Megan Ryder appointed as new WEDCO Board President

At its 29th Annual Meeting earlier this month at the Wright Museum, the Wentworth Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) said goodbye to its Board President and welcomed a new President to the Board. Mary E. Collins stepped down from her position as Board President after six years on the Board and four years as the Board President. The WEDCO staff thanked her for her leadership and dedication to the organization and presented her with a gift from Bayberry Provisions.

Working with small businesses has always been a passion for Collins, as prior to her retirement she was the State Director of the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center. The
SBDC provides management consulting and educational programs to businesses statewide. Her background also included 20 years in the private sector, where she held positions in finance, business development and marketing for New Hampshire manufacturing and engineering firms.

She is looking forward to spending more time with family, as she is an avid gardener, enjoys bridge and travel and spending time on Lake Winnipesaukee.’ Taking over as Board President is former Vice President Megan Ryder of Wolfeboro. Ryder is currently a Commercial Banking Officer at Bank of New Hampshire in the Lakes Region and prior to that, she served as VP Corporate Cash Management Officer for Bank of New Hampshire and a business banking officer serving the northern New Hampshire market for Citizens Financial Group. Her background includes retail, business and investment banking and she resides in Wolfeboro with her husband and daughter.

Other executive committee appointments included Daniel Mills as Past President, Sarah Brownell as Vice President, Daniel Osetek as Treasurer and Gail Patriquin as Secretary and
Laura Colbath was reappointed to another term. WEDCO’s mission continues to be to promote and support businesses and the creation of employment opportunities by providing development assistance and financing. The service area includes the towns of Brookfield, Effingham, Farmington, Milton, Middleton, Moultonborough, New Durham, Sandwich, Tuftonboro, Wakefield and Wolfeboro.

Anyone looking for more information on the services that WEDCO can provide to the community, can visit to find information on grant and loan programs, business advisors, etc. WEDCO’s office is located at 15 Varney Road in Wolfeboro and can be reached at 569-4216 or .