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Our Story…

We started Swim With A Mission, Inc. because we needed to do something! We are frustrated and concerned that our veterans are being treated so poorly. Our veterans and their families have given so much and for some, made the ultimate sacrifice. Our veterans deserve more. We live in the land of the free and the home of the brave because of the brave. We hope that you will join us on this mission to help and honor our Veterans. 

This organization combines our most fundamental passions; veterans, lake living and swimming. What a joy to be able to bring such a meaningful event to the Lakes Region, to showcase the cleanest lake in the Northeast, to inspire swimmers and volunteers to join us in a an open water swim across Newfound Lake and to be motivated by our U.S. Navy SEALs.    

We are so grateful that our first year was such a great success and are exceedingly appreciative of every swimmer, donor, sponsor, volunteer and participant who helped make this mission victorious! We have an incredible board, advisors and swim committee that are working hard to make year two even better.  Please join us to make a difference! 


Julie and Phil Taub

Co-Founders, Swim With A Mission, Inc


Board of directors

Phil Taub

Co-Founder, Chair, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP

Phil lives in Bedford with his wife Julie, 2 children and 3 English Springer Spaniels.  He is a corporate attorney at Nixon Peabody LLP, where he leads the Firm’s nationally acclaimed Private Equity and Family Office Practice.  He is also an investor and co-founded Primary Bank in Bedford, NH.  Phil also serves as President of the Board of the Granite State Children’s Alliance, which attends to child victims of abuse. Phil is a former member of a number of boards, including, the Derryfield School, the YMCA and Junior Achievement.


Julie Taub

 Co-Founderand Race/ Event Director, Head Administrator (volunteer)

Kelly Ayotte

Director, former US Senator and former NH Attorney General


Joe Graham

Director, President of iHeart Radio NH

Jeanie Forrester

Director, Chair of the NH Republican Committee and former NH State Senator


Mark Prestipino

Director, Hitchcock Management

Andy Crews

 Director, President and CEO of Autofair


Angelo Mazzella

Director, President of Mobile Shop, Swim Committee Liaison


Swim Committee

  • Sean Riley

  • Angelo Mazzella

  • Jim Graham

  • Johanna Lawrence

  • Cheryl Alden

  • Joshua Wright

  • Cheryl Coletti