Speakers

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Carolyn Gamtso

     Carolyn Gamtso is a reference and instruction librarian at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester Library. Her professional and research interests include information literacy, faculty collaboration, and peer tutoring in the library. In 2007, she pursued a long-held dream by spending her academic sabbatical in the foothills of the Himalayas, teaching English to …

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Michael Kennard

     Michael Kennard has been active in EMS for over thirty years, starting as a First responder then achieving the Paramedic level. Mike has worked in many different environments, as a first responder, fire service, and private service, and for the past eighteen years, in the hospital setting as a 911 paramedic.       Along Mike’s …

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Virginia Barry

     Virginia M. Barry Ph.D. was sworn in as Commissioner of Education on June 1, 2009. The New Hampshire Executive Council unanimously confirmed Governor John Lynch’s nomination to the position.  The commissioner is responsible for the organizational goals of the department and represents the public interest in the administration of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of …

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Bodhipaksa

Bodhipaksa

      Bodhipaksa (pronounced bodhi-PACK-shah) is a Buddhist meditation teacher and author. He has been meditating for thirty years and teaching meditation for twenty years. He discovered a passion for teaching when completing a degree in veterinary medicine at the University of Glasgow, in his native Scotland, and later entered the field of community education, bringing educational and personal …

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Erin Farrington

     Erin Farrington is an 18 year old high school graduate and ukulele enthusiast. Erin suffers from severe asthma and allergies; this health condition put her out of school her senior year.      Farrington, an aspiring comedian/writer/ musician is attending her freshman year of college in boston. Erin Farrington  

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Jim Forrest

Jim Forrest

     Jim Forrest is the Principal of Ambalogic Interactive Studio, and former Creative Director of Berkleemusic at the Berklee College of Music. Previously he was the award-winning Web Creative Director of the Peabody Essex Museum, the oldest continuously operating museum in the United States.With a background in creative direction, new media design, information architecture, user-experience …

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Jay Holder

Jason Holder

    Jason Holder is a licensed mental health therapist with over 31 years of child, adolescent and family counseling experience, most of which has been in an adventure-based environment. He has 15 years experience in teaching grades 1 through graduate school. During the summer, he directs a highly successful adventure program designed to enhance self-esteem …

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Michelle Lipinski

Michelle Lipinski

      Michelle Lipinski, a New Hampshire Native and presently the Principal of the Northshore Recovery High School is a founder of I Can Help (icanhelp.com) an early identification program that creates “safe spots” in schools for youth to discuss issues with trained personnel. Currently the principal at North Shore Recovery High School in Beverly, MA, …

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Avi Magidoff

Avi Magidoff

     Avi Magidoff is an acupuncturist, and Buddhist teacher. He teaches technique and philosophy of the meridians to professional acupuncturists and facilitates meditation and mindfulness practice in Portsmouth, NH. A student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and long-time member of the Order of Interbeing (Tiep Hien), Avi has helped organize TNH’s tours in North …

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Janice McDermott

Janice McDermott

     Janice McDermott is the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. With over 25 years of experience in hospice and end of life care, Janice has had many roles and responsibilities. In 1985, she was the second staff member hired at Community Hospice of Greater Nashua. There, Janice was instrumental in …

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Peggy McIntosh

      Peggy McIntosh is Associate Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She is Founder and Co-director of the United States S.E.E.D. Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity). She consults widely in the United States and throughout the world with college and school faculty who are creating …

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Rabbi Dawn Rose, PhD

       Rabbi Dawn Rose was raised Baptist on the small ranch in Northern California.  Realizing she was gay at 17, she moved to San Francisco.  There she attended UC Berkeley majoring in English Literature.  At the onset of the AIDS epidemic, Rose sought and found a deeper spirituality and concept of responsibility in Judaism.  Soon …

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Dr. Malcolm Smith

Dr. Malcolm Smith

     Malcolm Smith is a Professor of Family Studies who has been looking for solutions to violence, bullying and meanness for over 30 years.  He is the Founder of Courage to Care (http://www.courage2care.com) a means of teaching empathy, compassion and civility to young people.  His research has led him to the scenes of school shootings …

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