Who says it takes years to make a difference in your community or rise through the corporate ranks? The Saint Anselm College Alumni Association is excited to announce a new recognition program for young alumni who are involved in impressive and meaningful work across a wide range of disciplines. The 10 Under 10 program proudly celebrates and showcases the successes of Saint Anselm's young alumni who are already shaping the future.
We know many Saint Anselm young alumni are doing exceptional work in business and community service, and we hope to capture more and more of these stories. If you know someone that should be recognized in Saint Anselm's 10 Under 10 program, please fill out the nomination form or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (888) 444-1889. A separate form must be completed for each nomination.
The Office of Alumni Relations and the Alumni Council have announced the recipients of the 2016 10 Under 10 young alumni recognition program. The honorees are alumni who have graduated in past 10 years and were recognized during the Alumni Association Awards Dinner on Friday, September 30 in Davison Hall.
2016 10 Under 10 Recipients:
Sarah Baldiga '05
Co-founder and Executive Director,
Rise Above Foundation
Sarah has a Master's degree in Nonprofit Management from Worcester State College and received her bachelor's degree in Sociology from Saint Anselm College in 2005. She has worked in nonprofit organizations her entire career and is the co-founder and now Executive Director of Rise Above Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides children in foster care with enriching activities and experiences. She played an integral role in growing the foundation from an idea in 2009 to the respected organization it is today which has served over 2,000 children experiencing foster care.
Samuel Dahlberg '15
Counselor, Riverbend Community Mental Health Center
Sam has been working as a counselor with at risk youth and adolescents with severe behavioral, mental and emotional disorders, helping them learn to manage their behaviors and be able to function normally in society. He started working at Pine Haven Boys Center in Allenstown, NH after he graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. He recently advanced to a new full time position at Riverbend Community Mental Health in Concord, NH and continues working part-time at Saint Anselm College in the Behavior Psychology lab. He is currently living in Manchester, NH and engaged to be married next summer at Saint Anselm College to his fiance who he met at Saint Anselm.
Isabela Echeverry '06
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Director,
Cali Chamber of Commerce in Colombia
Isabela earned a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Saint Anselm College in 2006 and has since worked in economic development policies in Latin America through the Ministry of Trade, the Colombian Development Bank and the World Bank, as well as in monitoring and evaluation through Yale's Innovations for Poverty Action. Currently, Isabela leads the city-wide entrepreneurship and innovation strategy for the Cali Chamber of Commerce in Colombia. Along with her team of 40 people, she designs public policies to reduce the gaps for an efficient and dynamic ecosystem including; startup programs, enterprise development/strengthening programs, corporate innovation programs, and early stage financing (seed capital, angel investing, venture capital). In one and a half years they have benefited over 700 companies in terms of transforming their growth & innovation strategies, and aspire to increase that number ten times within the next 3 years. In addition to her work with the Cali Chamber of Commerce, she is an advanced scuba diver, amateur cook and salsa dancer.
Emily (Rowden) Fournier '11
Recycled Shakespeare Company
Emily graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in English. She currently runs a not-for-profit Shakespearean theater troupe in central Maine, that she co-founded in 2013, called Recycled Shakespeare Company. The company performs free to the public and works with the community to bring Shakespeare to all audiences. Emily also educates the community on Shakespearean theater through events such as Shakespeare's Birthday Bash where officials and citizens gather to read all 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets. She is proud to be a role model and is often recognized as an ispiration to many of the children in the cast. When she isn't performing, Emily's free time is devoted to improving her community, in 2015 she clocked over 2,000 volunteer hours serving various organizations such as the Daughters of Isabella, Walk a Mile for Hunger, the Fairfield Historical Society, and the Alfond Youth Center Kids' Kitchen to name a few.
