Statewide Committee Bios
State Senator, NH State Senate
Dan Innis is an NH State Senator representing District 24. He is also a professor of marketing and hospitality management at the University of New Hampshire. He served as the Dean of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire from 2007 to 2013, overseeing major developments at the school. He also co-founded the Ale House Inn and the Hotel Portsmouth in historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Prior to his tenure at the University of New Hampshire, he served as the Dean of the College of Business, Public Policy and Health at the University of Maine in Orono. He also served Ohio University as the Associate Dean of the College of Business, Chair of the Marketing Department, and was a professor in the Marketing Department.
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.
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.
President, Great Bay Community College
Wildolfo Arvelo has been the President of Great Bay Community College since 2007. He brings 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 is dedicated to the exploration of collaborations and partnerships between Greater Seacoast Area business and industry entities and Great Bay Community College. He recognizes that an educated workforce is the best hope for economic development and has made the goal of accessible education a cornerstone for those who wish to pursue it. To that end, he has been privileged to participate in the State’s efforts to bring increased numbers of business, industry, and manufacturing expansions to the Greater Seacoast Area. 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.
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.
Director of Career & Technical Education, and Administrator, NH Career Development Bureau
Eric Feldborg is currently the Director of Career & Technical Education for the Career Development Bureau within the New Hampshire Department of Education, a position created in July 2015. Prior to the DOE, he was 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.
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.
Associate Professor of Economics, College of Business Administration, Plymouth State University
Daniel Lee completed a PhD in economics in 2007, and was hired to teach at Plymouth State University that same year. Since his arrival at the University, Lee has contributed to building Plymouth State’s reputation as a research center for the region’s business community. In 2010, Lee created the North Country Economic Index, which he publishes in an economic newsletter for the region. In 2012, Lee joined a team that conducts the state’s tourism research for the Division of Travel and Tourism Development. He has served as New Hampshire’s tourism economist for three years, and has modernized the way that the state estimates the tourism industry’s economic impact. In 2014, Lee was appointed by Governor Maggie Hassan to the New Hampshire Economic Development Advisory Council. Later in 2014, Lee developed an innovative program in a local middle school to teach young children economics, with participating local area businesses providing real world problems. In 2015, Lee started a business consulting and research firm.
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.
Business & Industry
State Director, NH Small Business Development Center
Rich Grogan joined the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center in September 2012 as Keene Regional Manager and has served as the State Director since April 2015. A native of Winston-Salem, NC, he comes from an entrepreneurial family, which is evident in his passion for small business. Rich came to the NH SBDC with a diverse background in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, marketing, banking, higher education, and public administration. He has years of experience combining his knowledge and business acumen with leveraged educational resources such as student projects and faculty research, all in the name of helping small business. Rich also has extensive knowledge in corporate and organizational sustainability and has published on that topic. Also, he has presented at conferences in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands and has received awards including the Detroit Press Club Foundation’s Michigan Excellence in Journalism Award. He is a member of various professional associations and has provided community services by assisting several Monadnock Region non-profits. Rich holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Wake Forest University, an MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a PhD in Organizational Sustainability from Michigan State University.
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.
Director, Engineering and Technical Services, Eversource
Terrance (Terry) Large currently serves as the Director - Generation Engineering and Technical Services for Eversource/PSNH/Northeast Utilities. He has 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.
Vice President of Operations, Lydall Performance Materials
Michael O’Laughlin has held the position of Vice President of Operations for Lydall Performance Materials since 2014. 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.
Senior Director of Government Relations & Economic Development NH, Fairpoint Communications
Ellen Scarponi is the Senior Director of Government Relations and Economic Development for FairPoint Communications. Since 2011, Ellen has advanced FairPoint NH’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.
Chair Emeritus; 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.
President & CEO, XMA Corporation
Marc Smith serves as the President & CEO for XMA Corporation, an international corporation with offices located in Manchester, NH and Tianjin, China. His responsibilities include advanced product development and manufacturing within RF and millimeter/ microwave communications industry. Prior to XMA, he maintained several key executive positions, namely Gentex Corporation and Loral Telemetry and Instrumentation Systems (L3). As a civic contributor, he also served as the Chief of Staff for key positions such as the Deputy Mayor of San Diego. Prior to joining XMA, Marc developed key technical and STEM skills, served numerous years as a Vice President for Gentex Corporation specializing in process controls, quality engineering, sales, marketing, business development, and finance. At various corporate levels, Marc also participated on key strategic planning and community initiatives, setting the foundations for future growth, stability, and financial solidarity. On the personal side, Marc received his degree from the University of New York in the field of business administration, law, and political management. Key fields of interest included corporate structure, business law, and various legislative initiatives. Marc is an active civic contributor who truly embraces charitable organizations and actively engages in all measures of outdoor adventure.
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.
Director, Corporate EHS & Operations, Mascoma Corp.
