A Common Passion for their Alma Mater
UNH Foundation welcomes six new board members

nnovation, leadership, community service and entrepreneurship are just a few of the skills and experiences that the newest members of the UNH Foundation board of directors possess. Their UNH friends might also recognize them as a swimmer, a geology major, a lacrosse player, a student body president, two psychology majors and a Sigma Beta brother.

These six new members share a common passion for their alma mater, while representing an impressive array of personal experiences and professional expertise, says Debbie Dutton, president of the UNH Foundation and vice president of university advancement.

Since 1989, the mission of the UNH Foundation has been to build private philanthropic support for the university, to strengthen programs, support deserving students, provide opportunities for talented faculty, enhance facilities and address other emerging opportunities and strategic imperatives. It was under the foundation board that UNH completed its most successful fundraising campaign in its history, “Celebrate 150: The Campaign for UNH,” which raised more than $308 million before its conclusion in 2018.

“Our newest cohort joins deeply respected board members who have invested significant amounts of their time and philanthropy to ensure UNH not only continues along the path of success, but that it has the resources needed to achieve a margin of excellence for its students, faculty and staff,” says Dutton. “We are honored to have them on board and look forward to collaborating with them in the months and years ahead.”

— Michelle Morrissey ’97
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Jim Patrick ’91

“I feel like UNH gave me such an embrace, and I was able to embrace it right back: I was able to participate so broadly and deeply as a business school student with two minors in liberal arts areas. I feel that cross-disciplinary access is unique to UNH and the sense of community and inclusion is unique, and I know there is a lot more we can do in those areas, as well.”

Jim Patrick is president of the PMC division of Envestnet, Inc., based in Boston and Chicago. In his role, he’s responsible for PMC fiduciary services including research and due diligence, consulting and asset management as well as setting direction for Envestnet Retirement solutions. Prior to joining Envestnet, he was the co-head of U.S. distribution for Allianz Global Investors and affiliated firms.

In addition to the UNH Foundation board, Patrick also serves as a member of the UNH College of Liberal Arts advisory board. He is a founder and board member of the Institute for the fiduciary standard based in Washington, D.C., as well as founder of the Cavendish Impact Foundation and board member of the Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, New York, and the Otsego County Conservation Association.

At UNH, he earned his bachelor’s in business administration. He is married with three children, and is a volunteer for Sugarloaf Ski Patrol.

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John Small ’76

“UNH’s reputation within New Hampshire is improving, but we have a ways to go. That’s why I’m so pleased that one of the pillars of President Dean’s strategy for UNH is ‘Embracing New Hampshire.’ In other states, the citizens, potential students and state government talk about their state universities with such affinity, and it breaks my heart that that’s not the case in New Hampshire. My hope is that collectively we can change that, and get closer to being truly appreciated and respected in our home state.”

John Small has a long history of dedication to his alma mater through board service, giving and volunteerism. In 2010, he was appointed to the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) board of trustees by then Gov. John Lynch, following Small’s retirement as managing director at the global human resources consultant Towers Perrin. Since then Small has served on various board committees, leading initiatives that have helped USNH with both financial and operational effectiveness. He was named chairman of the USNH board in 2017, serving in that role for two years, and led the search for President James W. Dean Jr.

Small is a former member of the advisory committee of the Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University. He was a member of the Towers Perrin board of directors from 2004 to 2010.

He graduated from UNH in 1976 with a degree in psychology.

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Greg Jansen ’81

“I’m very excited about this new role, which I see from two sides: giving and receiving. I can give of my experience in fundraising with companies and nonprofits, and on the receiving end, I see plenty of benefits from being surrounded by the talented students, staff and fellow board members here.”

Greg Jansen serves as managing member of Terrain Private Capital, a private capital investment and strategic advisory firm. Prior to Terrain, he was managing director at Commonfund Capital, a private capital investment firm, where for more than 20 years he focused on leading portfolios and investments in private equity, natural resources and venture capital. Jansen was a member of the firm’s investment committee as well as dozens of private capital advisory committees/boards. He previously worked in banking in New York City.

After earning a B.S. in geology from UNH, Jansen worked as an exploration geophysicist and went on to earn an MBA from the Tulane University Freeman School of Business. He has served on the board of or in leadership positions of several non-profit organizations.

