The SNHU Alumni Association Awards Committee will request nominations for the 2017 Alumni Awards in May 2017. Presentation of the awards will take place during the President's Reception at Homecoming Weekend on October 14, 2017.
Hall of Fame Award: K. Brian McLaughlin '88 & Linda (Marinaro) McLaughlin '89
Brian and Linda McLaughlin met at New Hampshire College in the 1980s. Brian received his Bachelor of Science in Economics/Finance in 1988; and Linda received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing in 1989. Together they lead Granite Group Benefits LLC., which they founded in 1992, where Brian is President/CEO and Linda serves as Marketing Manager.
Togther, Brian and Linda embody the goals of the institution and take their roles as alumni seriously to engage in the community, give back to SNHU, and hire SNHU students and alumni. Brian has previously served on the Alumni Board of Directors and has been a guest panelist and speaker for both academic and alumni programs. Understanding the role of philanthropy in higher education, they have consistently supported scholarships and the annual fund and more recently created the McLaughlin Career Development Fund to assist students in pursuing career development goals through experiential learning. Whether it’s giving time to talk with students about developing career aspirations to employing interns and new graduates within their organization, Brian and Linda consistently support SNHU’s commitment to student success.
In addition to their commitment to their alma mater, Brian serves on the board of Veterans Count and they are both very involved in community initiatives in Goffstown where they live and raise their family.
Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Stephen Painchaud
This year’s recipient, Dr. Steve Painchaud, has over 30 years of teaching, management, and consulting experience. A recently retired professor of organizational leadership, Dr. Painchaud has taught in the areas of strategic management, human relations, business trends, human resource management, and organization behavior. His consulting services to for-profit and non-profit organizations focus in the areas of organizational excellence, strategy, team development, human resources, and leadership.
Dr. Painchaud earned his Doctor in Education in Higher Education from Boston College and is a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). He earned an MS in Education from the University of Southern Maine and his BA from St. Joseph’s College, ME. He was the recipient of the International Teaching Excellence Award from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) in 2008 for outstanding leadership and service in business education.
Dr. Painchaud developed courses and taught in Southern New Hampshire University’s Three-Year Business Honors Program, a nationally recognized integrated, competency-based, undergraduate degree program from 1997 until his retirement. In 2012 he coauthored Saving Higher Education: The Integrated, Competency-Based Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program, which focuses on curriculum innovation and cost containment in higher education. The impact of the Three Year Honors program is exemplified in the strong ties that its alumni maintain with the program, their faculty and engagement with our SNHU community. Additionally, throughout his tenure at SNHU, Dr. Painchaud served in multiple leadership roles for the School of Business both at the undergraduate and graduate levels – consistently a voice of focus on student success and academic excellence.
Painchaud is active in his community, currently serving as a trustee and Chair of the Board for the Capital Region Food Program, an all-volunteer organization seeking to reduce hunger in the greater Concord, NH area, that he has been associated with since 1985.
Young Alumni Award: Michael J. Rizzi '09 '10G '12MBA
This year’s recipient received his Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (Three Year Business Honors Program) 2009; Master of Science, Organizational Leadership 2010; Master of Business Administration 2012 and currently is Talent Acquisition Partner, Medicus Healthcare Solutions; Adjunct Professor (Organizational Leadership), SNHU.
He is a frequent career volunteer on campus, helping UC students on their career development paths. Donor to Three Year Honors Program Scholarship Fund. Engaged in SNHU events and community building. Mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (Nov. 2013 – present). 2nd Lieutenant, Civil Air Patrol (Sept. 2015 – present). Mike really stands out as an alumnus who not only directly gives of his time to students in their academic and career exploration, he has mentored, hired and inspired fellow alumni to really reach for success and invest back in SNHU to build our community. Mike is a great example of pride and advocacy for our alma mater and we love the challenge he gives to others to do the same.
Presentation of the 2016 awards took place during the President's Reception at Homecoming Weekend on Saturday October 15, 2016.
