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BJ Perry and Scott Brown, during the annual New Hampshire Union Leader 40 under Forty awards held at the Grappone Center, in Concord on Wednesday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)  

Class of 2014

40 people you want to meet

Young and bright and making their way in life, our honorees in the 13th class of 40 Under Forty that we unveil today are also taking on many other responsibilities that are making New Hampshire a better place to live.

Joanne Riker

Helping students of all abilities instills pride in Joanne Riker

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Using the appeal and fellowship of sports, a special education teacher at Spaulding High School created a new program which brings students together and instills a sense of pride all around.

Martin LeGay

Keeping guests smiling has become a calling for Martin LeGay

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In the demanding field of hospitality and hotel management, it takes a patient individual to keep customers and guests smiling.

Carmen Lorentz

Carmen Lorentz is moving from one dream job to another

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Carmen Lorentz has been working to bring new levels of economic development to the Lakes Region, her home, in her role as executive director of Belknap County Economic Development Council.

J.P. Harris

J.P. Harris uses his off time from law career to give back to many others

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At work, James P. Harris helps businesses protect their data and their rights. At home, he loves to be with his wife and son. And in his free time, Harris gives back to those who helped him find...

John Stewart

Man of action John Stewart believes in importance of helping others

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John Stewart, owner of Bedford Martial Arts Academy, requires his students to do community service so they learn the importance of helping others. But Stewart is not all talk; he's a man of...

Shannon Sullivan

Shannon Sullivan gets to experience honors from the other side

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As community relations manager for the New Hampshire Union Leader, Shannon Sullivan often is involved in honoring those who make a difference in their communities and state. This time, Sullivan is on...

Attorney Steven Venezia: The idea is to come away with a solution

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In fifth grade, Steven Venezia sat down and wrote himself a letter to be opened when he was in high school. In the letter, Venezia told his older self that he wanted to be a lawyer, and it's seems...

Joe Sweeney

At 20, Joseph Sweeney is helping get things back on track in Concord

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When most college sophomores get out of class, they might head out with friends or go to an after-school job. For Salem's Joseph Sweeney, you are just as likely to find him heading to the State House...

Kyle York

DYN's Kyle York lives life with honesty, passion and persistence

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Kyle York's motivation to succeed is to make a lasting impression on his community, his profession and the people in his life.

Chris Wellington

Chris Wellington wants young people to see state's opportunities

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One of the greatest challenges facing the Granite State, public policy experts say, is getting its younger, educated residents to stick around and set down roots. In his professional and personal...

Jennifer Beaudet

Jennifer Beaudet is helping others through their ordeals

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Jennifer Turco Beaudet always had an interest in becoming a lawyer, and although she studied psychology, linguistics and American Sign Language, she found her way into the courtroom.

Dr. Ahad Fazelat

Ahad Fazelat works to make sure blindness is not an option for vets

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Dr. Ahad Fazelat wants veterans to know that he is vested in their lives so they can receive treatment for chronic eye diseases locally and at a reasonable cost.

Lisa Hatz

A positive attitude has served Lisa Hatz well in her position

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Lisa Hatz traces her career choice to her baby-sitting days, watching young children with significant disabilities.

Journey Ewell

Journey Ewell’s love for 4-legged friends includes the underdogs

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Animal advocate Journey Ewell knew something had to be done when the city became overrun with stray cats and pit bulls about five years ago.

Antonio Feliciano

22 years later, Antonio Feliciano proud to be member of this club

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Antonio Feliciano was a 13-year-old boy looking for a place to play basketball after school when he found the Boys and Girls Club of Manchester and joined the team. The rest is history, says...

Stephen Dunker

Stephen Dunker believes athletics can be a positive driving force

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Stephen Dunker's three sons, Evan, 7, Beau, 5, and Nathan, 2, keep him on the move, but he wouldn't have it any other way.

Gordon Ehret

Giving back is at the very top of Gordon Ehret's must-do list

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Volunteerism appears to be at the core of Gordon Ehret's belief system.

Stephen Dohoney

Managing pain is Stephen Dohoney's calling, along with helping others

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Whether it is helping people manage pain or helping those less fortunate, Dr. Stephen Dohoney has been described as an exemplary citizen, selfless volunteer and role model. 


Evan Czyzowski

Evan Czyzowski has put off sleep until later in life

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Evan Czyzowski jokes about his busy schedule. “I've put off sleep until later in my life,” he said.

