Alumni Profiles

We value our Alumni and their accomplishments.  Below is a list of program areas and alumni stories. If you are a Thompson School Alum and wish to share your story with us, please fill out this web form or contact us!

Applied Animal Science:

Laura Chapman, Class of 2005

AAS Alum Laura Chapman trains a dogGrowing up, I had everything from dogs to cats to mice, turtles, frogs, and birds.  Throughout elementary school, I was the girl known for her Border Collie obsession, her Littlest Pet Shop collection, her homemade cardboard houses for her pet mice, and the first 6th grader to ever refuse a squid dissection.  While I loved and grew an attachment to all animals I came across, I still wasn’t quite sure how to answer the age old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Story>>>

Carl Majewski, Class of 1992

I had always liked farming, and by the time I started high school I thought that I’d like to look at a career in agriculture. I started working on a dairy farm in town, and when I started looking at colleges I focused on places that offered a curriculum in Dairy Management.  Story>>>

Alyson (Huppe) Bronnenberg, Class of 2003

Throughout high school I knew I wanted to pursue a career working with cattle.  I had many years of experience training and working oxen, and I wanted to broaden my knowledge, so I decided to major in Applied Animal Science with a concentration in Dairy Management. Story>>>

Kimberly Connick, Class of 2008

I graduated from the Thompson School in 2008 with an associate degree in Applied Animal Science with a concentration in Equine Management.  The Thompson School was amazing.  I loved my professors; Laurie and Drew were the best.  I also loved the hands on experience and smaller class sizes.  I was one of the only people in the Equine Management program with very little equine background. Story>>>

Applied Business Management:

Adam O'Kane, Class of 2010

I'm lucky in that I've known since I was 5 or 6 years old that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I graduated from Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, NH in 2008. When I started at the Thompson School, I was looking for an experience that could help me develop basic business skills, like managerial accounting and marketing.  Story>>>

Jeff Levine, Horticultural Technology, Class of 2002, Applied Business Management, Class of 2003

As a high school senior I was “living the dream.”  Four years earlier I had started my own landscaping business and it was thriving. So it seemed only natural to further my education in the horticulture industry as I had hoped to continue in the landscaping profession after college. I quickly settled on The Thompson School of Applied Science at UNH.  This turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.  Story>>>

Civil Technology

Hunter Picard, Class of 2012

After leaving UNH/Thompson School the job search was tough but I was eventually hired by Wichert Surveying in Manchester, but after 6 months I was still a part time crew member and work was slowing down. So I began job searching again and came across an ad for an Instrument Operator position at WSP... Story>>>

Patrick Coursey, Class of 2011

I have always been a hands-on kind of person so the small class sizes and the personal relationships that the teachers created was great.  Not many people can say that they called their professors by their first name!  Story>>>

Tim Brown, Class of 2000

The Civil Technology program at the Thompson School of Applied Science appealed to me because of the broad scope of the program.  Instead of focusing on a computer program alone, the CT program gave good exposure to the fundamental skills needed to succeed in the building design and construction industry.  Story>>>

Andrew Kopp, Class of 2010

It wasn't until my senior year of high school that I found something that I could consider working toward as a career. I managed to work my class schedule around taking a course at the Manchester School of Technology during the last block of the day. The course was Design Communication.  For two and a half hours every day, I took the bus over to learn about creative design. Story>>>

Community Leadership

Sara Bucciarelli, Class of 2009

Sara graduated from the Community Leadership program (CoLead) in the spring of 2009, and graduated from UNH in the spring of 2011 with a degree in Communication. Currently she is working at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions as the Development Coordinator in the Office of Development. Story>>>

Jessica Harring, Class of 2004

“I graduated from the Community Service and Leadership program in 2004 with honors. I am currently the weekend shift supervisor at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation. Story>>>

Andy Schafer, Class of 2011

Andy Schafer is a 2011 Community Leadership graduate and world traveler.  Andy is currently working towards a double major in International Affairs and Political Science. Story>>>

