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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2006

Contact: Van McLeod
603-271-2540
vmcleod@library.state.nh.us

Department of Cultural Resources hires Communications and Events Coordinator

(Concord, N.H.) - Van McLeod, Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources is pleased to announce that Kristen Vermilyea Harbaugh of Concord has been hired as Communications and Events Coordinator for the Department, where she will be working with the various Divisions housed within the Department, including the Film Office, Arts Council, Historical Resources and State Library. She joined the Commissioner's office on November 28, 2005.

A New Hampshire native, Harbaugh comes to the Department having recently moved back to the state from New York City, where she had a career as a producer, writer and actress. Most notably, she starred as "Nurse Ginny" for 4 seasons on the NBC hit, Third Watch. Upon returning to New Hampshire late last year, she produced the independent feature film, Straight Forward, a Film-Noir thriller, shot at her mother's farm in Pembroke and in which she also stars.

"We're very excited to have Kristen join us" said Commissioner McLeod. "Her diverse experience in marketing, public relations, theater, television and film combine to create an extraordinary resource to help enhance our informational network for New Hampshire's cultural industry."

Harbaugh grew up in Pembroke, attended Bishop Brady High School and graduated in 1991 from the University of New Hampshire, where she studied English and Musical Theatre. Before living in New York, she spent several years in New England doing PR and marketing for ad agencies and production companies such as Graphito and gel films in Portsmouth, as well as working as a producer, casting agent, location scout, filmmaker, writer and actress.

The newly married Harbaugh lives in Concord with her husband, Mark.

The New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources provides a support network for the state's cultural industry through programs and services designed to develop and define the unique character of our state, its history and its future. From covered bridges and cultural exchanges to art and literacy programs, the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources strives to nurture the cultural well-being of the state. For more information about New Hampshire's cultural resources, call (603) 271-2540 or visit www.nh.gov/nhculture.

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