Resident Trustee, RiverWoods Manchester
Linda Fish-Brown is very proud to say that she is a true New Hampshire native – back to the 1700s on both sides of her family. The majority of her life has been in and around greater Hillsborough County – with a background in farming, and animal husbandry – then eventually on to the world of IBM and now, a ‘planning to retire someday’ real estate broker specializing in farms, country properties and specifically any property with an ‘equestrian’ asset.
Linda and her husband Gene moved to Birch Hill Terrace in December 2017. They had decided about five years prior to beginning the search for a retirement community here in New Hampshire; they opted for BHT after about three visits (they just kept coming back!) – because of the area, proximity to the VA Medical Center, location for easy access to anywhere. They have never looked back, after selling their farm in Henniker, NH, where they resided for 30 years.
Gene is a Veteran (Marine) and retired from IBM in 1987. Linda is still doing ‘some’ real estate, but her focus has been to become more involved with RWM; having worked since college (1970) to ‘today’, she FINALLY has settled in a town/community where she feels she can make a difference with her wide range of life skills and experiences. She is currently involved with the operation of RWM Country Store and is happily enthused to engage in and be a part of any/all things RWM/TRWG to ensure we continue to grow and thrive in an ever-evolving community and lifestyle option.
Resident Trustee, RiverWoods Durham
Deborah Karmozyn welcomes the opportunity to serve as RWD’s Resident Trustee, bringing to the position over 45 years of experience in educational administration in non-profit and accredited international schools around the world, in New Hampshire public schools, and as an active participant on boards in non-profit organizations both in the United States and abroad. Deborah served as school principal of five prestigious K-12 international schools, all non-profit and accredited and offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program: American School of Milan, Italy; Copenhagen International School, Denmark; Shanghai American School, Pudong Campus, Shanghai, China; American School of Doha, Qatar; and the United Nations International School, New York City.
She also served on the IB Primary Years Program Development Committee (Europe), on the EARCOS (East Asia Region Council of Overseas Schools) Conference Committee in Shanghai, and as co-chair of ECIS (European Council of International Schools) accreditation committees around the world. She also taught in and was a former principal in SAU 9 and SAU 13 (Mt. Washington Valley, NH). Deborah’s leadership included experience in strategic planning, educational program and curriculum development, budget development and management, accreditation standards and implementation, hiring and evaluation of staff, marketing, leadership and board training, school consultation, hiring and evaluation of staff, and school construction of and opening a new school campus in China.
Deborah returned to the Mt. Washington Valley in 2010 to be a full-time caregiver for six years for her father who had Alzheimer’s Dementia. She continued to be active in the community, serving on boards including the Rotary Club of North Conway (secretary and BOD), Mt. Washington Valley Dollars for Scholars, OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) in Conway, and the Community Advisory Board for the Memorial Hospital. She is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA and cherishes her past experiences as a scout and leader/trainer. Deborah and Michael moved to RWD in March 2020, where she serves on the UNH Committee and the Employee Appreciation Fund Committee. Deborah holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from UNH, a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Plymouth State College (summa cum laude).