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The Future Is Bright for Class of ’17

SPDI major and management minor Ryan Milewski is headed to Timberland.
SPDI major and management minor Ryan Milewski is headed to Timberland.

This year’s graduates are heading out to do great things. They’re launching careers in a wide array of fields, heading off to master’s and PhD programs, and volunteering with highly selective service organizations like the Peace Corps. Here’s a sampling – and check back regularly! We’ll add new names to the list as we learn of them.

Emma Cote has accepted a position as a Spanish teacher at Alvirne High School in Hudson, New Hampshire. She was a Spanish and secondary education major. She starts her job August 16.

Paul Emdin, a management major, has landed a job as sales development representative with AdRoll in Manhattan, New York. He begins work in July.

Galen Gammino, with majors in sociology, criminal justice, and Holocaust and genocide studies, will be leaving for South Africa on a research internship with a human rights advocacy organization called SWEAT (against sex trafficking).

Katelyn Goodchild, a criminal justice studies major, is headed to Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

Deion Granata, a criminal justice studies major, has been accepted to the Master of Social Work program at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Ashley Pratt, a criminal justice studies major, has accepted a position as a legal assistant for the New Hampshire Public Defender’s Office.

Criminal justice studies major Justine Scudder is interning as a research associate with the Monadnock Regional Child Advocacy Center this summer, but will also begin training to become a forensic interviewer.

Sarah Deane, with majors in sociology and education, won a graduate fellowship from Merrimack College in Andover, Massachusetts, where she will enter a master’s degree program in education, moderate disability. She will do a yearlong clinical residency at a partner school.

Sociology major Jackie Tramonte is heading to Merrimack College to work toward a master’s degree in school counseling.

Jessy Snyder, a psychology and sociology major, will begin a Master of Social Work program at the University of Vermont in the fall.

Journalism major Mike Miezejeski is heading to Jackson, Mississippi, where he will launch his career as a sports information assistant at Millsaps College.

Jessica Schaper, an English literature and writing major with a minor in mathematics, has accepted a position with AmeriCorps VISTA. She’ll be community outreach and development advocate for the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention in Keene.

Sandra Kayira, with majors in communication and management and a minor in public relations, has accepted a communications internship with the MacDowell Colony, one of the leading artists’ colonies in the US, located in Peterborough, NH.

Michael Crimi, a safety and occupational health applied sciences major, has a job with Turner Construction. He’ll be an assistant safety project manager working out of the company’s Shelton, Connecticut office.

Jack Malmsheimer, a physical education major, is headed to Plymouth State University’s Adventure Education Program in the fall. He’ll be working toward a master’s degree.

Brittany Judkins, a psychology major with a minor in addictions, has been accepted to the Master of Social Work program at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

In the fall, Caroline McSherry, an environmental studies major, will be working her way across the country via WWOOF – Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. The program provides room and board at farms in exchange for farm work.

Adriana DeLuca will be entering the education master’s program in curriculum and instruction at Keene State. She is an elementary education and American Studies major, and the winner of the Robin Dizard American Studies Award.

Kayla Carta, a chemistry major, has accepted a research assistant position at the Lieber Institute of Brain Development in Baltimore, Maryland, where she will be studying the pharmacogenetics of people with schizophrenia.

Math major Brooke Hatanaka has accepted a position as a data analyst with C&S Grocers in Keene. She recently completed an internship with C&S.

Morgan McGurn, with majors in elementary education and English/writing, will be student teaching in a first-grade classroom in the fall at the Bicentennial Elementary School in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Architecture major Kevin Kohlhepp will begin a job as a structural designer with General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut.

Michael Devaney, a safety major and management minor, has accepted a job with Amazon as a safety specialist – location to be determined.

Sydney Shultz, a psychology major and sociology minor, will be working with the AmeriCorps City Year Program in elementary schools in Manchester, New Hampshire for the 2017-18 school year.

Christina Connor, a chemistry major, has accepted a full-time scientist position in the Process Chemistry Department with Eurofins Lancaster laboratories in Groton, Connecticut. Her future plans also include pursuing a graduate degree in chemistry.

