Spotlight

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 as a Nurse Practitioner for 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....
The Hands of a Nurse
“You have a nurse’s hands,” her grandmother told Elizabeth (Liz) Cirelli, trained by a VNA nurse at age ten to administer eye drops after the older woman’s cataract surgery. This first nursing experience sparked a lifetime passion. A high school counselor discouraged this interest, however, stating...
Puzzle Pieces
As Executive Director of Surgical Services at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, Jeannette Bronsord finds her sweet spot at the intersection of academia, research, and nursing. Since YNHH is a Magnet designated teaching hospital affiliated with Yale Medical School and Yale School of Nursing,...
Tackling security
A conversation with Andrew Macpherson, Assistant Professor at UNH, reveals both a razor-sharp focus and an enormous wealth of knowledge in the field of security intelligence. Macpherson attended Mercyhurst College, where he studied intelligence analysis as an undergraduate and then interned as an...
James Glennon ’12, ‘20G became interested in cybersecurity as an undergraduate at UNH, where two courses for his IT minor inspired his career trajectory. After earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration, he began his career at Bottomline Technologies, which provides collaborative...
Pushing the boundaries
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...
A durable peace
Growing up with media images of faraway children carrying machine guns struck a chord with Professor Melinda Negrón-Gonzales, lighting a spark that evolved into a lifelong interest in global studies and human conflict. Initially aspiring to journalism, she switched to anthropology, then eventually...
Reaching Beyond the Mask
Eileen Keefe talks about nursing with a clarity of purpose that has captivated her since girlhood and nurtured a laser focus on the essential values of her career: communication, teamwork, and mentorship. Armed with nursing degrees from Boston College and the University of New Hampshire, in 2020...