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.
Paul Mailhot, Chair
A fixture in the New Hampshire high tech scene for years, Paul Mailhot has spent the last 5 years as an executive at Dyn. 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. Mailhot continues his focus on leading the Dyn Sales team which is now part of Oracle’s Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit. He is the Past Chair of the NH High Technology Council, a Board Director at AlphaLoft and is also one of the earliest members and supporters of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of New Hampshire.
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, 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.
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 and the Business and Industry Association of NH (BIA).
Bradford Cook, 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.
Scott Filion, Member
Scott Filion was with the Velcro Companies for 21 years and has recently departed. He was the President of Velcro Americas for 7 years and was interim CEO in 2014. Scott had overall responsibility for operations and management of the business in both North America and South America. Prior to this role, Scott was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the US. He also held the position of Director of Innovation and Technology for Velcro Group Corporation where he was responsible for all global product and technology development. In addition, he managed the Personal Care Division for eight years after having been the Research & Development lead for their Product Lines. Previously, Scott assumed many product and technology management roles for the Torrington Company and Textron Automotive, both tier-one automotive component suppliers.
Scott holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of New Hampshire.
Liz Gray, Member
Liz Gray currently serves as the state’s Director of Entrepreneurship and leads the Live Free and Start initiative. Liz draws on her experience in public policy and project management to drive Live Free and Start’s agenda and work to make New Hampshire an even better place for innovation based businesses to start, connect and succeed. Originally from New York, Liz came to the University of New Hampshire for college, fell in love with the Granite State and decided to stay. Liz is drawn to public service and state government. She 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 also serves on the New Hampshire High Technology Council as Chair of the Government Affairs Committee and is a member of the Symphony NH Concord Advisory Committee.
Pam Hall, 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.
William Hill, Member
William Hill is a Retired Program Manager from BAE Systems, with more than 35 years of engineering and program management experience. He has been recognized for his leadership in the “most successful transition to production” on a major Government program. Hill was awarded several bronze Chairmen’s Awards for his teams’ contributions to major program successes. Hill is a double alumna of UNH, earning a Masters in Management of Technology at the Whittemore School of Business at UNH and his undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology at UNH. Hill is a long time active member of his Church where he sings in the Choir and serves as a Trustee.
Heather Lavoie, Member
Heather Lavoie serves as a founder and Chief Strategy Officer for 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.
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, 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.
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.
Frank Wells, Member
Frank Wells is Senior Shareholder and Managing Director of Hoyle Tanner. He serves on the firm’s Board of Directors as Chairman and is a 42 year veteran of the firm. Hoyle Tanner is a professional services organization that provides consulting engineering and planning services throughout New England, central Florida and the Caribbean Islands. Frank is an active member on several community and higher educational boards including current Chairman of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Chairman of the Chamber’s Education & Workforce Development Committee and a long standing member of the Chamber’s Executive Committee. He is the immediate past Chairman of the University of New Hampshire’s Manchester College Advisory Board and a member of the University of New Hampshire Advocacy Council. Frank’s educational background includes civil engineering technology at Northeastern University and technical illustration studies at Massachusetts College of Art.
Gail Wolek, Member
Gail Wolek is Deputy Director of the Division of Parks and Recreation at the N.H. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. She has been with the Department since 2003, serving the Division in various positions until she was appointed Deputy Director in 2006. In this role she has administrative oversight of the Bureaus of Parks Operations, Trails, and Historic Sites as well as programs that include Community Recreation, Retail/Concessions and other enterprise operations, contract management, campground reservations, and supervision of the administrative budget for the Division. Wolek previously served as Executive Assistant to Governor Jeanne Shaheen from 1997 to 2003. In 2009 Governor John Lynch appointed Wolek to a 10-month term as the Executive Director of the Gaming Studies Commission for New Hampshire. Wolek has also served on the Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission (final report published November 2016) and participated in developing a report to the New England Governors’ Conference Commission on Land Conversation, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency titled "Connect People to the Outdoors in New England" published in November 2011. Ms. Wolek is a 1995 graduate of the Political Science program at UNH Manchester and also earned an MBA in Leadership from Franklin Pierce University in 2002.
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