2014 Interns

Andrew Doppstadt ’17

Andrew worked at Foss Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of non-woven textiles from recycled plastic bottles. Andrew and fellow intern, MBA/JD student Cole Russell, will conduct a feasibility study and begin to develop a business plan for a new social business that would increase individual and institutional recycling activity and integrate it into Foss’s manufacturing process. Andrew is double majoring in economics and finance and active in UNH’s chapter of Net Impact, the global nonprofit that helps young people pursue “impact careers” for positive social and environmental change.


Sarah Harmon ’16

Sarah worked at Pax World Management, an investment advisor that integrates Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) sustainability factors into investment analysis and decision making. Sarah will join Pax’s sustainability research team. Sarah is double majoring in finance and management and minoring in English. She is a member of UNH Women in Business and, through the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, volunteers and fundraises for a local women’s shelter for sufferers of domestic violence. 


Giselle Hart ’17

Giselle worked at the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), an award-winning nonprofit that is expanding UNH’s lauded Trash 2 Treasure program to campuses across the country. Majoring in marine biology and music performance, Giselle is also a lab manager at the Cohasset Center for Student Coastal Research, a nonprofit organization with the mission of educating students and young adults in the environmental sciences. 


Zach Howard ’15

Zach worked at ROC USA, a national social venture that supports homeowner cooperatives to purchase their “mobile home parks” through expert technical assistance and financing. Zach will assist with measuring and reporting results from the social venture’s first five years of work in the manufactured housing community sector. A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, Zach is majoring in management and was a finalist in the 2013 Social Business Innovation Challenge for his idea of using recycled containers to help millions of homeless people worldwide. 


Jessica Kaczynski ’15

Jessica worked at Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a community development financial institution (CDFI) that develops job-creating natural resource industries and small business ventures in primarily rural regions of Maine. An environment resource economics major with minors in Spanish and business administration, Jessica will work in program development to support CEI’s Triple Bottom Line investing model, which pursues the 3Es of a return on investment that accounts for economy, equity, and environment. 


Jeff Lertora ’16

Jeff worked at Veris Wealth Partners and the Carsey Institute. Veris Wealth Partners is a national sustainable wealth management firm dedicated to aligning families’ and foundations’ financial objectives with their mission and values. Jeff is a marketing major and active member of Net Impact UNH. At Veris, Jeff will help document the company’s annual carbon footprint, conduct B Corporation evaluations, and support other sustainability initiatives. At the Carsey Institute, Jeff will serve as the “intern’s intern” for the Carsey Social Innovation Internship, coordinating trainings and preparing for campus activities in 2014-2015. 


Madison Lightfoot ’16

Madison worked at ROC USA, a national social venture that supports homeowner cooperatives to purchase their “mobile home parks.” As ROC USA’s image intern, Madison will develop and implement a unified strategy to maximize visibility and reach audiences in the manufactured housing, social innovation and investing sectors. Madison is majoring in psychology and in women’s studies and minoring in social work and in race and ethnic studies. In the UNH community, she is working reduce bullying and violence against women as a MVP Bystander Facilitator and through the Creating Acceptance Through Students (CATS) student organization. 


Bryan Merrill ’15

Bryan worked in the Boston office of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, helping develop its new sustainable investing business. Bryan is majoring in political science, economics, and international affairs and is a leader in Net Impact UNH. He was a 2013 Carsey Social Innovation Intern at the UNH Foundation, where he researched ESG investing and was instrumental in the Foundation’s decision to offer a new “sustainable sleeve” (social choice fund) in the UNH endowment. Bryan was UNH Student Body President in 2013-2014 and will serve as the student representative on the USNH Board of Trustees in 2014-2015. 


Will Meyer ’15

Will worked for the University of New Hampshire Foundation, which manages UNH’s endowment. In close partnership with Pax World Management, Will will support the Foundation’s ongoing data-driven analysis of opportunities in sustainable investing. Will is double majoring in economics and history and has won awards in both departments. He is a member of UNH Division I Nordic ski team and serves as the team’s representative on the Student Athlete Advisory Council. 


Melissa Proulx ’15

Melissa worked at the New Hampshire Business Review, New Hampshire’s stateside business newspaper with a biweekly print edition with a readership of 50,000, as well as a website, nhbr.com. Building on her journalism major as well as her experience at The New Hampshire and Seacoast Media Group, Melissa will write stories for both print and digital use about the various ways that New Hampshire for-profits and nonprofits are exploring the intersection of business and social mission. 


Kendre Rodriguez ’16

Kendre worked at the Social Enterprise Greenhouse in Providence, Rhode Island, which creates positive social and economic impacts by supporting social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive. Kendre will support its incubator and accelerator programs. Majoring in entrepreneurial studies and international affairs and minoring in economics, Kendre has a range of global experience including interning and interpreting for the Puerto Rico Police department. 


Kris Roller ’15

Kris worked at ROC USA, a national social venture that supports homeowner cooperatives to purchase their “mobile home parks” through expert technical assistance and financing. As ROC USA’s marketing intern, Kris will visit up to 30 resident-owned communities in New England to take photos and/or video to support the website-building project. An economics major who produced the winning community video in the 2013 Social Business Innovation Challenge, Kris has extensive experience in video production and runs his own production company for music videos. 


(William) Cole Russell MBA/JD ’15

Cole worked at Foss Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of non-woven textiles from recycled plastic bottles. Building on his MBA course in sustainable business, Cole will conduct a feasibility study and begin to develop the business plan for a new social business that would increase individual and institutional recycling activity and integrate it into Foss’s manufacturing process.