Meet Our Students

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Meet our StudentS!


What does it mean to be a part of the Carsey School?

Carsey's students are on paths to become leaders within their communities and their organizations. They benefit from learning from leading researchers in the policy field and from educators with rich histories of working in policy and public administration around the country. 

Below, you’ll find some information about the #CarseyStudents and have a chance to explore the backgrounds and current roles of members of this unique, devoted, and experienced school.

View students by degree program below.

With MPP Student Ellie Masson
"I am excited about learning the different types of fields and careers and having the ability to learn plenty more about criminal justice issues and how we can move towards a more restorative justice system. "       ~(MPP) Student Ellie Masson  — Shelburne, VT
With MPP Student Elizabeth Schwaner
"I am pursuing the Masters in Public Policy so that I can stop the problems at their source."       ~(MPP) Student Elizabeth Schwaner — Londonderry, NH
With Accelerated MPP Student Meriah Metzger
"Having the experiences associated with the Accelerated Masters in Public Policy program has been really helpful in learning more about what I am interested in and how to best apply my skillset. "       ~(Accelerated MPP) Student Meriah Metzger  — Shelburne, VT
With MPP Student Christina Dubin
" I've become hooked on policy and am really excited to start this program and a new career path!"       ~(MPP) Student Christina Dubin — Portsmouth, NH
Wiith MPP Student Faith Thompson
Education: I did my undergrad at UNH and I was a dual major in History and Justice Studies with minors in Sociology and Forensics. Why did you decide to pursue a Masters in Public Policy? I was originally interested in law school with the intention of going into immigration law but after performing...
With MPP Student Tavion Dignard
"Obtaining my BA in Women’s Studies gave me the push to move toward “being the change” and gaining further knowledge of the intersection of gender and gender roles within society currently and historically and experience in advocating for feminism and various social justice issues."       ~(MPP)...
With MPP Student Jordyn Kafka
"I found [the Washington, D.C., Colloquium] to be the most valuable aspect of the program because I got to apply classroom skills to the real world of policymaking."      ~(MPP) Alum Jordyn Kafka '19, '20G
With MPP Student Juliana Good '20
"In the words of Nike: Just Do It! This is an incredibly flexible, supportive, and engaging program that will translate your plans for changing the world into tangible work."       ~(MPP) student Juliana Good '20, '21G
With MCD Student Matthew Parker
"I am pursuing the Masters in Community Development to build out the tools I believe necessary to lead the Union of Minority Neighborhoods and to be an example to my children."       ~(MCD) Student Matthew Parker — Boston, MA
With MCD Student Jessica Martin
"I have a passion for housing issues, regional economic development, supporting under-served populations and transit related issues."       ~(MCD) Student Jessica Martin — Manchester, NH
With MCD Student Sister Marilin Llanes
"I'm energized by immersing myself in diverse cultures and realities and seeking inspiring conversations with others that want to make our world a better place to live and co-exist together."       ~(MCD) Student Sister Marilin Llanes — Westchester, IL
With MCD Student Anne Lawson
"Community development seemed like coming home."       ~(MCD) Student Anne Lawson — Somerville, MA
With MCD Student Alena Klimas
"I'm passionate about regional economic development, community projects, and our beautiful mountains!"       ~(MCD) Student Alena Klimas — Parkersburg, WV
With MCD Student Leo'el Jackson
"Since graduating from college, my main focus has been on keeping people in their homes and creating housing opportunities for people who do not have a home."       ~(MCD) Student Leo'el Jackson — Rochester, NY
With MCD Student Heather Hobby
"Although it is still a challenge every day with balancing work, housework, mommy duties, and now school, I have the determination to achieve my goal to show my children to always shoot for the stars."       ~(MCD) Student Heather Hobby — Fowler, CO
With MCD Student Kayla Giordano
"I am excited to be learning again after three years away from school!"       ~(MCD) Student Kayla Giordan — Deep River, CT
With MCD Student Jess Torres
"I am interested in making community investments that are not about individual wealth-building but visioning reparations in the form of food and land for queer, trans, intersex, black, and indigenous individuals."       ~(MCD) Student Jess Torres — Long Beach, CA
With MCD Student Christina Scenna
"I am confident that the Master in Community Development Policy and Practice will bring me closer to achieving excellence when it comes to having to identify problems, create action plans, and evaluate progress."       ~(MCD) Student Christina Scenna — Exeter, NH
With MCD Student Natalie Rogers
