Age 39, Concord resident

Director of Community Relations, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Birthplace: Elizabeth, N.J.

Family: Husband, Michael; daughter, Stella (8); son, Samuel (4)

High school: Manchester High School West

College/post grad degrees: BS Advertising and Marketing Communications, Fashion Institute of Technology

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Know when it’s appropriate to send an email, pick up the phone, or have an in-person conversation. Your colleague, client, or supervisor will respect you for being present. It is often so easy to get caught up in just using email as a main form of communication, but what you start to lose is your ability to have meaningful conversations and build relationships, which are key to helping you grow as a person.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

I have a very vivid memory of my father going through our cupboards at home collecting what pots, pans and dishes he thought he wouldn’t get yelled at for taking by my step-mother. When I asked him what he was doing, he said that a family he had just met had arrived from Colombia, like he did so many years ago, and had nothing. He said it was important that we always help welcome others to our community with open arms and show them compassion and respect. That thought was deeply planted in my mind from a very young age and since then has been a guiding light in how I live my life and support the community I am honored to call home. Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock has provided me the opportunity to hone my passion for supporting others and work with an incredible team to help build a brighter and better community for our future leaders.

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

Listen. Your advice can be given at any time, but cultivating your skill to truly listen and absorb when someone is providing words of wisdom, lessons learned or life experiences should be valued and will support your own internal growth.

What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?

It would be wonderful to assist in developing a more robust mentorship program for our young people to see all the great opportunities our state has to offer. As a leader in the trades, my husband often discusses the need for our younger generation to learn that college isn’t the only option to build your future success. By offering our young people the opportunity to not just hear but also experience all the great work many of us are contributing to, we hopefully inspire them to stay, support and influence our community’s future growth.

Volunteer activities: Penacook Youth Soccer Coach; Hope for NH Recovery event committee member; Granite State Baseball Dinner event committee member.

Last major achievement: Completing the Leadership Greater Manchester Program through the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

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

Register

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


Sponsorship

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 sbaxter@unionleader.com


About

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

Guidelines:

  • 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

SUBMIT A NOMINATION