Sheridan Brown

Passion for wildlife a big part of Sheridan Brown's law practice

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Passionate protector of native wildlife, Sheridan Brown, 39, grew up in Dover where he gained an appreciation for nature.


Gene Brown

Special Olympians, Central High, have a part of Gene Brown's heart

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Manchester's Gene Brown, 29, created an Internet business, coached special needs children, help organize a fundraising golf tournament for his leukemia-stricken brother and was the driving force...

Master Sgt. Mark D. Bohac

Mark Bohac's monthly commitment turned into a great job

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When Massachusetts native Mark Bohac joined the New Hampshire Air National Guard to help pay for college, little did he know that the once-a-month commitment would turn into a career.

Julie Chrissis

Julie Chrissis hasn't forgotten those along the way

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While Julie Chrissis' sense of style and decor has won awards, her drive to enhance goes beyond the scenes she creates in an elegantly adorned room or home.

Jennifer Lynn Altieri

Jennifer Altieri: You can do anything you believe you can

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Jennifer Lynn Altieri got some seemingly simple advice years ago, but she said she has found it to be true.

Alison Bankowski

Alison Bankowski: Banker with a major interest in art

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Alison Bankowski, a banking professional by trade, has a hardcore passion for the arts that is helping to enhance the culture of the Gate City and beyond.

Trent Spiner

Trent Spiner is a storyteller who wants to know everything

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Trent Spiner, the assignment editor and Web producer for New Hampshire's largest television news operation, is responsbile for orchestrating the late-night news broadcasts and updating the station...

Mike Skelton

PSNH's Mike Skelton is spreading the good word about NH

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Mike Skelton believes New Hampshire is a great place for young people to build their careers and start a family, and he's dedicated countless hours to spreading the word among his peers.


B.J. Perry

B.J. Perry cites effective time management as a key attribute

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B.J. Perry is a living example of the old adage, “If you want something done, ask a busy person.”

Jay Poulin

If you like what you see in North Country, Jay Poulin may have been part of that

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The 16-employee North Country engineering firm Jay Poulin heads must always be ready to take on varied projects.

Chris Pappas

Chris Pappas has learned politics, family business from ground up

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From an early age, District 4 Executive Councilor Chris Pappas was drawn to public service, volunteering for political campaigns and as part of the family business.

Sgt. Nathan Noyes

Carrying on a family tradition, Sgt. Nathan Noyes aims high on the job

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Sgt. Nathan Noyes always knew what he wanted to be when he grew up, and now that he has achieved that goal, he just wants to be a little bit better at his job every day.

Nazzy

He goes by just one name, but Nazzy the DJ inspires in a big way

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Nazzy once camped out atop a scissor lift for five days and four nights to raise nearly $35,000 for children with cancer. It's one of the WJYY morning drive host's proudest moments.

Katie Orlando

Katie Orlando is inspired by the youth and mentors she matches

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Of all the problems plaguing our world, Katie Orlando has put misguided youth at the top of her list.

Mary Ellen Morse

Intellectual property keeps Mary Ellen Morse captivated

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Mary Ellen Morse, 38, has never strayed too far from her hometown of Manchester, and she has no intentions of leaving anytime soon.

Maureen McDonald

Maureen McDonald concentrates on 'highly preventable problems'

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Despite a successful career in broadcast journalism, Maureen McDonald said she has no regrets leaving her TV producer job behind and becoming the director of community relations for the New Hampshire...

Jeff Moore

Helping others find a voice is what Jeff Moore does through his work

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Jeff Moore's passion for music has escalated into a full-grown commitment to helping youth find their voice and achieve their musical dreams.

Elizabeth E. D. McCormack

Elizabeth McCormack loves it in this 'family-centric' state

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New Hampshire transplant Elizabeth E. D. McCormack, 33, says she loves her adopted state and strives to be a part of what makes the Granite State so great.

Chris Lockwood

Chris Lockwood likes to stick close to his beloved Granite State

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Laconia native Chris Lockwood left the state to attend college in Virginia, but he only lasted one semester. He was too far away from his beloved New Hampshire.

Benjamin Kelley

Benjamin Kelley has found his niche in commercial real estate

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Benjamin Kelley got his jump-start on a promising career in commercial real estate by working full time for Brady Sullivan Properties while at the same time completing his last three years as a...

Douglas Glennon

Douglas Glennon likes helping others take the next step

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While his “ultimate passion” is to help small businesses stay competitive, Douglas Glennon feels giving his time to those who help others makes a larger impact on the community.

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