The Eileen D. Foley Fellowship
Intern at our Global Headquarters in New Hampshire and help inspire the next generation of Friends Forever International volunteers and participants.
The Eileen D. Foley Fellowship was created in 2016 in honor of former Portsmouth, NH Mayor, Eileen D. Foley. Each year, Friends Forever International uses the Fellowship to recognize one alumnus who demonstrates a strong commitment to take action for positive social change and a desire to create meaningful connections between people. As part of the Eileen D. Foley Fellowship, fellows have the opportunity to intern at the FFI Headquarters in Durham, NH, for three to four weeks in March of their Fellowship year.
While in the United States, Foley fellows meet with many different community members and are featured as the keynote speaker at our largest fundraising event. During that time and the months to follow, fellows are also tasked with developing and implementing a project designed to strengthen FFI’s programs while further engaging FFI alumni and community members in our mission.
“I want to make a difference in my community.”
~ Natalie Gauthier
Natalie is a graduate of our Americas Program. In the spring of 2018, Natalie spent ten days in Northern Ireland as part of our first team from Spaulding High School (SHS) in Rochester, New Hampshire. While there, she learned directly from our alumni and explored a new culture. After learning how to connect with communities to create positive change, Natalie returned to New Hampshire and made it a goal to make a difference in her own community.
Friends Forever International chose to award Natalie with the 2019 Eileen D. Foley Fellowship for her commitment to lifting up others to create an impact beyond what one can do alone.
Natalie will be joining alumni from across the globe this summer to help run our summer programs for our teams from the Middle East, Northern Ireland, and the United States.
Since joining FFI, Natalie has:
Started the “International Buddy Program” at Spaulding High School, pairing Spaulding and international students based on their hobbies and lunch blocks to provide international students with a support group and friends to make their transition a positive experience.
Begun working with the 2019 Spaulding Friends Forever team, offering support and advice.
Joined the Principal’s Council which plans school-wide activities and helps with events in the community to improve the spirit/unity at SHS and the school’s reputation.
A woman of impeccable character with a warm sense of humor, who has dedicated her life to the citizens of Portsmouth with great love, dignity, respect, and compassion. Eileen Dondero was born February 27, 1918, to Mary Carey Dondero, one of the nation’s first lady mayors, and Charles Dondero. Eileen attended local schools and following her graduation from Syracuse University in 1940 she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps. On returning home she worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a painter’s helper and later as a Portsmouth City Clerk.
Mayor Foley’s lengthy record of public service includes an unprecedented 16 years as Mayor of Portsmouth, 12 years as a member of the Portsmouth School Board, and 7 terms as a NH State Senator. Her political advice and support are sought by many and in her retirement, she served as the Portsmouth Goodwill Ambassador. Eileen was married to the late John J. (Danny Boy) Foley Sr. for over 46 years. The couple had three children, Mary Carey, Jay, & Barry. Eileen Foley represents the best that the Seacoast has to offer. Her charm, wit, grace under fire, vision, understanding, and commitment to both local and global issues has inspired thousands in Portsmouth and across the world.
Noam is a graduate of our Middle East Program. In the summer of 2016, Noam spent two weeks at our host community in New England, witnessing firsthand the positive impact of community collaboration. After learning what it takes to achieve social change, Noam returned to Israel and made it a goal to become a leader in her own society.
Friends Forever International chose to award Noam with the 2018 Eileen D. Foley Award for her commitment to empowering others to be leaders in their own lives and impact their community in a positive way. As part of her fellowship, Noam interned at the FFI headquarters from February 27- March 9, 2018. During that time she was the guest speaker at the Annual Dinner and Roast. She then returned to NH in the summer of 2018 to as part of the alumni team that facilitated workshops and activities during our programs.
Noam Azriel Baranovsky, 2018
Aya is a graduate of our Middle East Program. In the summer of 2014, Aya spent two weeks at our host community in Bloomington-Normal, IL, witnessing firsthand the positive impact of community collaboration. After learning what it takes to achieve social change, Aya returned to Israel and made it a goal to become a leader within her own society.
Friends Forever International chose to award Aya with the 2017 Eileen D. Foley Award for her commitment to making the world a more inclusive place and for demonstrating key attributes of a fair and effective community leader. As part of her Fellowship, Aya interned at the FFI Headquarters in Durham, NH, from February 21st – March 16th, 2017. During this time, Aya met with a variety of people from political figures to local high school students. She also worked in the office to help strengthen our existing programs and develop new trainings for participants and alumni.