Alumni Tale: Katherine Gibson (Steere) ’08

What did you study at UNH?

Communication Sciences and Disorders and French

What were you doing one year out of college?

I was in graduate school at UNC-Chapel Hill pursuing a master of science degree in speech pathology.

What were you doing five years out of college?

I was living in Manhattan and working at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center as a senior speech pathologist specializing in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. I was busy adjusting to life in New York City and the pace at a major children’s hospital. I was encouraged to attend an NYC UNH alumni event by my fellow Kappa Delta sisters who lived in the city, which led me to great social connections and experiences.

What are you doing now?

I am living and working in Manhattan at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital as a senior speech pathologist who specializes in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. After attending my first alumni event in New York City  in 2013 (after, I will admit, much needed encouragement from friends), I have become actively involved in the network and recently started in my role as president. I am excited for what lies ahead in NYC.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

While at UNH I was involved in various organizations. The leadership skills I acquired by participating in these extracurricular activities helped me tremendously in my career. Navigating personal and professional relationships is important at any stage of life and UNH helped provide me with these types of skills. The academic foundation I received allowed me to continue my studies in a competitive graduate program which led to a strong fellowship placement and eventually my current job.

Why do you believe in UNH?

I believe in UNH because it is a university that fosters growth in so many different ways for its current students as well as alumni. I am in awe of how much the university has grown physically and also in national recognition since I graduated in 2008. I believe in UNH because the university is continually growing itself. I have become more and more proud to be a Wildcat each time I read an article about a recent achievement or drive through the ever-changing campus.