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Meet Our Staff

The New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association (NHLRA) has a committed staff dedicated to serving the restaurants and lodging establishments throughout New Hampshire. It is our privilege to be able to serve you! Please feel free to reach out to any of our staff members with any questions you may have. 


 Mike Somers, President & CEO

Mike joined the NHLRA team in November of 2008, bringing with him a background in restaurants and the wine and spirits industry. Mike oversees the day-to-day operations of the Association, coordinates legislative efforts with Henry Veilleux, serves on a number of Boards and Commissions, and delivers the long term goals and objectives of the Association as determined by the Board of Directors.

Mike can be reached via e-mail at or telephone at 603-228-9585, ext. 17.

 Diane Symonds, WC Trust Director & Membership Manager

Diane performs marketing and sales for the Association's self-funded workers' compensation program and assists Members with labor-related issues. Her experience includes serving as the Commissioner of Labor for the State of New Hampshire, Assistant Regional Director with the US Department of Labor, and a number of other positions in human resources, workers' compensation, and labor law related functions.

Diane can be reached via e-mail at or telephone at 603-228-9585, ext. 13.

  Lindsay Elitharp, Social Media & Marketing Manager

Lindsay manages the NHLRA social media presence and overall marketing endeavors. Additionally, Lindsay is the lead coordinator for NHLRA's latest member program - NHFlavors and will also be the lead organizer of our annual Restaurant Week NH. With her creative writing style, eye for great photography, and passion for the restaurant and lodging industry, Lindsay is able to bring all of the flavors of New Hampshire together in one place.

Lindsay can be reached via e-mail at or telephone at 603-228-9585 ext. 11.

 Taylor Salvato, Administration & Events Manager

Taylor coordinates annual events such as NHLRA's Annual Golf Tournament and Stars of the Industry Event. Also a certified ServSafe Examination Proctor, Taylor manages the ServSafe program by scheduling seminars and exams. She additionally generates NHLRA's monthly newsletters and emails including The Monthly Marketplace and Legislative Updates. Taylor maintains NHLRA's operations with billing, customer service, website management, and membership updating.

Taylor can be reached via e-mail at or telephone at 603-228-9585 ext. 10.

  Amie Pariseau, Education & Workforce Development
Amie comes to the NHLRA with a background in elementary education and social and corporate event management. Amie’s primary focus is to support the commitment the NHLRA and its educational foundation has to ProStart and HTMP. In addition, she is the liaison for the state’s Sector Partnerships Initiative to identify industry needs and collaborate on opportunities for education and services to help grow a skilled workforce in New Hampshire’s hospitality industry. She is also a Registered ServSafe® Examination Proctor and manages scheduling seminars and exams.


Amie can be reached via email at or telephone at 603-228-9585 ext. 12.

 Aimee Peterson, Membership Sales Coordinator

Aimee’s experience in sales via the liquor and wine industry has given her a head start as the Membership Sales Coordinator. Aimee has made a lot of connections in the Granite State with on premise accounts, especially in the North Country. Her main priorities are to gain new members, maintain existing memberships, and to make sure our members are getting the most out of their memberships. Aimee’s passion for building and maintaining relationships will be a key building block in growing the Association.

Aimee can be reached via email at or telephone at 603-228-9585 ext. 16.





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