Alumni Tale: Melissa Cardin ‘05

What did you study at UNH?

Social work

What were you doing one year out of college?

I was working for the State of New Hampshire as a child protective service worker for the Division of Children, Youth and Families and happily married to my husband, John Cardin ’01.

What were you doing five years out of college?

I was working as a case manager with Seacoast Family Promise, a small shelter for families experiencing homelessness in Stratham. I was still married to my husband and had a 2-year-old daughter.

What are you doing now?

I am the community job specialist with the NHEP Workplace Success Career Center in Rochester. I work with TANF recipients finding work experience placements (kind of like an internship) to help them gain work experience and skills to become financially self-sufficient.

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

With the education, training and support I received from UNH, I felt I could take on the world and make it a better place, both for myself and for the people I work with. And, I’d like to think I have!

Why do you believe in UNH?

UNH was always a place I could call home. The fall always makes me a little bit homesick for UNH and the days of walking around campus.