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Seacoast Outright Leadership

Executive Director

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Heidi Carrington Heath

Heidi Carrington Heath is a proven non-profit leader with over a decade of experience. She has been involved in the movement for LGBTQ+ equality for nearly 20 years, including roles with Phillips Exeter Academy, Family Equality Council, and MassEquality. Her passion is creating a world where our LGBTQ+ youth can thrive, and live as exactly who they are. Heidi is thrilled to join the Outright team. 


Heidi holds a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School, and a professional diploma from NYU. Outside of work, she shares her life with her spouse, and their two cats, Moxie and Windsor. She enjoys reading, live music, gathering people she loves around a table of good food, and enjoying all the Seacoast has to offer. 

Community Outreach & Education Coordinator

Jessica Goff

Jess joined Seacoast Outright in 2021 as a University of New Hampshire MSW intern. She loved the organization so much that she decided to stay after graduating with her Masters of Social Work degree in May of 2022.


Jess received her B.A in Human Development from Rivier University in 2018. During these undergraduate years, she was the treasurer of the university's GSA club. Since that time, she has worked in the nonprofit sector and has sought to create “safe spaces” in her work with both youth and individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Intersectionality for the win!!

Jess lives in Concord, NH with her partner and her cat, Zuzu. In her spare time, she enjoys engaging in social justice actions around the state and doing puzzles (in that order!)

Program Coordinator

Amy Rock | they/them/theirs

Amy is originally from the Midwest and moved to the New England area in 2013. They have an interesting work history that mostly centers around advocacy. Before joining SO, Amy was working in Education and earned their BA from UNH in 2021. They were also Dover High School’s GSA Advisor, where they helped cultivate an inclusive club for all identities. Being in an advocacy role has helped Amy become more passionate about social justice issues and supporting marginalized youth. 

Amy currently lives in Dover, NH with their partner, two cats, three guinea pigs and a bazillion house plants. In their spare time, they love to be outdoors! Gardening, roller skating and traveling are some of their hobbies.

Board of Directors


Michael Haley

Board Chair| he/him/his
Michael grew up in Peterborough, NH. After earning his BA from Colby College, he worked in education in Akita, Japan for ten years, and then as a Japanese-English translator. He earned his JD from Harvard Law School in 2019 and now works as an attorney in the public sector. He joined the Seacoast Outright board in 2021 and looks forward to serving NH's LGBTQ+ youth community. Michael currently lives in Derry with his partner and their two dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking.

Alissa Cannon

Vice Chair | she/her/hers
Alissa Cannon, she/her, is the Executive Director for the New Hampshire Juvenile Court Diversion Network, a statewide Nonprofit Organization coordinating screening for substance use and mental health in juvenile court diversion programs. She has worked in the areas of prevention and community/school-based health education for nearly 15 years and has enjoyed every moment of it. She also proudly serves on many advisory boards in NH related to youth health and wellness.
Alissa is originally from south Louisiana, but now resides in New Hampshire with her wife and their two rescue dogs, Conrad and Gronk. 

Christine Stilwell

Treasurer & Parent Group Facilitator | she/her/hers
Christine Stilwell has been the Treasurer of Seacoast Outright since 2014. Christine joined SO to help get it back on its feet and to help provide opportunities for the seacoast area youth. She has been a math special education teacher at the Robert J Lister Academy in Portsmouth, NH for almost 20 years. She earned her Master's in Special Education from UNH.  For fun she enjoys coaching and playing in local women's softball leagues and spending time with family and friends. 

Sarah Buckley

Secretary & Facilitator | she/her/hers
Sarah Buckley earned a BA in Communications from Colby-Sawyer College in 2005. She joined Seacoast Outright in the winter of 2012 initially as an intern to help broaden her own experiences and get back to working with her college degree.  A life-long ally for LGBTQ youth, Sarah soon became an advocate for those in the Seacoast. Within a year and a half, she joined the board of Seacoast Outright, and became the secretary in 2014. Sarah is also a long time facilitator for the youth meetings. Outside of Seacoast Outright she enjoys photography, reading, writing, spending time with her pug Cash, and spending time with family and friends.

Joyce Kemp

Board Member | she/her/hers
After a BA from Brandeis and an MAT from Harvard in 1965, Joyce taught secondary school mathematics.  She is currently retired with over 50 years’ experience in teaching, administration and curriculum development both in public and private high schools.  Most recently at Phillips Exeter Academy, she served as a dorm head, tennis coach, and committee head, and has worked very closely with students on personal as well as national issues.  

Joyce has been an advocate and ally of LGBTQ youth throughout her career, and Seacoast Outright is the perfect avenue for her energy and time. She has been on the Board since 2015. Joyce is married with a son and his wife in Utah and a daughter and her wife in Rye, NH.

Linda Fishbaugh

Board Member & Parent Group Facilitator | she/her/hers
After working many years in the travel industry Linda proudly transitioned to being a ‘Stay at Home Mom’ – raising 3 kids.  Their youngest is Transgender and she transitioned between 3rd and 4th grade. This began a new passion for Linda – educating and advocating for Transgender Youth (and Adults). Speaking on panels at schools for educators and students, in Hospitals for doctors, nurses and staff about Compassionate Care for Transgender people and testifying at the State House in Concord for Transgender Rights.

It was a natural move for her to be on the Board at Seacoast Outright. She is passionate about helping other Parents of LGBTQ youth – especially parents of Transgender and Non-Binary kids! Outside of Seacoast Outright, Linda enjoys gardening, traveling, hanging out with her family, friends and her doggies, managing an Airbnb, and making bath and body products for her business, which gives a percentage of all sales to LGBTQ non-profits, organizations and camps.

Kelsey Boucher 

Board Member| she/her/they/them
Kelsey has a strong commitment to promoting social justice and equity
in our community. Kelsey is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Social
Work at the University of New Hampshire. She coordinates the
undergraduate field internship program and works with seacoast
non-profits to create internship experiences which benefit both
students and the community. As a Social Worker, she worked primarily
with teens and knows how vital the support and programming from
Seacoast Outright is in supporting LGBTQ+ youth in our area.
Kelsey lives in Dover with her daughter.

Lloyd Ziel

Board Member| he/him/his
Coming Soon!

James Cotigan

Board Member I he/him/his
James is a Transgender man who grew up in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire and Maine. Originally James was an active youth member attending Seacoast Outright youth meetings throughout his high school years. Eventually, he joined the board as their first youth board member, providing insight into the group atmosphere as well as ways to improve Outright as a whole. Now as an adult, he looks forward to serving the youth community he once was a part of. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, birdwatching, and spending time with friends and family.

Caitlin Thayer

Board Member I she/her/hers
Caitlin is the Director of Operations for DARCI Creative, a local full-service marketing agency. She grew up in Kittery, Maine, and attended Seacoast Outright groups when she was in high school. As a queer youth, she appreciated the support and guidance she received back then, and wants to pay it forward now to help queer youth on their own journeys. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, reading, watching movies with her husband and her cats, and traveling as often as she can.
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