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Age 37, Hooksett resident

Deputy General Counsel & Executive Director of Compliance, Catholic Medical Center

Birthplace: Manchester

Family: Husband, Matt; kids, Andrew (5) and Emily (2)

High school: Bishop Guertin, Nashua (Class of 2000)

College/post grad degrees: University of New Hampshire, B.S. in Math & Economics (Class of 2004); New England School of Law, J.D. (Class of 2008)

What is the best career advice you ever received?

My dad has a saying that if you show up, on time, and with a good attitude, you will be ahead of 90 percent of people right out of the gate. My mom taught me to be organized in everything that I do, and both my parents instilled a strong work ethic in me from a young age, emphasizing effort over achievement. They always said that if you try your best, you will be successful no matter what you do, which has proven true for me.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

I’ve been blessed with great opportunities and unwavering support from my husband and family. When you have a lot, I think you have a personal responsibility to pay it forward. I grew up ringing the Salvation Army bell with my family every Christmas, volunteering at Special Olympics events every summer, and learning that there are bigger things in life than me. I want to continue to contribute to my community personally and also raise my kids to recognize the importance of helping others in need and those who are less fortunate than them.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

Be confident in yourself, worry less, and say “yes” to every invitation. Good things will follow.

What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?

I believe that being happy, regardless of where you are, is about the people you are with. Therefore, it is important for New Hampshire to have networks and social opportunities for young professionals to meet new people and make friends.

Volunteer activities: Past member of the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester (2012-18) and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Manchester (2009-12), Interviewer for the St. Paul’s School Advanced Study Program (2009 – present)

Last major achievement: My kids!

Upcoming Event

March 18, 2020 at the Grappone Conference Center, Concord, NH

A reception for the 40 Under Forty Class of 2020 will be held in March. Network with the best and brightest young leaders in our state.

Registration is now open!

Tickets are $45


4:30 - 5:15 pm - VIP Reception

The VIP reception is only open to 2020 class, past recipients and other guests by invitation only

5:15 - 6:00 pm - Cocktail Reception

6:00 - 7:30 pm - Awards Presentation

View the event recap and photos from 2019


Become a sponsor and be a part of one of the most followed events in New Hampshire. Sponsors receive year round recognition from the nomination process through the special section to the event.  There is no better opportunity for your business to be seen by the most influential Granite Staters. For more information contact Stephanie Baxter at 603-206-7833 or


Since its inception in 2002, the New Hampshire Union Leader's annual 40 Under Forty awards have honored more than 720 outstanding Granite Staters making a difference in their communities and professions. Nominations are gathered from across the state and are followed by a reception in March.

Nominations for 2021 will open in April 2020


  • Candidates should have already contributed significantly to their field, their community and/or the state and should have the potential to do much more in future years.
  • Nominees must not turn 40 before February 1, 2021.
  • Nominees must have lived in the state for the past three years.
  • Candidates may nominate themselves.
  • Previous winners are not eligible.
  • Past nominations that were not selected can be submitted with updated information
  • Selections are not final until announced.
  • The number of nominations received for a person has no bearing on the judging process
  • Additional letters or emails of recommendation will not be accepted
  • DEADLINE: All nominations must be received by October 6, 2019