Board of Directors
Gordon Allen rejoined the Board in 2020, having previously served as Chair from 08-17. Gordon has served on many non-profit boards in New Hampshire, as well as teaching economics. He was also Executive Director of the Monadnock Workshop in Peterborough. Gordon also serves as the Founding Chair of WNHN-FM. (Antrim, NH )
Ken Barnes, Co-Chair is a public interest lawyer. Most recently, as a sole practitioner, his work has focused on civil rights and employment rights, including sexual harassment, unequal pay for women, and abortion rights. As a legal aid lawyer in NH and the South Bronx, Ken stood up for the rights of poor and low-wage people who were struggling to make ends meet. He has won lawsuits against state and federal agencies vindicating rights to health care, protecting children from abuse, and public access to Freedom of Information about “what our government is up to.” Early on in his career, Ken successfully defended a U.S. Congressman who was being sued by the Moonies, and, while at Yale Law School, he was involved in campus speech issues. He has done extensive volunteer work relating to immigrants’ rights and voting rights. (Concord, NH)
Kate Coon, Co-Chair is Chairperson of the PeterboroughPlus unit of League of Women Voters (LWVNH), established in 2017, representing 13 towns in the Monadnock region. She is also one of 5 elected members of the Peterborough Recreation Committee, an active member of Peterborough’s Community Task Force on Housing and a board member (VP) of Peterborough Folk Music. One of the First Women of Yale College, graduating from Yale in 1973, Kate taught and advised students in greater Boston area independent schools for over 30 years, until moving with her husband Seth to Peterborough in 1998. She has enjoyed participating in the Granny D Memorial Walk and supporting Open Democracy in the enduring legacy Granny D Doris Haddock: intrepid and inspiring advocate of strong democracy. (Peterborough)
Beverly Cotton is a formerly a registered nurse specializing in critical care then branched off to pursue my other interest, that of accounting with an emphasis on fraud and technical solutions. I served as Associate Vice President of Student Finance at SNHU and as a Client Success Manager at Ellucian.
I am involved with the Weare and Hillsborough County Democrats, the Capitol City Task Force- a non-partisan advocacy arm of AARP, and co-chair of the Greater Concord Team. I volunteer with Hospice House and am involved with advocacy for the American Cancer Society. My heart is in advocacy largely for healthcare issues and for those issues surrounding our most fundamental right to democracy. Bev also serves as Treasurer of Open Democracy Action.
Kelsey (Douville) Fisk presently works for America Votes in New Hampshire as part of the voting rights team. Kelsey's background in both issue organizing and candidate campaigns includes working as the lead organizer at Civix Strategy Group in New Hampshire, as a field manager for Forward Montana in Bozeman, Montana, and as a campaign manager for a state Senate race in New Hampshire. She has also worked for campaigns in Colorado and Iowa. Originally from New Hampshire, Kelsey is passionate about community organizing and getting outside. She lives in Massachusetts with her partner and her two dogs, Ken and Callie. (Lincoln, MA)
Ed Taylor, Secretary works with ACLU of New Hampshire and formerly the Digital Organizing Director for NextGen NH. Ed is a South Florida native who has been in the Granite State for a few years now working to build people power in young and marginalized communities. Ed also works as a Lead Organizer with Rise! in the Upper Valley. Ed is fiercely passionate about empowering, educating, and mobilizing marginalized people to redesign the structures that were created to exclude black people, and people of color. Ed graduated of Florida A&M University, a Historically Black College & University, in 2018 with a Political Science and Economics degree.
** Affiliations listed for identification purposes only. Board members serve in their individual capacities.
Olivia Zink, Executive Director
Olivia has been working as a community organizer in New Hampshire since 2000. Before becoming OD's Executive Director, she served as the Grassroots Engagement Coordinator for the Governing Under the Influence Project in Concord, a project of the American Friends Service Committee. Olivia served as the Program Director for the Coalition for Open Democracy for four years. She has worked on a broad range of campaigns for economic and social justice with groups including the New Hampshire Citizens Alliance, National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare and the Priorities NH Campaign. Olivia also spent a year in Bolivia working with the Democracy Center. In 2008, she was named one of New Hampshire’s “40 under 40,” by the NH Union Leader. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Sustainable Living, and a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a master’s degree in Community Economic Development.
