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The Future is Bright for Class of ’18

Rachel Lamica
Rachel Lamica

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 Americorps. Here’s a sampling – and check back regularly! We’ll add new names to the list as we learn of them.

Geography major Lisa Donnelly has taken a position with Windham Regional Commission in Brattleboro, Vermont, as a GIS Transport Technician.

Brendan Jones, a double major in geography and environmental studies, will be working as a visitor use assistant in Yosemite National Park.

Aimee Krafft, a double major in geography and environmental studies, will begin a master’s program in geography at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she will also be a research assistant on an NSF-funded project on sustainable transportation.

Mark Landolina, a double major in geography and environmental studies, will be employed as a planning technician/zoning enforcement officer in Coventry, Connecticut. In this position, he will use Geographic Information System (GIS) to support the town planner efforts to enforce local zoning regulations.

Shauna Sousa, double major in geography and environmental studies, is working as the stewardship assistant with Monadnock Conservancy, a regional land trust organization in Keene.

Kristen Reid, a management and communication major, is moving to Manchester, New Hampshire, where she has landed a job as an admissions counselor at Southern New Hampshire University. She’ll also be taking classes in the university’s online higher education administration master’s program.

Elementary education major Erin Broderick will begin a master’s program this fall at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Through the program she be participate in a yearlong internship at a local elementary school.

Nursing major Makayla Philibert is preparing for her NCLEX examination in June. Once she passes that, she will be a registered nurse. She has accepted a job on the Medical Surgical Unit at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Callie Carmosino,a music performance major, is heading to the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg to pursue a master’s degree in wind band conducting. She will also be a bassoonist with the Faculty Woodwind Quintet.

Jessica Bulfaro, a psychology major and criminal justice minor, has been accepted into the industrial/organizational psychology master’s program at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

Psychology major Erin Harmonay has accepted a job with Angelfish, a group that provides specialized swim instruction for children with autism. Erin is combining her academic interests in autism with her lifelong passion for swimming and swim racing. Both of these interest areas were nurtured during her time at Keene State.

Nathan MacPerson, a psychology major, has been accepted into a master’s program in industrial/organizational psychology at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

Thomas Kelly, who graduated in December with a degree in safety and occupational health applied sciences and a minor in environmental science, has been working as the safety officer for All State Construction, Inc. in Farmington, Connecticut.

Holocaust and genocide studies major Alli Sweeney is heading off to Belfast, Northern Ireland in September, where she will be pursuing a master’s degree in conflict transformation and social justice at Queen’s University.

Erin Conti, an architecture major and safety and occupational health sciences minor, is heading to the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, where she will pursue a master of architecture degree.

With a major in sustainable product design and innovation (SPDI), Patrick Kelley has accepted a position as a production engineer with Displays2go in Fall River, Massachusetts. He will be designing and manufacturing display products for businesses.

Katherine Masso-Glidden is an occupational health and safety sciences major with a minor in environmental science. In May she will begin her career as a full time loss control trainee representative at AmTrust Insurance located in Nashua, New Hampshire. She will stay in the Keene area as she begins Keene State’s Master of Safety program in the summer as well.

Economics major Eliah Young has been accepted to New England Law School, Boston.

Todd Patnaude, an economics major, will be working in C&S Wholesale Grocers’ Leadership Development Program, a competitive 18-months-long-program with three rotations in different parts of the country.

Jenna Minniti, a health science/nutrition major, will enter a post-baccalaureate dietetic internship program at Keene State, the next step in becoming a credentialed registered dietitian.

Jenna Barton, a psychology major, will be attending Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to work toward a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling.

A women & gender studies major with minors in anthropology and Holocaust & genocide studies, JP (Gianpaolo) Colasacco will be attending Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. JP will be working toward a master’s of education in college student affairs, and will work as a graduate assistant in the college’s Admissions Office.

Health science/nutrition major Shaun Fox is heading to a post-graduate dietetic internship at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. It’s the next step in becoming a credentialed registered dietitian.

Psychology major Jessyca Derby will be moving on to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, to work toward a PhD in the Human Factors program.

Moranda Lanigan, an education major, will be working in Boston with City Year AmeriCorps for the 2018-2019 school year.

