Cullen currently spearheads career and workforce development functions at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire as the Manager of Career Services. This role enables him to provide short- and long-range career and college planning assistance in partnership with Pinkerton’s School Counseling and Career and Technical Education staff for Pinkerton students across 5 distinct New Hampshire communities. He also provides students an opportunity to connect to New Hampshire businesses through Pinkerton’s over 1000 extended learning opportunities with over 500 community partners and has been most recently focused on developing Pinkerton’s senior management partner relationships with industries throughout southeastern New Hampshire in concert with Salem, New Hampshire High School’s Career and Technical Education Center. As such, Cullen was a 2015 recipient of the Pinkerton Academy Alan B. Shepard Award for exceptional contributions to the Pinkerton school community and in early 2017 was nominated for the New Hampshire Extended Learning Opportunity Coordinator of the Year Award by the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Awards.
Cullen was selected as the Vermont/New Hampshire Career Development Association’s first President, the National Career Development Association’s (NCDA) newest chapter as of July 2016, and was recently selected to serve on NCDA’s national School Career Counselor’s & Specialists (SCCS) Constituency group, a group of national leaders providing input to NCDA regarding career development resources, professional development and networking opportunities for its K-12 members nationwide. In August 2017, Cullen was selected as the newest member of the national Association of Career and Technical (ACTE) Middle School Advisory Group, a national gathering of professionals that provides input on appropriate career development support for middle school career and technical education programs throughout the country.
He was a past member of the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and was Chair of that Chamber’s Education Committee. He is currently an Advisory Committee Member for Manchester Community College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Most recently, Cullen was selected to grow the college and career readiness curriculum depth and breadth of Access Academy, an innovative program led by Saint Anselm College students for high school students of refugee, immigrant and underrepresented families in Manchester, N.H. He also serves on the New Hampshire Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing Education Advisory.
With over 30 years of experience in business and education focused on business and partnership development his background also includes supporting the information technology needs of various sized companies in North America and Europe in many industries such as Insurance, Secondary and Higher Education, Manufacturing and Biotechnology. Cullen frequently appears in written and broadcast media throughout Hampshire and appears before N.H. House, Senate, and Administrative hearings advocating for better educational solutions that include strengthening community partnerships and workforce development efforts.