Spotlight

The Art of Juggling
Few people ever learn to juggle better than professional performers, but Bianca Pietro seems to manage it with ineffable ease. As a Special Educator, her days may be challenging, as a mother of two her arms are full, as a performer and Director of Youth Theatre Education she fields a thousand...
The Artful Science of Empathy
How do you seamlessly blend art with science? In the case of Eugenia Opuda, you become a health science librarian with an art history degree and a music background. The connecting thread is a love of research and teaching with the broad perspective gained by a cross-disciplinary study that forms a...
The Awakening
Earning a degree is a respected milestone but the educational value of life experience should never be understated. With a bachelor’s degree from Rivier College in 2000, Chloe Cataldo developed her skills during twenty years of employment before earning a Master’s in Educational Studies in 2020...
Data-Driven Decision Making with Health Data Science
How would you explain your discipline and/or research to those unfamiliar with the subject? I would describe Health Data Science as the intersection of computer programming, statistics, and healthcare domain experience. Data-driven decision-making is a key component of healthcare delivery and...
The Tap on the Shoulder
Completing a BSN in Nursing from Husson College through Eastern Maine Medical Center, Cathleen Colleran also earned a master’s degree in Community Health Nursing from the University of Mass-Dartmouth in 2000, and a DNP from Regis College in 2010. She remembers with great affection her undergraduate...
A Love of Learning
“I could go to school forever, there are so many things I want to know,” declares Clarissa Michalak, Clinical Assistant Professor with the Nursing Department at UNH. Clarissa’s lifelong passion for learning is evidenced by an impressive list of academic accomplishments. In 2007, she earned a...
A Journey of Discovery
Michael Robustelli knows from experience that the path of discovery is not a straight line. During a lucrative career as a commodities trader in NYC, Michael felt something was missing. “My dad tells me that at age seven I wanted to become a doctor,” he remarks with a smile. “I needed to get back...
An Open Heart
Openness is a way of life for Isaac Ndungu, 2020 graduate of the UNH Online post master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. Originally from Kenya, he emigrated to the United States in 1983 to study industrial engineering and later attended the University of Massachusetts for...
The Nuances of Care
Sara Robinson is a Wildcat. She attended UNH as an undergraduate and worked with UNH Health Services, her grandmother served on the UNH Nursing Department faculty, and she met her future husband on campus. Feeling right at home as the new Program Director of the Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental...
New Possibilities
Energy and excitement sparkle like gemstones when Sheila Evans talks about her work. Her career evolved from a front-line oncology nurse to a director role with several hospitals, including the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Sibley, and the Royal...
The Sweet Spot
A glimpse into Rhaea Photopoulos’ workday reveals a purposeful hum into the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center’s Gastrointestinal Oncology Clinic where she has worked for as a Nurse Practitioner the past twelve years. The fast pace is well matched by her long-standing commitment and she...
An Open Heart
“How do we improve health outcomes in a safety net population?” asks Rebecca Sweeney, Associate Chief of Care Management. “Deal me in!” Tough challenges energize Sweeney. Recently promoted from Senior Director of Care Management, she has been with Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) for five years. CHA...