Staff Directory

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Bishop of New Hampshire, The Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld

Read Bishop Rob’s Biography or read his latest blog post on Tending the Vine.

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COO and Canon for Mission Resources, Benge Ambrogi

Benge Ambrogi has served as the Canon for Mission Resources / COO since July of 2018.  In this role, he is responsible for the operations of the Diocese, including financial oversight, the Bishop’s staff, and Diocesan properties.  He is also the Treasurer of the Trustees.  Benge works with all of the Canons supporting the New Hampshire congregations with retreats, Mutual Ministry Reviews, and other matters. Benge started his service to the ECoNH with the Mission Resources Committee in 2002, and was chair of the committee from 2007 - 2013.  From 2015 - 2018 he was a part time Missioner for Congregational Initiatives.  He is also known as “the guy who rode his bike” – to all of the Episcopal churches in New Hampshire in 2011 and 2012.  An engineer by training, in the secular world Benge has 30 years of experience in the defense, medical, and robotics industries.  Benge lives in Manchester with his wife Sarah and cat Henry. 


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Canon for Transition and Community Engagement, Gail Avery

The Rev. Gail Avery serves as Canon for Transition and Community Engagement, working alongside parishes and clergy in transition, and advocates for community partnerships in her role as staff liaison to “our Kids” Commission, The Reconciliation Commission, Commission for Earth Care.  Gail will also support congregational development efforts such as vestry retreats and mutual ministry reviews in a team approach with other members of the diocesan staff.  Prior to joining the staff, Gail served three parishes in the Diocese of NH and spent the past three years as interim rector at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Dover.  Gail received her B.S. in Business Administration and Family Services from the University of New Hampshire and her M.Div. from the Episcopal Divinity School with special competency in Anglican, Global and Ecumenical Studies and noted for her excellence in International Mission and Ecumenical Engagement.  Subsequently, she spent seven years as maritime chaplain, bringing her face-to face with the daily struggles of seafarers far from home.  She is married to Kirk Trachy and they have three grown sons and two young grandchildren.  An avid runner for the discipline it instills, a strong advocate of daily prayer for the guidance and wisdom it brings, and a lover of travel for the broader perspective on self it provides, Gail is committed to innovating the role church can play worldwide, starting locally, and giving voice to the most vulnerable in our midst. 



Assistant to the Bishop, Lynn Eaton

Lynn Eaton has served as Administrator/Assistant to the Bishop in the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire since January, 2018.  Previously, Lynn served as Administrative Assistant, joining the staff at Diocesan House in 2014.  Lynn’s main role is to assist the Bishop, providing administrative, canonical and secretarial support.  She also manages D-House activities on a daily basis and assists Diocesan gatherings.  Lynn previously held positions as Director of Marketing at Bentley Commons of Bedford, Referral Specialist at ServiceLink of Rockingham County, and Office Manager at both Easterseals New Hampshire and Appletree Business Services.  Lynn has four children and lives in Pembroke.


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Canon for Finance/Episcopal Service Corps Program Director, Gloria Gallant

Gloria Gallant serves as Canon for Finance and Episcopal Service Corps Program Manager.  In this position she provides overall leadership of the Diocese’s finances, accounting and related activities.  She also serves as part-time Program Manager for the ESC in NH-Assisi Program housed in Tilton, NH.   Gloria joined the Diocesan staff in 2013 as Finance Manager.  She graduated from Southern NH University earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is a licensed as Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner.  Gloria and her husband Wilbur reside in Belmont.


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Bishop's Assistant for Pastoral Support, The Rev. Louise Howlett

The Rev. Louise Howlett serves part time as Bishop's Assistant for Pastoral Support, assisting the Bishop in caring for clergy spiritual and emotional health. Louise is also a senior staff clinician at Maps Counseling Services in Peterborough and Keene, and a priest associate at All Saints’ Church, Peterborough. Louise was a school chaplain and teacher for thirty years and then received her Master’s in Family Therapy in 2013 from Drexel University College of Health Professions.  She also earned her Masters of Divinity from Yale-Berkeley, and her BA at Princeton University. Louise loves walking and snowshoeing/skiing, reading, yoga, singing, crossword puzzles, and time with friends and family.


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Canon for Ministry Development, Tina Pickering

Tina Pickering has served as Canon for Ministry Development in the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire since January, 2018. Tina’s main role is to expand and deepen lay and ordained ministry formation, by working with the Commission on Ministry, coordinating clergy formation events, overseeing the Safe Church program, and supporting the Bishop’s vision for the ministry of all the baptized. Tina will also support congregational development efforts such as vestry retreats and mutual ministry reviews in a team approach with other members of the diocesan staff. Tina served as Assistant to the Bishop, joining the staff at Diocesan House in 2014.  Tina previously held positions as Director of Alumni Relations at St. Paul’s School, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, and Development Director at Emmanuel Gospel Center in Boston. She has an undergraduate degree in education from Wheelock College and a Master of Arts in Religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Tina and her husband Matt have a blended family of six teenagers/young adults and live in Concord in an 1875 New Englander that they are constantly renovating.


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Director of Communications, David Deziel

David Deziel has served as Director of Communication for the Diocese since January 2019. In this role, David works closely with the Bishop, Canons, and the staff at Diocesan House to lead communications efforts. His work seeks to effectively reach a variety of important audiences and share the critically important messages of the Jesus movement, and the work of renewing the faithful, revitalizing the Church, and reconciling the world. David oversees the ongoing development of the website, email and e-news communications, print newsletter, social media, media relations, and more. A community-minded entrepreneur, David has wide-ranging experience in the nonprofit sector, including social services, healthcare, environmental protection, and economic development. He is principal of DavidGeorge Communications LLC, and is experienced in building brands, crafting marketing and communications strategies and messages, and implementing communications efforts with experience in financial services, higher education, and manufacturing. He also teaches marketing and business strategy courses at the graduate level. David lives with his wife Jan in Manchester. They have two grown sons. He enjoys hiking, biking, xc-skiing, traveling, reading, and pirates!


Operations and Communications Coordinator, AshleyJane Boots

AshleyJane Boots has served as the Operations and Communications Coordinator for the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire since June 2019, providing administrative support to the Bishop’s staff; managing the Diocesan House conference room calendar and hospitality; assisting with diocesan communications, particularly E-News updates and the diocesan website; and coordinating operations at Annual Convention, conferences, retreats, and other diocesan events. AshleyJane also serves as the part-time Communications Coordinator at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Concord. She recieved a B.A. in Comparative Religion from The George Washington University and a Master in Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire. AshleyJane lives in Concord with her husband, Christopher and her high-school age stepdaughter, Sierra.


Note: AshleyJane can be found at Dicoesan House Monday and Tuesday mornings, and all day Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Archivist, Elizabeth Rotch


Liason for Retired Clergy, the Rev. Celeste Hemmingson


Phone: 603 -496- 8160

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603-224-1914, or 1-800-995-1914 (in-state). FAX: 603-225-7884