Alumni

Keys to Freedom
“Education holds the keys to creating our freedom to choose what we want to do and to give something back to our communities.” With multiple diplomas framed on her wall, 2021 UNH Online graduate of the DNP program Melinda Linane believes in the value of education as the bellwether of a satisfying...
The Welcome
“I love working in higher education. Helping students achieve their goals gives me a wonderful feeling of accomplishment.” New Hampshire native Jacqueline Klatt earned a BS in Psychology with a minor in Theatre from UNH and an online master’s degree in Educational Studies (MEd) from UNH,...
Eyes on the Prize
"After working in urban hospitals for a period of years, I wanted something different so my family packed up and moved to northern New Hampshire in the dead of winter where I began a new job with a rural hospital. We love the area and I have worked hard to advance through the ranks to the level of...
The Bridge Builder
"I feel passionate about being the instrument of change in a family’s struggle to achieve a satisfying and productive outcome. Building bridges for families is the cornerstone of my life and career." Growing up in Hartford, CT, Journee LaFond (they/them) and their sister were familiar with...
Mercy Bashir is grateful for many precious “gifts” in her life. Apart from numerous academic degrees and a thriving career, she has also enjoyed being a teacher, listening to the heartbeat of music, honoring her faith, and exploring the joys of motherhood. Currently an Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner...
The Collective Experience
Raised in New Mexico, Laurel Christensen knows how to handle the heat but the COVID pandemic brought with it unexpected personal and academic challenges. On a broader level, however, it deepened her understanding of the resulting, universal stress and grief that has affected the entire global...
The Education Cycle
"As the first person in my immediate family to earn a college degree, I broke a long-standing generational cycle since none of us had an education beyond high school. I always say, if you want to hear the universe laugh, tell everyone about your plans." Tasha Humphreys grew up in the southern...
Collaboration
"I enjoy the process of discovery. Nothing makes me happier than conversing with others in an  exchange that inspires me to explore what’s on the next hilltop. Each day I ask, 'What can I learn next?' Collaboration makes me happy because it challenges my brain." Benjamin Peck’s career as an...
Picture a moth winging its nightly flight to find the moon and you have captured the soul of Marie O’Neil. Drawing upon this poetic symbol, Marie weaves an image of a night moth to describe life’s trajectory as each of us stops to explore many small points of light on our personal journey. Musings...
Navigating Crossroads
Cesar Toala Veloz has passed many milestones and navigated many changes in his life trajectory. His studies range from architecture to design and communication to education; his career from teaching to translation and back to teaching; his residences from Ecuador and Argentina to the United States...
Returning Home
"As a UNH alumnus, I was drawn to come full circle, back to the University of New Hampshire for my doctoral degree." Born in England, Catherine Loiselle met and married an American serviceman, then emigrated to the United States where she planted strong roots living, working, and raising a family...
The Long Journey
Born in Brazil, Marcelo Castro has logged many miles, from education to career to travel. Although he started his career in the airline industry, Castro’s own health became the catalyst for a lifetime change of focus. A nagging asthma condition that shadowed his life with doctor visits and medical...