Isabella Baird, co-founder, is a senior at Pinkerton Academy. 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 and her 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.
Stephen Baird, co-founder: Stephen is a 10th grader at Pinkerton Academy. He enjoys running track and cross country as well as 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 excited for when he turns 16 to be able to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity as well. Stephen is the Race Director for the Auburn Duckling Dash 5K which has grown over the past few years. He works tirelessly to prepare each year to provide the best event.
Sophia Baird, co-founder, is a 8th grader at Learning Skills Academy in Rye, NH who has a passion for fashion and interior design. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking, and doing crafts. Sophie is the co-coordinator for the We Are One Movement as well as Thanksgiving Basket Brigade. She started up the Good Shepherds Boutique where volunteers and others create hand made items such as jewelry, accessories, meditative items to sell. Sophie is excited to continue seeing the boutique grow to help support the Foundation's causes.
Sean Kelly- Sean is an 8th grader at Auburn Village School. In his free time, Sean enjoys playing sports, he plays on two soccer teams FC Stars NH and for Auburn Soccer Club. He also plays basketball. Sean has combined his love of sports and desire to help other kids. He has been actively helping to support inner city kids playing soccer by organizing rides to practices and games, uniforms, and equipment for kids. Sean is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. As a Youth Advisory Member of Good Shepherds, Sean has seen the power of a group of people coming together to help those in need. He is the co-coordinator for our Holiday Adopt a Family Program. Sean is looking forward to continuing this opportunity to reach out and help others as a member of the Good Shepherds Foundation.
Faith Ampuja: Faith is an 8th grader at Auburn Village School. Faith enjoys being active in school and community sports teams focusing on lacrosse and cross-country. Her favorite past times are spending time with her friends, golden retrievers and painting. She launched a Pay It Forward project within her school a couple years ago which was then adopted into several local groups and corporations. She looks forward to serving her community through GSF and inspiring other kids to do the same. Faith is the co-coordinator for our Holiday Adopt a Family Program.
Ethan Wasiejko is a senior at Pinkerton Academy. He founded and runs the Mindfulness Club at Pinkerton Academy, and is currently working 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. Learn more about Ethan by visiting www.healingwithethan.com
Jada Gaudreau is a senior at Pinkerton Academy. She participates in many organizations such as Pinkerton and Little Students (PALS), National Foreign Language Honor Society, National Honor Society, Academy Mentor Program, and Transfer Mentor Program. She loves reading, spending time with friends, and volunteering when she can. After high school, she hopes to go to college and work to become a Psychologist and a Foster Care Social Worker, continuing her passion to help others.
Joselyn Simmons is a student at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire. She is an active member in PALS, Health Occupations Students of America, and National Foreign Language Honor Society. She loves to run and is apart 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.
Becca Farnum is currently a sophomore at Pinkerton Academy in Derry. Becca is actively involved with basketball. She plays AAU basketball all year long and also plays for the Pinkerton basketball during school season. Playing basketball has taught Becca a lot about teamwork & self-discipline. In the winter of 2019, she volunteered a few times with Derry Parks & Recreations coaching basketball games, and she will continue to do this in this coming winter season. Besides basketball, Becca enjoys hanging out with friends, going to the beach, going to concerts… She recently joined the Good Shepherds Foundations, and wants to volunteer for activities that would benefit any good causes for the community.
Jaxon Pereira is an 8th grader with Auburn Village School. He plays football with the Derry Wolverines and is on multiple basketball teams including Auburn’s school team. Jax is an active member of the National Junior Honor Society and the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Coalition where he has volunteered his time in raising money for special education programs in the Merrimack Valley. He’s been an active volunteer with the Good Shepherds Foundation since the organizations inception. He is currently working on a project with his schools guidance counselor called WIN (What I Need) on teaching concepts of empathy and perspective thinking to his peers. He was hand selected by his teachers as a positive role model for this project. In his spare time, Jax enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and of course his pets.
Samuel Larochelle is a 7th grader at Ellis School in Fremont. He enjoys riding his bike, snowboarding, four-wheeling, and traveling with family. With his dad, and many other relatives being veterans, he enjoys working on projects focused on supporting veterans. He is currently planning a charity bike ride to raise money for homeless veteran in the spring.
Delaney Petri is a 7th grader at Auburn Village School. She was recently inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. She is involved with many school activities including drama club, Destination Imagination, and yearbook. She is also involved in Girl Scouts, and last year completed her Bronze Award with a community project of bringing sunshine baskets to elderly Auburn residents. Delaney loves to dance and takes 4 dance classes a week. At home, she is a helpful big sister to her younger brothers and her grandmother who also lives in the home. Delaney is looking forward to taking on projects within Good Shepherds Foundation with a focus on both the aging & youth population.