The Suitcase Project is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation. We currently operate exclusively in the state of New Hampshire, but hope to expand our services throughout New England in the near future.

Megan M. Plaza
Founder

Megan M. Plaza developed the concept for the Suitcase Project when she was only 12 years old. An active participant in talent pageants, Megan’s commitment to her idea grew as she gained a deeper understanding of the importance of community involvement. 

Now in her teens and ready to make a difference, Megan discovered that under New Hampshire statutes, she could not form the charity on her own due to her age. Undeterred, Megan leveraged a network of dedicated adults to help establish her charity. Those adults now form The Suitcase Project’s Board of Directors, on which Megan serves as a non-voting director. Megan’s role on the Board is to provide her vision and help the Board develop strategic direction.

Our Board

The Suitcase Project’s Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers dedicated to helping Megan’s vision come to life for New Hampshire’s foster children.

Jennifer A. Ganem
President

Jennifer A Ganem is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the treatment of ADHD and its related conditions in children, adolescents, and adults. She speaks about ADHD throughout the US and has authored or co-authored several articles. She and her husband, David, are the proud parents of three children – Adrienne, Luc, and Megan. 

Kristen Hildonen
Secretary

Kirsten Hildonen is a project management and digital production professional with extensive experience in academic, nonprofit, and government settings. She has a BA in history from the University of New Hampshire and a MA in Russian and Eastern European history from the Ohio State University. When not working, you can most likely find her in a kayak, on an adventure with her rescue dog Lizzie, or losing at video games to her godsons. 

Patricia Slozak
Director

Patricia Slozak retired from the Londonderry School District in 2021. She was an elementary school teacher (grades 2, 4, and 6) for 40 years in Pelham and Londonderry, NH. Pat and her husband, Walter, are the parents of three grown sons, and proud grandparents of seven grandchildren. While her sons were in high school, Pat volunteered with the Londonderry Lancer Marching Band through their support group, the Friends of Music, and served terms as President and Treasurer. She also was a member of the Old Home Day Committee where she organized the Friday evening activities and was also Co-chair of the Old Home Day Parade.

Michele Auletta
Director

Michele Auletta is a licensed Social Worker, mother of 4, and nonni of 3+. Her family includes two children who joined her clan as foster children and were eventually adopted; one is her son, the other is her granddaughter. She is a passionate advocate for vulnerable children, and regularly volunteers her time to support causes that serve those children. 

Sean P. Fagan
Director