Appointments to Joint Committee

posted Sep 25, 2014, 4:28 PM by SAU31 Webmaster

9/24/14 -

Lawrence D Giddings

Mr. Giddings is a new member of the Newmarket Community. He has worked as an attorney and his wife, an educator, is a former K-12 literacy consultant for an Indiana School District.

Mr. Giddings graduated from both the United States Naval Academy and the Law School of Indiana University. Following active duty service in the United States Navy, Mr. Giddings practiced law for thirty eight years focusing on litigation in both civil and criminal matters as well as municipal and utility law.

Mr. Giddings wrote in his letter of interest the following: "Experience attorney retiring to New Hampshire seacoast region seeking new challenges using his capacity and skills".

Mike Hoffman

Mike Hoffman, the son of a buiJder-developer, has been on job sites from his earliest memories. Besides being on 'too many residential projects to count', Mike worked throughout the country for the Chart House Restaurants on their development team, giving him his start in commercial construction and more exposure to project end-users.

Mike's formal training and capstone work-experience is in the fire service. Mike served in every capacity of the municipal fire service from firefighter/EMT to Deputy Chief in charge of the Fire Prevention Bureau. As the local fire marshal in nearby Durham, he was the Chief Building Official for all UNH construction. Mike worked closely with Campus Planning, Facilities Design and Construction and Campus Housing on numerous high-value projects. Additionally,he taught Building Construction, Building Collapse for the Firefighter and Codes and Ordinances for New Hampshire Vocational Technical School, as well as being a guest lecturer at UNH's Thompson School of Applied Sciences.'

Mike holds numerous construction inspection certifications and is active with both the Seacoast Code Officials' Association and the New Hampshire Building Officials' Association.

Thomas Jennings

Mr. Jennings reported that his family has lived in Newmarket for nearly 100 years and has a vested interest in the town.

In Mr. Jennings letter of interest, he states that "ten years ago he recommended the community to look into tuitioning as a way to solve the facility issue and he also recommended buying the Carpenter Property to use it for parking if they had to renovate the current school in the future."  Mr. Jennings also reported that he attended every meeting and spoke against the new school and at the same time never criticized anybody. Mr. Jennings concluded in his remarks that he "knows the old people of Newmarket and has great relations with a lot of newer people. "I can work with anybody."

Darby Johnson

I have lived in Newmarket since 1998 with my husband, Drew Remignanti, and we are the parents of a ten year old son who is a fourth grader at Berwick Academy. While he was a student at NES, I was a Board member on the Newmarket Community Education Partnership (NCEP), a local non-profit which raises funds to support initiatives within the community and at the Elementary School and JR/SR High School.

Early in my career, I held positions in Admissions and Development in independent schools and at the college level . A career shift led me to the high-tech industry first as an industry analyst at IDC, a market research firm based in Framingham, MA and then as a marketing manager at PC DOCS, a document management software company formerly located in Burlington, MA. Since 1998, I have worked in the Portsmouth office of Brodeur Partners, a Boston-based public relations and communications firm. As a Senior Account Director, I manage client teams and am responsible for PR planning and strategy, media relations, and client counsel .

I am a native of Buffalo, NY who made my way to New England to attend Wellesley College from which I graduated with a BA in 1983. I also have an M.Ed. from Harvard and an MBA from the Simmons College Graduate School of Management.