communities across the country. Jennifer loves spending time with her husband, Mark, and their daughter and two Golden Retrivers every moment she isn't working.
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.
Melissa Gates- Melissa is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a degree in Psychology, and is currently working on her Masters in Creative Writing and a Masters in Public Relations. Prior to coming to the Auburn Police Department in 2014, she worked as a dispatcher for Rockingham County Sheriff’s office for 13 years. A single Mom to her son, Sam, Melissa spends her free time, four wheeling and exploring the outdoors with her son and three dogs at her vacation home in Rangeley Maine.