NH Research and Industry Council Bios


Communications Director, University System of New Hampshire

Lisa Thorne is communications director for the University System of New Hampshire and serves as a representative for Chancellor Todd Leach. Prior to joining the University System, Thorne was Verizon’s vice president of legislative, regulatory and community affairs for New England. Prior roles at Verizon included national director of grassroots and public policy, in Washington, D.C., and vice president of regulatory and municipal affairs in NH. She is a graduate of Leadership NH and graduated from St. Michael’s College with a BS in business/biology. She serves on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester.



State Representa​tive, NH House of Representatives; Chair, Science, Technology, and Energy Committee

Bob Backus represents Hillsborough – District 19 in the New Hampshire State House, where he also serves as Chair of the House Science, Technology, and Energy Committee. He attended Harvard University Law School in Boston, MA and is a retired attorney with Harvard Law. Bob also serves on the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Board, the Electric Utility Restructuring Legislative Oversight Committee, the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Board, and the Committee to Study Transmission, Distribution, Generation, and Other Costs in the State's Electricity System and is a member of the Manchester Conservation Commission. In addition, Bob is host of “The Progress Report”, a weekly program on Manchester Public Television.

Patty Lovejoy

State Representative, NH House of Representatives

Patty Lovejoy is a fourth-term New Hampshire State Representative representing the towns of Stratham, Exeter, Newfields and Newmarket. She currently serves on the House Finance Committee. She has a long history of public service, including twelve years on the school board, four years on Stratham’s Financial Advisory Committee, and serving as a Great Bay E-Learning Charter School trustee and on various non-profit boards. Her background is in accounting and finance; she has worked as a CPA with the international firm of KPMG Peat Marwick and was a banking executive for many years.

Dave Pease

Program Manager, NH PTAC, NH Department of Business & Economic Affairs

After an extensive career in the environmental sciences, including over a decade as a successful entrepreneur and business manager, Dave Pease turned to small business assistance in 1996 and has worked to help New Hampshire businesses succeed ever since. He worked as a Business Counselor with the NH Small Business Development Center from 2001 to 2008, and has been in state government as Program Manager of the NH Government Contracting Assistance Center (formerly NH-PTAP) since 2008. Dave serves as a member of the board of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, the Department of Defense Northeast Regional Council for Small Business Advocacy and Education, and represents the Department of Resources and Economic Development on the EPSCoR Statewide Committee. He holds a BA in Marine Biology and a MS in Resource Administration and Management from the University of New Hampshire.



President, Manchester Community College

Dr. Brian Bicknell is president of Manchester Community College. Previously, he served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at MCC from 2016 to 2019, and interim president until 2020. As MCC’s vice president, he provided leadership in development of market-driven academic programs focusing on student learning and success.

Bicknell joined MCC following a six-year tenure at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) in Boston, where he most recently served as Dean of Academic Affairs. From 2004 to 2011, Brian was the Dean of Students at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. Prior to his position at Montserrat, he was Director of Housing and Residence Life at The Boston Conservatory and began his career at Fitchburg State College directing student activities.

Dr. Bicknell attained his doctorate in Higher Education from The University of Massachusetts Boston, presenting his dissertation on “How Community College Presidents Frame the Purpose of Higher Education.” He received his Master of Mental Health Counseling from Fitchburg State College and his bachelor’s from Fairmont State College. As a college administrator for more than 15 years, Brian also relishes his role in the classroom and has served as adjunct faculty at Endicott College, Northeastern University and BFIT.


President, Rivier University

Sister Paula Marie Buley is President of Rivier University in Nashua, NH. A member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Immaculata, PA, Sister Paula brings to Rivier more than twenty-five years of experience in higher education administration. Formerly Executive Vice President of Administration at Seton Hall University, she has served in senior roles at Anna Maria College, Mount St. Mary University and Immaculata University. She holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A.L.S. in Catholic Studies from Georgetown University, and an M.B.A. from Villanova University. She currently serves as a director for Catholic Charities of New Hampshire and St. Joseph Hospital. She is also a member of the executive committee for both the New Hampshire Higher Education Commission and the New Hampshire College and University Council. Her professional service has included extensive experience in the development and implementation of comprehensive master plans and programs which support teaching and learning excellence, and her research interests include issues of organizational governance and leadership in higher education.

