The UNH Manchester Advisory Board advises Dean Michael Decelle and the college community on matters surrounding UNH Manchester's programs and outreach, working to increase the college’s visibility. Read about the board members for the 2017-2018 academic year below.
Dr. William Brewster, Member
Having joined Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in 2012, Dr. Brewster currently serves as vice president of the New Hampshire market. In this role, he is responsible for the growth and overall success of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in the Granite State. Additionally, Dr. Brewster ensures Harvard Pilgrim is a strong supporter of the local community through a variety of scholarship programs, sponsorships and volunteerism. Previously, Dr. Brewster served as the chief medical officer for Benevera Health, a partnership of Harvard Pilgrim, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Elliot Health System, St. Joseph Hospital and Frisbie Memorial Hospital. He was also Harvard Pilgrim’s medical director for New Hampshire, overseeing the evaluation of medical necessity, appropriateness, and efficiency of health care services for its more than 175,000 members in the state.
Dr. Brewster received his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in 1977 and his MD from George Washington University in 1981. He is a board-certified internist who has practiced in New Hampshire since 1987 and in the Rochester community since 1994. Dr. Brewster currently sees patients on a per-diem basis at Seacoast Redicare, a for-profit subsidiary of Frisbie Hospital that provides occupational medicine and walk-in care in Somersworth. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Citizens Health Initiative, Foundation for Healthy Communities, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC), Business and Industry Association of NH (BIA) and St. Anselm's College's Ethics in Business and Governance advisory board.
Bradford Cook '70, Member
Brad Cook is head of the Sheehan Phinney’s Estate Planning and Probate, Government Relations and Not-for-Profit, Charitable and Religious Institutions Practice Groups. He is a past President of the firm and has practiced with Sheehan Phinney since 1973. A UNH alumnus, Cook has received several awards including Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year Award, Easter Seals New Hampshire’s Eugene M. Van Loan III Leadership Award and UNH Alumni Meritorious Service Award. In 2012 he was the National Easter Seals’ Volunteer of the Year and was named a “Political and Nonprofit Maestro” in Business NH Magazine's 2012 Influencer Index. Cook currently serves as Chair of the Warren B. Rudman Center Campaign and as secretary of the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund, Camp Fatima and Camp Bernadette of the Diocese of Manchester. A graduate of the first class of both Leadership Manchester and Leadership New Hampshire, Cook is a member of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Manchester Steering Committee. Cook is also a member of both the Steering Committee of the New Hampshire Forum on the Future and the Board of Directors of Canterbury Shaker Village; Assistant Secretary of Easter Seals Connecticut; and a member and Chair of the N.H. Ballot Law Commission.
Ron Covey '78, Member
Ron became the eighth Chief Executive Officer of St. Mary’s Bank in the credit union’s 100-year history in December 2008. St. Mary's Bank is the nation’s first credit union, founded in 1908 and headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire. The cooperative credit union now serves over 100,000 consumers and business members and has over $1 billion in assets.
Prior to joining St. Mary’s, Ron was Executive Vice President and Director of the Commercial Banking Division of Ocean Bank (now People’s United). Ron began his career in financial services in 1978, and he has held various positions over the last 40 years.
Ron is past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New Hampshire Institute of Art, past Chairman of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and past Chairman of the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund. Ron currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America, as a Trustee of the Manchester Boys & Girls Club, and on the board of directors for America’s Credit Union Museum Foundation, and the Cooperative Credit Union Association.
Ron is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of the Leadership New Hampshire and Leadership Greater Manchester programs. He received the Daniel Webster Council Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award in 2015.
Ron received a master’s degree in finance from Southern New Hampshire University and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of New Hampshire.
Liz Gray '00, '09G, Member
Liz currently serves as the State Director for the NH Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the leading resource for small business advising, education and technical assistance in the state. Liz is drawn to public service and utilizes her experience in public policy, project management and business development to lead SBDC’s statewide network of business advisors.
Prior to joining the NH SBDC, Liz was the State’s Director of Entrepreneurship and led the Live Free and Start initiative. Liz started her career working for Governor Jeanne Shaheen, followed by time with the New Hampshire State Senate and the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development. During Governor John Lynch’s administration Liz served as his policy advisor for workforce and economic development.
