Spotlight

Making hard days a little brighter
Patricia (Trish) Cox radiates passion when speaking about her career in social work, painting a clear picture of deep commitment and strong values.  After college Cox accepted a job in the pediatric cancer ward at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Witnessing first-hand ...
Eyes on the Horizon
As a college graduate in India, Phani Kidambi decided to break out of a traditional family-centered role to forge his own path. Emigrating to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at Wright University, he faced a choice of either returning home or mastering ...
Dr. Robert McGrath
Education was not gifted to Dr. Robert McGrath. On the contrary, he earned it by working his way through school, dividing his time between days in the classroom and evenings tending bar. Hard work, however, did not prevent him from graduating with degrees in Health Policy and Management from...
Learn, Earn and Be Healthy
As Director of Community Impact at Granite United Way in Manchester, New Hampshire, Aimee Kereage lives and works by these three words, which represent the mission of the organization. Her dynamic vision is to bring together local businesses and nonprofits and pool their resources to enhance...
Many Gifts
Kelley MacDonald builds her life around a community of family, friends, colleagues, and fellow students. Her well-being is nurtured through contact with people she values, helping a child recover from trauma, shopping with her mother, or walking the beach with a friend. Although her undergraduate...
Citizen of the Globe
A native son of Maine, Samuel Ramus’ career reflects his eclectic personality with a multi-dimensional focus on teaching, marketing, and travel. Ramus’ international inspiration came when he joined a church-based mission trip to Honduras at age 17, to help rebuild a small village church and school...
A Powerful Voice
Finding one’s voice is not always about learning to sing. It is about discovering the inner voice that can identify unexpressed emotions, which in turn allows healing to take place. Nicole Coggins has a talent for helping others find their voice and, in so doing, has found her own. Her positive...
Peeling the Onion
What do karate movies and mental health have in common? In two words: Lisa Brown. If you have an opportunity to meet Lisa, you’ll understand that these two things live comfortably together because her energetic character encompasses a wide outlook, much like her 23-year nursing career. Lisa started...
The Road to Tranquility
Patience and quiet dedication are the earmarks of Jamie Vander Velden’s spirit when she talks about her work. A resident of Wisconsin, Jamie travels long distances, navigating dirt roads and harsh winter weather to visit patients’ in their homes in nearby rural Minnesota. “I do car yoga,” states...
Many Milestones
Her strong sense of purpose shines forth when Michelle Gagne talks about all phases of her life: childhood, education, career, family, goals. Growing up in rural New Hampshire, horseback riding was a touchstone for Michelle. Inspired by these memories, she and her husband have purchased land to...
The Marathoner
If you see a slim, curly-haired guy running laps on the track, it might be Joshua Kellogg, a member of UNH Admissions Office staff.  Armed with headphones, Joshua likes to run six miles during his lunch hour and get “into the zone”. Not satisfied with his lunchtime mileage, he once ran in the...
A Logical Balance
“I like to use logic”, says Vijay Kapuluru. “I enjoy the mental exploration.” Born in India, Vijay emigrated to the United States in 2008. Although he started his working life in mechanical engineering, the explosive growth in IT persuaded him to switch gears and carve out an expanding career in a...