Pam Spear, MBA


Pam is an experienced professional in management. She has 20+ years experience in the medical device industry, including VP of Quality Systems with global responsibilities.

Pam received her BSBA in Business and Sociology from a rural college in NH and an MBA from Northeastern University.

Pam monitors the site and will answer your questions or direct it to the person who can address your comment. Please contact her via e-mail you are also invited to call the BHCC at 603-526-3621. Our fax is 603-526-3453.

Leigh Bears, ARNP-CNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

Leigh is a family nurse practitioner who has experience providing primary care across all age groups but she particularly enjoys working with adolescents and young adults. While she is skilled in all areas of health care her particular interests are in health maintenance including nutrition, fitness, and stress reduction. Leigh lives in New London with her family.

Heather Astle, RN, B.S.N.

Nurse / Wellness Coordinator

Heather is a graduate of UNH. She has over 30 years of nursing experience in Acute Care as well as Primary Care settings. Her most recent years prior to joining the BHCC staff were spent working in a busy Pediatric Primary Care practice, caring for the needs of children, adolescents and young adults, where she continues to maintain a per diem position. This allows her to remain current with the rapidly changing Primary Care medical field. Heather lives in Warner with her family.

Tom Wilkins, MA, LCMHC

Clinical Counselor

Tom is a graduate of Antioch New England College. He approaches Counseling from a holistic perspective looking at students through the lenses of the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Spiritual, Social and Occupational levels. He believes that to change much of what we see happening around us, we have to start by looking inside ourselves and seeing what needs to be changed.

Tom has experience in all facets of College Counseling, presenting for classes and facilitating various groups on campus. He has strong interests working with: self-discovery (bringing meaning to one's life), anxiety issues, spiritual concerns, working with dreams, anger management, assertiveness training, relationship issues, conflict resolution, grief, issues experienced by students of diversity as they become a part of the CSC community, men's issues, depression, substance abuse, and self-injury.

Maggie Raelson, MSSW, LCSW

Clinical Counselor

Maggie joins us in the fall of 2017. She has her Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and BS in Psychology from Trinity College. Maggie relocated to Colby-Sawyer from the High School of Environmental Studies in New York, NY. She has served as primary therapist and mental health provider for adolescents. We are very excited to have Maggie become part of the team.

Bernadette O'Leary Austin

Administrative Coordinator

Bernadette is likely the first person that you will talk with or meet when you come to Baird. Bernadette manages the scheduling, filing, and many other things that assure smooth operations in the health & counseling center. She joined the Baird staff in fall 2018 and quickly adapted to the change from prior retail and financial customer service work. Bernadette is life-long resident of NH and has a BA in English from Simmons College.

Rosalie (Rosie) DiRado

Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Rosie joins us in the Fall of 2018 through fall 2019. Rosie is currently a candidate for a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Plymouth State University. Rosie received her B.S. in Psychology from Plymouth State University in 2015 and has completed her Internships and Pre-Practicum requirements. Rosie competed as a Collegiate Tennis player and is an avid skier and ski instructor at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH. We are excited to add Rosie to our team!

Raynalde Schagen

Associate Mental Health Counselor

Ray joins the Baird staff for the academic year of 2019-2020. Ray is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Antioch University New England and under grad of UNH. She is a great outdoors person and has spent multiple years working at the True North Wilderness Program, Vt. Ray was also an Advanced Resident Assistant while at UNH and has overseen Youth Mentors at Chryalis, LLC in Montana. She has previous clinic experience from Antioch Psychological Services Center in Keene, and we welcome the opportunity for Ray to join us this year.

Sara DeValk

Associate Mental Health Counselor

Sara currently works at Mountain Valley Treatment Center to provide residential therapeutic support. As part of her master’s program at Plymouth State University where she will graduate May 2020, she will join Baird staff this year as an associate mental health counselor several days per week. Sara has a great sense of her surroundings and is eager to work with college students in such an important transitional stage of life.

New London Hospital Practices

New London Hospital is 1 mile from Colby-Sawyer. Baird Health and Counseling Center consults with the medical and psychiatric services of New London Hospital as needed.