Scott Lapinski, Director
A New England transplant, Scott grew up in New York but has lived in the area for over 10 years. He received his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction (focused on inclusion and belonging) and M.Ed in elementary education from Boston College. He joined the SAS team from Brandeis, where he was the interim director for Student Accessibility Support and an accessibility specialist for graduate students. He has also worked as an adjunct lecturer at Boston College and City College of New York (CCNY) where he taught and developed face-to-face, blended, and online courses. These courses covered a range of topics related to disability, inclusion, accessibility, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and special education.
As SAS Director, Scott is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of SAS, as well as working with the SAS team to accomplish our mission and goals. He also works with students, develops staff and faculty, revises and develops new policies, and collaborates with campus partners. He is particularly interested in working on issues related to inclusion, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), accessibility, and belonging. He is also passionate about working with students and faculty in creating classrooms that are both accessible and inclusive.
Scott’s door is always open (except when meeting with students of course!), so please feel free to come on by to discuss accommodations, share your experiences, or just chat!
Janice Carlson, Disability Specialist
Jan is a graduate of Plymouth State College (B.S. Natural Science) and Plymouth State University (M. Ed General Special Education) with a program concentration in disabilities in the post-secondary education environment. She has many years of experience working with college students, having worked in higher education her entire career. Jan joined UNH SAS in January 2016.
As the UNH SAS Disability Specialist, Jan is responsible for student intake appointments and accommodations. She is committed to helping students achieve greater independence and maximize their potential through self-advocacy and self-determination. Jan enjoys meeting with current students to help them navigate the college environment. Jan also enjoys meeting with prospective students and their parents at resource fairs and during orientation. A special interest of Jan’s is the transition from high school to college and supporting students in this process. Prior to working at UNH, Jan was the Disabilities Coordinator at Plymouth State University in the Student Support Services TRIO program where they served low-income students, first-generation students, and students with disabilities. Her early work in TRIO with disability services motivated her to go back to school for a graduate degree.
Jan is a member of the New England Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), New Hampshire Educational Opportunity Association (NHEOA), and the New England Educational Association (NEOA). Born in New Jersey, Jan has lived in New Hampshire most of her life, and recently relocated from the Lakes Region to the Seacoast area.
Maureen Bourbeau, Assistive Technology Specialist
Maureen joined UNH SAS as the Assistive Technology Specialist in December 2015 bringing 20 years of experience in the fields of Assistive Technology (AT) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in higher education. She has worked at 2-year, 4-year, public and private institutions serving students’ technology and curricular access needs through direct AT assessment and training as well as the acquisition and creation of alternate format materials.
She continues to be motivated by the academic achievements of her students when they have the technology tools, skills, and accessible course materials necessary to meet their individual access and learning needs. To that end, Maureen actively works with departments across campus to raise awareness and train faculty and staff on course content and website accessibility while promoting the concept of universal design in education.
Maureen earned a B.S. in Exercise Science and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and completed the (ATACP) Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program from Cal State University, Northridge in 1996. She is a member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and the Assistive Technology in Higher Education Network (ATHEN).
Maureen relocated to the New Hampshire Seacoast from her home in Western Massachusetts and enjoys exploring all that the Seacoast has to offer.
Mindee Poland, Administrative Coordinator
Mindee grew up in Northern New York and graduated from Plattsburgh State University with a BA in Psychology. She spent several years in Vermont where she worked as a behavioral counselor in the school system. Following a move to New Hampshire, Mindee worked most recently in a special education program within a local high school, first as a paraprofessional, then as the administrative assistant.
Mindee joined UNH SAS in January 2020 as the Administrative Assistant and transitioned to Administrative Coordinator in October. Mindee manages Clockwork and is responsible for reporting out to numerous departments. She also coordinates outreach opportunities and events on campus that strive to help students advocate and be involved. It is Mindee’s desire to facilitate a welcoming environment where students, staff, and faculty feel supported and encouraged.
Richard Mathiasen, Testing Coordinator
Originally from New York, Richard comes to UNH with a background in higher education and social work, and a passion for student success. Having lived and worked on both coasts, Richard is overjoyed to have joined UNH SAS in March of 2020 as the Testing Coordinator for their new, dedicated testing center located in Thompson Hall.
As the Testing Coordinator for SAS, Richard is responsible for ensuring any student that has registered with SAS has the accommodations and support they need to take their exams. He is committed to the University’s mission of inclusivity and equity, as well as taking a holistic approach to maximize the student experience. Prior to coming to UNH, Richard was a librarian at the University of New England, and a youth counselor specializing in workforce development for the disabled and disenfranchised.
Richard graduated from Siena College with a B.A. in English and later earned a Master’s Degree in Writing from the University of Southern California. He brings with him a rich and varied experience in higher education and communications. Our resident cinephile, Richard is always happy to chat about representation in the arts – just make sure you’ve finished your exams first!
Sam Mellert, Administrative Assistant III
Sam is a New Hampshire Native. He grew up with both parents working at Dartmouth College, so has always been surrounded by higher education/academia. He received his associate’s degree from Great Bay Community College, and is currently working on his Bachelor’s degree in business administration/management from Granite State College. Having been through the education system with accommodations of his own, he understands the value of advocacy as well as establishing working relationships with faculty.
As the Administrative Assistant, Sam is responsible for the day-to-day scheduling and bookkeeping components of the SAS office. He wants to ensure that students have everything they need in order to make their interactions with staff and faculty regarding accommodations as effective as possible. In his spare time Sam enjoys making woodworking projects from reclaimed wood as well as spending as much time outdoors as he can!