Autumn Raschick-Goodwin, Program Coordinator
Autumn is passionate about equity for all, with a deep affinity for nonprofit work. As Program Coordinator, she plans to utilize her creativity and previous marketing, event planning, fundraising, and volunteer management experience to help build the organization. She works to advocate for the rights of others and encourages individuals to be their own advocates so we can work together toward a brighter future. This role is an opportunity to grow her skill set while making real change to bolster voters' rights. Autumn is an avid human and animal rights supporter with dreams of one day opening her own animal sanctuary and shelter.
In her free time, she loves reading, crocheting (really any creative activities), and traveling.
Doreen Desmarais, Administrator
Doreen has more than 30 years experience in office administration, serving the non-profit, educational, labor union and for profit sectors. She has been the Administrative Assistant to the NH School Principals Association, Laborers Local 668, and currently manages administration, finance, and event planning for Open Democracy and NH Peace Action in Concord. In her free time Doreen enjoys gardening, volunteering and spending time with her family and pets.
Ophelia Burnett, Democracy Dollars Organizer
A New Hampshire resident for 30 years, Ophelia brings her life experiences and passion to her role as a Community Organizer. She works to build connections among people, who like herself, have experienced the criminal legal system, and to nurture hope and faith that together we can build the world that we want. Ophelia sees this work as an opportunity to prepare herself for a career in law and community organizing. She has a deep desire to help people find their own path of joy and purpose.
During her free time, she loves reading and sustains a regular practice of meditation to keep herself grounded in peace and positivity.
Sam Cassin, High School Voter Registration Coordinator
In his free time, Sam still loves doing freelance work in scouting prospects for the NFL Draft, spending quality time with friends and family, and supporting the Boston sports teams.
Extraordinary Open Democracy Fellows
Matthew Brown, High School Voter Registration Fellow, 2024 Merrimack High School
Kathryn Langille, Public Policy Fellow, 2024 St. Anselm's College
Serving as Open Democracy's Public Policy Fellow, Kathryn is passionate about serving her community and creating positive change. Slated to graduate from Saint Anselm College in the Winter of 2025, she is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with minors in Education and Public Policy Studies. She intends to pursue a career in policy writing and analysis, with a focus on public education systems. Kathryn's deep sense of community stems from her experience in performing arts during her formative years. At Saint Anselm, she has had the privilege of being on her theater company's Executive Board as Director of Sets. She also works for a variety of on-campus offices, including the Meelia Center for Community Engagement and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. In her free time, Katie enjoys trying new coffee shops, singing in the Dana Center theater, and watching movies.
Bayani Pascual, Summer Research Fellow, 2023 Bowdoin College
Oscar Lakowicz, Summer Organizing Fellow, 2023 Plymouth State University
David O'Leary, Research Fellow, 2023 Antioch University New England
Abby Forrence, High School Voter Organizing Fellow, 2023 Southern NH University
Margaret Mikailov, Summer Organizing Fellow, 2022
Davis Allen, Democracy Fellow, 2022 Keene State College
Sara Lobdell, Democracy Fellow, 2020 Antioch University New England
Eden Gebeyehu, Democracy Fellow, 2017
Jordan Cozby, Democracy Fellow, 2017
Kazi Ateea, Democracy Fellow, 2017
Niambi Mercado, Voting Rights Fellow, Spring 2017 Antioch University
Jazmine Langley, Democracy Fellow, Summer 2016 Elon University
Ian Duffee, 2015, SUNY Geneseo (Democracy Matters)
James Giles, 2015, Dartmouth College
Taisuke Iwasaki, 2015, New England College
Kimberly Manriquez, 2015, Humboldt University (Democracy Matters)
Colin McCarty, 2015, Colgate College (Democracy Matters)
Emma Stein, 2015, Union College