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2022-23 COMMUNITY CONNECTORS Local Heroes: The Call to Leadership

From Feb 15, 2023 to Feb 15, 2023

The 39 Steps


Local Heroes: The Call to Leadership

New Date: February 15, 5:30-6:30 pm


Kerry Norton, Hope on Haven Hill

Andrea Amico, Testing for Pease

Hannah Martescello, Youth2Youth Tobacco 21 Project


Zachary Little - NHTP Board of Directors & Corporate Communications Administrator, Kennebunk Savings Bank


Panelist Biographies

Kerry Norton is an original founder of Hope on Haven Hill and has been Executive Director since 2019. Prior to founding and leading HHH, Kerry worked as a Maternal Child Health Registered Nurse in labor and delivery, pediatrics, and prenatal care. She taught childbirth and sibling classes and is a certified Nurturing Parenting Program educator. Under her leadership, Hope on Haven Hill has grown to include the residential treatment program, intensive outpatient program and expanded recovery and support services. In 2019 Kerry oversaw the opening of Abi’s Place, a recovery house for women who have completed treatment and their babies.

Andrea Amico is a Portsmouth resident, wife, and mother of three children. Her husband worked for a business on the Pease Tradeport for almost 9 years and her two older children attended daycare at the Pease Tradeport starting at the young age of 12 weeks old. Her family has been directly exposed to contaminated drinking water while at Pease and she has worked tirelessly since learning of the contamination in May of 2014 to raise awareness, push for answers, and advocate for action for the Pease community. She has a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy and has worked in the healthcare field for over 14 years. Her journey as a clean water advocate at Pease has presented her many opportunities to raise awareness at the national level. She attended the first National PFAS EPA Summit in May 2018, she testified at the first ever Senate hearing on PFAS in September 2018, she attended the President’s State of the Union address as US Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s guest in February in 2019, and she gave a TEDx talk titled “PFAS and a Mother’s Journey to Becoming A Clean Water Advocate “ in September 2019. started her advocacy work for Pease in May 2014 when she first learned of the Pease water contamination in the media and wanted to learn more about the exposure her family was facing. 

Hannah Martuscello is 21 years old and a recent graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She has worked in the public health field for 10 years, focusing on tobacco policy, control, and prevention. Hannah has done most of her work with a drug prevention group called Dover Youth to Youth. Her biggest project with Dover Youth to Youth was leading the push for a tobacco 21 state law, and started with passing tobacco 21 as a city ordinance in her hometown of Dover. In 2017, she was named the Eastern Region Youth Advocate of the Year by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. When not engaging in public health work, Hannah enjoys reading Shakespeare and wandering Target with Aroma Joe's in hand. hkmartuscello@gmail.com

The Community Connector program was created in 2019 to encourage community dialogue around issues and themes explored in NHTP’s MainStage productions.
Community Connectors events are free of charge, but registration is required.

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