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History & Mission

Good Beginnings was founded in 1986 by Dorothy Campion-Corcoran of Etna, New Hampshire and several of her friends. The founders were all experienced mothers who wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of new parents. They knew that all families face similar challenges when a baby is born - the sudden disruption of old patterns with one's partner and family, sleepless nights, and the need to quickly learn the nurturing skills that infants require. It's no wonder new mothers and fathers often feel stressed and isolated. Couldn't everyone use some help at that time?

Since its beginning in 1986, Good Beginnings has proven that even small, "everyday" actions can make a big difference for a family during this time of transition. Equally important, Good Beginnings serves to connect people in the community who may never have met otherwise.

Good Beginnings mission is twofold. The organization's primary commitment is to serve families at the time of a baby's arrival. At the same time, Good Beginnings strives to increase awareness among every member of the greater community about the importance of providing support at this critical time in a family's and baby's life. And because any family with a new baby can use a helping hand, all services are free of charge to all families.

Staff Members

Karen Morton - Executive Director

Denise Gariepy - Program Director

Jennifer Johnson - Data and Web Specialist

Board of Directors

Mike Diehn
Jennifer Ferland
Cathy Girard - Volunteer Home Visitor
George Hanna
Nancy Johnson - Secretary, Volunteer Home Visitor
Mindi Laine
Ania Markiewicz - Tuck Revers Board Fellow
Linda McWilliams - Volunteer Home Visitor
Wendy Murphy
Candace Nattie
Marcia Peraza - Treasurer
Linda Shemanske - Vice President, Volunteer Home Visitor
Christine Taylor - President, Volunteer Home Visitor
Gail Taylor
Sally Wood - Volunteer Home Visitor


Dorothy Campion-Corcoran
Eileen Daschbach
Peg Little
Trix Officer
Linda Shemanske
Joan Weider

Other Good Beginnings Programs

Good Beginnings satellite programs are independently governed organizations that support families in their local communities. Regional coverage is provided by the following offices:

Good Beginnings of Sullivan County
(603) 542-1848

Good Beginnings of Wolfeboro, NH
(603) 569-2729

Good Beginnings of Central Vermont
(802) 595-7953

Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley
P.O. Box 5054, West Lebanon, NH 03784
Phone: 603-298-9524 or Toll Free 866-398-8703
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