Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise Executive Director
Dr. Fiona Wilson is the Executive Director of the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise, which offers innovative pedagogy, applied research, and meaningful engagement opportunities for students and faculty from across the University of New Hampshire in “social innovation” – the application of market-based and cross-sector strategies to develop sustainable, scalable solutions to societal problems. As a joint venture of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and the Carsey School of Public Policy, this interdisciplinary Center contributes to the growing field of social innovation by working at the nexus of individual entrepreneurs and business models (traditionally the domain of business schools) with public policy and systemic change (traditionally the domain of policy schools) in our research, teaching, and practice.
Fiona is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability at the Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Her research and teaching focuses on innovative entrepreneurial companies with business models that are good for “people, planet and profits.” Fiona is also a Faculty Research Fellow at UNH’s Sustainability Institute, and a Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to her academic career, Fiona spent fifteen years in the business world, ultimately as VP of Marketing for CMGI (the publically traded internet investment and development company) and prior to moving to the United States in 1993, Fiona worked for a decade for Ogilvy & Mather Advertising in London, England and Barcelona, Spain. Fiona serves on the Boards of Trustees of the Wolfe’s Neck Farm Foundation, a non-profit education center in Freeport focused on sustainable agriculture and food systems, and Meridian Stories, a Maine-based non-profit which uses the power of digital media to change educational effectiveness.
Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise Associate Director
Faina Bukher is the Associate Director for the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise (CSIE) and provides pivotal support to programs such as the annual New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge, the annual summer Social Innovation Internship program, the Semester in the City program, as well as other events throughout the year. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Purchase College and an M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her role as Program Manager, she was the Coordinator of the Social Justice Leadership Project and Assistant Coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program. As part of the Social Justice Educator’s team at UNH, Faina facilitates social justice workshops to faculty, staff and graduate students. She has also taught a number of undergraduate courses through the UNH Women’s Studies Program, including Introduction to Women’s Studies and Leadership for Social Change.
Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise Marketing and Promotions Assistant
Cathy Meyer is CSIE’s Marketing and P romotions Assistant and provides strategy and support for events, marketing, and communications. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Fine Arts from William Smith College and an M.Ed. from Lesley University. Her career began in the classroom, where she taught in public schools in Massachusetts and later, Portsmouth, NH. At that time, she also consulted for Tufts University’s Center for Applied Child Development, educating colleagues on research-based reading and writing teaching practices. In 2009, Cathy’s career shifted back toward her art background as she transitioned to graphic design and marketing to start a freelance practice. Working with both for-profits and non-profits, she found new passion for businesses with a mission while working with a client, Camber Outdoors, whose mission is to “achieve equality for all women in the outdoors, from backcountry to boardroom”. Her role at CSIE allows her to blend her two professional worlds to further her passion for Social Innovation.
Escarle Nicole Turcios
Escarle Nicole Turcios is a Junior Hospitality Business Major. At the time of her participation in Semester in the City she interned in Boston for the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement, where she coordinated outreach events to serve the immigrant community, such as a Citizenship Session. Escarle is currently a Program Coordinator for the Executive Board for MOSAICO, the UNH Latino/Latina student organization which concerns itself with social justice issues, cultural diversity and provides the campus community with events throughout the school year emphasizing cultures from various Latin American countries. As a UNH Connect Mentor to five first year students, she is a leader who has dedicated her time to assist first-generation and multicultural students to facilitate their transition from high school to college. Schedule a Changemaker Coaching Session with Escarle.
Jill Howard is a Senior majoring in Business Administration with a Self-Designed Option in Social Innovation and Enterprise and minoring in Social Justice Leadership. She spent the Fall semester of her Junior year living and working in Boston as part of the Semester in the City Program. There, she had a transformative experience interning for the Economic Growth team at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, working on initiatives to advance racial and economic equity in the city. In the Spring of her Junior year, Jill studied abroad in Wellington, New Zealand. Additionally, Jill is involved in UNH’s Women in Business club and Alpha Phi Omega (a co-ed community service fraternity). This Fall she will be starting new positions as a Paul College Dean's Ambassador, a “Big Sister” through Big Brothers Big Sisters New Hampshire, and a Social Media Coordinator and Business Assistant at Symmetry Yoga in Lee. Outside of school and work she enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, and spending time with her family at Lake Winnipesaukee. Jill is excited for her final year at UNH, where she will continue her role as a Student Fellow at UNH’s Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise, connecting students with high-impact, experiential learning opportunities. Schedule a Changemaker Coaching Session with Jill.
Emma Chinman, ’19
Emma Chinman, originally from just south of Boston, is a senior Social Work and Women’s Studies double major. She spent three summers working as conference services supervisor on Star Island, a conference center off the coast of Portsmouth, NH. In the spring of 2017, Emma participated in the Semester in the City program in Boston, where she worked for the Petey Greene Program helping to coordinate tutors to go into prisons and jails to facilitate in the education of incarcerated students. This past summer, she participated in the Social Innovation Internship at New Generation-- a homeless shelter for women who are pregnant and women who have children. She now works for CSIE as a Student Fellow and is the Associate Chaplain at the Waysmeet Center. She is continuing her work with the homeless population this semester as an intern at Child and Family Services's Homelessness and Runaway Youth Outreach Program. She started, and previously served, as the president of Oxfam at UNH, a student organization focused on educating the campus on the injustices of hunger, homelessness, and poverty. She is also in Student Senate and is a member of the Socratic Society. Schedule a Changemaker Coaching Session with Emma.
Leah Kuppermann is a Senior double majoring in Human Development and Family Studies & Women’s Studies while minoring in Social Justice Leadership. During her time at UNH Leah has been a Resident Assistant in Christensen Hall, served as the Public Relations Co-Chair for Alpha Phi Omega (the co-ed community service fraternity on campus) and was an Orientation Leader in 2017. During the fall of her junior year, Leah participated in Semester in the City, interning with OneGoal Massachusetts in Boston, whose mission is to close the college divide. In the spring that year, she traveled abroad to Hungary to participate in UNH's Humanities Budapest Program. This year Leah is excited to be back on campus working with the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise and interning at HAVEN - an organization that serves women, men, and children affected by domestic and sexual violence. Leah is passionate about all UNH has to offer and would love to work with you to make the most out of your time at UNH! Schedule a Changemaker Coaching Session with Leah.
CSIE Student Fellows
Megan Champagne, ’21
Megan is a first-year student majoring in Marketing with a minor in Spanish from Jaffrey, New Hampshire. She is passionate about working with and understanding the needs of others. As a Student Fellow for CSIE, she educates UNH students about Internship programs and other opportunities available to them through the Center. When she is not working at CSIE, she spends her time on campus practicing with the Tae Kwon Do Club and is an active member in her Hall Council.
Ely Marciano, ’21
Ely Marciano is a first-year Business Administration student originally from Amherst, New Hampshire. On campus he spends his time promoting student opportunities as a Student Fellow for CSIE, organizing and keeping track of funds for events as the Treasurer of his Residential Hall Council, serving as an Ignitor for the Paul FIRE program, and shredding the slopes with friends in the Ski and Board Club. Off campus Ely spends a lot of time in Germany with his family. He has led international groups of young adults through multiple volunteer camps and spends his free time exploring new places and meeting new people.