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Spaulding Youth Center Welcomes Cheryl Avery as Director of Development and Community Relations
Northfield, NH
10/03/2017 08:33 AM

Northfield, NH – Spaulding Youth Center is excited to welcome Cheryl Avery as its new Director of Development and Community Relations. In this role, Ms. Avery will serve as the chief fundraising coordinator responsible for providing strategic leadership for planning, implementation and administration of fundraising activities for Spaulding Youth Center. She will also play a pivotal role in maintaining and developing community relationships throughout NH on behalf of Spaulding Youth Center. 

Ms. Avery has an extensive background in child advocacy, including legislative work and court advocacy as a guardian ad litem. She was part of a team of child advocates that worked to draft the Kassidy Bortner Bill that would ultimately become law in New Hampshire. This state law requires state agencies to disclose what it knew about fatal or near fatal child abuse cases.

Previously, Ms. Avery served as the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region. There she helped lead a capital campaign for the purchase of the Club’s first permanent home, reintroduced the organization’s high school program, expanded its summer camp program, and forged a partnership with Project Extra, a Lakes Region after school program. 

“Ms. Avery’s experience in child advocacy has made her an excellent addition to our leadership team here,” said Susan Ryan, CEO & President. “I am thrilled to have Ms. Avery in this role and spreading awareness about our organization and the important work we do for the children we serve.”

A New Hampshire native, Ms. Avery currently resides in Laconia. She is a mother to two boys, and owns a small farm in Northfield, NH with her youngest son. In addition to her passion for child advocacy, Ms. Avery is also an active champion of animal welfare. She rescued and retired four horses and one donkey, who currently reside on her Northfield farm.

“I am excited to take on this role at Spaulding Youth Center,” said Ms. Avery. “I felt a connection to the organization from my time working as a guardian ad litem. While working with students at that time, I learned about Spaulding’s mission and truly enjoyed working with the staff. I look forward to serving as an ambassador of this fantastic organization and the invaluable programs and services it offers to the children who need them most.”

About Spaulding Youth Center

Spaulding Youth Center is a leading provider of services for children and youth with neurological, emotional, behavioral, learning and/or developmental challenges including Autism Spectrum Disorder. Services include academic, behavioral health, residential, foster care, health and wellness and family support. Spaulding Youth Center Foundation is a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) nonprofit. For information about Spaulding Youth Center, visit

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