Kevin Carroll

Vice Chair; Adjunct Professor, UNH LawGrossman, Tucker, Perreault, & Pfleger, PLLC

Kevin Carroll is a partner at Grossman, Tucker, Perreault & Pfleger, PLLC in Manchester, NH and specializes in intellectual property law. Kevin’s practice focuses on patent prosecution, patent opinions, and IP counseling, and his clients range from start-ups to publicly-traded companies. He works in various technologies including optical communications, optics, lasers and laser processing, consumer products, and medical devices. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and completed his law degree at Franklin Pierce Law Center (now UNH School of Law). Prior to law school, Kevin worked as a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has been an adjunct professor at UNH Law for over 18 years and previously served as the Acting Director of the Patent Practice and Procedure Program. He currently teaches U.S. Patent Law and IP Management at UNH Law. He has also served on the Advisory Council for the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, the board of the ABI Innovation Hub, and the Entrepreneur Forum Selection Committee of the NH High Tech Council. He was selected as the top IP attorney in New Hampshire by Business NH Magazine in 2010.


Vice Provost for Research, Dartmouth College

Dean Madden is a Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology in the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He also serves as PI and Director of the COBRE Institute for Biomolecular Targeting and the Dartmouth Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Research Center. His research interests include ion-channel conformational flexibility, trafficking, and localization. In the context of CF, Dean’s lab focuses on the molecular interactions that regulate the half-life and overall abundance of functional CFTR. The group then uses biochemical and structural approaches to develop patented and patent-pending inhibitors of endogenous and bacterial protein targets. Dean received his A.B. in Physics (1985) and his Ph.D. in Biophysics (1992) from Harvard. During a post-doctoral fellowship, and then as an independent group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, Germany, he directed his interests towards ion channels and their molecular structures and interactions. He joined the Dartmouth faculty in 2002.

Chuck Zercher

Dean, UNH College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Chuck Zercher serves as dean of the University of New Hampshire College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. He earned a BA in Chemistry at Messiah College in Grantham, PA. His graduate education initiated with studies in Medicinal Chemistry at the State University of New York at Buffalo leading to an MS degree in 1985. He received a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Notre Dame 1989 where he studied under the direction of Marvin Miller. Following post-doctoral studies in the laboratory of Paul Wender at Stanford University, Chuck joined the faculty at the University of New Hampshire. He was awarded the University of New Hampshire's Outstanding Assistant Professor Award in 1996 and was promoted to Professor in 2003. His teaching interests include synthetic methods and strategies, organic spectroscopy, and introductory organic chemistry.

Business & Industry


Director of Business Development, Clean Energy New Hampshire

Michael Behrmann is the Director of Business Development for Clean Energy New Hampshire (CENH) where he supports and advocates for the expansion of the clean tech industry in the state. He is also a co-founder and partner of Revolution Energy, LLC, where he continues to investigate and develop innovative energy projects throughout the region. He currently sits on a number of boards including the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy (EESE) Board at the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, the Dover Energy Commission, and as a board member for Rett's Roost. Michael graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BS in Environmental Conservation and from Vermont Law School with a Masters in Environmental Law.


Founding President & Chief Executive Officer (ret.), Moore Nanotechnology Systems, LLC (Nanotech® )

Len Chaloux was the Founding President & Chief Executive Officer of Moore Nanotechnology Systems, LLC (Nanotech®) from its inception in October 1997 until his retirement in 2018.  Located in Swanzey, NH, Nanotech is a global leader in the development, design, and manufacture of advanced machine tools and processes for the production of complex optical components used in today’s state-of-the-art consumer electronics, defense, aerospace, medical, lighting, and automotive sectors.  With annual revenues exceeding US$40M, and nearly 100 employees, the Company has remained one of New Hampshire’s top 100 private companies since 2010, and was also named NH Company of the Year in 2008.   In 2017 he received the NH Business Excellence Award for small group manufacturing, and in 2018 was a New England semifinalist in Ernst & Young’s nationwide competition for Entrepreneur of the Year.  In 2019 Len was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Keene State College for his contributions in the field of precision manufacturing systems and processes, as well as his leadership, business acumen, technical expertise, and dedication to workforce development.