Michael Brown, Class of 2003

Michael Brown, a 2003 alumnus from the first graduating class of the Community Leadership program, prides himself on his experience in this one-of-a-kind program. Story>>>

Cathie Plante, Class of 2010

Cathie Plante was a UNH student who had a remarkable experience with the CoLead program. Cathie heard about the program by doing her own research on the UNH website. Story>>>

Jessica Barnes, Class of 2005

Jessica Barnes, a 2005 graduate of the Thompson School of Applied Science’s Community Leadership program, credits her classes as an incredible learning experience that has led to her professional and personal success.  Story>>>

Corey McGuigan, Class of 2010

After being diagnosed with leukemia in September 2005, Corey McGuigan received a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  From that day on, it was clear that he was going to work for a nonprofit organization.  Story>>>

Melissa Podaski, Class of 2006

Melissa Podaski, class of 2006, is currently attending Three Rivers Community College where she is in the professional nursing program. She will have her RN (registered nurse) degree in May 2012.  Story>>>

Bryan Dwyer, Class of 2007

Bryan Dwyer, a 2007 graduate of the Community Leadership program, is now a significant leader in New Hampshire.  Story>>>

Vicki Hebert, Class of 2006

Vicki Hebert, a 2006 graduate of the Thompson School of Applied Science’s Community Leadership program, has an extremely impressive resume. Vicki first obtained her associate degree in the Community Leadership program at the University of New Hampshire and then went on to Granite State College, where she earned a bachelor of science in Nonprofit Management.  Story>>>

Jeremy Bourgeois, Class of 2007

Jeremy Bourgeois, a 2007 graduate of the Community Leadership program at the Thompson School of Applied Science, is extremely CoLead graduate Julie-ann Edwardsfocused on the importance of education. He describes his two years of education at the Thompson School as an experience he had not anticipated. Story>>>

Brian Reed, Class of 2007

Brian Reed, a 2007 graduate of the Community Leadership program, is currently using the skills he learned at the Thompson School while working as a paraprofessional in the Exeter Alternative High School program. The program was created in 1997 and is designed to help prevent “at risk” students from dropping out of their classes.  Story>>>

Julie-ann Edwards, Class of 2003

Julie-ann Edwards was a member of the Community Leadership program's first graduating class at the Thompson School in 2003 (then known as Community Service & Leadership). She is currently a program manager in charge of a statewide student assessment program for Measured Progress, a national nonprofit company and industry leader in educational assessment. The CoLead program was the second degree she sought at UNH. Story>>>

Diana Podaski, Class of 2003

Diana Podaski graduated from the Community Leadership program in 2003 as a member of the very first graduating class of the program. She then pursued a Communication degree at UNH after TSAS, explaining, “I felt that you need the bachelor degree in this day and age, but I do feel that I learned heaps more at TSAS/CSL than I did going for my second degree.”  Story>>>

Culinary Arts and Nutrition (previously: Food Service Management)

Matthew Iannetta, Class of 2003

My name is Matthew Lannetta and I graduated from the Thompson School in 2003.  I was enrolled in the Food Service Management program, which is now the Culinary Arts and Nutrition program and had a concentration in Culinary Arts.  The most memorable part of the Thompson School was the faculty.  They were not only my teachers, but life mentors as well.  Story>>>

Brian Chiappa, Class of 2008

My name is Brian Chiappa and I graduated from the Thompson School in 2008. Since I was 15 years old I have been working in restaurants. When I began to look at schools I thought that the Thompson School would be a great fit for me because it combines hands-on learning, which I was used to from years of working in restaurants, with formal education about business and management fundamentals. Now I am 22 and working as a Food and Beverage Leader in Development at the Omni Parker House in Boston, MA.  Story>>>

