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Our 15th year of picking 40 achievers

As the 40 Under Forty program celebrates its 15th year, members of the 2016 class bring the total of Granite Staters honored up to 600 since the program began in 2002. In addition to being the 15th anniversary class, 2016 might be remembered as the year of the 39-year-olds — the current age of 13 of the honorees. In fact, more than half of the group is age 36 and older. The class includes 23 men and 17 women, and in their opinions, the biggest problem in New Hampshire right now is the opioid drug epidemic. More

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March 16 Reception!

Join the New Hampshire Union Leader, Citizens Bank and the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire as we honor this year’s 40 Under Forty class.

When: March 16, 2016 – 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Grappone Conference Center – Concord, NH

Tickets: Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased online by clicking the button below or you can arrange for tickets by calling 603.206.7834 or emailing ewhalen@unionleader.com.

Class of 2016

Kris Mailepors: 'Better leaders produce better results'

Kris Mailepors: 'Better leaders produce better results'

MANCHESTER — Creative, motivating, tireless, and “contagiously enthusiastic” are a couple of words used to describe Kris Mailepors.

Neil Nicholson: 'He's never lost sight of the importance of helping others'

Neil Nicholson: 'He's never lost sight of the importance of helping others'

AUBURN — 'Helping people is in my bones,' says attorney Neil Nicholson, a former police detective with a passion for the legal system, community service, his faith — and hockey.

John Vaccarezza: 'Mr. Vacc' has settled in with Central Pride

John Vaccarezza: 'Mr. Vacc' has settled in with Central Pride

John Vaccarezza spent 15 years at Derry's Pinkerton Academy, the largest high school in the state, as a teacher and assistant principal. Then 1 1/2 years ago, he took the principal job at Manchester...

Michael Dimos: A big booster for Manchester

Michael Dimos: A big booster for Manchester

MANCHESTER — One might say Michael Dimos is a Manchester cheerleader. He grew up here, is a Manchester High School Central graduate, and other than a temporary relocation to the University of...

Brent Kiley: A leader's job is to listen

Brent Kiley: A leader's job is to listen

BEDFORD — Managing director and private wealth adviser for Rise Private Wealth Management, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc, Brent Kiley said the most...

Amy Manzelli: Busy mom is an attorney focused on the environment

Amy Manzelli: Busy mom is an attorney focused on the environment

PEMBROKE — Concord environmental attorney Amy Manzelli has the distinct honor of being the first person to take the LSAT in the remote South Pacific island-nation of Vanuatu. While serving as...

Charles Lloyd: Finding success in giving back

Charles Lloyd: Finding success in giving back

BOW — As Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at NHTI, Concord's Community College, Charles Lloyd said he feels it is his responsibility to give back in as many ways as possible. He said...

Subash Acharya: Bhutan native helps refugees become self-sufficient

Subash Acharya: Bhutan native helps refugees become self-sufficient

CONCORD — Born in Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan country in-between China and India, Subash Acharya has come to consider Manchester his home. His journey to the Granite State, however, was anything...

Cam Brensinger: Building a foundation for the future

Cam Brensinger: Building a foundation for the future

STRATHAM — Innovation is at the top of Cam Brensinger's list of priorities, as his company, NEMO Equipment, Inc., looks to market and design the highest quality products for outdoor adventure.

Christine DeAngelis: Focused on Rochester children, economics

Christine DeAngelis: Focused on Rochester children, economics

ROCHESTER — Seacoast native Christine DeAngelis loves living in Rochester, and gets great enjoyment from serving the community.

Joshua Bourdon: Derry councilor sees potential in everybody

Joshua Bourdon: Derry councilor sees potential in everybody

DERRY — Striving to find his career direction, Joshua Bourdon said he reached a point in his life when he knew he had to take a different course.

Deo Mwano: Giving back has been a healing process

Deo Mwano: Giving back has been a healing process

MANCHESTER — Deo Mwano arrived in the United States fatherless because of political violence in his native Congo.

Anthony Correnti: Eye doc sees constant challenges

Anthony Correnti: Eye doc sees constant challenges

BEDFORD — Recently, one of Anthony Correnti's patients who works in construction asked him, “Don't you ever get bored about being in the same room in the same office?”

Jennifer Creasey: Franklin native gives back to her city

Jennifer Creasey: Franklin native gives back to her city

FRANKLIN — Jennifer Creasey was born in Franklin, considered by some as one of the poorer cities in the state. She grew up in Franklin, and now works in Franklin as the event supervisor for the...

Peter Laufenberg: Helping students along the career path

Peter Laufenberg: Helping students along the career path

CAMPTON — Peter Laufenberg of Campton, the manager of field experience at Plymouth State University, says he enjoys his work helping his students gain important career, business and life...

