To research books, films and articles, Sy Montgomery has been chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Zaire and bitten by a vampire bat in Costa Rica, worked in a pit crawling with 18,000 snakes in Manitoba and handled a wild tarantula in French Guiana. She has been deftly undressed by an orangutan in Borneo, hunted by a tiger in India, and swum with piranhas, electric eels and dolphins in the Amazon. Sy's 18 books about animals, for both adults and children, have garnered many honors, including “The Good Good Pig,” her memoir of life with her pig Christopher Hogwood, which was a bestseller published in six languages. Her work with man-eating tigers, the subject of her book “Spell Of The Tiger,” was made into in a National Geographic television documentary she scripted and narrated.
Dr. Felix Warneken is Associate Professor and Director of the Social Cognitive Development Group in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. Trained as a developmental and comparative psychologist, he conducts research with a focus on cooperation and social cognition in children and chimpanzees. A study demonstrating altruistic helping in children and chimpanzees was named one of the 100 most important scientific findings in 2007 by Discover Magazine.
Dr. Warneken studied in Germany and the United States, receiving his doctoral degree from the Universität Leipzig while working at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. He received several awards, including an Early Career Research Contribution Award by the Society for Research in Child Development, a Janet Taylor Spence Award for Early Transformative Early Career Contribution by the American Psychological Society, as well as an NSF CAREER award.
Victoria Arlen won a gold medal in the 100M freestyle swim at the London 2012 Paralympics, and silver medals in the 400M Freestyle, 50M Freestyle, and 4x100M Freestyle Relay. Just six years earlier, Victoria came down with a rare viral disease, Transverse Myelitis. The disease put her in a vegetative coma for three years, and left her without the use of her legs. But after coming out of her coma and returning to high school, her brothers urgred her to get back to swimming, a sport in which she excelled as a child. Terrified that without the use of her legs she would drown, she refused. But her brothers are as persistent as she is and eventually she relented. In June of 2010, she returned to the water for the first time since her illness, beginning her extraordinary journey of athletic accomplishment.
Dick Anagnost, the President of Anagnost Investments, Inc. has over 35 years of experience in real estate and land development within the City of Manchester, Northern New England, and internationally. Over the years, he has helped the City of Manchester to revitalize downtown Elm Street, and has redeveloped over 25 properties in the downtown and Millyard areas. Anagnost is the Chairman of the Workforce Opportunity Council, and Vice Chair of the NH Business Finance Authority. He is also a youth football coach for the Bedford Jaguars and CYO basketball coach for St. George. He lives in Bedford with his wife Demetria and three sons, Alexander, Stavros, and Demetri.
In 1991, Elaine Hamel registered a young neighbor in summer camp. In exchange for the camp fee, she agreed to spend a week teaching girls how to safely use power tools to build. That week ignited a fire that has fueled her passion since. Today, Elaine is the executive director of Girls at Work, Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps girls unlock their inherent potential by learning to build with power tools. Along the way, they help girls discover their inner power tools of strength and courage to build strong, safe lives. Elaine founded Girls at Work in 2000, after nearly 13 years in the construction industry as the founder of EMH Remodeling. Since its inception, Elaine has encouraged nearly 7,000 girls (and women) to move beyond their comfort zones and overturn stereotypes that are nothing more than self-limiting assumptions.
Peter Worrell has a particular interest in the intersection of psychology and finance and its relevance to building enterprise value in the private transaction market. His efforts go to the practical application of the insights drawn from these disciplines to improve decision making in the owner-manager domain of risk. He is a thought leader on the art of building sustaining enterprise value for private owner-managed organizations. The author of “Enterprise Value: How the Best Owner-Managers Build Their Fortune, Capture Their Company’s Gains, and Create Their Legacy” (McGraw-Hill, 2013), Worrell is currently Managing Director at Bigelow LLC.
