About New Hope
Founded in 1993, New Hope for Children, a registered DBA of New Hope Christian Services, Inc., is a licensed non-profit adoption agency existing to provide HOPE to children by finding their forever families with the highest of ethical standards. We are committed to building the strongest of families by providing emotional support and guidance throughout the entire adoption process, including post-adoption. We are excited to welcome you to participate in our many adoptive family events as well as to become a lifelong part of our community.
New Hope for Children has brought 1000+ children home to their forever families and our staff is comprised of professionals who have adopted both internationally as well as domestically. We cannot wait to share our expertise with you.
Meet Executive Director, Alisa Karwowski, LADC-1
Alisa was appointed as Chief Executive Director of New Hope for Children in June, 2013 after having served as the President of the Board of Directors and as the Russian Representative for the agency for six years. Alisa holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology. She holds a private practice license in counseling, #1804. She is the Director of Guidance and Dean of Academics at a private high school on the seacoast of New Hampshire where she has worked with college preparatory students for the past eighteen years. Alisa facilitates social services and adoption related counseling for both birth families as well as adoptive families. She also is the Director of the Orphanage Fund, Keeping the Promise. Alisa is the author of, A Guide to Russian Adoption: Professional Counseling and Personal Insights and is the adoptive mother of two boys from St. Petersburg, Russia and a daughter born domestically. She has made appearances on the TODAY Show, MSNBC, The Joy Behar Show and NECN to discuss sensitive issues surrounding international adoption.
Directors & Board Members
Timothy Karwowski, CFO, Director of Domestic Adoptions
Tim Karwowski, CFO, has been closely connected to New Hope for Children since 2002 when he adopted his first of three children through the agency. Tim assumed the role of CFO and Director of Domestic Programs in 2014. He was instrumental in the agency working toward Hague accreditation both through his dedicated work and financial support. Prior to his work at New Hope, Tim worked in the employment industry for nineteen years, leaving his position as manager to pursue his passion, creating programs for US couples to adopt children internationally as well as domestically. Tim holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management from Plymouth State University. He and his wife, Alisa have created programs in Ghana and Nicaragua and are looking forward to future partnerships in other parts of the world.
Neil Binette - Director of Social Services
Neil Binette is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Hague approved adoption counselor. Professionally, his interests include: working with individuals seeking support for anxiety and depression, helping adolescents thrive on their way to adulthood, and to assist couples interested in improving interpersonal connection. His experience working at a therapeutic boarding school and wilderness therapy program have given him a wide range of experience working with youth and families. In addition, he has spent time working in faith-based ministries as director of a men’s sober living house, mental health services manager at a pregnancy help center, advisor to the board of directors at a local soup kitchen and food pantry and a youth leader at his church.
Through a holistic, collaborative, and strength-based approach, Neil helps families use their strengths to find purpose and meaning in order to best identify ways of overcoming obstacles. He has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies from the University of New Hampshire, a Master of Arts in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University New England.
In his personal life, he is married with two step-children and an adopted son from Ethiopia. He enjoys surfing, hiking, and traveling. Neil has competed in 5 marathons, 5 half-marathons, 3 triathlons and numerous 5k and 10k road races. He is a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has taught and coached swimming for over 20 years.
Allyson Schaaf, President of Board
“I am on the board of New Hope because I believe in the power of adoption. My family would not exist without the beautiful act of adoption and I want to help other families experience that same joy.”
Allyson and her husband Mike are the proud parents of two fabulous adopted children. She is very involved with international adoptions and was the recipient of a congressional award for her work involving the abandoned children of Romania.Professionally, Allyson has been with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for the past 24 years. She is a graduate of The Catholic University of America.
Caroline Blonski, Treasurer
Caroline grew up in Ireland and earned her degree in Business and Finance from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. She worked as an accountant in London and Toronto before finally coming to settle and work in the United States. Eager to embrace American culture and learn, Caroline worked as a Financial Analyst for a Fortune 200 company in Connecticut while continuing to earn another Bachelor’s degree at Trinity College in Hartford; this time in Creative Writing to balance out her skillset. She relocated to New Hampshire's seacoast area (Brentwood) in 2006 along with her husband and three children. While focusing on raising her children she wrote for newspapers and magazines and craved out a role in the wellness industry and focused her published writing on health and disease prevention. She is an advocate for the underprivileged. Her heart lies with victims overseas, particularly in impoverished and war-torn nations, who have no hope of aid, and most particularly, with children there.
Toni Lynch, Secretary
Toni Lynch has been a board member for New Hope since 2016. Toni holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Psychology as well as in Elementary Education from Roger Williams University. She also has a Master’s degree in Special Education. Toni has worked in Special Education for 15 years, specifically working with students with emotional disabilities, behavior disorders and mental illness. Throughout her career, she has worked as a behavior consult in the Providence Public schools, a teacher at 2 out of district placements and created behavior programs in two public . She is currently the behavior case manager for a program in a local elementary school. She is also attending UNH to attain special education administrative certification. Toni lives in Dover with her husband of 10 years and 2 children ages 7 and 4. She also has turned her passion for photography into a small side business, LifeBeLovelyPhotography.
Catherine Anne Berube, Board Member
Catherine A. Berube, Esquire is an attorney who was in private practice for over 18 years. Much of her practice included family law. Catherine currently serves as the Register of Deeds in Strafford County. She also teaches family law courses as an Adjunct Professor at UNH. Catherine is a founding member of the law firm, Bruton and Berube, PLLC with her husband F.X. Bruton.
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of New Hope for Children, she serves on the Advisory Board of St. Mary’s Academy. She is an active parishioner at St. Ignatius Parish.
Catherine was also a founding member of My Friend’s Place Homeless Shelter and served on the Board of Malley Farm Boys’ Home.
Catherine has a strong love for children and wants all children to have a loving and secure home. She and her husband have three children.
Sheri Flaherty, Board Member
Sheri is a therapist for Serenity at Summit, an inpatient detox and recovery facility in Haverhill, Ma. She is a 1999 graduate of University of NH, where she attained a Masters in Social Work, and a 1995 graduate of University of Southern Maine. With a Grant writing certification, Sheri has used her skills to assist New Hope for Children with grant funding. As a 20 plus year resident of Durham, NH, she provides a wealth of networking resources to the board. Sheri is the mother of 3, and values her time with her family.
Lon Siel, Board Member
Lon has been on the Board of New Hope since its inception. Lon is counsel for a New Hampshire state agency and a former chair of the Labor and Employment section of the New Hampshire Bar Association. He is chair of his church's security team. Lon and his family reside in Hopkinton. His older daughter is currently pursuing a master's degree in nonfiction writing. His younger daughter is an LNA and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing. Lon thanks his sweet wife Patti for her continued support.