RiverMead names new board members

Published: 11/18/2022 1:30:43 PM

The RiverMead not-for-profit retirement community in Peterborough has added Beth Fernald, Peter Rotch, Gerald “Jerry” Galus, and Peter Imhoff to its board of trustees.

Fernald graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts earned a juris doctor degree from Boston College Law School. After nearly 20 years in private practice, first in Boston and later with the Bradley Law Firm in Keene, she began a second career as a diplomat with the U.S. State Department and served in Guatemala, the Czech Republic, Washington, D.C., Belize, Paraguay and the U.S. UN Mission in Kenya.

Fernald has also served on the boards of Andy’s Summer Playhouse and the Parent Guidance Center and chaired the Sharon Zoning Board of Adjustment. She currently serves on the Sharon Conservation Commission.

Rotch grew up in New Hampshire. He practiced law, and was a shareholder/director, with McLane Middleton, a Manchester law firm. His practice focused on business and financial transactions, including representing banks and commercial lenders. He dealt with all aspects of commercial real estate and development, land-use matters and securing and liquidating collateral.

He attended Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago Law School.

Galus was born and raised in Honolulu, before moving to Philadelphia to attend the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and then to Ann Arbor, Mich., to attend the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. After attaining an MBA, his working career began in New York City, where he joined the audit staff of a major accounting firm and earned his certified public accountant license the following year.

He ultimately became a partner in the firm of Ernst & Young, located in New York City. The last 18 years of his career were centered on coordinating his firm’s services to multinational companies throughout the European and the Asia-Pacific regions while based in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Singapore. He retired in 2006 and moved with his wife Françoise to Peterborough from Singapore.

In retirement, he continues to be a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

In Peterborough, Galus has been a member of the Peterborough Planning Board and the Peterborough Economic Development Authority, and chairs two town advisory boards to the Board of Selectmen. One of those boards is the South Peterborough Tax Incentive Funding commission, which advises regarding infrastructure improvements in the district in which RiverMead is located.

He is the originator and board chair of the Monadnock Area Employers’ Forum, which periodically brings together representatives of the largest employers in the Peterborough area to discuss business issues and help find solutions to their problems.

Imhoff is a graduate of St. Lawrence University with a bachelor’s degree in government and Columbia University with an MBA in finance. Married with three adult children, Imhoff was a managing director in charge of public finance with Dillon, Read & Co. Inc., a New York-based investment bank. He was primarily responsible for more than $40 billion in financing programs for entities such as the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City Municipal Assistance Corporation, New York State Local Government Assistance Corporation, toll roads, health care and educational facilities.

After moving to New Hampshire, he served on multiple local not-for-profit boards and town committees. His primary efforts were on behalf of the Dublin School, where as board president, he oversaw the revitalization of the physical and financial health of the school. Later he served as the Dublin School’s first communication director and chief financial officer.

Attorney Susan Peters chairs RiverMead’s voluntary board of trustees, which consists of residents, residents’ family members, waitlist members and local professionals with backgrounds in finance, business, law and medicine.

The new trustees join current trustees and officers Peters, Joe Caracappa, Robert Edwards, Richard (Rick) Hance, Dr. Gerald DeBonis, George Foote Jr., Carl Amos Johnson, Cyndee McGuire, Kenneth Messina, Deborah Roody and Mary Ellen Spencer.

For information on RiverMead, visit rivermead.org.


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