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David Hallal ’88

“My joining the foundation board is really motivated by the ambitious strategic plan that President Dean has laid out for the future of UNH. I’m particularly interested in the steps that the school is taking to advance itself in biomedical research and education of both undergraduate and graduate students in that area.”

David Hallal admits he hadn’t been deeply engaged with his alma mater since graduating with his psychology degree in 1988, but learning more recently about the UNH of today, along with the appointment of President Dean, and working professionally with colleagues who hold advanced degrees from UNH, led him to re-engage.

Hallal is a 30-year veteran in the biopharmaceutical industry with expertise in early-stage company-building as well as operating large multinational biotech companies. He is chairman and CEO of ElevateBio as well as chairman and CEO of AlloVir, an ElevateBio portfolio company. He is also active with several additional boards, including serving as chairman of Scholar Rock and iTeos Therapeutics and as the lead independent director of Seer.

Previously, Hallal spent more than a decade at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, an S&P 500 company, as chief executive officer, chief operating officer and chief commercial officer. Prior to Alexion, he held leadership positions at biopharmaceutical companies including Amgen and Biogen.

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Tito Jackson ’99 ’18H

“My experiences connecting with other people in student leadership and even just in the dorms gave me the skills that I needed to move into the workforce, and also to help change my community. I want to open the doors of educational opportunity for other young people. I have always believed that we want to make sure our young people can compete with young people at other schools that might be more diverse. That’s my passion, and I look forward to working with the board in that work.”

Raised by two parents who were community organizers, Tito Jackson ’99 ’18H says activism is in his blood. At UNH he majored in history, served as student body president and as vice president of a revived Black Student Union, helping to lead a protest sit-in that garnered national attention in 1998.

After graduating from UNH, Jackson worked in pharmaceutical sales and marketing for more than 10 years before realizing his dream of public service by joining the administration of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. He was elected to the Boston City Council in 2011 and served for seven years. In 2017, he ran for mayor of Boston against incumbent Marty Walsh.

He is currently CEO of Verdant Medical Inc., an adult-use cannabis organization based in Boston, and has been active in leading demonstrations as part of the Black Lives Matter movement in Boston.

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Katie Bouton ’96

“I was inspired to join the UNH Foundation board to expand and deepen my understanding of UNH and how it operates. I was also interested in working with alumni across the university and the opportunity to work on campuswide initiatives, particularly diversity, equity and inclusion. I’m looking forward to working on initiatives that impact the university as a whole and not just a particular college, and also look forward to being part of the next capital campaign.”

Katie Bouton ’96 founded Koya Leadership Partners in 2004 to recruit exceptionally talented leaders to mission-driven organizations. In 2019, Koya joined forces with Diversified Search. Both firms were founded and led by women and have long track records of building diversity and equity internally and through their placements. Bouton continues to serve as Koya’s founder and CEO and as Diversified’s president.

She began her career as a human resources generalist at the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women and the Women’s Law Center of Maryland. She then worked as a human resources manager at Edelman Public Relations and ChildrenFirst.

She is the chair of the board of IGNITE, the bipartisan initiative building the next generation of female political leaders, and is also on the board of The Home for Little Wanderers. Bouton is a fellow at Pipeline Angels, a network of investors creating capital for women social entrepreneurs, and a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, a community of top women leaders from a variety of sectors.

In addition to two UNH undergraduate degrees, she earned a master’s in human resource development from Towson University.

Going Viral
Cranberry juice may be red, but there’s a UNH blue connection to a recent viral TikTok video of Idaho’s Nathan Apodaca, skateboarding to work while sipping Ocean Spray cranberry juice and lip-synching to Fleetwood Mac’s song “Dreams,” after his car has broken down. Ocean Spray’s CEO is UNH Foundation board member Tom Hayes ’87, who joined the company in July after years at the helm of Tyson Foods and before that, Hillshire Brands. After Apodaca’s video took off, racking up some 61 million views in three weeks’ time, Ocean Spray joined in on the fun, surprising Apodaca with a new truck — cranberry red, of course — filled with Ocean Spray products, which they presented to him in a second viral video. Hayes even joined TikTok so, like Mick Fleetwood and thousands of other fans, he could share his own #DreamsChallenge #Cranberry Dreams video. Not to be outdone, UNH whipped up its own version of the #cranberrydreams video, featuring Wild E. Cat. You can see it here, and read more about how Hayes and Ocean Spray embraced their 15 minutes of fame.

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♬ Dreams (2004 Remaster) - Fleetwood Mac