FHFHH Board Members

Board Members (from left to right): Leo Arel, Sharon Smith, Jon VanGuilder, Dan Castles, Marty Riordan

Friends of Hyder Family Hospice House

Our Mission

is to continue and support the valuable care for those with life-limiting illnesses as well as the long-standing vision to have in-patient hospice services available at the
Hyder Family Hospice House.

Our Vision

is to assist Hyder Family Hospice House to remain a viable, outstanding facility that offers support and care for the entire family including patients, their families, and Hyder Family Hospice House staff.

Friends of Hyder Family Hospice House was formed in July 2014 after the April 2014 announcement of the closure of Hyder Family Hospice House, 285 County Farm Road, Dover, NH. The founding members had experienced first hand the incredible facility and services at Hyder Family Hospice House and were determined to offer support to help keep this beautiful place available to others. Friends of Hyder Family Hospice made known its support to the Strafford County Commissioners and Delegates and had reached over 850 people on Facebook who were willing to support this in-patient hospice facility. In July 2015, Hyder Family Hospice House re-opened and is in full operation today.

Over the years, we have enhanced the working environment for the hard-working staff and have assisted patients in many various ways. We have used your generous donations to help maintain and beautify the grounds and gardens. We have also purchased and installed bird feeders throughout the property which we keep filled so that the birds come to greet the staff and patients.

Board of Directors

Dawn Castles, Chair

Jon VanGuilder, Vice-Chair

Sharon Smith, Secretary

Leo Arel

Marty Riordan, Treasurer

× Dawn Castles
Dawn began her service work in hospice when she was in high school where she first found her passion for the mission of hospice. She has spent her career in health care serving seniors in nursing home, hospice care and at home. She began her volunteer work with Hyder Family Hospice when a neighbor sent an email out to the neighborhood sharing that that local hospice house was reopening. With the reopening, they needed help cleaning and organizing. Those couple of hours turned into the privilege to serve on the all-volunteer Friends of Hyder Family Hospice Board.
× Leo Arel
Leo became a board member in 2020 when he was recruited by his soup kitchen friends, Jon and Marie VanGuilder. He has been married for 35 years and is the proud father of two girls and Poppy to a granddaughter. His community service includes many years of church and group leadership. He actively mentors young professionals at Pratt & Whitney, where he has worked for 38 years. He hopes to bring humor to the board and kindness to those he serves.
× Marty Riordan
Marty is a familiar face to many residents of Dover, NH from his 28 years behind the counter at Marty’s Friendly Market, almost 20 years as its owner. After the sale of his business in 2000, he started his second career in sales for Tri-City Dodge in Somersworth, NH, retiring in 2017. Volunteering in the community has always been important to Marty, serving as President of the Dover Sports Hall of Fame for many years, assisting in various ministries at the Parish of the Assumption, and volunteering at the Dover Friendly Kitchen. When asked to serve on the Friends of Hyder House Board in 2023, Marty welcomed the opportunity to serve the patients, staff and other volunteers in the hospice community.

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