Cindy Conde

Independent Consultant, CondeCo; Co-Chair, BioMed|Tech Cluster, NH Tech Alliance 

Cindy Conde is currently an independent consultant focused on helping companies build highly effective teams/leaders, develop effective strategic plans and execution roadmaps, build a robust competency around Project & Program Management. She also works with many technical organizations on organization & operating model design and implementation in the digital era. Her 30-year professional career spans across the consumer products, retail, medical device, biotech/pharma, information technology, and consulting industry sectors. Prior to her current role, Cindy spent 20 years at Sanofi and Genzyme, and was CIO for Sanofi Genzyme, CIO for Sanofi North America, VP of Information Technology for Genzyme Genetics, and Director of Operations for Genzyme’s Diagnostics Products Division, as well as a four-year sabbatical consulting on Program & Project Management and Building Highly Effective Teams. Prior to Genzyme, Cindy was the Director of Manufacturing Operations at CR Bard Cardiovascular Division, was co-founder Hawkeye Software Systems, a start-up software development company, and held various engineering positions for both CR Bard and Polaroid Corporation earlier in her professional career. Cindy also currently serves as Co-Chair for the BioMed|Tech cluster of the NH Tech Alliance and is a member of UMass Lowell’s Industrial Advisory Board for the Francis College of Engineering. Cindy earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering and was inducted into the Francis Academy of Distinguished Engineers in 2017.


President, Prospect Hill Strategies

David Cuzzi is an accomplished public affairs consultant and lobbyist. His unique, extensive background in government and public relations, and business development, provides organizations with a demonstrated ability to assess and shape their business environment to protect their interests and grow their bottom line. Mr. Cuzzi launched Prospect Hill Strategies in 2012. Today, he brings over two decades of experience to benefit some of New Hampshire’s largest and smallest companies. The results achieved in both New Hampshire and Washington, DC for a diverse client roster demonstrate the Firm’s ability to provide full service public affairs and government relations solutions to organizations with varying needs across a range of industries. David previously worked for BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems sector and its legacy businesses in Nashua, NH, in the roles of Manager, Business Development and Director, Government Relations. Prior to joining BAE Systems, David served as a top aide to then-U.S. Senator John E. Sununu (R-NH) on Capitol Hill. Mr. Cuzzi also served in New Hampshire and Washington, DC as an aide for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, handling a wide portfolio of issues, including all committee work for a member of the Appropriations Committee. His other career assignments include posts with Podesta Associates in Washington, DC, Putnam Investments in Andover, MA, Bob Dole’s 1996 New Hampshire Presidential Primary campaign, and the National Restaurant Association in Washington, DC. Mr. Cuzzi is active in business and civic organizations. He is honored to serve on the following Boards of Directors: Elliot Health System, McAuliffe-Sheppard Discovery Center, NH Scholars, NH Research and Industry Council, Rivier University President’s Circle, and the New Hampshire Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Council. David is Chair of the New Hampshire State Society’s annual Educational Opportunity Fund golf tournament and was an appointed member of the of the NH Telecommunications Planning and Development Advisory Committee, and Board Vice-Chair of the Manchester Community Health Center.

Liz Gray

State Director, NH Small Business Development Center

Liz Gray joined the NH Small Business Development Center as State Director in July 2018. Prior to this, she served as director of entrepreneurship at the NH Business Finance Authority. She established Live Free and Start, an initiative to make New Hampshire an even better place for innovative companies to be able to start, grow, and succeed. She held the position of economic development business services manager at the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, and has extensive experience within the New Hampshire political community. Additionally, she worked for more than ten years in various capacities in the offices of governors Shaheen, Lynch, and Hassan, and as a legislative aide in the NH State Senate. Gray serves on the UNH Manchester Advisory Board, and on the boards of directors of the UNH Alumni Association, the Alpha Loft, and the NH High Tech Council, where she is the council’s chair of the Government Affairs Committee. She earned her master’s in public administration from UNH, as well as her bachelor of science, cum laude, with dual majors in environmental conservation and international affairs.

