New hires, new digs: Stay Work Play on the move, expands staff

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MANCHESTER, NH — Stay Work Play (SWP) has formalized its next phase of expansion with additions to their team, setting their sights on a new, centrally-located office space in downtown Manchester.

Beth Soucie
Beth San Soucie

The NH non-profit, which encourages millennials and young professionals to stay in, come to, or “boomerang” back to New Hampshire, has announced the promotion of Beth San Soucie, to Program Manager, and the hiring of Kaitlyn Llewellyn and Ariel Kapteyn, who will join the Stay Work Play staff as the new Development Director and Administrator, respectively. The new team will soon be based out of Stay Work Play’s new location at The Flats at Hanover Commons, currently under construction and slated to open at the end of summer.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time of growth and opportunity for us here at Stay Work Play,” said Kate Luczko, President and Chief Executive Officer. “With the additions to our team and enhancements of some key roles, coupled with our impending move to new office space with an innovative setting, we can continue to realize our mission to promote the state as a great place for young people to live, work and thrive.”

Stay Work Play’s new office space at The Flats at Hanover Commons also features 32-luxury appointed and affordably-priced apartments. They are based on the “micro-unit” or “small house” concept that is currently finding popularity in the world’s largest cities, which often have appeal to millennials, Stay Work Play’s target audience. The development is the first of its kind in New Hampshire.

Niche Boutique, mobile fashion truck.
Niche Boutique, mobile fashion truck.

Beth San Soucie, the new Program Manager, has built a career from her expertise in nonprofit organization management. She is the co-founder of Fusion NH, a young professionals network within the Lakes Region dedicated to the development of the next generation of leaders. San Soucie utilizes her customer service, sales and retail skills to operate Niche Boutique, the Lakes Region’s first mobile fashion truck. She began her work at Stay Work Play in August 2015, as the organization’s Administrator. In her new role, Beth will continue to strengthen Stay Work Play’s presence throughout the state, build relationships with higher education institutions and young professionals and expand programs to fulfill the overall strategy and goals of the organization.

Kaitlyn Llewellyn
Kaitlyn Llewellyn

Kaitlyn Llewellyn, the organization’s new Development Director, graduated from Franklin Pierce University where she studied biology and women’s leadership.  Llewellyn has worked at Elliot Hospital and dedicated her time to volunteering. She has served as the team captain at the American Cancer Society for more than 20 years and previously helped out with events for Church World Service. As Development Director, Llewellyn will put her customer service, communication and marketing skills to work, collaborating with the President and CEO to increase fundraising and strengthen the organization’s financial standing.

Ariel Kapteyn
Ariel Kapteyn

Ariel Kapteyn, who joins the team as Administrator, graduated from Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University before attending Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) to earn an MBA in international business, concentrating on social media marketing, followed by more than two years working as an event and office assistant at the Center for Women’s Business Advancement. Kapteyn is the standing Chairwoman at the West High Blue Knights Foundation, where she leads board meetings, establishes a budget and manages social media. She later returned to her alma mater, SNHU, to work as the program manager for the School of Business. As Administrator, Kapteyn will provide office and administrative help, as well as executive-level support to the SWP team.

Visit stayworkplay.org to learn more or call (603) 860-2245.

About Stay Work Play

Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, www.stayworkplay.org or by contacting President & CEO Kate Luczko, kate@stayworkplay.org or (603) 860-2245.

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