Meet the Staff

 Ashley Gonzalez




Tammy J. Gewehr, Director

Tammy, a California native, moved to New Hampshire in 2007 and became part of the McNair Scholars Program (TRIO) team in July 2008. She is first in her family to attend college, having earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho, and a M.Ed. (Counseling & Guidance) from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.

She began her TRIO experience as the academic advisor for Student Support Services (SSS) at Cal Poly State University. At UNH, she worked as the assistant director for the McNair Scholars Program until 2013 when she became the director. She finds the energy and optimism of college students exhilarating and enjoys working to help prepare them for graduate school.

Tammy loves the outdoors, where she enjoys kayaking, hiking and more recently surfing. Travel, both near and far, is also a favorite 'free-time' activity. In her spare time she is often known for taking photos, many photos (just ask her son), and realizes she needs a better camera!



Selina Choate, Associate Director

Selina Choate, earned her B.A. in Psychology and later went on to obtain a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire (UNH). She has worked for the university’s Office of First Year Programs for six consecutive years and served as the Liberty Mutual Sponsored Diversity Network Program for five years. Prior to working at UNH, she served as a Staff Assistant and Outreach Representative in Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s constituent services office. Selina brings a wealth of knowledge from the non-profit industry. She served on two state boards and served as the Treasurer for the Manchester NAACP, unit 2069. She is a past co-chair of the President’s Commission on the status of People of Color, an advisor for NALA, the support group for women of color at UNH, and the advisor for Delta Xi Phi, Multicultural Sorority, Inc. She enjoys cooking, baking and playing with her new puppy, Milo.


Jenny Faro, Program Support Assistant

Jenny Faro has been working for University of New Hampshire since 2018. She joined the McNair Scholars Program (TRIO) as the Program Support Assistant in 2021. Jenny acquired an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Granite State College. She is currently working on finishing her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology. Her education won’t stop there, she believes that she will always be a lifelong learner and she is proud to be a first generation graduate in her family. She is planning to pursue a master’s degree from the University of New Hampshire after she finishes her undergraduate work.

Outside of working at the University of New Hampshire you will find Jenny working on her part-time art business. She actively participates in a Planning/Book club and Art club with her friends each month. For fun Jenny is researching and collecting artifacts to create a family genealogy book. Jenny is also studying to be a certified herbalist on her free time, which was inspired by her love for making her own tea blends and holistic wellness. .