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Melissa Miner, Dartmouth's Director of Health Promotion and Wellness, makes time to frequent the tennis court. After more than a decade with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, she joined Dartmouth in September of 2011 to help develop, plan, and implement the new Wellness Initiative. Her years of experience with a variety of proactive health programs for institutions ranging from academic to governmental to commercial helped prepare her for the challenges of shaping and promoting successful health programs for institutions and communities. Her degree in psychology from the University of Delaware and her graduate degree in Health Communication from Emerson College and Tufts University provided a solid foundation of knowledge, but Melissa keeps up to date with current research and trends in the swiftly progressing field of wellness and employee well-being programming.
Hanover native, Courtney Rotchford, is Dartmouth's Program Manager for Health Promotion and Wellness. Passionate about her healthy lifestyle, Courtney stays fit by running races, skiing, and trying to keep up with two young sons! Courtney has more than a dozen years of experience in health promotion, particularly in designing and implementing worksite wellness programs for large employers, including other Higher Education institutions. Courtney's undergraduate degree in Marketing with a concentration in Health Promotion, and her many continuing education opportunities related to the wellness field, has helped build a solid foundation of industry knowledge that will help shape the future of Wellness of Dartmouth.
Born in India, Nirali graduated from Dartmouth with a neuroscience major. In her first two years, she worked as a Research Assistant on a project studying concussions with the Dartmouth Football and Ice Hockey teams. Starting her sophomore year, she worked in a behavioral research lab studying Tool Use and Problem Solving in Rhesus Monkeys in an effort to map the evolution of executive function. After her exchange term at the University of Copenhagen, Nirali wrote a paper on her study and has submitted it for publication. Outside of the classroom, Nirali was involved with Dartmouth Emergency Medical Services as an Emergency Medical Technician throughout her four years and helped make the campus a safe and healthy environment for her peers. A member of the Winter Carnival Council, East Wheelock Cluster Council, and East Wheelock Service Corps, she organized events for the campus and her residential cluster. Excited to share her knowledge, Nirali tutored and led study groups in neuroscience and biology classes and mentored first year women entering the sciences through the Women in Science Program. Her senior year, she was appointed as a Dean's Office Student Consultant (DOSC) for the East Wheelock Cluster and was available as a resource for the underclassmen. She is excited to be working as a Presidential Fellow in the Wellness Office, where she hopes to gain experience and skills she can carry with her to medical school.
Last Updated: 8/27/13