Wildolfo (Will) Arvelo is Director of the Division of Economic Development for New Hampshire. In this role, he works with a team that focuses on statewide issues related to economic development and strategy. Before his appointment by Governor Sununu, Dr. Arvelo served 33 years in leadership positions within higher education at public and private colleges. From 2007-2017, Dr. Arvelo served as president of Great Bay Community College.
Dr. Arvelo is dedicated to the exploration of collaborations and partnerships between New Hampshire’s business and industry sector and higher education. He recognizes that an educated workforce is the best hope for economic development and New Hampshire’s future. From 2011-2015, Dr. Arvelo was a principal investigator for the $20 million U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT Grant for capacity building in advance manufacturing education for New Hampshire. He also worked to enhance science, technology, engineering, and math education at the College and to build articulation pathways with the University System of New Hampshire and other New Hampshire colleges and universities.
Dr. Arvelo has served on numerous regional and statewide education, business development, and non-profit boards. In 2012, the City of Portsmouth Business Chamber selected him the Citizen of the Year, citing his strong support of business and education.
Zenagui Brahim is the president of New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NH MEP), an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards & Technology under the U.S. Dept. of Commerce. Previously, he was Director of the Institute of Professional & Executive Education at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA.
Zenagui is a founding member of the Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resources Association. He was Vice President of the Association of Manufacturing Excellence – Northeast Region and is currently Vice President of the Southern NH APICS Chapter. He is a founder of the Algerian-American Association of New England and former Chairman of Algerian-American Foundation for Science and Technology. He serves as vice-chair in N.H. Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing Education Council, the board of directors of N.H. High Technology Council, and was a member of N.H. Economic Development Advisory Council. He is also Chairman of N.H. Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium and the National Center for Competency-based Learning.
Zenagui was honored with the “Exemplary Effort Award” from N.H. Dept. of Resources and Economic Development for his leadership role in advancing the New Hampshire manufacturing industry and was a recipient of N.H. Business and Industry Association “Above and Beyond” Award. He has led his organization to receive the first Business Assistance Organization of the Year Award from N.H. Business Magazine.
Fred Bramante is a former middle school science teacher and longest-serving member of the New Hampshire State Board of Education in state history. During his tenure as Board Chair (2003-05), Mr. Bramante led the first statewide school redesign effort since 1919, resulting in N.H. becoming the first state to move to a competency-based system. Fred holds a Masters’ Degree in Educational Leadership. In 2020, he was named one of the State’s Top Innovators for his education redesign efforts.
Nischal had nearly 30 years of experience in education/training. He started his career in 1991 at the Educational Studies Program (ESP), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), while still in high school. He developed and taught his first course in Electrical Engineering. Later, he progressed to teaching IT courses for several colleges and founded/managed a state-licensed professional school offering 300+ online courses in business and technology for nearly 10 years.
While pursuing his passion for the education domain, Nischal also has been simultaneously and successfully playing research, engineering and leadership roles for nearly 25 years in the IT/software functions. As a distinguishing factor, he worked at International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation for 15+ years as a Senior IT/Software Engineer/Scientist. He developed artificial intelligence (AI) based solutions such as engineering robotic workforce, self-resolving customer service, intelligent/automated Electronic Design Automation (EDA) systems/workflow, adaptive data management/security, cognitive business processes, etc.
Among other achievements, he created two programming languages for IBM's internal use and invented a computing system that is capable of healing itself. Nischal’s key current roles are, Chief AI Officer and Chair of IT Department at Apollos University, Technology Chair at the National Center for Competency-Based Learning, and Software Engineering Manager at DentaQuest, LLC.
Nischal holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.S. in Quality Assurance/Management, and a Doctor of Business Administration.
Jessica represents New Hampshire's automotive industry and acts as its liaison with high school automotive technology programs and those within the Community College System of New Hampshire. Serving on advisory boards specific to the automotive technology, she also sits on state-wide boards relating to greater workforce issues that influence the whole automotive industry. Taking a holistic approach to training and education, Jessica is aspiring to recruit, train and retain the highest quality students to grow and sustain a robust automotive industry.
Nathan Harris is a retired Medical Executive. Nathan has 34 years of operations, marketing, sales, and executive management experience in the medical device & military avionics industry. Nathan has held multiple V.P. of Sales and Marketing positions with various medical device companies, including Advanced Circulatory LightLab Imaging, CAS Medical, and Salient Surgical Inc. He spent 13 years with Medtronic Inc. At Medtronic, Before Medtronic, he worked for Guidant Inc. and Honeywell Avionics Division in various leadership and engineering operational capacities.
He earned an Engineering degree from the College of New Jersey, attended the Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, and earned a Masters of Business Administration from St. Thomas University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education at the University of New Hampshire. He has served on multiple boards - Variety Club Heart Hospital, Advanced Circulatory, and now Enova Inc. and National Center for Competency-Based Learning.
Dr. Dan Miner is a graduate of Johns Hopkins Medical School and has been a radiologist for 30 years. He is currently practicing at the Exeter Hospital, Exeter, NH. He is a board member on the Hurricane Island, Maine Outward Bound. Experiential Learning is in Dan’s DNA as his dad, Josh Miner, started Outward Bound in the United States. Dan is an avid skier and award-winning guitar player.
Deo Mwano is a social impact innovator whose work focuses on education, technology, business, community, and individual development. His unique talents and experiences make him highly versatile and adaptable to working with different types of individuals and organizations.
Deo earned his B.A. in International Relations and History and an MBA in Strategic Leadership. He has worked for the Federal Government/State Department, non-profits, educational institutions, and tech startups- EdTech and IOT Security/Management.
His honors include being named as an emerging leader to 40 Under 40 in New Hampshire in 2016 and being a graduating member of the Leadership New Hampshire Class of 2017. Deo runs his Consultancy Firm, DeoMwanoConsultancy.com. Deo Mwano Consultancy offers multi-discipline services – speaking, training, creating engaging empowerment content, leading workshops for businesses and non-profits, and school integration performing and visual arts to ignite audience participation and ownership.
Joel Olbricht is a finance / management leader with 35+ years of experience. As the President & CEO of OSGroup, his professional interests are many and varied. They include leadership, income and estate tax planning, business management and decision-making, strategic planning, building wealth, marketing, and technology planning.
Mary Lou O’Neil has 20 years’ experience as the School-to-Career/ELO Coordinator at ConVal High School in Peterborough, NH (Retired 2017); Graduated of Graham Junior College, Associate in Communication and Medica Studies. N.H. Scholars Award winner for "Creating Exemplary Business/Education Partnerships"; Extensive community board and leadership experience; Harvard’s Pathways to Prosperity report bolstered my belief that we need to provide more pathways to more students. Not "college for all," but opportunities for all. Let’s look for the gift in every student and help them be successful.
Jamie Richardson is a Managing Director of Research at Fidelity Investments, where he works with a team of analysts primarily supporting municipal bond and money market mutual funds. Before joining Fidelity, Jamie worked in the Governor’s Office, serving in several different roles in the administration of Governor John Lynch, including Executive Assistant to the Governor and Policy Director. He is a 2006 graduate of Dartmouth College and grew up in Peterborough, NH. He now resides in Auburn, NH.
Barbara Wirth is an educational leader at the high school level in N.H. She pursues high quality personalized education for all students by providing support and resources to committed educators seeking the same. A former high school business teacher, her work was recognized by the NH EDies. Barbara contributed to the field of business education through her leadership in N.H. Business Education Association. Barbara also helped prepare future teachers at the post-secondary level.
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NHELO Program Design Handbook
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