Kusum Ailawadi has spent twenty years studying our grocery shopping baskets. Armed with insights from what is offered up and purchased in the neighborhood supermarket or the club store on the outskirts of town, and at what prices, she evaluates changes in the pricing policy of packaged goods manufacturers like Procter & Gamble, assesses how profitable the promotions of retailers like CVS are, and reveals what works and what doesn’t for incumbent retailers when Walmart comes to town. Her newest research examines the nutritional quality of our grocery shopping and shows how it is affected by our own mindset and the mindset of food marketers.
Kusum is the Charles Jordan 1911 TU’12 Professor of Marketing at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Elizabeth Resnick, Professor in Graphic Design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Massachusetts, holds both a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design.
As a member of AIGA Boston chapter board (1989–2005) she organized numerous graphic design lectures and events, including six large design exhibitions, three of which focused on contemporary socio-political poster design.
Professor Resnick’s publications include “Design for Communication: Conceptual Graphic Design Basics” for John Wiley & Sons Publishers (2003), and “Graphic Design: A Problem-Solving Approach to Visual Communication for Prentice-Hall Publications” (1984).
Randolph Langenbach first became known for his groundbreaking work on the Amoskeag Mills in Manchester, New Hampshire, which resulted in a series of exhibitions and the book, “Amoskeag, Life and Work in an American Factory City” co-authored with Tamara Hareven. Subsequently, he produced the exhibition and co-authored the book Satanic Mills, for SAVE Britain’s Heritage, and also received an Indo-American Exchange Fellowship to document textile mills in India.
The recipient of a Master’s of Architecture from Harvard University, and a Diploma in Conservation Studies from the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies in York, England, Langenbach has taught building conservation as Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, where he became involved with research on earthquakes and masonry buildings. He later served as a Senior Analyst at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and has also served as a consultant to UNESCO, for which he authored the book “Don’t Tear It Down! Preserving the Earthquake Resistant Vernacular Architecture of Kashmir.” After the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, he served as team leader and co-author of the book “Preserving Haiti’s Gingerbread Houses,” published by the World Monuments Fund. In 2003, he was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome.
Meryl Levin is the Founding Board Chair of the Mills Fall Charter School as well as a seasoned photojournalist. Her background as a social documentary photographer includes a focus on health, social welfare and political engagement. Her work has been exhibited and published worldwide. She is the author of two monographs: Anatomy of Anatomy about the training of medical students, and Primarily New Hampshire about young people in politics. Levin has edited and curated many visual projects and lectured at universities around the country. Her projects have received foundation support from the Soros Foundation and the NY State Foundation for the Arts, among many others. She worked with Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas for over a decade, during which time they produced the book and traveling exhibition KURDISTAN: In the Shadow of History (a 100 year history about the Kurds), among many other publications, exhibitions and multimedia projects. She taught documentary photography at The School of Visual Arts in NYC for seven years, and since 2006 has been an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University where she teaches visual story telling and is deeply involved in the University’s service learning initiative. She served on the Board of Directors of the Animal Rescue League in Bedford, NH for three years. These days her cameras are a bit dusty, as she serves as Founding Board Chair in the creation of New Hampshire’s first public Montessori school. Mill Falls Charter School opened in the fall of 2012, serving 93 students and now has 120 students from across the state. The school will grow annually to reach its full K-6 program. Levin lives in Manchester with her husband, Will Kanteres, and their young son.
Dan Habib is the creator of Including Samuel and the new film Who Cares About Kelsey? Habib is the Filmmaker in Residence at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. Including Samuel has been translated into 17 languages, broadcast nationwide on public TV in Fall 2009 and was nominated for an Emmy in 2010. Who Cares About Kelsey? will be broadcast nationally in Fall 2013 and has been screened at 11 film festivals.
Before joining UNH in April of 2008, Habib was the photography editor of the Concord Monitor. He was twice named the national Photography Editor of the Year and was a judge of the Pulitzer Prizes. He is a six-time New Hampshire photographer of the year and his freelance work has appeared in Time, Newsweek and the New York Times. In 2013 he received the Justice for All Grassroots Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities.
Habib and his wife, Betsy McNamara, live in Concord, NN, with their sons Isaiah and Samuel.