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.


Helen Lonek, Program Assistant

 Helen Lonek grew up in New York and moved to New Hampshire in 2002. She received her Associate’s Degree from The Berkeley School in New York City.  She has previous experience working for the TRIO Program at Great Bay Community College as well as in the Financial Aid Office.  She enjoys the interaction she has with the students.  Helen’s spare time activities include cooking, reading, working on her golf game, playing with her golden retrievers and, as the mother of five sons, attending soccer games and track meets.