October 06, 2016
Communications and Marketing
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From left, Saint Anselm president Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, Kate Spiner, Beth Hawkins, Emily Fournier, Samuel Dahlberg, Sarah Baldiga, and Michaela Scott.
The accomplishments of Saint Anselm College's more recent alumni are now honored by "10 Under 10," a new program created by the Saint Anselm College Alumni Association.
Recognizing 10 alumni who graduated from the Hilltop less than 10 years ago, "10 Under 10" celebrates Anselmians whose early careers have been especially marked by meaningful professional and service contributions.
"It's inspiring to highlight my peers through the '10 under 10' program, recognizing our young alumni whose accomplishments are especially outstanding," says Michaela (Rocha) Scott '09, president of the Alumni Association. "Less than a decade from their time at Saint Anselm, these men and women are making a marked difference in the workplace and society."
The inaugural alumni honorees of the new program represent diverse majors and occupations including healthcare, politics, fine arts, non-profit, and construction.
Sarah Baldiga '05
M.S., Nonprofit Management, Worcester State College
Baldiga is the co-founder and executive director of the Rise Above Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Massachusetts that provides enriching activities and experiences to children in foster care. Baldiga played an integral role in the growth of the organization from its inception in 2009. Rise Above has fulfilled over 1,000 requests to assist foster children with extracurricular activities, sports, prom, and similar expenses.
Isabela Echeverry '06
B.A., International Affairs
M.I.A., International Affairs, Columbia University
In the country of Colombia, Echeverry is the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Director of the Cali Chamber of Commerce. With her team, Echeverry leads city-wide entrepreneurship and innovation strategy, designing public policies to reduce gaps for an efficient and dynamic ecosystem. Over the past year and a half, the Cali Chamber of Commerce has worked with over 700 companies to transform their growth and innovation strategies. They aspire to help 7,000 companies within the next three years.
Erica Pickard '06
Graduating with a nursing degree from Saint Anselm, Pickard joined the U.S. Air Force and deployed to Afghanistan as a critical care nurse. After a six-year deployment, Captain Pickard now works in Texas as a surgical trauma ICU nurse at San Antonio Military Medical Center, reportedly the largest and busiest medical treatment facility in the U.S. military.
Amanda (McGowan) Lacasse '07
B.A., Sociology, Concentrations in Fine Art and Spanish
Lacasse is a corporate art consultant with McGowan Fine Art in Concord, N.H. She helps companies select complementary artwork for their workspaces and brands. Her clients range from hospitals and retirement communities to law firms and banks. After working in the Chapel Art Center, Lacasse interned at McGowan Fine Art during her senior year.
Amanda Hapenny '08
M.S.N., Nursing, Vanderbilt University
Hapenny is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, now based in the Pacific Northwest but most recently serving the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, N.H., with a specialty of treating patients with severe and persistent mental illness. Following her graduation from Saint Anselm, she worked at Dartmouth Medical School as a psychiatric researcher. Hapenny then acquired her master's degree at Vanderbilt University's School of Nursing, where she was recognized as an outstanding student in the psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner program.
Beth (Millian) Hawkins '08
M.S.N., Nursing, University of Massachusetts Boston
Hawkins is the Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program coordinator at Boston Children's Hospital, a new position in the cardiology program. As a nurse practitioner, Hawkins provides care for children in advanced heart failure who require mechanical heart pumps as a bridge to heart transplantation.
Jared M. Novinski '08
M.B.A., Finance, Fairfield University
Novinski works for Dimeo Construction Company, a high-end commercial builder with offices throughout New England. As part of his work for Yale University in Connecticut, Novinski renovated the president's house at 43 Hillhouse Avenue. He was also selected to help manage other initiatives at the University, working as a Project Manager with renowned architects, master builders, and Yale leadership. In 2016, Novinski became certified in Lean Sigma Six, a means of improving performance by eliminating inefficiencies.
Kate (Giaquinto) Spiner '10
Spiner is the director of communications for the New Hampshire State Senate, where she develops statements on behalf of 24 senators on critical policy issues. Spiner manages media relations, composes web and social media content and develops strategies to disseminate information about the New Hampshire legislative process. Spiner is also a member of the Manchester Young Professional Network's Board of Directors.
Emily (Rowden) Fournier '11
Fournier co-founded Recycled Shakespeare Company, a non-profit Shakespearean theater troupe in central Maine, with her husband Joshua Fournier '10. The company's performances are free to the public, with the goal of bringing Shakespeare's works to all audiences. Fournier devotes her free time to improving her community: in 2015, she recorded over 2,000 volunteer hours.
Samuel Dahlberg '14
Dahlberg provides counseling for at-risk youth and adolescents who have severe behavioral, mental, and emotional disorders, helping them learn to manage their behaviors and function normally in society. Dahlberg began working at Pine Haven Boys Center in Allenstown, N.H. after graduating from Saint Anselm. He has since advanced to a full-time position at Riverbend Community Mental Health in Concord, N.H. and works part-time at the Saint Anselm's behavioral psychology lab.
Story by Jasmine Blais '17