Monadnock Development Services is pleased to welcome Donald Hayes of Keene as the newest member of its Board of Directors. MDS is the area agency providing supports and services to people with developmental disabilities in the southwestern corner of New Hampshire.

Hayes is the most recent addition to the MDS Board. Recently retired from Keene State College as the Director of Community Services, Hayes brings a wealth of experience in multiple areas. He has served on numerous boards including the Cheshire Housing Trust and Monadnock Habitat for Humanity, for both of which he served as President. His other board work includes the Brattleboro Area Habitat for Humanity, and Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeast Vermont. He is an active volunteer at the United Church of Christ in Keene and the Keene Community Kitchen. He also leads yearly ten-day Global Village trips with Habitat for Humanity to Latin America with two dozen people from around the country building houses in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. This February he will be leading his fourteenth trip. Hayes lives in Keene with his wife Mary, a retired elementary school teacher and has four grown children and eight grandchildren.

In addition to welcoming Hayes at its annual meeting in November 2010, the Board reelected James Craiglow to serve as President, James Schofield as Vice-President, Michael Forrest as Treasurer and Manfredo Torelli as Secretary. Other MDS Board members who will continue to serve in 2011 are Suzanne Butcher, Jeff Cohen, Paul Kohler, Terry Manahan, Judith Reed and Sand Seligman.