Evan Moniz, a film studies major, is moving to Los Angeles to work with the Practical Magic Studio on a show for the Discovery Channel.

Film studies major Sultan Thahir will be working on a graduate degree at the Rhode Island School of Design.

In September, Chris Ver Voort, an anthropology/sociology major, will head to Senegal, where he will join the Peace Corps as an agroforestry volunteer.

Jessica Chapman, an American studies major and Spanish minor, has accepted a position as an admissions counselor with Southern New Hampshire University’s College of Online and Continuing Education in Manchester.

Early childhood education major Stephanie D’Annolfo will be teaching this summer at Creative Years Child Development and Learning Center in Nashua. In the fall, she’ll be an assistant coach with the Keene State women’s basketball team and will be student teaching at Franklin Elementary School in Keene.

Sierra Trzepacz, an exercise science major, is heading for an accelerated nursing program at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts. She’ll be working toward a BSBN degree.

Alexis Zecha, a safety and occupational health applied sciences major, has landed an internship in Nashua with Amtrust North America, an insurance company. She’ll also be entering Keene State’s master of safety studies program.

English major Katelyn Franco will be spending the next seven months in the Disney College Program at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Dorothy England, a journalism major, will continue working as a massage therapist while looking for work in her field.

Karen Carrien, a history major and writing minor, will be applying to graduate museum studies programs for fall of 2018. In the meantime, she’ll be working at Target.

Tori Tucker, an English major, has been writing a blog called The Gay Agenda as part of an internship with She’ll continue to write the blog post-graduation, and will be looking for other writing and editing work.

English major Nikki Danish has been hired as a residential counselor at Ivy Street School in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Alison Doolittle, a psychology major with a double major in sociology and substance abuse & addictions, is headed to Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, to pursue a Master of Social Work degree.

Patricia Elliott, a psychology major with a minor in substance abuse and addictions, will pursue a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Connecticut.

Brandon Charney, a safety and occupational health applied sciences major, has accepted a job with PAR Electrical Contractors, a national utility contractor. He’ll be working with the New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut division.

Samantha Brown, a health science/health promotion major with a specialization in community health, will be working full-time for Amada Senior Care and pursuing nursing school in January 2018.

Allison Aron, a health science/nutrition major, will be pursuing work with the AmeriCorps’ Food Corps program.

Alexandra Fitzgerald, a health science/nutrition major, will be attending Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, South Carolina, to pursue a Doctor of Chiropractic program.

Jillian Emerson is heading to California State Polytechnic University, where she’ll enter a dietetic internship program, the next step in the process of becoming a nationally credentialed registered dietitian.

Jessica Boushie, who’s earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in printmaking and a minor in art history, has been accepted to three graduate programs. She will be attending The Ohio State University where she will study printmaking. She was awarded an assistantship that will cover her full tuition and provide a stipend.

Evan Sage, a double major in architecture and sustainable product design and innovation (SPDI), has accepted a job as a residential energy auditor with CLEAResult in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Ryan Askham, a safety and occupational health applied sciences major, is taking a cross-country road trip after graduation, and then begins a job in EHS (environmental health and safety) consulting with Hillman Consulting Group.

Robert Koolis, a political science major, is heading to the Carson School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. He’ll be working toward a master of public policy degree.

Amanda Petrow, a math major, will work with Upward Bound this summer as a mentor and mathematics tutor. She is pursuing work in the mathematics field, possibly as a math content developer or data analyst.

Allison MacDonald, a communication major and early childhood development minor, has landed a job as an assistant preschool teacher at Gale River Cooperative Preschool in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire.

Exercise science major Meghan Powell is heading to Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee, where she will enter a master’s program in sports administration.

Tom Jenoski, a management major, will be working in sales with Goodway Group in Burlington, Massachusetts.

A health science major with a concentration in community health, Jessica Bonacorsi starts a full-time job the Monday after graduation. She’ll be working at Amherst Family Chiropractic In Amherst, New Hampshire, where she’ll handle paperwork, payments, appointment scheduling, and more. “I am so excited to take this step into working in the health field!” she says.