Emily Kunelius, Class of 2010

I started at the Thompson School as a non-traditional student in the fall of 2008.  I had been working for the previous 7 years in various full time positions. During my years in the “working world,” my strong interest in nutrition really became apparent to me and I decided to return to school to obtain a degree in nutrition. I was attracted to the Thompson School because of its Associates Degree program in dietetics as well as its hands-on approach to learning.  Story>>>

Rhiannon Fenstermaker, Class of 1998

My name is Rhiannon Fenstermaker and I grew up locally in a small town and my passion is cooking!   I loved my experience at the Thompson School!  I had really great teachers who truly cared about their students and their futures.  They even spent time with each student individually if it was needed.  My favorite part about the Thompson School was its size.  Story>>>

Christina Grant, Class of 2002

My name is Christina Grant and I graduated from the Thompson School in 2002. After graduating high school in 1997, I worked a few years mostly in a retail setting because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I always had an interest in Nutrition and when I heard about the Thompson School I thought it would be a great opportunity to pursue a degree in the field.  Story>>>

Forest Technology

Jen Weimer, Class of 2002

I entered the Thompson School as a non-traditional student after spending seven years as a Photographer. I’ve always had a love of the outdoors and a great passion for trees. When I decided to go back to school I knew I wanted to work outdoors with trees but wasn’t sure where to start until I discovered the Forest Technology Program at Thompson School.  Story>>>

Kyle Lombard, Class of 1987

As a high school senior I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to take with my life and career.  I applied to several different schools, one of them being the UNH 4-year Forestry program.  I wasn’t immediately accepted at UNH but was offered admissions to the 2 year Forest Technology Program at Thompson School.  I had never heard of the program before, but I thought the field of forestry sounded interesting.  Since the Thompson School is part of UNH , I took the offer to become part of the Forest Tech program.  Story>>>

Billy Kunelius, Class of 2010

After working for four years after graduation from high school, I was ready to further my education.  As I pondered my options of schools and degrees, forestry came to the forefront, and not only forestry, but forestry at the Thompson School of Applied Science.

Forest Tech Grad James AireyGrowing up in an outdoor environment, I spent much of my time roaming the woods as a kid.  I was a typical child that loved being outdoors and I was reluctant when it was time to go in for school.  As the end of high school drew near, college was not even a consideration as my thoughts were to get out of school and get a job outdoors!  Which is what I did, working at a dairy farm for four years.  As I continued to work at the farm, I began to realize that to succeed in today's work environment, a college degree is an important thing to have.  Story>>>

James Airey, Class of 2009

During high school, I first developed an interest in forestry when enrolled in a vocational agricultural program. This, in combination with my past adventures in the woods as a child, inspired me to look to the forest as a potential career path. I applied to the Thompson School of Applied Science’s Forest Technology Program because it offered a unique opportunity to learn essential concepts of forestry, taught by a distinguished and experienced faculty with a hands-on approach to learning.  Story>>>

Horticultural Technology

Jeff Levine, Horticultural Technology, Class of 2002, Applied Business Management, Class of 2003

As a high school senior I was “living the dream.”  Four years earlier I had started my own landscaping business and it was thriving. So it seemed only natural to further my education in the horticulture industry as I had hoped to continue in the landscaping profession after college. I quickly settled on The Thompson School of Applied Science at UNH.  This turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.  Story>>>

Mark Nevin, Horticultural Technology, Class of 1992

The Thompson School helped shape who I am and what I am doing today. My education in Horticultural Technology with a concentration in Ornamental Horticulture laid the foundation for me to become a teacher in my field.  But there were other leadership and interpersonal experiences I encountered at UNH that set me on the path to becoming the person and community leader I am now.  Story >>>

Richard (Rick) Whitney Rideout, Class of 1976 ~ In Memoriam

Horticultural Technology grad and business owner Rick Rideout decided to attend the Thompson School while living in Lindbergh's Crate (See story link below to read this great story) and his acceptance letter was what changed the course of his life.  Story >>>