Amanda "Mandy" Merrill, Durham
Amanda Merrill joined the Council in February 2013. A longtime resident of Durham, she served from 1989 to 1998 in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, working on legislation related to environmental and energy policy, education, and ethics, and serving as Deputy Minority Leader. During an eight-year “leave” from office, she served as interim director of the Land & Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), program associate at the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research at the University of New Hampshire, and visual arts coordinator for the Mill Pond Center for the Arts in Durham. Mandy returned to the State House to work as a policy staff member for the House Majority Office (her party of affiliation having come into power). In 2008 she was elected to the State Senate, where she served for two terms.
In her post-Senate life, she is catching up on deferred maintenance and yard projects at home, spending time with her two grandchildren, serving on the board of Conservation New Hampshire (of which she was a founder), and enjoying the opportunity to support arts in the Granite State as a member of the Council. Mandy is proud to say that she is New Hampshire-educated, grammar to graduate school: she graduated from the three-room, eight-grade Barnard School in South Hampton; Winnacunnet High School in Hampton; and UNH; she went on to get her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Dartmouth College.
July 2, 2013