Pam Hall

CEO, Normandeau Associates, Inc.

Pam Hall is CEO of Normandeau Associates, Inc., a nationally recognized, science-based, employee-owned environmental consulting firm headquartered in Bedford, NH, and employing over 230 people. Prior to becoming CEO, Pam was president of the company for 27 years. Pam is also on Normandeau’s Board of Directors, and was elected Chair in 2015. She currently serves on several non-profit boards including Volunteer NH (Chair), the Environmental Business Council of New England (Treasurer), and the Business and Industry Association of NH. Past boards include the NH Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, the Seacoast Science Center, and the NH Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership. In addition, Pam served on the Land and Community Heritage Commission and was also an Incorporator for the NH Charitable Foundation for several years and a member of advisory committees that helped establish the Great Bay and Wells National Estuarine Research Reserves. Pam has a BA in zoology from the University of Connecticut, an MS in zoology from the University of New Hampshire (plus additional Doctoral work), a BS (summa cum laude) in Business Administration from UNH, and considerable graduate coursework in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University.


Vice President of Operations, Lyophilization Services of New England

With more than seventeen years of experience at Lyophilization Services of New England (LSNE), Aimee has direct responsibility for the operations, validation, facilities and project management group across numerous contract manufacturing facilities. She brings together knowledge of industry practices, regulations, quality and customer service to ensure the successful execution of all pharmaceutical and medical devices projects. She holds a number of patents for medical devices and received a B.S. in Biology from the University of New Hampshire.


Chief Scientist, Advanced Solutions Life Sciences

James (Jay) Hoying, Ph.D. FAHA is Partner and Chief Scientist of Advanced Solutions Life Sciences (ASLS), a company pioneering solutions in vascularized tissue fabrication and biomanufacturing. Prior to joining ASLS, Dr. Hoying was the Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Therapeutics at the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute (CII) and Professor in the Department Physiology at the University of Louisville. He has over 25 years of experience in basic and applied biological sciences research with a focus in tissue biology, tissue vascularization, and cell therapeutics. He received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Biology and Molecular Biology from Case Western Reserve University and his PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology, with an emphasis on the microcirculation, from the University of Arizona. Following this, Dr. Hoying served as a New Investigator in the National Institutes of Health Program of Excellence in Molecular Biology of the Heart and Lung (POEMB) in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Cincinnati. He currently serves on the Editorial staff of two national scientific journals and reviews for several other national and international journals. Dr. Hoying reviews individual and program grant proposals for the National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Affairs, the American Heart Association, and international funding agencies. In addition to his numerous published works, Dr. Hoying holds patents related to vascularizing tissues and related cell-based therapies; technologies that have been translated to companies. Dr. Hoying was one of the first to publish in the area of vascularized tissue model fabrication. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association.


Chief Strategy Officer, Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute

Alexander Titus is the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) at the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) where he is part of the leadership team working to advance the U.S. regenerative manufacturing industry, as well as develop technologies for disaster preparedness. Alexander’s career is focused on the intersection of technology and public benefit, with experience spanning the private and public sectors, as well as non-profits and academia.

Prior to his role as CSO at ARMI, Alexander was the inaugural Assistant Director (AD) for Biotechnology within the Office of the CTO at the Department of Defense (DoD). As the AD for Biotechnology, Alexander was the DASD-level senior executive in charge of the DoD’s enterprise strategy for biotechnology, where he led the team developing the biotechnology modernization roadmap for the DoD.

Alexander joined the DoD from McKinsey & Company, where he was a management consultant and a member of the inaugural cohort of Defense & Security Specialists working with the national security community on high-priority issues related to organization effectiveness, leadership, and analytics.

On the technical side, Alexander is a trained data scientist with an expertise at the intersection of AI and biology. Prior to consulting, Alexander was a data scientist at the venture capital firm In-Q-Tel, as a member of their B.Next group, as well as a data scientist at Amazon on the Alexa AI team and at Dartmouth in the Geisel School of Medicine.

Alexander holds a PhD in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences from the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies at Dartmouth, as well as a BS and BA in biochemistry and biology (respectively) from the University of Puget Sound.

