John Hamilton, Vice President of Economic Opportunity, (603) 856-0729
John leads the Community Loan Fund’s Business Finance program, which connects business owners with the loans, investments, and expertise they need to compete in a changing marketplace. He is also the founder and Managing Director of the Community Loan Fund’s Vested for Growth program, which has placed millions in growth capital.
Vested for Growth uses a variety of deal structures, including debt, royalty financing and equity to enable high-growth businesses to accomplish their acquisition or new-product introduction strategies. He particularly enjoys working with manufacturers, as well as local food producers like farms, distributors and restaurants, that contribute to New Hampshire’s food system.
John is a member of Granite State Angels, previously founded the Workforce Opportunity Council and Concord Area Trust for Community Housing, and is a past President of the NH Job Training Council. He was a Baldrige Examiner for the Granite State Quality Award in 2003 and 2002.
Liz Short, Business Finance Director, (603) 856-0771
Liz leads the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund’s Business Finance team. Prior to joining the Community Loan Fund in fall of 2017, Liz spent 12 years in the organic dairy industry in roles spanning project and program management, supply chain strategy, financial analytics, and communications.
Liz received a MBA and MS in natural resources from the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute and a BA in biology from Cornell.
Betsy Segal, Senior Lender, (603) 856-0725
Betsy is responsible for the overall administration and technical support for the Business Finance team.
She has many years of experience in credit administration, commercial lending, and financial management. Prior to joining the Community Loan Fund, Betsy served as Controller for the Jordan Institute and Senior Loan Officer for Capital Regional Development Council.
Chuck Gilboy, Vested for Growth Investor, (603) 856-0743
Chuck joined the Community Loan Fund in 2015 as an Investor with the Vested for Growth program. He works with lower-middle-market companies to structure flexible growth capital solutions that meet their needs. Between 2015 and 2016, Chuck placed over $1 million in deals in the New Hampshire market.
Prior to joining the Community Loan Fund, Chuck served in a variety of government and economic policy positions, most recently as the District Director for Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter until 2014. After leaving the public sector, Chuck returned to school and received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. He also holds a bachelor's in Political Science from Elon University.
Charlene Andersen, Farm Food Lender, (603) 856-0773
Charlene advocates for farmers, fishers, food producers and value chain businesses that focus on strengthening the local food system, by providing financing and technical assistance to these entrepreneurs. Most recently, Charlene held the position of Manager of Business Education at the Community Loan Fund, where she facilitated key skill strengthening opportunities and the right expertise to advance borrowers’ profitability, job creation, and sustainable business development. She participates in numerous action-oriented food system initiatives regionally and statewide, such as NH Food Alliance, Farm to Institution New England and NH Agricultural Financiers.
Charlene’s professional career reflects a variety of positions with a small manufacturer, a global supplier of EMI shielding and thermal interface materials, and her own marketing consulting business. She has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Eastern Nazarene College.
Jeff Cook, Credit Analyst, (603) 856-0707
Jeff’s ability to evaluate a borrower’s creditworthiness is invaluable when it comes to providing businesses with long- and short-term financing.
Previously, Jeff was a credit analyst and underwriter with Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc., where he worked with businesses ranging in size from sole proprietorships to multi-national corporations and managed a portfolio of loan and lease approvals totaling $200 million.
Jeff earned his master’s in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science from West Virginia Wesleyan College.