About Us


The overarching goal of NH CREATES is to develop a skilled workforce for New Hampshire’s rapidly growing regenerative medicine and biotechnology industries. Through formal and informal educational programs targeting middle and high school students and teachers, the initiative will cultivate interest and expertise in core subject areas related to regenerative medicine and biotechnology and establish robust pathways to future employment. NH CREATES builds on the success of Tech Camp and the Tech for Teachers Institute, two longstanding summer STEM programs at the University of New Hampshire. 

NH CREATES Leadership Team

Carmela Amato-Wierda, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator
Associate Professor of Materials Science
Director of UNH Tech Camp & Tech for Teachers Institute

Kelley Thomas, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator
Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences

Amy Booth, NH CREATES, Project Director

Shannon McCracken-Barber, Manchester CREATES, Project Director

Fran Meffen, Tech Camp & Tech for Teachers Institute, Community Relations Coordinator

External Advisory Committee Members

Rick Cote, Ph.D., Chair
Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences

Alison Allen
External Evaluator

Kristin Bass
External Evaluator

Jacob Bibeau
Tech Camp participant

Kelly Bibeau
Tech Camp parent

Anthony Davis
Dean, UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture

Bill Ewing
Communications Consultant

Cyndee Gruden
Dean, UNH College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Bill Harbron
Superintendent, Dover School District

Eleanor Jaffee
Internal Evaluator

Matt Keane
Liberty Mutual – Industry liaison

Jack Meffen
Retired Accountant – Community member

Jackie O'Donnell
Tech Camp participant

Shelby O'Donnell
Tech Camp parent

Tina Sturdivant
Teacher, Pinkerton Academy