Mike Barton, President

Mike Barton joined the Laura Foundation board in December 2014. With so many building initiatives taking place at the Laura Center, his years of construction knowledge and experience are a welcome addition to the Foundation. Aside from spending the last decade in the building field working for esteemed firms like Wright-Ryan Construction – he’s a member of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association, the Portland Society for Architecture, the Maine Chapter of the US Green Building Council, and the University of Southern Maine’s Construction Management Advisory Committee (where he’s also a former adjunct professor). Mike holds a B.S. in Construction Science & Management from Clemson University where he was a standout athlete. In fact, while at Clemson, he was a member of the ACC Championship track and field team for the 2002-2003. Mike has known the Mahoney family for most of his life, and is a welcome addition to the board of directors. He lives in Portland, Maine with his wife, Allison, and their two children.

Devin Kelly, Vice President

Devin Kelly is currently co-owner of Dynamic Bicycles based in Bristol, Rhode Island. Previously, he was President of LaserPerformance, the world’s largest sailboat company. Before jumping into the sports and leisure industry, he worked in a variety of Senior Marketing and Innovation positions for InBev, where he was based in Connecticut, Belgium and England. While in England, he was named as one of the Top 100 Marketers in the UK. During his career, Devin has also worked in the finance, retail and banking industries.

Devin is a long-standing member of the King Pine and Purity Spring Resort Communities and has known the Mahoney family for over 30 years.  He is honored to be serving on the board in Laura’s memory.  Devin lives in Rhode Island with his wife and three children.

Pate Kehoe, Secretary

Recently retired, Pat Kehoe spent her professional life working in special education. Before moving to New Hampshire, she worked for many years in Ohio. For seven of those years, she was the Curriculum Supervisor in a school for children with moderate, severe and profound disabilities. Following this, she became the Director of Special Education in Bexley, Ohio where she was responsible for the implementation of Special Ed programs in three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. She was also responsible for intake and placement for all preschool special needs children.

When Pat moved back to New England (a Massachusetts native), she became the Director of Special Education for School Administrative Unit #13 covering the Freedom, Madison and Tamworth public schools. There, she was able to develop several key initiatives such as the Summer Enrichment Program, the Ready Readers Kindergarten Program, and an elementary school program for children on the autism spectrum.

Pat is enjoying retirement, but she’s still active. She spends quite a bit of time volunteering for organizations. Among her favorites is the Laura Foundation.

Mike Foy, Treasurer

A native of New Jersey, Mike and his wife (Maria) were frequent vacationers to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Deciding that they wanted a quality of life changed – the couple, along with their 18-month-old daughter, moved to the Granite State full time when Mike got a CPA job at an area accounting firm. Their family grew when their son, Michael, was born in 2001. According to Mike, the move to New Hampshire, the arrival of their son, and life in general was going “very well.” Then, they noticed their son was having developmental delays. This was followed by the diagnosis of autism, and their life was “turned upside down.”

Since the diagnosis, the stress of public accounting, especially during tax season, was too much on the family. Mike has taken a new position, one that includes working for a local marina. The career change allows for more time with his family. It also enables him to focus on his son’s educational and recreational needs, thus helping him become successful as he gets older. The extra time has also allowed Mike to use his coveted accounting skills to work on several non-profits dealing with autism and education. Most recently, he has joined the board of the Laura Foundation. When he’s not working and volunteering, Mike enjoys fishing, skiing and snowmobiling.

Amanda Pryor

Amanda has been a cherished volunteer with the Laura Foundation since programming at the Laura Center began.  Amanda is originally from Vermont, but she called Massachusetts home for 20 years.  A vacation property in New Hampshire brought her to the Mount Washington Valley, and Amanda has “made her mark” on our region through volunteerism.  For years she was a USSA timing official for New Hampshire ski races.  When she moved to New Hampshire full time in 2011, Amanda took her on-snow knowledge and became a volunteer for the town of Freedom’s Eastern Slope Ski Club (ESSC) program.  Aside from volunteerism in the athletic world, Amanda has been a valuable asset to Madison Elementary School’s reading program. Amanda’s professional career has been in the world of computers. From data processing to programming, she’s been sought out by companies and municipalities from Massachusetts to California.  As the newest member of the Laura Foundation Board of Directors, we are excited to welcome her.  Her enthusiasm will be an incredible asset!