"I am passionate about economic justice, participatory democracy, and community-engaged research methods."       ~(MCD) Student Natalie Rogers — Silver Spring, MD
With MCD Student Kadry Furany
"I am thrilled to be back to classes after about 10 years! I am very happy to meet you all and learn from each and every classmate and from our distinguished professors."       ~(MCD) Student Kadry Furany — Ottawa, ON
With MCD Student Janie Bright '21G
"I hope to build upon my community development experiences to better fulfill the mission of improving our members’ lives. I strongly believe the University of New Hampshire’s Community Development Policy and Practice Program will sharpen my skill set and allow me to understand the assessment of...
With MCD Student Letora Anderson
"Within this coming year, I hope to incorporate my experience in planning and landscape architecture as it pertains to community development. I look forward to learning more about the unique experiences of all in our diverse group of cohorts and professors!"       ~(MCD) Student Letora Anderson —...
With MCD Student Yyokkia Lawson
"The MCD Program gave me the words I needed to describe my experiences in community development. It also let me do a deep dive into topics which are relevant to my community and the work I am doing within my organization."       ~(MCD) Student Yyokkia Lawson — Athens, GA
With MCD Student Amanda Landry
"I have a passion for food system work and economic development."       ~(MCD) Student Amanda Landry — Shoreham, VT Position: I worked for an organic vegetable and fruit operation for several years at Shelburne Farms, managed an online local food market for the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link and...
With MCD Student Austin Vasko
"Though community development covers many broad sectors, it is ultimately about creating opportunities and accelerating progress in a way that allows all community stakeholders to have the chance to benefit in a meaningful and lasting way."       ~(MCD) Student Austin Vasko — Philadelphia, PA
With MCD Student Kristen Van Bergen-Buteau
"The level of applied science is fantastic, and I am already using things I've learned in my work and volunteer efforts."       ~(MCD) Student Kristen Van Bergen-Buteau — Lancaster, NH Position: Program Manager, Rural Health Network, Coos and Northern Grafton Counties, NH Education: Bachelor's in...
With MCD Student Victoria Pham
"Seeking a Masters in Community Development is my way of connecting my drive to help others with my love of design on a more practical and holistic scale. I am humble to be in this program and excited to continue learning."       ~(MCD) Student Victoria Pham — Haverhill, MA Position: Public...
With MCD Student Jyothi Narayan
"I want to help women become self-sufficient and financially independent."       ~(MCD) Student Jyothi Narayan — Philadelphia, PA Position: Independent Consultant working as a financial analyst for CDFIs and as an outsourced accountant for small nonprofits in Philadelphia, PA Education: Bachelor...
With MCD Student Grace Martino
"I think I have become more aware and equipped to care and serve my community better. "       ~(MCD) Student Grace Martino — Niantic, CT Position: Ministries Assistant at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Assistant at Together for Hope, and Intern at the Association of Hispanic Theological...
With MCD Student Maureen Beauregard
Join Michael Swack, Director of the Community Development program at the Carsey School, and current Master in Community Development (MCD) student Maureen Beauregard ('20G) to learn about the MCD degree. In this 30-minute webinar, you'll discover how you can complete this 14-month master’s program...
With MPA Student Jennifer Thompson '02
"The professors are extremely knowledgeable on the content and subject matter and really great to learn from... I am also starting my public health certificate at the same time and the fact that I can finish with both a degree and a certificate in the same amount of time is an incredible...
With MPA Student Juliet Webber
"I am passionate about education, and finding ways to make lifelong learning accessible for all and I hope to integrate these areas throughout my MPA studies."       ~(MPA) Student Juliet Webber — East Kingston, NH
With MPA Student Jennifer Salazar
"I want to be someone that works with people but more importantly, I want to help people. "       ~(MPA) Student Jennifer Salazar — Manchester, NH
With MPA Student Jeanne Walker
"It has been some time since I was in school and quite a bit has changed but I am up for this challenge. It promises to be quite a ride."       ~(MPA) Student Jeanne Walker — Nashua, NH
With MPA Student Andrea LaBonté
"To implement the changes I want to make, I believe the Master’s in Public Administration program makes sense as my next step."       ~(MPA) Student Andrea LaBonté — Bolton, MA
With MPA Student Aislinn Forbes
"I am passionate about education equity and income inequality! I decided to join the MPA program to learn how to be a more effective organizer and manager. "       ~(MPA) Student Aislinn Forbes — Auburn, NH

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