HOPE Foundation Board
Vice President, CSR - Hypertherm
President - HOPE Foundation
CEO - Hypertherm
Brooke Couch Freeland
Managing Director - The Couch Family Foundation
Vice President, CFO - Hypertherm
Lawyer - Sheehan Phinney Bass and Green.
Secretary - HOPE Foundation
Product Marketing Manager - Hypertherm
Centricut Laser Team Leader - Hypertherm Treasurer - HOPE Foundation
John H. Vogel Jr.
Adjunct Professor and Associate Faculty Director for the Allwin Initiative for Corporate Citizenship
"Receiving the Cornerstone Award from NH Businesses for Social Responsibility and Governor Lynch was a tribute to Hypertherm associates. I am so proud to work in a company that values service and philanthropy and demonstrates that value every day."
"To me, HOPE is not merely an acronym. It represents the real hope that is kindled every time one of our Associates use their community service time, or organizations use our funds to support the community. The act of stepping outside the familiar, and engaging with others, rich or poor, stranger or friend, to simply lend a helping hand can be profound for both the volunteer and the beneficiary."
"Serving on the Philanthropy Team gives me an opportunity to be more directly involved in how Hypertherm impacts our communities. It is a chance to get other Associates engaged in community service and raise awareness about issues and needs in the communities in which we live and work. It is a rewarding and challenging experience."
"Being a Vermont Red Cross D.A.T. (Disaster Assessment Team) member and also having been effected by Tropical Storm Irene I have witnessed the power of neighbors helping neighbors, communities helping neighbors, and organizations helping neighbors. It is with great pride that I work for an organization that not only supports but promotes this attitude."
"I feel very fortunate to be part of a company that truly sees the shared value in strengthening the communities in which we live and work. I am motivated by the opportunities to continue to improve the ways in which we make a difference in our communities."
"It's often said in life that we are measured by the marks we leave on others. The Hypertherm Philanthropy Team is an avenue to help others, better our community and give back to those in need. I am honored by the opportunity to serve as one of the voices for all associates, and strive to do what is right by supporting the community we call home."
"Serving on Hypertherm's Philanthropy Team is such a privilege. We get to understand the needs of the community and then partner with nonprofit organizations to address those needs. I am amazed at the enormous amount of time and energy people dedicate to make the Upper Valley a better place for us all."
"I've served on the Boards of a number of non-profit organizations. I've learned how important community support is to these organizations, which is why I'm so gratified to be able to help provide this support through Hypertherm and the HOPE Foundation."
"I have always enjoyed volunteering and I had hoped to work for a company that was deeply engaged in the community. The Philanthropy Team is a rewarding way to invest in Hypertherm's commitment to community engagement and Associate wellness."
"As a member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Team it is my privilege to represent Hypertherm each and every day. Nothing would make me happier than to have every associate at Hypertherm use at least 2 hours of Community Service Time so they will experience that wonderful feeling that you get when you have helped others. That is what makes me smile."
"For most of my life I've felt the call to help others. The HOPE Foundation provides me with an avenue to do so in a sustainable way. It is a blessing to, not only be a member of such an important group, but to work alongside such caring people at Hypertherm and in our communities."
"I like caring for or helping people to make a positive change in their life."
"I was once asked, 'Why do you do all this volunteer work for other people? Why bother?' My answer to that is simple: because I feel that when you are doing well, be it financially, physically, spiritually or otherwise, it is our duty to reach back to help those who are trying to do the same. We didn't get to where we are all by ourselves. Someone, somewhere, reached out to us and helped us in some way, and therefore, entrusted us to do the same for others. When it comes right down to it, I believe that we are here to help each other out as best we can in the time that we have been given in this world."
"Together we are so much stronger. Every time we get to interact in a helpful way and lead by example, learning takes place. Learning that leads to a better place to live for all."
"I serve as a volunteer EMT in a town of 700 people, where I often know the people I am helping and I can see the direct results of my community service efforts. As a Hypertherm associate and a member of the HOPE team, I have the opportunity to reach beyond my local community and help promote community service on a larger scale throughout the Upper Valley."
"I am inspired every day by working with my dedicated fellow Hypertherm associates and with the dynamic and effective non-profits in our region, all of who care about contributing to our community and protecting the environment in meaningful and permanent ways. I believe that together we are making a positive difference for this generation and those who will follow."
"I am honored to work for a company that is so deeply involved in the community. My community involvement excelled when I was in college, and at the time I did not realize that I would have such strong support to stay involved with the community as I entered the workforce. Hypertherm has allowed me to continue working with my community, and has opened a new door to the type of support I can provide the community with through the HOPE Foundation."
"I honestly believe in doing good things for others and I truly appreciate being a part of a company that gives back the way Hypertherm does. I have always said that I would change the world one day and get involved as much as I can. I believe in empowering people and making my contribution to a stronger, more extraordinary world."
"Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer for many organizations including Special Olympics and various youth programs/associations. Being active in the community one lives, works and plays in has always been a mantra of mine. Being part of a company, business, organization that fosters and embraces that philosophy is extremely gratifying."