Hometown: Bradford, Massachusetts
Degree(s): BS Childhood Studies with Teacher Certification Option
Class Year(s): 1996
Current or previous employer and a brief professional summary:
Current employer – State Street Global Advisors, State Street Corporation (June 1999 – Present); Gardner (MA) Public Schools (August 1998 – June 1999); Winchendon Public Schools (August 1997 – June 1998)
Why did you choose Plymouth State?
When I went to college I was really interested in pursuing a degree in education. I knew Plymouth had an excellent education department. I also wanted to get away from home a little. Being originally from Connecticut, Plymouth was only a 4 hour drive away and that seemed reasonable. I also fell in love with the campus right away during my college selection process and it easily became a top choice for me.
How did your Plymouth State education prepare you for your career?
My Plymouth education helped my career in that I was prepared to handle any challenge that came my way. I taught for 2 years before making the career switch into the financial services industry. I like to think that my strong academic footing provided me during my years at Plymouth State helped me be successful with this career transition.
How do you spend your “free” time?
I currently volunteer at my church as a religious education teacher. This is my 3rd year doing so. I also volunteer as an assistant soccer coach for my daughter’s team in both the spring and the fall. I am in my second year do this. I also enjoy traveling with my family, skiing and playing golf.
What inspired you to serve on the PSUAA Board of Directors?
I was heavily involved on campus during my 4 years at Plymouth and I really had a desire to be involved yet again. Being on the Board of Directors has provided me with such an opportunity. Currently living less than 90 minutes from Plymouth helped in my decision to seek out an opportunity to serve on the board as well. I also have a strong connection to the University in that it is where I met my wife, fellow alum, back when we were both students living in Grafton Hall. We got married the year after we graduated, and now have 2 incredible daughters that I love to bring to Plymouth with me, whenever I get the opportunity to do so.
What do you hope to accomplish as a member of the PSUAA Board of Directors?
My biggest hope as a member of the board is that we can continually grow the spreading of the message of all the great things that are happening at Plymouth. I think the office is doing an amazing job at getting information out to alums promoting all that is going on in Plymouth, as well as all that the Alumni Association is doing as well. The more alums we can reach with this information, the better.
Why is it important for alumni to stay connected with Plymouth State?
It is important to stay connected because alums can be the greatest resources a University can have. From helping to advocate for the University within the State of New Hampshire, or serving as an alumni mentor to a current student, there are many capacities in which we can look towards alums to serve.
Favorite book, movie, or TV Show?
Don’t know if I have a favorite book, but I do like to read. I have read quite a few books written by David Baldacci, in addition to all of the books by Dan Brown. It is also tough to pinpoint a single movie as my favorite. There are several movies that I definitely will watch whenever they are on TV. My favorite TV show would most definitely be Seinfeld. I can watch episodes on syndication all the time.