Adele Lyndes is heading to the University of Kentucky for a post-graduate dietetic internship program, the next step in becoming a nationally credentialed registered dietitian. She is a health science/nutrition major.

Health science/nutrition major Alexis Marsh has accepted a job as farm assistant for Community Harvest Project in Grafton, Massachusetts. She will be working to grow, develop, harvest, and manage 200,000 pounds of produce, which will be donated to local hunger relief organizations.

Montana Phipps, a health science major, will pursue a master’s degree in management and policy for public health at the University of Massachusetts.

Jessica Ricard has accepted an editor position at NEFCO Fire Investigations in Rochester, New Hampshire, where she will be editing fire investigation reports. She is a journalism major and news editor for the student newspaper, The Equinox.

Health science/nutrition major Mary Gilbar has been accepted to a postgraduate dietetic internship program at Sodexo Southcoast Hospitals Group, New Bedford, Massachusetts. She is working toward becoming a credentialed registered dietitian.

Alayna LaBaire, with majors in management and communication, will start a job as an energy consultant at Freedom Energy Logistics in Auburn, New Hampshire, on May 14.

Architecture major Margaret Dean has accepted an invitation to serve with AmeriCorp City Year in Manchester, New Hampshire, for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Julia Pearson, a health science/nutrition major, will enter a postgraduate dietetic internship program at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Florida. It’s the next step in becoming a credentialed registered dietitian.

Biology major and psychology minor Sarah Heissenberger has accepted an internship in a leading toxicology lab at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She plans to pursue a PhD in the future.

Elementary education major Paul Beling will be teaching third- and fourth-grade math in a summer program at the Carroll School, a Lincoln, Massachusetts elementary school for kids diagnosed with writing and reading disabilities.

Morgan Kathan, a physical education major with a teaching certification, is planning on teaching at the elementary school level this fall. She is in the process of interviewing with a charter school in New Port Richey, Florida.

Theatre and dance major Dominique Pascoal has been offered a job with the Admissions Department at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. When she’s not on campus she plans to perform at open mic nights and getting involved in local theatre.

Jessica Beler, a health science/nutrition major, is headed to a postgraduate dietetic internship at Wellness Workdays in Hingham, Massachusetts. It’s the next step in becoming a credentialed registered dietitian.

Shae Crosby, with majors in elementary education and math, will be student teaching in Keene in the fall. After that, she hopes to sub until the end of the 2018-2019 school year, and then join the City Year program the following year.

Health science/nutrition major Rachel MacKinnon has been accepted to a nine-month dietetic internship program at Long Island University Post. The internship is the next step in achieving registered dietitian status.

Olivia Indorf, a public health major, is heading to graduate school at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Psychology major Sandi Purcell has accepted an ABA therapist position at Nashoba Learning Group in Massachusetts, where she will be working with autistic children. She has also applied for the school counseling master’s program at Rivier University in Nashua.

Colton McCracken, a health science/nutrition major will enter a postgraduate dietetic internship program at Montana State University, the next step in becoming a nationally credentialed registered dietitian.

Architecture major Rachel Lamica has landed a job with Architectural & Engineering Design Associates in Plattsburgh, New York for the coming year. In the future she plans to enter a master’s program in architecture.

Criminal justice major Casi Smith will be traveling to Scotland and England to play field hockey this summer. In the fall, she will be attending the Massachusetts School of Law.

Julia Gardner, a health science/nutrition major, has accepted a position with Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, as a nutrition assistant.

Riley Martel, a health science/nutrition major, has accepted a position with Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston as a human milk specialist.

Aaron Williams ’17 , who is completing a special education master’s degree at Keene State, has accepted a job at the International School of Brussels, Belgium, where he will serve as an intensive learning support intern and work with high school students who have cognitive and/or communicative disabilities. “I am incredibly excited to begin this new chapter of my life,” he says.

Bailey St. Laurent, with majors in English/writing and Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences, will be attending the University of Vermont to work toward a master’s in higher education and student affairs. He received a graduate assistantship in the Residential Life Department, where he will be working as coordinator for resident advisor recruitment and selection.

Joe Conti, a music performance major, is heading to Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he will work toward a master of music in wind conducting and will serve as graduate assistant of bands.

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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