Executive Director: Jena Mottola
Nonprofits each have a culture of their own, but what doesn’t change is the skills needed to run one smoothly. Learning to play nice in the sandbox lends nicely to strong partnerships and a healthy organization. Jena Mottola comes to NHPA with over 25 years in the nonprofit arena. When Jena first started her career her focus was on family and immigrant literacy education and outreach. Her years working in Cambridge, Massachusetts gave her the foundation and experience to understand a broad range of social, cultural, and economic issues that communities continue to face today.
Moving back to the Midwest was when Jena began leading a team of professionals at a nonprofit museum. Jumping in with her sleeves rolled, she quickly took the organization from a marginal number of visitors to over fifteen thousand per year. No small feat. She did this by raising additional grant funds, gaining memberships, expanding educational programming and hiring a supporting staff. That sounds simple on paper but what it means is that Jena’s professional strategy focuses on three main areas when aligning herself with any organization; partnerships, fiscal preparedness and leading a thriving team.
Jena is passionate about nonprofit work and has a personal and lifelong respect for mental health. In her spare time she immerses herself in all things health and nutrition. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, and time with her family when travel allows. Jena holds a dual master’s degree in nonprofit management as well as negotiation and conflict resolution.
Program Manager: Brooke Baron, Psy.D.
Brooke is thrilled to join NHPA as Program Manager. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in both Program Administration and Adult Outpatient Psychotherapy. Born and raised in New Hampshire, Brooke briefly left the area to complete her doctoral studies in California. Upon returning to New Hampshire, she completed her APA accredited Predoctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship at a community mental health center on the seacoast. After completing these programs, Brooke taught as adjunct faculty in higher education and worked as a clinician in group private practice. Brooke exited clinical practice when she discovered her passion for program administration, and she worked in a university setting for many years. Supporting the work of psychologists through NHPA is a natural fit for Brooke, which affords her the opportunity to match her background in both Program Administration and Psychology.