We've got several great candidates running for the open seats on the Alumni Board this year. Check out the biographical information on each candidate below, and then click here to vote for the candidates of your choice.
Tori Berube '86
Receiving her bachelor's degree from Keene State College has opened many doors for Tori; and today, the pursuit of higher education has become her passion. Currently Tori serves as the Vice President for Product Marketing for the largest student loan provider in New Hampshire, the NHHEAF Network Organizations in Concord, N.H. Active in her community, Tori currently serves on the Board of Governors for the United Way of Merrimack County and as the publicity chair for the Capital Region Food Program, a non-profit committed to reducing hunger in 18 communities in and around the Capital City. While at Keene State, Tori was a member of the Society for the Advancement of Management (SAM) and served as an O-Staffer. She also worked in the College Relations Office. Tori resides in Manchester and is a master's candidate at Southern New Hampshire University.
What I learned at Keene State has shaped my life. From friendships that have endured over twenty years to a solid academic platform that started me on my career path, my connection to Keene State is an integral part of my life. Each time I visit the ever-changing campus, I am reminded of what is posted at the front gates of Appian Way — "Enter to learn, go forth to serve." It would be my privilege to now serve the growing community of Keene State College alumni as a member of your Board of Directors.
Andrea Drake '05 (running for re-election)
Since graduating in 2005, Andrea has been teaching high school mathematics at Goffstown (N.H.) High School. She has also been working with the school's National Honor Society chapter as the advisor, and teaches a SAT preparatory course as part of the adult education program. While a student at KSC, Andrea made much of her college career through her participation in many campus organizations and activities. She was a peer course assistant for the Mathematics department, tutor for the Math Center, president of both the Math Club and Kappa Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society, treasurer for the Class of 2005, member of NSCS (National Society of Collegiate Scholars), as well as an Orientation leader during the summer.
Keene State afforded me many opportunities to develop my leadership skills, as well as grow academically and professionally. I truly find that I have become a much more knowledgeable and productive member of society, largely due to the experiences and time spent at KSC. Throughout my years at Keene State, I was able to present my ideas in many conferences and open forums, engage in enriching activities through the Mathematics department, as well as the many student activities I became involved in. Participating in a group such as the Alumni Association Board of Directors has been be a perfect opportunity for me to help give back to Keene State College community.
Susan "Sue" (Anderson) Fortier '86 (running for re-election)
Sue lives in Alstead, N.H. with her husband Steve '86 and their two children, Sean (16) and Laryssa (14). Sue serves as Senior Program Director of the Meeting Waters YMCA which serves southwestern New Hampshire and southeastern Vermont. Sue provides volunteer leadership to a number of youth and community organizations in her town, in the Meeting Waters Y's service area, and in the YMCA movement at a national level. She has served on the KSC Alumni Board since 2005.
When we talk about Keene State College, we often replace the word "college" with "community"—the Keene State community. For me, Keene State was certainly as much a community as it was a college. Yes, my academic training prepared me well for my professional career. But, the relationships I formed while at Keene State have had a strong and lasting impact on my life, as well. That is what communities do—they nurture and support us. As a participant in so many alumni activities, I continue to be a member of the Keene State community. My experience tells me that there are opportunities to reach out to literally thousands of Keene State College graduates and to re-engage them in the Keene State community. I feel I have the skills, passion, and energy to help make that happen. I have greatly enjoyed serving on the Alumni Board and hope to continue to serve. This is an exciting time to be involved with this "community."
Dana Hilliard '95
Before graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in political science Dana served as the Class President for the Class of '95 all four years and was active in campus affairs and student government. In addition to serving in student government, Dana has served in the N.H. House of Representatives from '92–'98, and 2004–present. Dana is also serving his second term on the Somersworth City Council in Somersworth, NH. He is currently employed as a High School social studies teacher at Somersworth High School.
Keene State not only played an important part in furthering my education, it helped in developing the values which are important to me today—those being family, education, community, and service. Keene State is an important part of my history and future and it would be an honor to give back to Keene the energy and future it gave to me. It is imperative that Keene State continues on its mission of playing such an important role in our society. As a member of the Alumni Board, I will insure that this happens.
Christine Leland '01
Christine was an active member of various student organizations during her time at Keene State. As a sophomore, she joined student government, serving one year as a class representative, and two years as Vice President for the Class of 2001. She became a Resident Assistant as a junior, and was awarded both RA of the Year as well as Outstanding Junior of the Year for 1999–2000. Additionally, Christine volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, participating in Alternative Spring Break for three years on trips to Washington, D.C. and South Carolina. In the summer of 2001 she worked part time in the Alumni and Residential Life offices, which cemented her goal of a career in higher education. Since 2002, she has been employed as the Assistant Director of Admission for the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston. In 2007 she earned her Master of Science in Communications Management from Simmons College.
My experiences in higher education have made me realize the importance of alumni volunteers. So much of what every college does—events, fundraising, outreach to incoming students—is supported by alumni. I would like to volunteer my time to assist the Keene State Alumni Office, and am looking forward to participating in the upcoming Centennial Celebration. Serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors is an ideal way to contribute to the College, and I would love the opportunity to continue my involvement beyond this major event.
Danielle (Popyk) Spaulding '03
Danielle has stayed in the New England area since she graduated in 2003. After graduating, Danielle completed a master's program in Student Development in Higher Education. During her master's program and to this day, Danielle has worked with college students in Career Services, Academic Advising, Student Activities, Leadership Development, Orientation and Residential Life. Currently, Danielle is working at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Honors College where she plans the orientation program, advises the student advisory board, and supervises student programmers. Danielle also serves as the class secretary for the class of '03. While a student at KSC, Danielle was involved with the campus community. Danielle worked in the Child Development Center, Night Owl Café and was a summer Orientation leader. Danielle also involved herself in multiple clubs on campus. She was the Hospitality Coordinator for the Social Activities Council, started the Tennis Club, served as an Admissions Tour Guide, volunteered on the Residence Hall Council, and participated on the KSC Dance Team.
I am very excited for the possibility to serve on the board of directors. The support and guidance that I received from the advisors, faculty, and staff at KSC has truly inspired me to become who I am today. Attending Pumpkin Fest, helping to plan for a spring concert, living in the Leadership house, or welcoming first-year students, I always felt like I was part of a community at KSC. This opportunity would allow me to give back to the KSC community.
Roland V. Stoodley, Ph.D. '56
Roland has received the Alumni Association's Achievement Award and an Honorary Doctor of Science from KSC. He left a teaching position at the University of Illinois to establish the New Hampshire Community Technical College, where he served as president for 24 years. Prior to his associate professorship at the University of Illinois, he was the founding president of Tri-State Professionals (Keene, NH) and founding president of NCTV Community Access Television. For 12 years he served as the AARP Field Volunteer Director of the Northeast. He also serves as an arbitrator and member of the National Panel of Consumer Arbitrators and the National Center for Dispute Settlements. Roland was on the executive committee and president of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the accrediting body for higher education, secondary education, private schools, and career institutions in New England.
It is time for me to give something of myself back to my alma mater. Keene State College gave me the foundation for the paid and volunteer leadership positions I've held for the past 50 years. I am convinced that I can bring to the KSC Alumni Board of Directors the skills and knowledge to move the board forward, to assist in planning activities of the association, and to represent the best interests of the alumni membership. I have the confidence necessary to face the toughest leadership challenges.
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