Award Recipients


Congratulations to the Winners!

NASW NH Social Worker of the Year

 Courtney Porter, MSW, M.Ed.

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As a 19 year veteran of the educational system, Courtney Porter MSW, M.Ed. has taught in many settings including  public schools, nonprofits, and in the Head Start/Early Head Start program. For the past seven years, she has served as the School Social Worker, McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison, DCYF Point of Contact for the Claremont School District. As the President of the New Hampshire School Social Workers Association, Ms.Porter advocates for students and families all over the state.  In addition, Ms.Porter serves on the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and is an active member of their Children's Issues Committee. In her hometown of Claremont, Ms. Porter is a member of the Kiwanis Club and The Elks. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her family, and acting in community theater.


Legislator of the Year

Senator Martha Hennessey, MBA, Ph.D.

Senator Martha Hennessey is serving her second term representing Senate District 5. For the 2019-2020 legislative session, she chairs the Judiciary Committee and is a member of the Transportation Committee.

Senator Hennessey was raised in Hanover and returned with her family in 2001, moving into the house she lived in as a child. Before returning to Hanover, she and her husband lived in the Boston area, where Senator Hennessey was a school psychologist, psychotherapist, and a college professor. In New Hampshire, Martha is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who consulted to schools and worked with children, adolescents, and parents in her private practice. As a developmental psychologist, Martha understands the changing needs of growing children and the critical roles of families and schools.

In 2014, Martha was elected to the NH House of Representatives, representing Hanover and Lyme, and two years later she won a seat in the NH State Senate, representing District 5.


 Citizen of the Year 

Tym Rourke, MA

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Tym is Director of New Hampshire Tomorrow with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. New Hampshire Tomorrow is the foundation’s largest philanthropic initiative in its history, focusing on reducing the opportunity gap for children and families in New Hampshire through addressing issues related to early childhood, family and youth supports, substance use disorders and school-to-career pathways. Tym has over 20 years’ experience in the Substance Use Disorders field, and is the former Chair of the New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. Prior to joining the Foundation, Tym was the Executive Director of the Makin It Happen Coalition in Manchester, New Hampshire. Tym is a 2012 recipient of the Terrance Keenan Fellowship for Leaders in Health Philanthropy from Grantmakers in Health, is a co-founder of the national Substance Use Disorders Funders’ Collaborative, and has advised numerous philanthropies, donors and policy-makers on strategies to address addiction. He has a Masters Degree in Intermodal Expressive Art Therapy from Lesley University and lives with his wife Mel and two children in Bedford, NH 

BSW Student of the Year - Plymouth State University 

Morgan Maxner

M Maxner photo637191353710195265Morgan is a non-traditional Plymouth State university BSW student in her senior year.   Morgan is a member of the Eta Omicrom Phi Alpha honor society, the Plymouth State University student representative to the NH chapter of the NASW, active in her local community, and the proud parent of a precocious eight year old. When not volunteering as a local Girl Scout leader, completing her practicum, or chauffeuring her daughter around; Morgan is excited to graduate this May with her fellow BSW classmates. Morgan is super thankful to be selected as the NASW NH student of the year BSSW/PSU!

BSW Student of the Year - University of New Hampshire

Hamida Hussein Hassan 

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Hamida is a senior at University of New Hampshire,= majoring in Women Studies and Social Work with a minor in Spanish and Social Justice Leadership. She loves music and dance and goes to Zumba every week.  Her favorite quote is “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”- Dalai Lama

MSW Student of the Year

Genevieve Martin


Genevieve will be graduating in May 2020 from the University of New Hampshire Master’s of Social Work Manchester Program. She received her Bachelors of Arts from Sate University of New York College at Geneseo in 2014 with a psychology major. Genevieve has been in the field since her graduation, moving to New England in 2015 working with adolescents. In 2016 she began working with families and youth involved with the foster care system in Massachusetts, until her transition into her final MSW placement. In 2019 Genevieve became a member of UNH’s Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society. Genevieve is currently finishing her internship at the Manchester VA Medical Center, working along side the Suicide Prevention Coordinators.