At Large

Eric Feldborg

Education Consultant, New Hampshire Learning Initiative

Eric Feldborg is currently an Education Consultant with the New Hampshire Learning Initiative. Prior to that, he was the Director of Career & Technical Education for the Career Development Bureau within the New Hampshire Department of Education, and before that, an administrator and science teacher at Great Bay eLearning Charter School. At Plymouth State University, he earned his Ed.D. in 2014, CAGS in 2010, and M.Ed. in 2005. He earned his BS in Ceramic Engineering at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1992. He arrived in New Hampshire right out of college to be the plant engineer for Norton Pike, a sharpening stone manufacturer in Littleton. During the last 23 years, he has edged his way south while engineering and training in businesses small and large, and teaching science in schools small and large.

Terrance Large

RetiredEversource Energy

Terrance (Terry) Large served as the Director - Generation Engineering and Technical Services for Eversource/PSNH/Northeast Utilities until he retired in 2018. He had more than 32 years of service with the company in a variety of roles including Operations and Administration. Terry has also served in roles leading New Hampshire's strategic and business planning processes, legislative and regulatory work associated with Generation ownership and operation, and Renewable Energy Market activities. He has overseen PSNH's Economic and Community Development and Energy Efficiency functions and managed the PSNH Capital and O&M budget processes. Most recently, he served as the Director of PSNH Customer Operations. Previously, Terry served on the staff of the New York State Department of Public Service. Additionally, Terry served for six years as a member of the Board of the Northern Forest Center, an organization working to promote sustainable forest-based economies in the northern forest regions of New England. He currently serves as Board Chair for Leadership New Hampshire, and on his local community’s Planning Board and Business Development Commission. Terry earned his AB in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College. He also completed the Penn State University Executive Management Program and the Leadership New Hampshire program.

Justin Slattery

Executive Director, Belknap County Economic Development Council

A New Hampshire native, Justin joined Belknap EDC in 2014 as its Executive Director. He is responsible for implementing Belknap EDC's four strategic goals: 1) retain and attract young talent; 2) support entrepreneurs; 3) enhance workforce development programming; and 4) be a pro-active catalyst, partner, investor, and/or owner in property development that enhances quality of place or economic opportunity in Belknap County. He joined Belknap EDC from the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development where he worked on workforce and economic development initiatives throughout the state including the Upper Valley, Monadnock, and Seacoast regions. His career has spanned private, public, and non-profit arenas. He has served on numerous economic development boards and commissions and was appointed by Governor Maggie Hassan to serve on the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Political Science and received an MBA degree from Plymouth State University.

Former Members

Will Arvelo

Former President, Great Bay Community College

Wildolfo Arvelo was the President of Great Bay Community College from 2007-2017. He brought over 30 years of leadership and administrative experience in higher education at the two and four-year levels in both private and public institutions. Dr. Arvelo received his BA in History, MS in Public Affairs, and Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. Arvelo was principal investigator for the $20 million U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT Grant for capacity building in advance manufacturing education for New Hampshire. He has also worked to enhance science, technology, engineering and math education through the growth of science education at the College and to build articulation pathways with the University System of New Hampshire as well as other New Hampshire colleges and universities.


Chair; President, Magalloway Consultants

Katharine Eneguess is the President of Magalloway Consultants. She has extensive experience in higher education, community and rural development, public policy, and strategic organizational development, with experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Prior to starting her consulting firm, she was President of White Mountains Community College (WMCC). During her tenure of almost 11 years as President, she served on numerous national, state, and international committees representing rural community colleges with a focus on workforce development, and assisted in founding the Rural Community College Alliance. Appointed by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), she served as representative to the Alliance of Rural Community Colleges, a US/Canadian partnership to advance community college engagement internationally, and served on the AACC Implementation Committee to create the document Empowering Community College, To Build the Nation’s Future. In 2013, New Hampshire Business Review named her an Outstanding Business Woman, and she recently received the 2015 Alumni Achievement Award from Plymouth State University. She currently serves on New Hampshire Public Television, Early Learning NH, NH Economic Development Advisory Committee, the Live Free or Die Alliance, and previously served as chairman of the Northern Forest Center board and board member of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

