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Alumnae Named to NH Newspaper's 40 Under Forty List

February 10, 2017

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

The New Hampshire Union Leader recently named alumnae Kathleen (Fitzgerald) Davidson '03 and Assistant Professor Ann (Lewis) Fournier '99 of the nursing department to its list of "40 Under Forty," a program that each year recognizes forty New Hampshire citizens for their professional and volunteer accomplishments.

Ann Fournier '99Kathleen Davidson '03
Davidson is a civil litigation attorney at Hage Hodes, PA in Manchester, N.H. where she focuses her practice on personal injury, employment, business, commercial litigation, and family law.

She graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) from the University of Maine School of Law in 2009 following a degree in criminal justice and Spanish from Saint Anselm.

Davidson used her time at Saint Anselm College to serve the greater Manchester community; she interned full-time as a student probation officer and volunteered at the Meelia Center's Kids Cafe, the John H. Sununu Youth Services Center in the Youth Detention Services Unit (YDSU), and New Horizons, an organization that serves the adult homeless.

According to Davidson, one of the greatest problems facing New Hampshire is the "lack of resources for in-patient mental health treatment, particularly for juveniles." In addition to her practice, Davidson is dedicated to these issues as a board member for Manchester Community Health Center (MCHC), serving on the personnel and quality improvement committees to try to improve healthcare quality in Manchester.

Davidson appreciated the career advice she gleaned from Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In, in which Sandberg explains that one of the most important career decisions one can make is his or her choice of a life partner. Davidson explains how grateful she is for her own support system: "My life is exponentially easier because I have a supportive husband who believes in and promotes my career."

Assistant Professor of Nursing Ann Fournier '99Ann Fournier '99
Fournier began her journey in higher education when she graduated from Saint Anselm College with a bachelor's degree in French and Spanish in 1999. Upon graduation, Fournier was called to care for others through nursing, which she still describes as "a sacred calling, a blessed gift, and a humbling way of life."

She received her Ph.D. in nursing from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; she also holds a master's degree in nursing from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, and a master's degree in healthcare administration from New England College. She is a board certified acute care nurse practitioner, a board certified advanced holistic nurse, a certified nurse educator, and a certified childbirth educator. She has served as both faculty and the director of the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration online program at New England College.

On the Hilltop, Fournier currently teaches courses such as "Introduction to Professional Nursing," "Professional Nursing," "Holistic Nursing Practice," and "Understanding Suffering." She serves as a clinical faculty for adult medical surgical nursing, and is a senior preceptorship seminar facilitator. Fournier's research interests include spirituality, gratitude, compassion, and participation in health behaviors, particularly among college-age women. She also studies interdisciplinary course development and recently worked with Professor Elizabeth Fouts, Ph.D., of Saint Anselm College's Modern Language Department, to create a Spanish minor for nursing majors.

Outside of the classroom, Fournier is a busy wife to Kevin Fournier '02, and mom of six (five boys and one girl). She serves as a faculty liaison to the lacrosse team, a volunteer cross country coach, and a faculty representative to the Alumni Council. She also volunteers in the community through her local parish, her children's schools, and her alma mater, as well as with organizations such as Families In Transition, Girls Inc., and Birthright.

"Some of my favorite volunteering has included working with youth to explore college opportunities, working with colleagues to provide health resources to those in need, and collaborating with students to provide resources for community organizations," Fournier says.

Fournier is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the New Hampshire Health Ministries Association.

A reception will be held at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, N.H. on Wednesday March 15, 2017 from 5 to 7:30 p.m to celebrate the "40 Under Forty" honorees.

Story by Jasmine Blais '17

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