Liz is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire where she received a B.S. in Environmental Conservation and International Affairs and a Master in Public Administration. She serves on the New Hampshire High Tech Council Board as the Chair of the Government Affairs Committee and as a member of the Alpha Loft Board. Liz also currently serves on the UNH Alumni Association Board.
Pam Hall ’82, ‘69G, Member
Pam Hall is CEO and Board Chair of Normandeau Associates, Inc., a nationally recognized, science-based environmental consulting firm founded in 1970 and headquartered in Bedford, NH. Prior to becoming Board Chair in 2015, she was President (and CEO) for 27 years. Pam has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since 2000. She was instrumental in leading the effort to develop Normandeau from a small regional firm with annual sales of $2.5M to a highly regarded, 100% employee-owned firm with sales of $27M and business throughout the United States and internationally. Before becoming President and CEO in 1988, Pam held several other positions in the company including Senior Vice President, Vice President, and Operations Manager. She has over 45 years of experience in business and is a recognized business leader. Pam has served on many non-profit boards including numerous leadership positions. She is currently serving on multiple Boards, including the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Manchester Advisory Board; the Environmental Business Council of New England, where she has been a Director since 1995 and Treasurer since 1997; the NH EPSCoR Statewide Committee; and the Business and Industry Association (BIA) of New Hampshire Executive Board. She serves as Chair Emerita after recently stepping down as Chair from the Volunteer NH Board of Directors, NH’s State Commission for volunteerism, where she served for nine years (4 years as Chair and 4 years as Vice-Chair) after being appointed by two subsequent NH Governors.
Jennifer Higgins '95, '05G, Member
Jennifer Higgins Pitre has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of fundraising. She is currently the Vice President of Philanthropy at Catholic Medical Center, a nonprofit acute-care hospital and regional health system, serving more than 180,000 patients each year, based in Manchester, New
As Vice President of Philanthropy at Granite United Way, New Hampshire’s largest United Way, Jennifer oversaw fundraising for an $8.5 million annual campaign and also led the major giving and gift planning programs.
Jennifer also served as Senior Associate Director of Major Gifts at the University of New Hampshire Foundation in Durham and in her spare time, worked as an Instructor at the University of New Hampshire, where she earned her BA in Communication and her MBA from UNH’s School of Business and Economics.
Jennifer served two terms on the UNH Alumni Association Board of Directors and she currently serves as a Legislative Liaison for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.
Michael F. Jurnak, Member
A former volunteer fire-fighter, Mike is the Principal-in-Charge of BerryDunn's Manchester Office, focusing exclusively on commercial companies, including manufacturing and high-technology businesses, an area he specialized in while working with PWC in Boston. Mike provides financial reporting, merger and acquisition structuring, internal controls and systems development, and strategic planning services for clients throughout New England.
Prior to joining BerryDunn, Mike managed the auditing and accounting practice of the Manchester, NH office of a local accounting firm. This was preceded by five years as Director of Finance for a public company with global reach that specialized in renewable energy and high technology.
Mike is on the board of NH Business for Social Responsibility, Business and Industry Association (BIA), and the New England Chapter of the ESOP Association. He has also been involved with various nonprofits in the community including the Bedford Youth Lacrosse Association and Granite United Way.
Matthew J. Kfoury '89, Member
Matt Kfoury was previously president and CEO of Central Paper Products Co. Inc., a family-owned business for nearly 70 years. In 2017, Matt negotiated a deal with Imperial Dade which is now the parent company. Imperial Dade, a company with more than $1 billion in annual revenues, acquired Central Paper, which distributes paper, plastic, janitorial and office products in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine. Matt Currently serves as COO of Imperial Dade NE Division
Matt has been involved with various community organizations throughout the years including the UNH Alumni Association, chairman of Granite United Way’s 2016 Annual Campaign, Trustee of Neighborworks Southern NH, and Board Member of Catholic Medical Center, Manchester Chamber of Commerce, The Moore Center and the Manchester Historic Association.
Matt earned his BA in English at the University of New Hampshire.
Heather Lavoie, Member
Heather Lavoie serves as a founder and president of Geneia, a health care technology, analytics and clinical services organization. In addition to leading Strategy, Heather has accountability for Marketing, Human Resources and Client Relations functions.