Joseph Helble

Dean and Professor of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth

Joseph J. Helble, Dean and Professor of Engineering at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth since 2005, received his BS in chemical engineering from Lehigh University, and his PhD in chemical engineering from MIT. From 1987–1995, he worked as a research scientist at Physical Sciences, Inc., and in 1993 also served as a fellow with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He then joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut as professor of both chemical and environmental engineering and served first as Graduate Program Chair and then as Chemical Engineering Department Head. Before joining Thayer School, Helble was named the 2004–2005 Roger Revelle Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), allowing him to spend that academic year addressing technology and environmental policy initiatives in the US Senate. Helble has served on numerous EPA Science Advisory Board panels and on the editorial boards of Environmental Engineering Science and Fuel Processing Technology. He is presently chair of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Engineering Deans’ Public Policy Committee. Helble is a recipient of a young faculty Career Award from NSF, an outstanding young faculty award from the University of Connecticut School of Engineering, and the Barnard Award from AAAS. He is the author of over 100 publications in the areas of air pollution, aerosols, nanoscale ceramics, and air quality, and holds three US patents related to nanoscalepowder production. In 2014, Helble, along with three Thayer colleagues, was a recipient of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education for the design and implementation of Dartmouth’s Engineering Entrepreneurship Program.

Susan Huard

President, Manchester Community College

Dr. Susan Huard became president of Manchester Community College in July 2010 following a successful decade as the Dean of Learning and Student Development at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Connecticut, where enrollment increased more than 74% during her tenure. Since assuming the presidency at MCC, Dr. Huard has become very active in the Greater Manchester community. Most recently, she was named to the Board of Directors of the Catholic Medical Center, and to the board of NH Jobs for America’s Graduates. A member of the Leadership Greater Manchester Class of 2012, Dr. Huard also serves on the NH Scholars Advisory Board, and is involved in other endeavors that focus on her interest in programming for high school-aged students to build their aspirations for college. She is also a member of the New England College Council Board of Directors. Earlier in her career, Dr. Huard taught at the middle and high school levels. After several years of teaching at Finger Lakes Community College in New York State, she began her administrative career there as Acting Director of Developmental Studies Division, and then as the Director of the Liberal Arts Division of Manchester Community College in Manchester, Connecticut.

Todd Leach

Chancellor, University System of New Hampshire

Todd J. Leach, PhD, is the seventh Chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire (USNH), which consists of the public four-year colleges of New Hampshire. Prior to serving as Chancellor, Dr. Leach served as President of Granite State College. During his tenure as president, Granite State became the fastest-growing public college in New England and moved to offer its first graduate degrees. Chancellor Leach has also served as Executive Director of the School of Education at Northeastern University, where he also had oversight for the academic and faculty affairs of the College of Professional Studies and for Northeastern Online. Prior to Northeastern, Dr. Leach was an Associate Professor at Lasell College. Chancellor Leach holds a PhD from Northeastern University and an MBA from Bentley University. He also holds a BS from Worcester State College and an AS from Mass Bay Community College. Both institutions honored Chancellor Leach in 2012 and 2011, respectively, with Distinguished Alumni Awards. Chancellor Leach also completed higher education management programs at Harvard University.

Jan Nisbet

NH EPSCoR State Director; Senior Vice Provost for Research, University of New Hampshire

Jan Nisbet is currently the Senior Vice Provost for Research at the University of New Hampshire, where she has served since September 2009. Prior to assuming this position, she was the founding Director of the Institute on Disability and a tenured Professor in the Department of Education at UNH. She received her PhD at the University of Wisconsin in 1982 and her BS in Physical Therapy from Simmons College in 1978. She taught at Syracuse University prior to moving to New Hampshire. Dr. Nisbet has published extensively in the field of disabilities, serves on numerous editorial and advisory boards, and presents nationally and internationally. She has been principal investigator on many state and nationally funded projects related to the community integration of persons with disabilities. She is the recipient of UNH’s Excellence in Research Award, the Alumni Association’s Award for Excellence in Public Service, and the Pettee Medal.


