Alumni Association Board of Directors

psu-alumni-association-bodRepresenting you and the other 30,000 Plymouth State alumni are 16 volunteer alumni directors who collaborate with the professionals in the Alumni Relations Office and in University Advancement. As a group, the board members guide the efforts that make your alumni status valuable,  strengthens the value of your degree, and connects you to the PSU of today and the students who are sitting where you did years ago.

Are you the alumni leader type? Nominations and applications are accepted throughout the year for a selection process each spring. Four-year terms begin on July 1 each year. Diversity of class years, degrees, geography, and the like are important to the Board as a group.

Meet your alumni leaders:

Derek Barros ’16
Degrees: B.A. Political Science & Criminal Justice
Profession: Inclusion Family Counseling Center, Clinician

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Campus experience: Student Senate, Model United Nations, Enactus (VP of Marketing), International Students Association, Campus Tour Guide, Alumni Office Fellow.
I chose to give back to Plymouth State because of all the great people who cared for me, loved me, and took on a role far beyond just being a professor or supervisor. Just to name a few Francis Williams, Michelle Fistek, Robert Egbert, Rodney Ekstrom, and Stephanie Green. It is my duty to share a piece of my knowledge and success.

Amy Basset ’90
Degree: B.S. Business Management, minor Mathematics
Profession: United States Small Business Administration, Maine District Director

SGM James Goss ’68
Degrees: B.Ed. Secondary English Education
Profession: Retired Educator, United States Military and Government Services

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Campus experience: Plymouth Players (Stage/Tech Crew). Worked for Campus Dining as a “food runner from Mary Lyon to Blair Hall (affectionately known as a Tunnel Rat!)

After retiring from the military and government services, I realized that I had time on my hands and wanted to give back to individuals and organizations that postured me for years of success in three distinct careers.  Plymouth State provided me a solid foundation for my 15+ year teaching career as well as the fundamental skill, knowledge, and ability for my military career (21+ years) and my government services positions (10+ years). Satisfaction comes from helping current students and fellow Alums!

Michelle Harvell ’00 Vice Chair
Degree: B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, Marketing and Communications
Profession: Perfectly Planned Events, Owner Event Marketing and Coordination

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Campus experience: Worked in the P.A.S.S. Office all four years, and was a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters

I choose to give back because I loved my years and experiences that Plymouth offered me, I want future students to feel the same camaraderie that I felt every time I stepped on campus.  I feel that Plymouth State offers such a unique experience. One of my favorite parts about sitting on the Plymouth State Alumni Board of Directors is that I get to be a part of the scholarship process.  I find it very rewarding meeting with current students and hearing what they love about Plymouth and the plans that they have for their future.

Dan Hopper ’12
Degree: B.A. Theater Arts (Lighting)
Profession: Senior Lighting Designer

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Campus experience: Hartman Union Building Tech Crew, Silver Center Audio/Lighting, Home Basketball Game DJ.

Plymouth is a second home to me. It gave me opportunities to learn and grow. I wholeheartedly believe that without PSU and the Music, Theatre, and Dance department I would not be where I am today. Mentors like Matt Kizer and Terri Dautcher made all the difference in my life.

Larry Pignataro III ’01,’06G
Degree:  B.S. Business Management, minor Economics, M.B.A. General Management
Profession: Competitive Energy Services, Business Development

Dianne Rappa ’76
Degree: B.Ed. Physical Education, minor Political Science
Profession: New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NHAHPERD), Executive Director, North Country YMCA, Program Director

Ayla Steere ’16,’17G
Degrees: B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, Women’s Health, M.Ed. School Counseling
Profession: Mascoma Valley Regional High School, Guidance Counselor

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Campus experience: Student Senate, Class of 2017 Officer, Sailing Club, Admissions (Tour Guide), Alternative Spring Break, S.A.G.E. Center in the Hartman Union Building

Mentors that made an impact on my Plymouth State experience included – Paula Lee Hobson, Kayla Gaudette, and Dr. Mary Beth Ray.

I give because of all the people that gave before me. Due to their generous gifts, I was able to attend Plymouth. And I give for those that no longer can give, to carry on their legacy. 

Joan Tambling ’83G
Degrees: M.B.A
Profession: Retired University System of New Hampshire, Director of Human Resources

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I am both a PSU alumna and a former employee. I served as the Personnel Director at PSC from October 1977 to August 1989. One of the terrific campus activities during that period was tubing on the Baker River. Even the Los Angeles Times captured one such event on its front page.  It was fun. 
During the time of my Personnel work, I conducted almost all of the College’s new employee orientation sessions and loved to vary the location of the talks.  In Rounds Hall, I could add to the sometimes boring employee benefits discussions, by looking at just how high those spirals for the Halloween pumpkins actually were. When meeting in the Mail Services area in the Mary Lyon basement, new employees could look, along with me,  at the defunct, but exotic, old bowling alley. It often worked to bring employees to the spirit and heart of PSC along with its policies. 
The Alumni Association Board offers similar opportunities. No one from my MBA class of ’83 would have imagined that coffee could be available in Lamson Library! In its mission to support the University, the PSUAA has many initiatives that connect Alumni to all that is new and progressive at the University.  Such is very appealing.

Mike Whaland ’06,’09G,’13CAGS,’20EdD
Degrees: B.S. Psychology, M.Ed. Counselor Education, Cert of Advanced Studies – Educational Leadership, EdD Learning, Leadership, and Community
Profession: Raymond School District, Curriculum Director.

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Campus experience: Men’s Lacrosse, Holmes Center for School Partnerships and Educator Preparation RuralEducational Leadership Network, Center for Rural Partnerships, and University System of New
Hampshire Board of Trustees Graduate Student Representee.

Mentors include: Dr. Linda Carrier, Dr. Ben Amsden, Dr. Megan Birch, Dr. Phil McCormick, and Dr. Brian Eisenhauer

I give back to Plymouth State because I have always been taught to pay it forward. Plymouth State was a major influence in my social and professional development. I was fortunate to have attended a school with a community that afforded me all the opportunities to pursue and achieve
my goals while making lifelong friendships. I believe it is my civic obligation to give back and strengthen the school that has given me so much.