During her 30+ year tenure in healthcare, Heather has led start-ups, health plans and provider organizations, directing initiatives on strategy, transparency, diversification, product innovation, operations and analytics. Previous to Geneia, Heather co-founded and served as Vice President of Product Development, Delivery and Engineering for Choicelinx Corporation, through its successful exit to CIGNA Health Care. During her tenure, she co-authored an adverse selection actuarial model with Milliman USA. Heather sits on the Board of Granite United Way and the advisory Board of PCG Public Partnerships, LLP.
Paul Mailhot, Chair
Paul Mailhot is the Vice President of Sales at Global Rescue in Lebanon, NH. Paul holds a BS and MS in Education. Prior to joining Global Rescue, Paul was part of the Dyn leadership team where he was responsible for Business Operations and later, Americas Sales. Dyn was acquired by Oracle in 2017. Prior to that he spent 19 years in various leadership positions at Autodesk, Inc., including Sales, Sales Management, Academic Programs, Learning & Training and Business Development. Paul also serves on the New Hampshire Tech Alliance Board of Directors and is also one of the earliest members and supporters of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of New Hampshire.
Stephanie McLaughlin, Member
Bringing a background in journalism to marketing, Stephanie McLaughlin merges creativity with clarity for results that are functional and, more importantly, relevant to the ever-changing business world. Principal at Savoir Faire Marketing/Communications, McLaughlin is a versatile communications practitioner with more than 15 years of professional experience in both media and public relations. McLaughlin is a founding member of the Manchester Young Professionals Network, a social and business networking organization for younger professionals in the Manchester area; a member of Manchester's Heritage Commission; a member of the Capital Center for the Arts Ghostlight Committee; and works on the Manchester St. Patrick's Parade committee.
Selma Naccach-Hoff '72, Member
Selma Naccach-Hoff is Chair of the English Department at Manchester High School Central, where she has also taught for more than 35 years. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNH, and having earned a graduate degree from Boston College, with distinction, she was part of the UNH Manchester STEM Discovery Lab Work Group. On the state level, she has served as a board member of the New Hampshire Humanities Council and is a founding member of Reaching Higher New Hampshire. Active in many community boards, she is also the past chair of the Elliot Health System Board of Directors and the VNA of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire Board of Trustees, in addition to the Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation Board.
Heather Ramsey, Vice Chair
Heather Ramsey, a partner with Sojourn Partners, is a Certified Professional Coach through the International Coach Federation (ICF). She received her B.S. in Business Management at Northeastern University and her Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University. She utilizes her broad international business experience integrating multiple cultures and focusing on leadership development, team building, communication skills, and conflict resolution. Throughout her career, Ramsey has cultivated and worked with professionals in the U.S., Egypt, Switzerland, the U.K., Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Germany and Australia. Some of her consulting and coaching clients have included Nike, Embassy of Denmark in Cairo, Microsoft as well as nonprofits, law firms, international manufacturing, healthcare, software, retail and small businesses.
Virginia Theo-Steelman '62, Secretary
Virginia Theo-Steelman is a practicing psychologist and a life-long resident of Manchester. Devoted to higher education, she also serves as a board member on UNH Alumni Association. Theo-Steelman is a double alumna of UNH and has served the UNH Community in several capacities. She was a Trustee of the University System of New Hampshire and she has been on the Dean’s Leadership Council of the UNH College of Health and Human Services. She has also been a Trustee of the Manchester City Library and of Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum.
Bolgen Vargas, Member
Dr. Bolgen Vargas is a life-long educator who has dedicated his career to helping students achieve and succeed to their fullest potential. Dr. Vargas believes in setting high expectations for District staff members, students and families, then providing them the support they need to succeed. He also believes that no District can do it alone and has initiated groundbreaking, innovative partnerships with colleges and universities, businesses, and community organizations to address the diverse needs of students and staff. In October 2016, Dr. Vargas was appointed as the Superintendent of Schools for the Manchester School District. Manchester is New Hampshire’s largest and most diverse city. Dr. Vargas oversees 22 schools, educating approximately 14,000 students in preschool through twelfth grade.
Jaye Gibson Duffy ’71
Bill Hill '81
Gail Wolek '95
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