HOPE Foundation Board

The HOPE Foundation Board provides fiduciary oversight and strategic direction for grant making from the Foundation. The Board empowers the Hypertherm Associates who volunteer on the HOPE Team to make grant allocation decisions on behalf of the Foundation.

Barbara Couch

Barbara Couch
President – HOPE Foundation

Dick Couch

Dick Couch
Chairman of the Board, Hypertherm Inc.

Brook Couch Freeland

Brooke Couch Freeland
Managing Director – The Couch Family Foundation

Sean Gorman

Sean Gorman
Attorney – Sheehan Phinney Bass and Green
Secretary – HOPE Foundation

Lori Hibner

Lori Hibner
Commodity Manager- Hypertherm
Team Liaison – HOPE Foundation

Jack Lee

Jack Lee
Business Development Manager – Hypertherm
Treasurer – HOPE Foundation

John H. Vogel Jr.

John H. Vogel Jr.
Adjunct Professor and Associate Faculty Director for the Allwin Initiative for Corporate Citizenship

Gail Gentes

Gail Gentes
Director of Action Based Learning, Office of the Provost, Dartmouth College

Nina Meyer

Nini Meyer
Founder and President of Positive Tracks

Cary Chen

Carey Chen
President, CEO, and Board Director at Cincinnati Incorporated

Julia Griffin

Julia Griffin
Town Manager,
Town of Hanover



Empowering our Associates with funding decisions on behalf of the Hypertherm HOPE Foundation embodies the shared ownership culture that is fundamental to Hypertherm.

Barbara Couch

Barbara Couch

“Receiving the Cornerstone Award from NH Businesses for Social Responsibility and Governor Lynch was a tribute to Hypertherm associates. I am so proud to work in a company that values service and philanthropy and demonstrates that value every day."


Jenny LevyJenny Levy

"I am inspired every day by working with my dedicated fellow Hypertherm associates and with the dynamic and effective non-profits in our region, all of who care about contributing to our community and protecting the environment in meaningful and permanent ways. I believe that together we are making a positive difference for this generation and those who will follow."


Stacet Chiocchio

Stacey Chiocchio

"As a member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Team it is my privilege to represent Hypertherm each and every day. Nothing would make me happier than to have every associate at Hypertherm use at least 2 hours of Community Service Time so they will experience that wonderful feeling that you get when you have helped others. That is what makes me smile."


Nick Hamilton

Nick Hamilton

"Since joining Hypertherm, the community service time program is something I’ve viewed as a pure win for all parties involved, from the people and organizations that are directly impacted by great work of Hypertherm Associates to the team building that takes place during these events. As a member of the CST Participation Committee I have a great opportunity to share that perspective and I am both excited and honored to join the HOPE Team and expand that experience."


Lisa LaBombardLisa LaBombard

"They say it’s better to give than to receive. How lucky I am to work at Hypertherm where I get to do both! We receive so many rewards as owners but, more importantly, we are given so many opportunities to give back to the community we live in. I am truly honored to be a member of the HOPE Team."


Brandon MasonBrandon Mason

"I am proud to work at Hypertherm for many reasons, including its mission to enrich our communities. Whether it is making home improvements to help others stay warm through the winter, improving trail systems for outdoor enjoyment or sharing STEM activities and opportunities, I walk away feeling happier and more fulfilled. The Hope Foundation is one more way Hypertherm shows its commitment to improving the quality of life in our community. I am honored to serve on the Hope Team."


Megan BloodMegan Blood

"I am honored to work for a company that is so deeply involved in the community. My community involvement excelled when I was in college, and at the time I did not realize that I would have such strong support to stay involved with the community as I entered the workforce. Hypertherm has allowed me to continue working with my community, and has opened a new door to the type of support I can provide the community with through the HOPE Foundation."


Rain FlanaganRain Flanagan

"It was my mom who showed me how to give even when you have very little. Money may be hard to come by, but the gift of your time and effort can mean a lot to someone who needs it. I've always felt that if you want to motivate people to be philanthropic you need to give them an experience. In my early 20's, I delivered a bike to a single mom for her son for Christmas. It was her tears of disbelief and gratitude that I will never forget. I'm proud to work at Hypertherm where we promote and encourage those experiences in the hopes that we will make an indelible mark on someone else (giver or receiver)."


Lori HibnerLori Hibner

"Recently I read the quote that "Happiness is a byproduct of living generously". I believe that the HOPE foundation embodies that spirit. I am so fortunate to be a member of the Philanthropy Team and work for a company that believes in supporting their local community through both funding and a strong associate volunteering program."


Travis LahayeTravis LaHaye

"Hypertherm allows all of us to give back, we are so fortunate to work for such a generous company. Being involved in the HOPE team is much more than something to do, it's being involved and truly helping others, which I feel strongly about. I know what it's like to struggle at times and need help, if I can provide even a small glimmer of inspiration for what Hypertherm does for our community, that will be reward enough for me. I am honored to be a part of this team."


Jeff OrtakalesJeff Ortakales

"It’s inspiring to be surrounded by people who are so dedicated to making a difference in their communities and I’m proud that Hypertherm places so much importance on it. I’m glad that I’ve been able to make a difference – especially in the area of STEM and hopefully inspire kids to pursue careers that they might not have otherwise. I’m excited to be a part of the HOPE team and to be able to influence my community on multiple levels."


Johnnie JonesJohnnie Jones

"Winston Churchill said “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give”. What a fantastic life Hypertherm empowers me and my fellow associates to live through all the volunteer work and philanthropic endeavors we take part in. Witnessing the changes Hypertherm associates are making daily in our communities is something very special to be a part of. It is an Honor to be a member of the HOPE team and be giving the opportunity to represent the associates of Hypertherm."


Sarah SwiftSarah Swift

"Being a member of the HOPE Team is one of the most rewarding opportunities of my career and a milestone in my life. The strength and goodwill this organization inspires within Hypertherm and beyond invites generosity, happiness and pride in our hearts. It paves a path allowing us to touch our communities in so many ways; truly making our world a better place."


Sarah Toppin

Liz Toppin

"Growing up in a small town, I began volunteering alongside my parents before I even knew what the word volunteering meant. As a result, I made my own definition. It was community, a sense of love for one another and security but most importantly it was hope. Seeing the look of hope on someone’s face must be one of life’s most humbling lessons and a reminder that we are all in this together. I am incredibly grateful to be given the opportunity to help this community grow in a positive direction through the HOPE Foundation."


Jeff Cornish

Jeff Cornish

"I chose to work at Hypertherm because it is a great place to work and it had a positive effect on my family. Through the CST program at Hypertherm, I could leverage the positive effect of Hypertherm and share it with local people and groups that need help. As a member of the HOPE team, I can extend these benefits to an even wider audience and help make a difference in the lives of many people in the upper valley. It is truly gratifying to be a part of this effort to make a difference in our communities."