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2020-2021 Educational Foundation Board of Directors

President - Julie B. Wolter, Psy.D. 

Treasurer - David Smith, M.Ed., NCSP

Secretary - Celene Barnes, Psy.D.

Board Member - Ms. Jena Mottola

Board Member - Valerie Leyton, LCMHC

Dr. Julie Wolter is originally from the suburbs of Chicago Illinois and resided in New Hampshire for sixteen years until moving to Rhode Island in May of 2019 to be with her husband.  She worked at Riverbend Community Mental Health in Concord, New Hampshire until she began full time private practice in 2007.  In addition to private practice and maintaining the position of President of the New Hampshire Psychological Association Education Foundation, Julie is a passionate advocate for mental health and substance use treatment for New Hampshire, continuing to serve as Chair of New Hampshire Psychological Association’s Behavioral Healthcare Advocacy Committee.  Julie’s interests include leather-making, her guinea pigs, and learning about investing.  She hopes to build NHPAEF as a conduit of education for legislators on the importance of access to mental health care for all NH residents as well as to support the students of psychology on their journey from training to career.

Treasurer David "Dave" Smith grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire and graduated from Derryfield. He earned his Master of Education in school psychology and guidance counseling from Bucknell and then worked for thirty years in New Hampshire public schools in the Lakes region, Seacoast, and Upper Valley. Following retirement a few years ago he covered a maternity leave for the district psychologist in Springfield, Vermont. He also worked twenty summers as a camp counselor on Lake Winnipesaukee. Dave was involved with the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists for many years, serving as newsletter editor, president, and multiple terms as treasurer. In 2019, he received a Lifetime Achievement award from the association. His interests include hiking in the White Mountains and sitting on the shores of Lake Winnisquam. Dave hopes to help New Hampshire Psychological Association Educational Foundation a spotlight on the profession of psychology for New Hampshire residents. 


Jena Mottola joins the New Hampshire Psychological Association Educational Foundation with over twenty-five years in the nonprofit arena. When Jena first started her career her focus was on family  and immigrant literacy education and outreach. Her years working in Cambridge, Massachusetts gave her the  foundation and experience to understand a broad range of social and economic issues that communities continue to  face today. Jena is passionate about nonprofit work and has a personal and lifelong respect for mental health. In her spare time she immerses herself in all things health and nutrition. She loves hiking and hanging out with her husband, two kiddos and the family dog. Jena holds a dual master’s degree in nonprofit management as well as negotiation and conflict resolution.




Dr. Celene Barnes is the newest member of the Education Foundation Board. Raised in Massachusetts, she spent over a decade in California where she completed both her undergrad and graduate degrees. Celene studied at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego and graduated in 2002. Inspired by her work as a peer counselor while an undergraduate student at UC Davis, Celene focused her training and clinical experiences at CSPP in the areas of college mental health and sport psychology. She returned to New England in 2003 to complete her post-doctoral fellowship at Salem State University Counseling and Health Services and then joined the MIT Mental Health Services department as a full-time staff psychologist. Celene opened her private practice in Nashua in 2011 and has equally enjoyed her clinical work and being a small business owner. Celene joins the Education Foundation Board with a passion for advocating for access to mental health care for all New Hampshire residents.


The NHPA Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting education & research in the field of psychology for the benefit of students, organizations, stakeholders, and the NH community at large. 


NHPA Educational Foundation

PO Box 1492

Dover, NH 03821

PHONE: 603-415-0451

EMAIL: nheducationalfoundation@gmail.com

WEBSITE: nheducationalfoundation.org 

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