Joanne Donoghue is the Director of Corporate EHS & Operations at Mascoma LLC, a Lallemand company. She has been with Mascoma since its inception in 2006, when it emerged as a venture capital-funded start-up company. Mascoma was acquired by Lallemand in 2014. During her time at Mascoma, she has served in a broad range of roles, including facility and lab management, human resources, construction management, and project management. She is currently focused on regulatory work to obtain approval for genetically engineered yeasts in the global marketplace. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in Chemical Engineering in 1990. Before moving to New Hampshire, she worked as an engineer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Environmental Protection Agency. She is a member of Jeanne Shaheen’s small business advisory council and the University of New Hampshire’s Chemical Engineering Advisory board.
Plant Manager, GE Aviation
Doug Folsom is Plant Manager for GE Aviation in Hooksett, NH, a 720-person manufacturer of aircraft engine components. Doug started his career with GE’s Energy business in 1993, where he held several leadership positions with increasing responsibility over the course of nine years. While at GE, he earned certification as a Master Black Belt and became a graduate of its Manufacturing Management Program. He began his career in the aviation industry in 2002, managing engine assembly at GE Aviation’s plant in Lynn, MA. Following his assignment in Lynn, he became plant manager in Rutland, VT, after which he became the Operations Leader for Unison Industries. There he was responsible for all aspects of Unison’s global supply chain, overseeing manufacturing and procurement at the company’s nine locations in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, he took an assignment as the Manager for GE Aviation in Manchester, CT. As the leader of this $100 million business, he oversaw its integration into GE Aviation from Smith’s Aerospace. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and an MBA from the University of Maine.
Principal Engineer, Dyn Inc.
Lisa Hagemann is a principal engineer at Dyn, an internet performance company headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire. Lisa has a diverse background spanning web application development and operations, system automation, Cloud Computing, executive leadership, and entrepreneurship. Her previous positions at Dyn include managing development teams, VP of engineering, and lead developer. She has also served as the director of technical development and business applications and member of the interactive development team at wedü, a digital marketing agency. Lisa's current entrepreneurial pursuit is as technical co-founder of OpenRounds.com. Additionally, Lisa has served on the President’s Advisory Board at Manchester Community College. She earned her BA at Temple University and a graduate certificate of software system engineering at the University of New Hampshire-Manchester.
Former State Representative, NH House of Representatives
Naida Kaen served as a State Representative and Policy Leader for the minority leadership in the NH House of Representatives. She served as Deputy Speaker from 2012-2014, and previously as a member of the House Science, Technology and Energy Committee since 1995, and the chairperson of that committee from 2006-2010. In addition to participating in the EPSCoR Statewide Committee, she also currently serves on the Economic Development Advisory Council, the Job Training Fund Oversight Committee, and as a House appointee to the Business Finance Authority. Since her election to the NH House, she has taken employment as a realtor, having previously taught accounting for many years at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Her earlier positions included the role of Research Officer at a bank holding company headquartered in Manchester, NH, where she worked on acquisition analysis and execution, regulatory compliance, shareholder reporting, and helping to manage the lead bank’s money position. She received her MBA from UNH in 1977 and her BA from the University of Michigan in 1968. She has lived in New Hampshire since 1973.
Vice President of Community Impact, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Katie Merrow is the Vice President of Community Impact for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. In this role, she oversees the Charitable Foundation’s Community Impact department, which distributes more than $32 million in grants and scholarships each year. She also spearheads strategic initiatives, including the Foundation’s “New Hampshire Tomorrow” strategy for increasing youth opportunity. She has overseen Foundation partnerships that resulted in $62 million in national foundation and federal funding for nonprofit work in New Hampshire. Before she joined the Foundation in 2008, Katie served as the first executive director of the New Hampshire Women's Policy Institute and as a senior research associate with the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies. She has held senior staff positions in the State of Rhode Island’s Division of Mental Health and the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means. Katie speaks regularly on philanthropic issues and has published in national journals. She serves on the advisory board for the Center for Effective Philanthropy. She is a Leadership New Hampshire graduate, class of 2006, and was named one of New Hampshire Business Review’s “Outstanding Women in Business” in 2012. Katie is a Middlebury College alumna and has an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.
Former Chair of Education Committee, NH State Senate
Senator Nancy Stiles, District 24, represented the New Hampshire Seacoast area communities. Senator Stiles has been very active in all areas of Education, especially in serving as Chair of the Senate Education Committee. While she has played a key role in the updating and passage of the Special Education, Truancy, Bullying, and School Funding statutes, she has also has been a strong advocate for preventative health measures. She has successfully brought many Capital Budget dollars back to her communities for economic development. In 2014, she received the Legislator of the Year award from New Futures. In 2012, the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation cited Stiles for her distinguished public service for working to combat childhood obesity, and she was the first person from New Hampshire to ever receive that honor. In 2010, she was recognized with a Legislative Award from the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, and in 2008 was named Legislator of the Year by the Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Former Policy Advisor, Office of NH Gov. Maggie Hassan
Brittany Weaver served as Policy Advisor for Governor Maggie Hassan since July 2013. Previously, she served as Director of Administration and Special Assistant to Citizen Services. Brittany’s policy areas include Education and Workforce issues. She received her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire in 2015, where she also received her BA in Political Science and International Affairs.
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.