Amanda Hapenny '08
Amanda graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She went on to join Dartmouth Medical School as a psychiatric researcher before entering Vanderbilt University's School of Nursing where she was recognized at graduation as the outstanding student in the psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner program. After earning her Master's of Science in Nursing, she joined the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester where she specialized in treating under-served persons with severe and persistent mental illness. She recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest where she will continue working in community mental health.
Beth (Millian) Hawkins '08
VAD Program Coordinator,
Boston Children's Hospital
Beth graduated with a bachelor's degree in Nursing from Saint Anselm College in 2008. She started her nursing career at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH) by completing a nursing fellowship in the Cardiac CICU before becoming a Heart Transplant Coordinator in 2011. Beth is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston Family Nurse Practitioner Program and became the first Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Program Coordinator in the Heart Center at BCH in 2012. As a nurse practitioner, she provides care for children in advanced heart failure who require mechanical heart pumps to help support their hearts as a bridge to heart transplantation. She is credited with creating BCH's outpatient VAD program allowing patients to be discharged home on mechanical heart pumps with the goal of improving patients' quality of life. Beth has presented her experience developing a VAD Program and her research in the field of pediatric mechanical circulatory support both nationally and internationally. She currently lives in Reading, MA with her husband and son.
Amanda (McGowan) Lacasse '07
Corporate Art Consultant,
McGowan Fine Art
Amanda majored in Sociology and had a minor in Fine Arts and Spanish when she graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2007. She is currently a Corporate Art Consultant with McGowan Fine Art (no relation) in Concord, NH. She interned here during her senior year after becoming familiar with the gallery through her work at the Chapel Art Center. Amanda would say that she has the best job in the world in that she helps clients select the perfect artwork for their space and brand. Because no two clients are alike, finding artwork continues to be a wonderful challenge for each project. Her clients range from hospitals and retirement communities to law firms and banks, and she feels fortunate to work with interesting clients, incredible artists and lovely spaces throughout the New England region.
Jared M. Novinski '08
Dimeo Construction Company
Dimeo Construction Company is a high-end commercial builder with offices in CT, RI, and MA. Jared has spent the majority of his career to date managing various projects at Yale University, some of which include renovations of the Historic Calhoun College, the Historic Yale University Art Gallery, and Yale 43 Hillhouse Avenue. Following the Hillhouse renovation, Jared was selected to help manage another sizable project, Yale Residential Colleges, where he works with renowned architects, master builders, and Yale leadership. In addition, Jared volunteers on a local building committee where he and other like-minded residents ensure the community's historical charm is maintained as new projects draw locals to the town center. Jared earned an MBA in Finance from Fairfield University in 2015 and earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology from Saint Anselm College in 2008. He recently became Lean Certified and looks forward to continuing with Six Sigma preparation. Jared currently lives in Connecticut, where he and his wife Leslie eagerly await the birth of their first child.
Erica Pickard '06
Surgical Trauma ICU Nurse,
San Antonio Military Medical Center
Erica graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2006 with a degree in Nursing. After a six year commitment and deployment to Afghanistan as a critical care nurse, she finished her career on honorable discharge as a Captain in the United States Air Force. Erica is currently working as a surgical trauma ICU nurse at San Antonio Military Medical Center as a contractor for the army. SAMMC is a level one trauma center that serves the community as well as active duty, reservists, veterans and dependents. It is the biggest and busiest Medical Treatment Facility in the military. She lives in Texas with her husband and son, and hopes to move back to New England when her husband finishes his Air Force commitment.
Kate (Giaquinto) Spiner '10
Director of Communications,
New Hampshire State Senate
Kate graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2010 after studying English and Communications. Since, she has held communications positions at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Political Library and Montagne Communications. She is currently the Director of Communications for the 24-member New Hampshire State Senate where she is charged with developing messaging and statements on behalf of Senate members focusing on critical policy issues facing the State of New Hampshire, as well as managing media relations related to the legislative process. Kate is also a member of the Manchester Young Professional Network's Board and lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Trent.