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Meet the FFI Team


Steve Martineau

Executive Director

Stephen joined Friends Forever International as its Executive Director in November 2005, after having spent time working with Habitat for Humanity in South Carolina, the Children’s Museum of Boston, and MYTOWN, an innovative inner-city youth organization in Boston, MA. Over the last twelve years, Stephen's tenure has seen FFI expand to multiple sites across the continental United States, the establishment of Friends Forever Europe in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the formation of partnerships and FFI programs in the Middle East, and the acquisition and renovation of the Friends Forever International Campus in Durham, NH, a 2.6-acre space devoted to peace and leadership development.  

In addition to nearly two decades of high-level expertise in the field of NGO's, Stephen brings to Friends Forever International a genuine passion for building active leaders through service on the local and global levels by empowering the most underutilized asset in the world today: youth.


Tegan Kurzynowski

Programs & Community Engagement Manager

Tegan joined the FFI team in June 2018.  As the Program & Community Engagement Manager, Tegan supports the design and implementation of all international peace programs.  She collaborates with FFI staff, supporters, participants, alumni, and community partners.  Before joining FFI, Tegan worked for Quinnipiac University Office on-site at University College Cork, Ireland.  She received her Master’s degree in Sociology of Development and Globalization, which established a passion for looking past borders and developing cross-cultural understanding.


Amelia Burke

Special Projects Manager

Amelia came to FFI in January 2019 as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and then became Special Projects Coordinator in 2020 (and now Manager). As FFI's Special Projects Manager, she coordinates our alumni movement and works on event planning, grant preparation, and other projects.

Prior to joining FFI, she worked with international students and scholars to support them in getting their visas to study/work in the United States. She has her Master's in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute and a Bachelor's in French and Global Studies from Salve Regina University. She is very excited to be with FFI to continue to support international youth.


Nora Faith

AmeriCorps VISTA

Nora is a self-proclaimed Global Citizen born in Southern California. She has received a Bachelor's Degree from California State University Monterey Bay and a Master's Degree in International Peace Studies from the University of Dublin, Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. After graduating from Trinity, Nora spent several years traveling the globe. Some of her favorite adventures include trekking in Nepal, completing El Camino de Santiago in Spain, and riding her bike 1,000 miles around Iceland's Ring Road. In addition to working over six years with United Spirit Association--a leadership summer camp for high school students in the U.S., Nora has worked in countless education settings. Her latest efforts include working with Global Leadership Adventures, an adventure leadership program for high school students. She was a Volunteer Program Coordinator for FFI in 2019 and is excited to be back as an AmeriCorps VISTA.


Our Board

Past Board Members

Karen Babin | Steve Barndollar | Guy K. Buesing | Rick Considine | Thomas E. Coughlin | Elizabeth Dehn | Paul Draper | Joe Durek | David Eliot | Diane Foley | Patrick (Pat) Forestell | Rick Gilmore | John Herbert | Bill Holt | Ida Keir | Craig Kelleher | Anne Kelly | Elizabeth Kennedy | Ira Korinow | Dick Manelis | Jeff McLean | Neal Ouellett | Rick Page | Laura Peterson | Robert (Bob) Raiche - Founder | Leslie Schwartz | Leonard Seagren | Diane M. Seagren | Gary Speers | Gordon Thomson | Rosemary (Pidge) Tyson


Jameson French

Board Chair

Current Position: CEO of Northland Forest Products, Inc.

Community Involvement (current):​

Quebec Labrador Foundation, Chair | Land Trust Alliance, Chair | American Forest Foundation, Vice Chair | National Wildlife Federation Action Fund, Vice-Chair | Prescott Park Arts Festival, Immediate Past Chair

Previous Experience:

Society for the Protection of NH Forests, Chair | Strawberry Banke Museum, Chair | Portsmouth Music Hall, co-founder | NH Charitable Foundation, Past Treasurer, Vice-Chair | City of Portsmouth Trust Funds, Chair | Hardwood Federation, Chair | Foundation for Seacoast Health, Chair | Forest Stewardship Council (USA), Chair

Advisory Board

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Leslie Schwartz

“I've been involved with Friends Forever since the mid-1990’s. Friends Forever’s unique model and programming, upon which its measurable successes are built, have kept me continuously engaged these many years. Albeit soft-sounding in name, Friends Forever is highly professional and focused with respect to its objectives.”

Senior Volunteers

FFI is driven by passionate team members including a select group of dedicated senior volunteers.

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Leonard Seagren

Chelsea Fitton

Bev Lauer

Influential Rotarians & Volunteers

Tom Arthur | Al Bergeron | Paul Beswick | Mike Carbee | Poppy Carbee | David Considine | Marcia Considine | Tom Corcoran | Dick Crabtree | Ray Doucette | Carole Elliot | Tom Elliot | Rita Fleming | Theresa Holt | Linda Horstmann | Audrey Jackson | Mark Kelliher | Rebecca Kelliher | Ellen LaBrie | Carolyn Lambert | Jackie Mahoney | Ardis Manelis | Bob Mansfield | Steve Marcus | Linda McDonough | Larry McNeill | Kathy Moreau | Scott Moreau | John Morrow | Cecilia Mulkern | Pat Novello | Josh O'Brien | James Petersen | Mort Schmidt | Kevin Tarpley | Charles (Chuck) Thibeault | Janet Thibeault | Jonathan Tymann | Dudley (Butch) Tyson