Alyssa Lombardi, an exercise science major, will spend the summer working for the Southington, Connecticut, YMCA, in the fitness center, sports performance center, and youth triathlon camp. In the fall, she will begin a master of exercise science program at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts.

Psychology major and substance abuse minor Sara Hickey has lined up an internship with the Vice President of Student Affairs Office at Boston College that begins this summer. In the fall, she starts work at Boston College on a master of social work degree.

Darren DeSena, an exercise science major, has landed a job as a fitness professional at the Equinox Sports Club in Boston. Darren, who writes “Go KSC!” begins work June 4.

Safety major Tyler Sheehan is heading to Chicago for an internship with Dayton Superior.

Robert Hamilton, a criminal justice major, plans to join the Coast Guard.

Carli A. Davis, a health science/nutrition major, will be entering a year-long dietetic internship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. The internship is the next step in her pursuit to become a registered dietitian.

Kelsey Sheehan, a health science/nutrition major, will begin work on a master’s in community health education at Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts. She also has a fellowship at the Alliance of YMCAs in Boston.

Emily Roddy, a December graduate, will be moving to Florence, Italy, on May 11 to work as a tour leader and promoter for Smart Trip. She majored in health science/health promotion.

Physical education major Lauren Futtner will spend the summer completing requirements for Connecticut teacher certification. In the fall, she will begin a master’s program in physical education at Central Connecticut State University.

Danielle Croteau, a health science/health promotion major with a specialization in community health, is heading to Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Science to acquire an accelerated BS in nursing.

Kayla Votto, a safety & occupational health applied sciences major, has landed a job as a project safety assistant with Turner Construction in New Haven, Connecticut.

Health science/community health major Summer Cavanaugh will be entering a BSN nursing program at Massachusetts General Institute of Health Professionals.

Safety major Rodney Jean-Marie will be working toward a master’s in safety and occupational health applied sciences at Keene State.

Kelly Chadnick, a health science/community health major, is aiming to attend an accelerated nursing program at Pace University, New York, in January. She’ll spend the summer taking prerequisite courses.

Amber Perkins, a health science/nutrition major, has been accepted to a dietetic internship program at the Edward Hines VA Hospital in Chicago.

Biology major Kate Kiley is heading to South Carolina to work as a microbiology research specialist at the Medical University of South Carolina. She’ll be focusing on C. diff. Kate plans to volunteer as an EMT in her free time.

Health science major Marita Brothers will be continuing her education at Springfield Technical Community College. Her goal is to become a registered nurse.

Tiffany Andrews, a double major in communication and elementary education, will begin a job as a management trainee with Enterprise Rent-A-Car in North Conway, New Hampshire.

Amanda Makar, a safety major, has landed an internship with The International Paper Company in Louisiana.

Lindsay Byrne, a health science/nutrition major, begins a job as a WIC nutritionist at Southwestern Community Services in Keene.

Bryanna Pearson, with a major in management and another in safety & occupational health applied sciences, will join Bottomline Technologies in Providence, Rhode Island, as an associate project manager.

Biology major Casey Kimball, who has been doing research in Associate Professor Jason Pellettieri’s lab, will be starting a research internship at Adimab, a cutting-edge biotech company in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Kyle Hastbacka, a double major in political science and criminal justice with a minor in substance abuse and addictions, is headed to Burkina Faso, where he will serve in the Peace Corps.

Psychology major Samantha Bisignano will be entering a master’s program in higher education administration at New England College, Henniker, New Hampshire.

Mike R. Valle, a safety major, has accepted a job in risk assessment with CNA.

Bridget Fordham, a mathematics major and economics minor, is headed to Africa, where she will serve with the Peace Corps as a high school teacher in Liberia.

Rob Tocci, a psychology major with minors in mathematics and biology, will be entering a biomedical science PhD program at UConn Health in the fall.

Psychology major and management minor Allison Sonia will start work on a PhD in cognitive psychology at the University of New Hampshire. She’ll be working there with Dr. Edward O’Brien, and has a goal of becoming a researcher and professor.