Maria Noel Groves: Herbalist spreads the word on wellness

Maria Noel Groves: Herbalist spreads the word on wellness

ALLENSTOWN — Whether it's as an author, a journalist or clinician, Maria Noel Groves wants to help people get better and find balance, naturally.

Allison Joseph: MY TURN executive helps at-risk youth

Allison Joseph: MY TURN executive helps at-risk youth

MANCHESTER — Allison Joseph of Manchester has been selected as a 40 Under Forty honoree by the New Hampshire Union Leader for 2016 for her role as executive director of MY TURN Inc., which...

Jason Bergeron: His family embraces 'live for today'

Jason Bergeron: His family embraces 'live for today'

BEDFORD — For Jason Bergeron, vice president of sales and marketing at GourmetGiftBaskets.com, his business challenge is unique.

Michael Browning: His goal is creating game changers

Michael Browning: His goal is creating game changers

CONCORD — For New Hampshire native Michael Browning, founder and creative director of Pine & Bars Co., there is nothing more gratifying than...

 Suraj Budathoki: New U.S. citizen advocates for human rights

Suraj Budathoki: New U.S. citizen advocates for human rights

MANCHESTER — After living 24 years as a refugee from Bhutan in nearby Nepal, Suraj Budathoki realized a dream in 2014 and became an American citizen.

 Kat Antonioli: Nonprofit co-founder believes it's better to give than to receive

Kat Antonioli: Nonprofit co-founder believes it's better to give than to receive

DOVER — Kat Antonioli is the co-founder of Strangers Helping Strangers, a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 that raises food donations for people in need across New Hampshire, New England...

Jackie Christensen: onCampus creator 'cuts through the noise'

Jackie Christensen: onCampus creator 'cuts through the noise'

NEW LONDON — In the fast-paced world of software development, every day brings on new challenges, which is exactly what Jackie Christensen loves about her job as senior product manager at...

Jennifer A. Vadney: Opening doors to new homes

Jennifer A. Vadney: Opening doors to new homes

FRANCESTOWN — There is no such thing as a typical day for Neighborhood Development Manager Jennifer A. Vadney.

Jessica Chabot: P.R. pro volunteers to help veterans

Jessica Chabot: P.R. pro volunteers to help veterans

MANCHESTER — Jessica Chabot is a highly driven, motivated professional who in eight short years has become a vice president at Millennium Integrated Marketing, a public relations agency located...

Jason B. Grosky: Prosecutor's commitment to civic life is a juggling act

Jason B. Grosky: Prosecutor's commitment to civic life is a juggling act

ATKINSON — At 39, Jason B. Grosky has already had his hands in so many different facets of New Hampshire's civic life that it can be dizzying to keep up.

 Dr. Adrian Thomas: Surgeon's evenings filled with family

Dr. Adrian Thomas: Surgeon's evenings filled with family

BEDFORD — For Dr. Adrian Thomas, bringing up his three children and setting an example for them is the most important goal he can achieve in life.

Kendra Bell: Proud to be from the North Country

Kendra Bell: Proud to be from the North Country

STARK — Kendra Bell is proud to say she's from the North Country, adding that she delights in the region's natural beauty and its people and — when she travels out of the area to attend...

Tara Albert: Key to her success caring for the environment is loving the job

Tara Albert: Key to her success caring for the environment is loving the job

SANBORNTON — If there is a key to Tara Albert's success as green yards coordinator at the Department of Environmental Services, it is that she loves her job, which she hopes her son can...

Joseph Manzoli Jr.: The power of a superhero

Joseph Manzoli Jr.: The power of a superhero

HUDSON — The YMCA is in Joseph Manzoli Jr.'s blood. At 10, he started attending a YMCA summer camp in Richmond. Shortly after college, Manzoli was back, as the program director for the...

Jason Beaudet: Transforming design into reality

Jason Beaudet: Transforming design into reality

GOFFSTOWN — Selected as 2015 N.H. Young Engineer of the Year and now a member of this year's 40 Under Forty class, Jason Beaudet cited surprise as his initial reaction when hearing about both...

Jennifer Malone: Vet goes the extra mile to provide creature comforts

Jennifer Malone: Vet goes the extra mile to provide creature comforts

NEW HAMPTON — Jennifer Malone of New Hampton, an associate veterinarian at the Northern Lakes Veterinary Hospital in Ashland, loves helping animals and has made it her life's work.

Martha Frechette: Working with dogs 'just makes your day'

Martha Frechette: Working with dogs 'just makes your day'

MANCHESTER — Martha Frechette is one of those Granite Staters whose quiet, unheralded efforts make this state a better place to live.

Shaloo Savla: A drive to be part of the solution

Shaloo Savla: A drive to be part of the solution

MANCHESTER — Shaloo Savla of Manchester has been selected as a 40 Under Forty honoree by the New Hampshire Union Leader for 2016 for his work as a research analyst at Fidelity Investments in...

