2016 Citizen’s Award: Jim and Judy Putnam – Keene, New Hampshire
James A. (Jim) and Judith (Judy) Putnam’s life of service began as Peace Corps volunteers in Libya and Thailand where they taught English as a Second Language for three years. They are dedicated to the Monadnock region, giving selflessly of their energy, ideas, leadership, collaborative spirit, enthusiasm, time, talent and treasure.
Jim and Judy have served on boards, advisory councils, visioning sessions, and political and fundraising campaigns in the Monadnock region. They have supported nonprofit regional and statewide organizations including the Colonial Theatre, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Historic Harrisville, Monadnock Conservancy, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Cheshire Health Foundation, Stonewall Farm, St. James Episcopal Church, Franklin Pierce University, Keene State College, Arts Alive!, Keene Public Library, Ashuelot River Park, AUNE, and more.
Retiring as president from MARKEM, his family’s business, when it was sold to New York-based Dover Corporation (NYSE: DOV), Jim and Judy have maintained a family legacy of care, concern and commitment to the environment, economic vitality, health, the arts, education, and social justice.
2016 Staff/Faculty Award: Michael H. Simpson, Chair of the AUNE Environmental Studies Department – Norwich, Vermont
Michael Simpson earned his Master of Science in Resource Management and Administration 1980s from Antioch University New England. Since 1985 he’s been a faculty member in the Department of Environmental Studies and currently serves as chair and as director of the Resource Management and Conservation program, and director of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change concentration. As founder and co-director of the Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience, Michael helped establish AUNE’s reputation as national experts in climate change and preparedness. He also earned a Master of Arts in Science from Dartmouth College and certification as a wetland scientist from New Hampshire.
Presently, he serves on the boards of the New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists and the Corporate Wetlands Restoration Initiative, and as chair of the New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists. He has also served on many advisory committees and conservation commissions.
In addition to his research, teaching, and publishing, Michael consults internationally on climate change, wetlands ecology, watershed management, and energy and materials sustainability. He co-authored an award-winning report to the United Nations.
2016 Alumni Award: Carmela DeCandia, PsyD 1999 – Newton, Massachusetts
Carmela J. DeCandia, PsyD, is a licensed clinical child psychologist with specialties in child and adolescent development, family homelessness, trauma, program development, and assessment. As the director of Child and Family Initiatives with the Center for Social Innovation and a t3 faculty, Carmela advocates for and develops evidence-based, best practices to serve vulnerable children and families. For more than 25 years, she worked on the ground with children and families struggling with a variety of life adversities. A strong advocate for trauma-informed, family-centered services, she lent her voice to inform the national dialogue as the Director of The National Center on Family Homelessness. As clinical director and vice president of St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children in Dorchester, Massachusetts, for 12 years, she led the way in translating research on trauma and resiliency into quality programs for young families. In addition, Carmela brings her expertise as a child psychologist trained in neurodevelopmental assessments to inform service delivery for young children. She has taught courses on child assessment, counseling young children, and traumatic stress in the lives of children and adolescents as adjunct faculty at Lesley University, and is currently on the faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Harvard Medical School where she lectures on psychological development throughout the lifespan. Carmela has a doctorate in psychology from Antioch New England and a mastery certificate in trauma and recovery from the Harvard program in refugee trauma.
Carmela DeCandia, PsyD has dedicated her career to advancing best practices and policies to support vulnerable children, families, and individuals, and to improve the systems which serve them. She has led direct service and national agencies including St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Center and The National Center on Family Homelessness. Recently, she helped launched The Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children and Youth. She is now establishing an independent consulting practice.
Carmela is an expert in program development, assessment, family homelessness, and trauma-informed implementation and training. She is a compassionate clinician and an effective advocate for disempowered and underserved people. She is nationally recognized as a writer, advocate and public speaker on family homelessness, child and adolescent development and trauma, and policy. An engaged alumna, Dr. Candia has volunteered as a panelist and as a guest lecturer at AUNE, sharing her experiences and expertise with students and faculty.