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2006 Alumna Named a "Rising Star"

October 10, 2013

Laurie Morrissey
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7240

Ashley Conley '06Ashley (Fielding) Conley '06, was selected as one of New Hampshire's "Rising Stars" in a recent ceremony attended by Governor Maggie Hassan and 300 members of the state business community.

Conley is the epidemiologist for the city of Nashua, where she guards the health and security of the approximately 87,000 citizens of the state's second-largest city. Her responsibilities include managing outbreak investigations, immunization programs, and other projects related to communicable disease. She also prepares the city for public health emergencies such as weather events, developing and activating emergency response plans. She serves on several national and state public health committees and works in conjunction with state and local agencies.

Conley majored in biology at Saint Anselm and served as captain of the Emergency Medical Technician squad. She received a master's degree in in infectious diseases and microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh.

The annual Rising Star Awards are sponsored by Stay Work Play New Hampshire in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, to recognize New Hampshire's remarkable young professionals and college students, initiatives to keep them here, and the businesses and programs that strive to recruit and retain them. The Young Professional category recognizes outstanding Granite State residents between the ages of 18 and 40 who give back to their communities through professional achievement.

The rising stars were selected from a tremendous number of nominations, according to Kate Luczko, executive director of New Hampshire Stay Work Play.

"New Hampshire's young professionals are engaged, intelligent and dedicated, and we were impressed with the scope of community service, innovation and creativity demonstrated by the nominees," she says.

In supporting Conley's nomination, Christine Adamski, chief of the state's Bureau of Disease Control, said, "Ashley exemplifies a young professional who has demonstrated sound leadership and success in the implementation of public health initiatives."