Our Team

Our dedicated team is working tirelessly to help end homelessness in The Greater Seacoast Area.

Theresa Tozier

Founder and Director of Seeds of Faith Ministries

She began the organization out of her simple desire to “help the homeless.” Since its inception in 2002, Theresa’s dream has grown in ways she never could have imagined, with approximately 100 volunteers working in over 12 community-based programs under her direction and guidance. Theresa’s ongoing vision to help the less fortunate is the heart and soul of the organization. Her passion for opening the Lydia’s House of Hope Transitional Housing is at center of her vision. Theresa lives in Maine with her husband, her three children, and her grand baby. When she isn’t busy directing Seeds of Faith, Inc., Theresa enjoys being at home, cooking lasagna and meatballs, and spending time with her Lord and Savior, and her family.

Teresa Hassay

Event Coordinator

Teresa comes to Lydia's with a long standing career working for non-profits who serve families in crisis. Teresa has a degree in Early Childhood Education, a degree in Youth Services and is certified in NBO from the Brazelton Institute at Harvard Medical School. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, four children, grandson and pets.

Jenny Jones

Program Coordinator

Once a long standing volunteer at Lydia's, Jenny officially joined the team and manages all classes and programming for the residents. She has a degree in Youth Ministries and is involved in her church. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

Maria Benzekri


Maria is our administrator and newest addition to our staff! Originally from sunny Florida, Maria received a BA in linguistics from UF and is a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Senegal as a health extension agent for mothers and their children. Maria has experience in healthcare and social work and her favorite part of her job is grant writing! She lives in Somersworth with her fiance and two cats and her hobbies include swimming and playing the cello.

Marion Margera

House Supervisor

Marion has been at Lydia's House of Hope since the first residents came through the door. Her heart is here. She brings love, compassion, knowledge, and wisdom that is unparalleled and enables her to run day-to-day operations smoothly. Her dedication to our mission and to the women who live here, is palpable. In her spare time, Marion enjoys cooking for her family and friends, being involved in her church, and using her time to help others.

Jessica Lavrentios

Case Manager

Jessica is our lead case manager and comes with a wealth of experience from working in the health field as well as corrections. Her steady presence and guidance is invaluable to the residents at Lydia's as is her commitment to the overall program. Jessica resides with her son and enjoys organizing and crafting in her spare time.

Ashley Murgatroy

Case Manager

Ashley is a previous graduate of Lydia's House of Hope and brings with her a deep understanding of the trials faced by our residents here. Today she is a full time Case Manager here, and by this spring she will have her Bachelor's in Business Administration at SNHU and will be pursuing her Master's degree in Human Services. When she is not at work or school, she loves to spend time with her 11 year old son, crafting, knitting, and is a fabulous cook.