Keeping You, Me, and Memories Alive (KYMMA) is incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting people in Central New Hampshire whose lives have been affected by cancer.
KYMMA Board of Directors:
Kathryn T. Melanson, President
KYMMA's Medical Advisors:
Mark Banister, MD
Kathryn Melanson joined KYMMA in 2003 and is one of the original incorporators. She's worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Social Science Department at Plymouth State University (PSU) since 1995. In 2008, she received the Distinguished Operating Staff Award at PSU.
According to Plymouth Week, her colleagues describe her as "patient, skillful and conscientious." PSU President Steen said, "She is enormously respected." Award recipients are considered based on job performance and knowledge, resourcefulness, leadership, and support from students, faculty, and staff.
Kathryn lives in Holderness with her husband, Steve, who assists KYMMA in the background. She has many family members who are cancer survivors. In 2002, she lost her sister, Sharyl, after a courageous fight with cancer. It was a tremendous loss that brought Kathryn to KYMMA.
"I'm honored to work with such an amazing and compassionate group of people who come together with a common purpose for the good of the greater Plymouth community, to give back to my life-long community by assisting people who are struggling with cancer." - Kathryn T. Melanson
Lyndsay J. Devine joined Keeping You, Me & Memories Alive in 2004. For several years, she was employed as a Licensed Nursing Assistant at a local medical office.
Since 2005, Lyndsay has been a stay-at-home mother and daycare provider. She lives in Holderness with her husband and five young children.
"From candy-striping at Speare Memorial Hospital as a teenager to becoming part of KYMMA as an adult, I'm thrilled to continue helping people in my community." - Lyndsay J. Devine
Alicia Melanson started with KYMMA in 2010 as a volunteer and joined as a committee member in 2014 after losing a classmate to cancer. Alicia joined KYMMA's Board of Directors in 2015.
Alicia works in the billing department at New Hampshire Electric Cooperative and lives in Ashland with her husband and two small children. She grew up in Warren and has lived in the greater Plymouth area her entire life. She is honored to be helping people in our Central New Hampshire community.
"It feels so rewarding to be a part of something that is bigger than just myself. Being able to help those living with cancer in our community is such a humbling experience." - Alicia Melanson
Nikki-Ann Nunes started as a KYMMA volunteer in 2004 and became a KYMMA committee member in 2007. Shortly after that, she was asked to serve on the KYMMA Board of Directors.
Nikki-Ann, who has worked at Plymouth State University since 2000, received the 2013 PSU Distinguished Operating Staff Award. She grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts, moved to Plymouth, New Hampshire in 1999, and now lives in Holderness.
"I'm humbled by the good works this wonderful group of people performs every day and I hope to be part of this wonderful group for many more years to come." - Nikki-Ann Nunes
Kelsey Donnelly is a lifelong resident of the Plymouth area and has been on KYMMA's Board of Directors since 2009.
Kelsey has worked at Plymouth State University since 2005 and received the 2015 PSU Distinguished Operating Staff (OS) Service Award.
Kelsey earned a bachelor's degree in communications studies from PSU and is now pursuing a master's degree in human relations. She lives in Holderness with her husband and two daughters. She has lost many loved ones to cancer and is close to many who are battling it now.
"Having seen many lives affected by cancer, I'm proud to be part of an organization that assists families who are fighting this disease." - Kelsey Donnelly
(Helping Neighbors Fight Cancer Since 1999)