Tyler Halstead, a double-major in psychology and safety, will begin a loss control internship at Amtrust Financial in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Danielle Cobleigh, with a major in architecture and another in safety, has landed a summer internship with Ruger Firearms in Newport, New Hampshire. She’ll also be entering Keene State’s master’s program in safety studies.

Chemistry major Zachary Shalit will be attending Dartmouth College in the fall to begin his pursuit of a PhD in chemistry.  Zachary is the recipient of the 2017 American Institute of Chemists award and the 2017 American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry.

Evan Dunkley, a chemistry major, will be attending Dartmouth College in the fall to pursue a PhD in chemistry.  Evan is the recipient of the 2017 Royal Society of Chemistry Certificate of Excellence.

Immediately after graduation, Jessica Lhommedieu will be heading to North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, for a summer internship in the university’s first year program, helping first year students transition to college and finding their path at the university. She will be working with alumni as well. She’s also applying for a post-internship resident director position at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, Oregon. Jessica has two majors, secondary education and Spanish, and two minors, mathematics and statistics.

Kristina Cottone, a management major with minors in communication and economics, starts work a week after graduation with Barton Associates in Peabody, Massachusetts. She’ll be an associate account development manager.

Chemistry major Margaret Maloy will be conducting research this summer under the supervision of Keene State professor Dr. Paul Baures to continue developing a coating that can inhibit gas hydrate formation (funded by the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund).  In addition, she will serve as a research mentor to rising juniors, some of whom are just beginning their independent research projects.

Nicole Mowat, a management major, has been offered a position with Enterprise Rent-a-Car, where she interned during the summer of 2016.

Hope Moran, a geology and education double-major, will be student teaching at Westmoreland Middle School.

Gavin Bourbon, an architecture major, has accepted a position as an intern architect with Fiorentino Group Architects in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Architecture major and German minor Emily Orell has landed a job as an intern architect with Dennis Group, LLC, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Health science major Marissa DePolo will take off as a flight attendant with American Airlines.

Ben Weidman, a safety major, will start a position with WorkWISE NH as a safety consultant. He is also entering Keene State’s master’s program in safety studies.

Megan Fisk, with majors in elementary education and mathematics for elementary teachers, has been hired to teach third grade at the Harry E. James Elementary School in Hopewell, Virginia.

James Harvard, a communication major, has accepted a job as a trader with Seaboard International Forest Products in Nashua, New Hampshire. He starts May 30.

Roger Creekmore, a communication major, has landed a position with Gear Services, a company contracted by NBC Sports to travel with the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships. Roger will be doing logistics and track set-up, including everything from building and setting up a podium for the top three winners to ensuring that the TV broadcast signal is clear. He’ll be flown to Sacramento on May 15 and from there will travel the country in an RV with the team, going to various races and motocross events.

Gabby Brzozowski, a sustainable product design and innovation (SPDI) major, has been accepted to a master’s program in educational technology at the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, Connecticut.

Sage Yudelson, a double major in management and economics, starts a job on May 8 as marketing analyst at Electronic Imaging Materials in Keene.

Cecilia M. Sica, a SPDI major, has already started a full-time job as a product assistant at Electronic Imagine Materials, Keene.

Ryan Milewski, a SPDI major and management minor, has accepted a position as intern CAD designer/engineer with Timberland in Stratham, New Hampshire.

Two safety majors, Matt Ozzella and Nick Gagliolo, have landed jobs as safety coordinators with DC Beane Construction in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Nick, who finished his undergraduate degree at Keene State in three and a half years, just completed the college’s master’s program in safety studies.

Jesse Brown, a SPDI major and management minor, has already started a job as a CNC machinist I at Corning Specialty Materials in Keene. Jesse, who was offered the job after interning with the company, recently spoke at a breakfast for state legislators held on the College campus.

Seniors, tell us your plans and we will add you to the list. Email Jane at, and include your name, major, job title, company/agency name and location, or grad school program and degree you’re seeking along with the name and location of the university.

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