+ This award was created in 1991 to recognize an alumnus or alumna who graduated (10) ten or more years ago and has made outstanding contributions to his/her profession, community and to Southern New Hampshire University.
2015 - Rob Freese '892014 - Robert Schiavoni '72 2013 - Robert J. DeColfmacker '782012 - Deborah Osgood '85 '96MBA 2011 - Mark Ouellette '77 2010 - David H. Bellman '92 2009 - Michael Brody '73 2008 - Robert J. Finlay '92 2007 - Theresa (Ross) Desfosses '72 2006 - Andrew W. "Mickey" Greene '72 2005 - Ann (Robichaud) Lally '79 '95G 2004 - Peter Perich '76 '85G 2003 - Douglas Blais '88 '90MBA 2002 - Rene LeClerc '71 2001 - Donald Labrie '71 2000 - Bea (Worden) Dalton '73 1999 - Thomas Tessier '74 1998 - Edward Ithier '87 '93MBA 1997 - Robert Garneau '77 1996 - Michael DeBlasi '70 1995 - David Myler '69 1994 - Richard Courtemanche '73 1993 - Dr. Christos Papoutsy '57 1992 - Dr. Judith Bouley '74 1991 - Tony Lambert '68 *
+ This award can be given to an alumnus, alumna, faculty, staff or friend of the university for leadership, dedication and loyal service to the university and its objectives. The alumnus/alumna must have graduated (6) six or more years ago to be considered for this award.
2015 - Tiffany (Lyon) Fifer '00 '02G2014 - Neil Donahue '822013 - Karin Caruso '82MBA2012 - Craig Ahlquist '80 & Mary (McTeague) Ahlquist '79 2011 - Dr. Burton S. Kaliski 2010 - John J. Rainone '85 2009 - C. Richard Erskine 2008 - Robert P. Schiavoni '72 2007 - Linda Hicks '94 '99MBA 2006 - David H. Bellman '92 2005 - Rob Grenus '87 2004 - Norton (Tuffy) Phelps '85 2002 - Joseph Panaro '72 2001 - Bianca Holm 2000 - Janice (Somers) Fitzpatrick '93G 1999 - Paula (Polinski) Riegel '87 '92 1998 - Dr. Richard A. Gustafson 1997 - Douglas Blais '88 '90MBA 1996 - Peter Perich '76 '85G 1995 - Rene LeClerc '71 1993 - Dorothy S. Rogers * 1992 - Dr. George Larkin 1991 - Michael DeBlasi '70 1990 - Dale (Plavnicky) Trombley '83 1989 - Bill S. Green Esquire - Honorary '76 * 1988 - Thomas Space '74 1987 - Dr. Gertrude Shapiro - Honorary '71 * 1986 - Russell Pelletier '70 1985 - Michael Brody '73 1984 - Robert Morine '71 1983 - Maurice Raymond '70 1982 - David Myler '69 1981 - Richard Courtemanche '73 1980 - Dr. Christos Papoutsy '57 1979 - Kenneth Preve '70 *
+ This award was established in 2000. It is designed to recognize younger alumni who graduated not more than (5) five years ago and have demonstrated leadership and support to the Alumni Association and to Southern New Hampshire University.
2015 - Rachael (Kuzmick) Comstock '10G & Ryan Comstock '12G2014 - Douglas Howard '09, '11G2013 - Angela Palladino '112012 - Elena Painchaud '08 '10G 2011 - Jared Gabrey '06 2010 - Jeffrey M. Penta '05 '08MBA 2009 - Ashley A. (Adams) Liadis '02 '05G 2008 - Jason F. DeMarzo '03 2007 - Katherine A. McKenney '03 '07G 2006 - Tiffany A. Lyon '00 '02G 2005 - Kristina (Kintzer) Oleksak '01 '03G 2004 - Meghan (Cotton) Dalesandro '00 2002 - Robin (Sorenson) Kazes '97 2001 - Chad Mason '98 '00MBA 2000 - Michelle (Lamontagne) Strout '96 '98G
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