Vice President of Business Development, Lydall Performance Materials

Michael O’Laughlin is the Vice President of Business Development for Lydall Performance Materials. Lydall Performance Materials has locations in New Hampshire, New York, France, and The Netherlands. He is responsible for global operations, engineering, and sourcing. He began his career with General Electric, graduating from the Operations Management Leadership Program and holding positions in five states, with responsibilities spanning operations, engineering, and supply chain. Following General Electric, Michael joined Raytheon as a Lean Leader. His team of lean leads supported Raytheon’s IADC to win “Industry Week’s Top 10 Best Plants.” Finally, he joined Lydall in 2011 as a Director of Continuous Improvement for North America and ran Lydall’s New Hampshire facility.

Ellen Scarponi

Director of Government Relations NH, Consolidated Communications

Ellen Scarponi is the Director of Government Relations for Consolidated Communications. Since 2011, Ellen has advanced the company's legislative efforts including the successful deregulation of retail telecommunications and the move to be more of a technology company than a traditional voice service provider. Ellen has a solid background in telecommunications and understands its importance to New Hampshire, especially in broadband infrastructure. She also has extensive business development and customer service experience, including as owner and manager of the first Dream Dinners franchise in New Hampshire. Ellen is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of the NH High Tech Council, a Governor-appointed Member of the NH Telecommunications Planning and Development Advisory Council, a Member of the NH Humanities Board of Directors, and an active participant on the Greater Concord, Manchester, and Nashua Chambers of Commerce Legislative Committees, as well as the BIA Energy & Telecommunications and Economic Development & Fiscal Policy Committees.

Mike Shipulski

Director of Advanced Development, Hypertherm, Inc.

Mike Shipulski is the Director of Advanced Development at Hyperthem, Inc., a New Hampshire-based manufacturing company specializing in metal cutting technologies. Previously, he served as Director of Engineering at Hypertherm for ten years. Prior to his career at Hypertherm, he was Director of Manufacturing at Materials Innovation and held engineering positions at GE. In 2006, he was named the Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) software supporter of the year. Additionally, Mike has served as the Chair of the Advisory Board for Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Manufacturing Engineering Program, a member of the Advisory Board for the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and as a member of the Board of Directors for WISE. At WPI, he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering, a MS in Engineering Design and Manufacturing, and a PhD in Engineering Design and Manufacturing.

Mike Vlacich

President & CEO, NH College & University Council

Mike Vlacich is the President and CEO of the New Hampshire College & University Council. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, he has served on the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees. Vlacich has also worked as the Director of the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development. A familiar face on the political landscape and respected by leaders of both parties, Vlacich has 15 years of experience in federal and state government public service, working for New Hampshire Governors and US Senators.

terry Wolf

State Representative, NH House of Representatives - Assistant Majority Whip; Vice Chair, Education Committee

Terry Wolf was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in November 2014. After a year in the House, she was appointed to the leadership team as the assistant majority whip. In 2016, she was re-elected and appointed as vice chair of the education committee. She also is a member of the Public Higher Education Study Committee, the New England Board of Higher Education, and a founding member of CS4NH, a coalition that advocates for computer science education for K-12+. Representative Wolf served for nine years on the Bedford School Board and for four years as its chair. She was on the board during the design, building, and construction of Bedford High School, which was recognized by Forbes magazine on its 2013 Best Schools for Housing Buck list as the #2 district in the United States.

Martin Wybourne

Senior Vice Provost for Research, Dartmouth College

Martin Wybourne was the Senior Vice Provost for Research and the Francis and Mildred Sears Professor of Physics at Dartmouth College. Martin joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1997 following ten years at the University of Oregon. His PhD (1980) is from the University of Nottingham, UK, and before moving to Oregon, he led the Phonon Physics Research Team in the Long Range Research Laboratory, General Electric Corporation Research Laboratories, London. Martin has published over one hundred peer-reviewed articles and holds nine patents. He has been a visiting Professor at the University Pierre and Marie Curie, L'Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, and has chaired a number of premier international physics conferences. In 1998, he was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and in 2007 was awarded a Doctor of Science degree by the University of Nottingham. At Dartmouth, Martin previously served as the Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Sciences. He also served as Chair of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P), a national consortium of more than twenty academic, non-profit, and government institutions working to coordinate the research agenda for cyber security and promoting collaboration and information sharing among academia, industry, and government.