Barbara Couch has been with Hypertherm, Inc. for 25 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 multiple times 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, Ms. Couch 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. Ms. Couch also serves on Hypertherm's Board of Directors. Ms. Couch and her husband, Richard, were the first recipients of the Community Service Leadership Award given by the Hanover Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Couch currently serves as Chair of New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR); and holds an appointed position on the NH Governor's Advanced Manufacturing Education Council. She is on several statewide Advisory Boards and is an elder at her church.
Ms. Couch is a Trustee of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic and Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, and a member of the following committees: Committee on Trustees, Development and Quality and Credentials.