Maria Proulx: A strong work ethic pays off

Maria Proulx: A strong work ethic pays off

Maria Proulx learned the importance of having a strong work ethic at a young age.

 Katherine Peters: Commitment to energy efficiency, public service drives career

Katherine Peters: Commitment to energy efficiency, public service drives career

BOW — Though Katherine “Kate” Peters’, professional experiences have varied, her commitments are constant: Energy, the environment and helping people save both.

Kevin Smith: Leading Londonderry forward

Kevin Smith: Leading Londonderry forward

LITCHFIELD — Former politician and gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith is now focusing his efforts on making Londonderry one of the best communities in the state.

Meredith Stidham: Committed to social justice

Meredith Stidham: Committed to social justice

NEW MARKET — Meredith Stidham describes her parents as powerful examples of service to community.

Dave Tencza: Protecting NH's most vulnerable

Dave Tencza: Protecting NH's most vulnerable

NASHUA — Dave Tencza has been selected as a Forty Under 40 honoree by the New Hampshire Union Leader for 2016 because of his commitment to seeking justice and successfully prosecuting felony...

Gina Powers: State House lobbyist thrives on volunteer work

Gina Powers: State House lobbyist thrives on volunteer work

MANCHESTER — Gina Powers needs to remind herself every now and then that she's busy enough.

Fr. Kyle Stanton: Young priest a pastor to two flocks

Fr. Kyle Stanton: Young priest a pastor to two flocks

BERLIN — His ATV-riding technique still needs work, but in many more important ways — including his community's response to the opioid epidemic — Fr. Kyle Stanton is a proven leader...

Class of 2017 Nominations

Please summarize below the nominee's professional and volunteer accomplishments, and other special factors that you feel make them deserving of this recognition. Please include complete contact information for nominee.

For more information on the 40 Under 40 program, contact Shannon K. Sullivan, Community Relations Manager, 603-206-7833 or ssullivan@unionleader.com.

Guidelines

Class of 2015


  1. Derek Barka: Bettering the lives of Litchfield's youth
  2. Kamal Basnet: Long journey: From Nepal to NH
  3. Audra Burns: Delivering and living the message of healthy living
  4. Carey Cahoon: Acting, directing, designing — Theatre KAPOW co-founder does it all
  5. Ryan Clouthier: Summertime job turned into career of helping people save money
  6. Fred Coolbroth Jr.: Like many lawyers, RYP attorney enjoys the challenge of solving problems
  7. Becca Copeland: A rewarding 'Year of Giving'
  8. Tate Curti: He caught the 'bug' for success in health care
  9. Matt Davis: A calling to serve patients who can't advocate for themselves
  10. Julie Demers: An expert at volunteering her time
  11. Edward Doyle: Music helps his students find their voice and moments of inspiration
  12. Steven Dutton: Coming back and giving back to New Hampshire has been the goal
  13. Justin Finn: Driven to volunteer and give back
  14. Simon George: A doctor and a friend to families throughout the life of their pets
  15. Kate Giaquinto: Understand what's happening in NH, and stay in NH
  16. Rich Grogan: Discovering NH's ingenuity
  17. Jill Sullivan Grueter: 'Pawsitive' help for animals
  18. Angela Hanscom: on a mission to get children on the move
  19. Jaime Hoebeke: Disease prevention, health care are important
  20. Adam Johnston: Family man always 'moving forward'
  21. Periklis Karoutas: Storytelling is 'part art, part science'
  22. Christopher Knapp: The right job in the right place means he 'couldn't be happier'
  23. Josh Lanzetta: Ski champion ready for law practice
  24. Ryan Leach: Happy to be back in Manchester
  25. Monica Leap: Architect of a thriving arts community
  26. Erik Lesniak: An important goal is to steer youth down the right path
  27. Jackie Martone: Love of a tidy home led to starting a thriving business
  28. Dan McKenna: He advocates for those faced with life-changing trauma
  29. Laura Mielke: Showing students the way to higher education
  30. Dan Mitchell: Working in education runs in the family, including the in-laws
  31. Grant Morris: Louisiana native found 'New Sky' here in New Hampshire
  32. Ben Morse: His parties have purpose
  33. Jeff Plante: Balancing work/family/sports is key
  34. Emily Porschitz: Keene's trendsetting advocate
  35. Alex Puglisi: Coffee shop early bird and night owl
  36. Keith Raho: Finding potential means saying 'yes'
  37. Paul Shea: Nurturer by nature helped create Gate City Community Gardens
  38. Rob Smalley: Clients and family alike inspire drive to be the best he can be
  39. Dan Weeks: Democracy where everyone has an equal voice
  40. Christopher Weiss:: Driven (before birth) toward success