President's Message

Dear Friends, 

Welcome to the Breathe New Hampshire website. Founded in 1916 by Dr. Robert B. Kerr, our organization is the oldest voluntary public health agency in New Hampshire. We are the primary resource for lung health information and programming in the Granite State, and we take our mission seriously.  

Since our founding, we have changed our name several times.  In 2007, our Board of Directors made the strategic decision to remain an independent, New Hampshire nonprofit. Despite the name changes, we have remained the same legal organization, advancing the same mission since our founding. 

Our Board of Directors, volunteers, staff and all those that support our work are proud of our long history. We could not continue to advance our mission, to eliminate lung disease and improve the quality of life for those living with lung disease in New Hampshire, without their support and involvement.  

We invite you to look at our 2020-2021 Annual Report as it will provide an overview of our current program of work and events. We also hope that you will consider becoming involved or supporting our important work.

Thank you. 

Warmest Regards, 
Daniel Fortin,
President & CEO 

DF-Photo.jpgDaniel Fortin is the President & CEO of Breathe New Hampshire. A native of New Hampshire, Dan’s involvement with the organization started in 1992, first serving as a member of the Development Committee and on the Golf Committee. That initial volunteer involvement led to his becoming a member of the Board of Directors in 1996, serving as Treasurer for 6 years and then as Board Chair. After 27 years in finance in two corporations, Dan wanted to do something more meaningful. Ultimately, he resigned from the Board of Directors and became the President & CEO. In addition to his work with Breathe New Hampshire, Dan served on the Board of Trustees, and as Board Chair, for the Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire for many years. He is a former member and Past President, of the Manchester Rotary Club. Dan received his BS and MBA from Southern New Hampshire University, and attended the Stanford University Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders. He has been married to his wife Kathy for over 40 years.

Board of Directors

Albee L. Budnitz, MD
Retired, Downtown Medical Associates 

Jamie G. Bulen
Retired, AARP New Hampshire 

Lynn K. Friedel, Treasurer, Past Chair
Retired, Powerspan Corp 

Louise Hobden
Retired, NH State Captain for the COPD Foundation


Esther R. Moverman, RRT, RCP, AE, CTTS
Board Vice Chair
Monadnock Community Hospital 

Arthur G. Robins, MD
Retired, VA Boston Healthcare System

Joel Rozen, CPA, CFE, Board Chair
Retired, Baker Newman Noyes, LLC

Claira P. Monier, Secretary
Retired, NH Housing Finance Authority

Connell J. Tarr CLU®, ChFC®, AEP®
The Prudential Insurance Company of America 


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