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How a small act of kindness of providing a place for someone to stay grew into a lifetime of work in peace, justice, and investment in humanity—changing one life at a time.
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“As a freshly arrived foreign student from Russia at Berkshire Community College in 1992, I stayed with a host family, and that year changed the whole path of my life, presenting opportunities I never dreamed possible. The kindness and quiet influence of my host parents, who were active advocates of peace and social justice, transformed lives (beyond just mine), creating a cycle of generosity and investment that still exists today.”
Anna Howard, CPA, CMA, MBA, is a financial professional and educator. During her 20-year career in public accounting and corporate finance, Anna lead employee training in Russia, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, and China. After leaving the corporate world, she worked as a full-time faculty and a director of the graduate accounting program at Nichols College. Currently, she lives in Portsmouth with her family and teaches accounting, leadership and global business courses at Merrimack College, Great Bay Community College and the University of New Hampshire. She is also a Senior Partner of HR ROI, a Portsmouth-based consulting firm. When not at work, Anna’s passions are in volunteering, social justice and activism. She volunteers with the Portsmouth Senior Activity Center and was the lead organizer of Women’s March 2020 in Portsmouth.
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