Officer John Levasseur
Manchester Police Officer John Levasseur is assigned to MPAL full time. His responsibilities include coordinating programs, coaching, and maintaining the building. Officer Levasseur has been highly acclaimed for his ability to work with youth and his expert coaching abilities. He has significant experience in boxing and mixed martial arts.
Email John. Phone: 603-626-0211
Director of Operations and Development
Jayna Stevens is responsible for creating and executing development and sustainability plans, programming and facility operations.
Jayna received both her Bachelor and Masters degrees in social work from the University of Missouri. She has spent her entire professional career working with non-profits to help at-risk youth and families. While in St. Louis, she worked at Childhaven, a day treatment center for children with severe behavior disorders and autism. In Manchester, she has held in-home and office-based counseling positions with Familystrength and Manchester Mental Health, as well as a development position with the Palace Theatre.
Jayna is a 25-year resident of New Hampshire. Her family consists of her husband, three young adult daughters and three dogs. When not at work Jayna loves spending time with family and friends and being outdoors in the mountains, by the ocean or on her road bike. On rare occasion she can be seen on a unicycle, stilts, or trick waterskis.
Email Jayna. Phone: 603-321-0679
Director of Marketing
Ariel Kapteyn joined the MPAL team in April of 2018 as the organization’s Development VISTA. Upon completing her AmeriCorps year, she became the Director of Marketing. Her responsibilities include managing the website and social media, creating marketing collateral, serving as the Co-Race Director for the Footrace for the Fallen, assisting with all MPAL events, and other development activities.
Ariel has been working on events and marketing since she was in high school. She holds a BSBA in Global Business and Entrepreneurship from Suffolk University and a MBA in International Business with a concentration in Social Media Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University.
Ariel is also a police wife; she and her husband live in Manchester with their dog, Sky.
Email Ariel. Phone: 603-203-1363
Court Diversion Coordinator
In 2017, Holly Mara began working with the Manchester Police Athletic League to help develop capacity for accredited juvenile court diversion services in Manchester. Holly joined the MPAL team in July 2019 as the Coordinator of the accredited MPAL Court Diversion Program. Holly specializes in helping teens to improve decision-making, enhance their life skills and link with helpful resources in the community. In this role, Holly serves as a member of the NH Juvenile Court Diversion Network, working to pilot evidence based Screening Brief Intervention and Referral Treatment (SBIRT) for youth after a first-time arrest.
A 1986 graduate of Springfield College, Holly earned her Bachelor of Science in Adapted/Physical Education and is a licensed primary and secondary education teacher. Before joining the MPAL team, Holly taught in both private and public school settings and held the position of Behavior Management Director at the Nashua Children’s Home. Holly brings 25 plus years of experience in the non-profit sector while being employed currently at The Youth Council since 1993.
During her free time Holly enjoys the outdoors, is a big fan of all the professional New England athletic teams, music, entertaining and more than anything, spending time with her two daughters and family!
Email Holly. Phone 603-889-1090 ext. 323
Board of Directors
Adam Hollis, Chairman, Strategic Business Executive, Infinicept
Nicole Ledoux, Vice Chairman, Victim Services Quality Assurance Director, Granite State Children’s Alliance, Retired Lieutenant Manchester Police Department
Lisa Day, Secretary, Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach
James Chambers, Treasurer, Esq. Retired, Manager State & Local Taxes, Eastman Chemical Company; Lieutenant Colonel, Infantry, U.S. Army
Paul Beaudoin, Chauffeur, Grace Limousine Company
Sara Bee, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
Monika Bryant, Retired, Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority
Manny Content, Mulit-Cultural Segment Manager, Coca Cola
Eleanor Dahar, Attorney, Dahar Law Firm
August (Gus) Fromuth, Managing Director, Freedom Energy Logistics
Officer John Levasseur, Police Officer and MPAL Coordinator, Manchester Police Athletic League, Manchester Police Department
David Mara, State of NH Drug Czar, Retired Chief of Police-Manchester
Steven J. Spain, Senior Vice President, Partner, Steward Partners Global Advisory