Geisel School of Medicine Board of Overseers

Barbara J. Couch

Barbara has been with Hypertherm, Inc. for 24 years responsible for developing the nationally award winning programs that focus on the development and well-being of Hypertherm's associates, an integral piece of the company's mission statement. Recognized as one of the best places to work in the United States and in NH, the company's awards include being listed #12 on the Fortune Magazine list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the United States and Business NH Magazine's Top 10 Best Companies to Work For in NH. Until March, 2009, she served as Vice President, Human Resources and currently she stewards the company's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives serving as VP, CSR and serving as president of the company's HOPE Foundation. Hypertherm has been recognized nationally and in NH for its CSR programs. Barbara also serves on Hypertherm's Board of Directors.

Barbara currently serves as past chair of New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR); she is on the Board of Trustees at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and she holds an elected position on the NH Governor's Advanced Manufacturing Education Council. She is on several statewide Advisory Boards and locally, is an elder at her church.

Barbara and her husband, Richard, live in Hanover and have three grown daughters. Their latest passion is time spent with their two young granddaughters.