MANCHESTER — Three outstanding women will be honored at a luncheon for their contributions to the tech sector April 3.

The NH Tech Alliance TechWomen|TechGirls Committee selected the 2019 TechProfessional, TechTeacher and TechStudent of the Year, who will be recognized at the annual TechWomen|TechGirls Awards Luncheon at the Bedford Village Inn.

Now in its fourth year, the TechWomen Awards Luncheon is the alliance’s opportunity to highlight women and girls making a significant impact in the local technology environment. The event brings together technologists, entrepreneurs and business leaders from around the state to celebrate the accomplishments of these three women.

The luncheon features keynote speaker Dr. Xia Zhou, associate professor of computer science at Dartmouth College.

“When we started TechWomen|Tech Girls four years ago it was with the goal of offering programs and recognition for all of those who do amazing things in support of women in technology in our community," said Candice Benson, chairwoman of the TechWomen|TechGirls Initiative. “We know that some women often have a hesitancy to promote themselves and their accomplishments, which make the mission of our awards luncheon even more important.”

2019 award winners are:

Cyrena Arnold, TechProfessional of the Year. Arnold is a meteorologist and vice president of customer success at Athenium Analytics. She is a previous director of summit operations for the Mount Washington Observatory and NH1 TV meteorologist. Before living in New Hampshire, Arnold installed weather stations on the Alaskan tundra in helicopter access only locations and completed icing and turbulence test flights with a NASA contractor in Colorado. She has done all of this while volunteering at STEM events and giving presentations and keynote speeches to thousands of kids, letting them know how she went from failing math in grade school, to obtaining a meteorology and math degree, and finding a career she loves.

Joy M. Gobin, Med, TechTeacher of the Year. Gobin is committed to educating students, colleagues, families and the community through establishing strong connections. She has 35 years of experience as a certified New Hampshire educator and administrator at the K-12 level and has worked as a special educator, administrator, reading specialist, Running Start teacher and an adjunct at River Valley Community College. For the past four years she has been as the Extended Learning Opportunities Coordinator for Lebanon High School. Gobin has dedicated herself to being a life-long learner who is passionate about mentoring and professional development and strives to instill a similar desire in all of her students.

Victoria Bandera, 2019 TechStudent of the Year. Bandera is a senior in kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire. She is passionate about using research to help people in the general populations and those with chronic conditions live better and healthier lives.

Bandera was awarded a summer undergraduate research fellowship by the UNH Hamel Center to perform an independent research project this past summer. With this award, she wrote an IRB protocol and created the methodology for a study titled “The Influence of Lower Extremity Strength on Chair Rise Functional Demand in Older Female Cancer Survivors.” Bandera utilized 3D motion capture and force plate technology combined with human kinematics to use a novel biomechanical measurement, functional demand. Bandera presented the findings of her study at the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine this past fall and will be presenting at the national American College of Sports Medicine conference in Orlando, Florida this May.

Bandara will be attending a graduate program for her masters in exercise science and hopes to get her PhD to ultimately have a career in clinical exercise physiology research.

The luncheon runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $45 for members and $55 for not-yet members. All ticket purchases must be done in advance at or by calling (603) 935-8951.

The TechWomen|TechGirls initiative of the NH Tech Alliance builds on a strong community of women enthusiastic about technology and supporting efforts where girls are exploring STEM as a career or area of study. It includes the monthly TechWomen Power Breakfast Series and the TechWomen Ambassador Group, which matches female technologists to schools, colleges and young professional groups in their geographic area during the annual TechWomen Ambassadors Week.

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