Meet the DSS Staff

Director:    Kathy Berger, M.S.,  kathy.berger@unh.edu

Kathy Berger has worked with students with disabilities, in higher education, since 2003.  She earned a Master’s degree in Counseling & Human Services from Canisius College.  Ms. Berger has been at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) since 2006, having previously worked at a small liberal arts private 4-year college.  She has been the Director of at Disability Services for Students (DSS) since 2007.  Outside of work, Kathy enjoys spending time in the outdoors- especially kayaking, mountain biking and hiking with her friends & family which includes her two dogs Zoey & Cash.

 

Favorite quote:

“What would you attempt to do if you could not fail?”

-Anonymous

 


 

Disability Specialist:    Becky Michaud, M.Ed.,  becky.michaud@unh.edu

Becky joined DSS in 2011 as the Student Services Assistant.  She became the Disability Specialist in 2013. 

Becky earned her B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Maine (Go Black Bears!) and went on to earn her M.Ed. in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from Springfield College.  It was at Springfield where Becky discovered two very specific passions: providing access to education, specifically higher education, and running.  Becky has worked with children with disabilities and with high school students in the Upward Bound program; these were not only great experiences, but they also provided a foundation for the work done at UNH to provide access to college to students with disabilities. 

Outside of her professional life, Becky enjoys playing sports, exercising, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with her family, friends and dogs, Eddie and Scotty.

 

Favorite quote:

 "You need a little rain to make a rainbow."

-Rheba Michaud

 


 

Assistive Technology Specialist:    Rebecca McMillan, M.Ed., rebecca.mcmillan@unh.edu

Rebecca began her career at UNH in 2007 as the Disability Specialist for DSS.  Upon her arrival, Rebecca brought with her years of practical experience and a genuine understanding of working with survivors of domestic violence and their families, people with disabilities, and teaching in the K-12 system.  Because of these professional roles, Rebecca found the transition to higher education a natural progression in her career path.  In 2012, she transitioned into a new position within the DSS office when she became the Assistive Technology Specialist.  In this role she works to assist students who may benefit from or require assistive technologies in order to access their curriculum here at UNH. 

Rebecca holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Forensic Psychology from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.  She also holds a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Phoenix, Tucson, Arizona campus.  Rebecca recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology through UNH’s Occupational Therapy program.  She is currently preparing to sit for the RESNA exam (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America) within the next year, which is a national certification for AT professionals.

In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys golfing, everything to do with aviation and spending time with her husband and two children.

 

Favorite quote:

"Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character."

-Albert Einstein

 


 

Student Services Assistant:    Katie Romero, B.A.,  katie.romero@unh.edu

Katie Romero joined the professional staff of DSS in Spring of 2014 as the Student Services Assistant (SSA). Born and raised in New Jersey, Katie graduated with a B.A. in English and a concentration in early childhood education from Kean University in New Jersey. Katie spent a majority of her College career in classrooms earning credits and participating in ‘Service Learning’ opportunities. Katie has always had a passion for assisting students in and out of the classroom, and the SSA position provides her with the opportunity to work with students on a much larger scale.

Katie meets with all DSS students in regard to accommodations and handles all day-to-day operations. Along with managing the office, Katie provides job opportunities within DSS for current UNH students. In most cases, Katie is first point of contact for the office, and is a good resource for questions in all things DSS.

As a new resident of New Hampshire, Katie enjoys spending her time with friends and her Puggle, Lulu. In the summer, Katie can be found spending most of her free time at the beach with a good book. She enjoys baking, visiting family and friends back home, and attending the UNH football games (Go Wildcats!). Katie hopes to start Graduate school in the Fall.

 

Favorite quote: 

“I hope you live a life you’re proud of.  If you find out that you’re not,

I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

*In most cases when calling DSS, you will speak to Katie Romero, the Student Services Assistant, who will direct you to the best staff member to address your needs.