Angela Chang is a tinkerer, artist, and designer researching how touch interfaces can enhance human relationships. She is currently researching how multisensory interactivity improves literacy teaching. For her Ph.D., she developed a new approach to literacy, called Tinkerability, that helps children understand literacy earlier. Tinkerability has been tested by parents and children throughout the world, providing insight into how teaching literacy can be easy and playful.
According to NewTeeVee, John Herman is a “renaissance media-maker of many talents.” The Ford Motor Company named him a “top 100 Web influencer.” Indie culture touchstone Pitchfork called him “a writer, a media maker, and a compulsive ringleader.” When social network Google+ was released, his profile was linked in the press release to give new users an example of the platform’s creative opportunities. He is a former spaceflight candidate who is often juggling enough creative projects that he is accused of time traveling. He was named the state’s first Literary Idol then joined the board of trustees of the NH Writers’ Project.
Dana Dakin founded WomensTrust, after a 35-year career in the financial services industry. With experience at the New York Stock Exchange and in pension consulting with Callan Associates, she pioneered the first creative agency in 1976 to focus on marketing for institutional investment firms. Dakin Partners became associated with some of the great launches in the money management business, and went on to co-produce the eight-part PBS series, “Beyond Wall Street: The Art of Investing.”
Virginia Prescott is host and producer of “Word of Mouth”, a new program about new things that is in development at New Hampshire Public Radio. She brings a discerning eye, quick wit and love of high and low culture to the new programs and is thrilled to be on the ground floor of this bold experiment in public radio programming. Virginia joined NHPR after five years producing national programs at WBUR in Boston. Most recently as Editor of Arts, Culture & Ideas for “Here & Now”. Virginia grew up in NH, but caught the radio bug while working for WWOZ Radio in New Orleans. She then moved to New York and honed her chops producing and directing beloved journalist Ed Bradley as part of the team behind NPR’s Peabody Award-winning “Jazz from Lincoln Center” series. Virginia is a strong believer in empowering local voices to create informed communities. To that end, she has worked to develop radio stations in southern and West Africa, and trained journalists in post-conflict zones in Sierra Leone and the former Yugoslavia.
Mr. Schuepp joined Animetrics in 2003 to lead the firm’s transition from a pure technology company to the leading provider of facial biometric solutions it is today. Mr. Schuepp has 30 years of experience in information technology and telecom, primarily in sales and business development. He has an impressive track record of developing new business channels for high-tech products and international sales at companies such as Snowshore Networks (now Dialogic), Lucent Technologies and Ascend Communications (now Lucent Alcatel), Stratus Computer and IBM.
Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc became President of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) on July 7, 2003. He previously served as president at Marlboro College (VT) from 1996 to 2003.
Under the eight years of Paul’s direction, SNHU has more doubled in size and is the largest provider of online higher education in New England. In 2012 the university was #12 on Fast Company magazine’s “World’s Fifty Most Innovative Companies” list and was the only university included.
Thomas Obrey cofounded PixelMEDIA in 1994 with his business partner Erik Dodier. Since then, he has initiated and implemented the creative strategy and drive that has launched PixelMEDIA from a two-person multimedia company into the successful full service digital agency that it is today. During PixelMEDIA’s first 13 years Thomas was responsible for the day to day operations of the design, development and support offering. Today Thomas provides senior level business and web channel strategy and consultation services to the company’s vast client base and is responsible for the companies emerging technology and service offerings.
In 2010, Claudia Rippee and Ed Aloise opened Republic Café, which is the first restaurant to receive the Certified Local designation by the New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection. A chalk board at Republic’s entrance lists all of their local suppliers who provide meat, poultry, fish, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, milk, coffee, beer, etc. on a daily or weekly basis. This past spring Ed and Claudia were semi-finalists for the 2012 James Beard Award in the category of “Outstanding Restaurateur”. In less than two short years, Republic has built a reputation as one of the finest restaurants in New England and has helped jump start the farm-to-restaurant trend.
Travis is the President of Griffin York and Krause, one of the nation’s top mid size and independent marketing companies. He has been with the agency since July 2005. For almost seven years prior to joining GY&K, he was employed by Euro RSCG Worldwide as part of the largest digital agency network in the world. He had overall responsibility for relevant agency teams consisting of account, creative, project management and technology resources. The primary liaison with senior client contacts, he worked to understand the business challenges in order to recommend appropriate marketing solutions and plans for execution for clients such as Guinness, IBM, Lexmark International, Reckitt Benckiser, Royal Caribbean and Virgin.
Dr. Michele Goldsmith
Dr. Michele Goldsmith is the Papoutsy Distinguished Chair in Ethics and Social Responsibility and Associate Professor of Science at Southern New Hampshire University. Prior to her current position, she was a Scholar in Residence at Emerson College, Assistant Professor at Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine, and the McKennan Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College. She received an MS from Bucknell University and MA/PhD in biological anthropology from Stony Brook University. As a Fulbright Scholar, she studied lowland gorillas in the Congo, and in 1999, as a National Geographic Researcher, began her long-term study examining the impacts and ethical implications of mountain gorilla tourism in Uganda. She is on the board of the Great Ape World Heritage Species Project and Conservation New Hampshire.