Tara C. Chynoweth • 38 • Manchester
January 23. 2018 3:50PM
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Family: Gray, Graham (7) and Lincoln (3)
High school: New Canaan High School, Conn.
College/post grad degrees: Massachusetts Maritime Academy, B.S. Marine Safety Environmental Protection
Why did you choose your profession?
My time growing up in Canada instilled in me a great love of the natural world and inspired me to pursue a career where I could play a role in improving our environment. This passion led me to pursue a degree in marine safety and environmental protection. Armed with this degree, I decided to work for companies that had environmental and safety goals as part of their mission. First in the context of waste-to-energy power plants and now in the context of medical manufacturing, I remain proud that my work helps maintain the quality of our environment and ensures the safety of employees and the community.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
While I receive great gratification from seeing the positive impact of my efforts to give back to the community, setting a positive example for my two boys is my greatest motivation to engage in community activity. Even though they are young (ages 3 and 7), I work to discuss my efforts with both of them. By showing them that we all have something to give — time, talent, treasure — and that everyone has the power to make a positive impact in their community, I hope to make an impact not only today, but also in the future as they are inspired to give back.
What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?
My advice would be to stay flexible and recognize you cannot control all the factors that impact your life and career. Things will not work out as you plan or as you hope. You will be diverted and redirected by challenges, moves and changing perspectives. If you work to see the value and opportunity in every unexpected turn, you will be happier, wiser and more successful more quickly.
What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?
Young professionals are eager to have an impact on their community and the company where they work. The more New Hampshire can do to encourage and embrace ideas popular among young professionals, like supporting alternative transportation (bikes, rail, ride sharing) and the ‘local’ movement (brewing, distilling, dining, shopping), the better it will do at attracting and retaining this demographically and economically important group.
What was your last major achievement?
Finishing Reach the Beach and a Tough Mudder last summer.
Volunteer activities: I serve on the Board of Girls Inc. of New Hampshire (helping girls be Strong, Smart and Bold), the Advisory board for the International Institute of New England (helping to welcome immigrants and refugees in our community), The Chynoweth Family Fund, Impact NH Fund, Manchester Connects, and I participate in my children’s school activities.