Event Year: 2019

Kartik Sakthivel

Kartik Sakthivel has been a proud resident of NH for nearly 25 years, 20 of those in the same 0.3 mile radius in Dover, where he lives with his spouse of 16 years, Yukiko, and two wonderful children – Sophie, 13 and Simon, 9. He serves as the Vice President &...

Dr. Colene Arnold

Dr. Arnold is a Board-certified gynecologist in private practice at Inner Balance Pelvic Health & Wellness Center in Newington. She sees routine gynecology patients and specializes in pelvic pain disorders, giving her clear insight into the problems that exist...

Bryan Bessette

Bryan Bessette is passionate about bringing diverse people together to learn from one another and translate ideas and beliefs into beneficial action. He is Co-founder and President of the local nonprofit, The Freedom Café, and has served as a Chaplain at UNH since...

Dr. Elizabeth Burakowski

Dr. Elizabeth Burakowski is a snow scientist at the University of New Hampshire. She uses climate models, snow measurements, and satellites to understand how winter in the northeastern United States has changed in the past and what we can expect for the future.

Quita Christison

Quita’s two competing passions are theater and health care. She’s been able to merge these two passions at Next Step, an organization that provides teens and young adults living with chronic illness experiences and opportunities to learn life skills and build...

Jaed Coffin

Jaed Coffin is the author of A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants, a memoir about the summer he spent as a Buddhist monk in his mother’s village in Thailand and Roughhouse Friday, which chronicles the year he won the middleweight title of a barroom boxing show in Alaska....

Ben Hillyard

Ben is a psychotherapist working with children, adolescents, and families for nearly 30 years. In response to a lack of communication among professionals working with children, he started the Center for Collaborative Change. He regularly attends school meetings and...

Diane Murphy

Diane is a poet, gardener, singer, and lover of art, music, and dance. She believes self-directed education is the most authentic and innovative way for teens to learn. The BigFish Learning Community is her leap of faith and leap out of the public school system where...

Madison Person

Madison Person is a high school senior and artist. During her sophomore year, she withdrew from public school and registered as a homeschooler to craft her own education based on her interests and passion for art. Over the past two years, she has been building her...