The guides to our young leaders Meet our Board of Advisors
Tom Baird, Jr.
Gronkowski (Gronk) Baird is our 4 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. 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.
Jennifer Ampuja has been a 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 Retrievers 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.
Isabella Baird, co-founder, is a sophomore at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT where she is majoring in Communications and focusing on Media Studies. Bella is a former member of LYAC, a small organization in the Legislative branch in 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. She is the social media and marketing director for Good Shepherds Foundation. Bella hopes to make a difference in others lives, for better.
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 freshman 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 Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester NH where he will be majoring in Communications. 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.