Monadnock Ledger Transcript – RiverMead Appoints New Board Members

RiverMead, a non-profit pensioners’ 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 and received his law degree from Boston College Law School. After nearly 20 years in private practice, first in Boston and later with the law firm of Bradley in Keene, she embarked on a second career as a diplomat with the US Department of State, serving in Guatemala, the Czech Republic, Washington, DC, Belize, Paraguay and the US-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 is currently a member of the Sharon Conservation Commission.

Rotch grew up in New Hampshire. He practiced law and was a shareholder/director at 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 the securing and realization of 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 University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and then to Ann Arbor, Michigan to attend the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. After earning his MBA, he began his professional career in New York City, where he joined the audit team of a major accounting firm and earned his Chartered Accountant license the following year.

Eventually he became a partner in Ernst & Young in New York City. During the last 18 years of his career, he focused on coordinating his firm’s services to multinational companies across Europe and Asia Pacific while operating out of Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Singapore. In 2006 he retired and moved to Peterborough from Singapore with his wife Françoise.

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

In Peterborough, Galus was a member of the Peterborough Planning Board and the Peterborough Economic Development Authority and chairs two city councils on the Board of Selectmen. One such body is the South Peterborough Tax Incentive Funding Commission, which advises on infrastructure improvements in the borough where RiverMead is located.

He is the initiator and Chairman of the Monadnock Area Employers’ Forum, which regularly brings together representatives of the largest employers in the Peterborough area to discuss business issues and find solutions to their problems.

Imhoff graduated from St. Lawrence University with a bachelor’s degree in government and Columbia University with an MBA in finance. Married and the father of three adult children, Imhoff was the managing director responsible for public finance at Dillon, Read & Co. Inc., a New York-based investment bank. He was primarily responsible for more than $40 billion in funding 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 institutions.

After moving to New Hampshire, he served on several local community service boards and city committees. His main efforts were with the Dublin School, where as Chairman of the Board he oversaw the revitalization of the school’s physical and financial health. He later served as Dublin School’s first Director of Communications and Chief Financial Officer.

Attorney Susan Peters chairs RiverMead’s Volunteer Board of Trustees, which is made up 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.

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