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Connection, Collaboration & Service

With the graduation of this year’s class of 30 participants, Leadership Upper Valley has trained more than 200 community leaders — from bankers to educators to nonprofit staff and retirees — in its first decade.

The power of the program is the ways in which it connects participants to the community — and to each other — to the benefit of all.

Read the entire article in the Valley News Enterprise Magazine.

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Leadership Upper Valley Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Largest Class Ever

The largest class yet – 30 participants – graduated from Vital Communities’ Leadership Upper Valley program on June 8 in Windsor, VT. The year-long program aims to inspire, educate, and engage established and emerging leaders to better serve their communities.

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“This program changed the very way we think and interact with one another and with our community,” said graduate Markell Ripps, an attorney at Grossman & Ripps PLLC, who spoke on behalf of the Class of 2016 at the ceremony. “We entered this program as individuals, bankers, nonprofit employees, lawyers, educators, entrepreneurs, CEOs, family care givers, business owners, Vermont and New Hamphsire residents, and we leave as volunteers, future public servants, board members, questioners, and best of all classmates, fellow Upper Valley community members, and friends.”

Established in 2007, Leadership Upper Valley engages participants in 10 day-long sessions from September through June focused on key aspects of community life in the region. Topics include Economic Development, Education, Government and Politics, Arts and the Creative Economy, Communication, Health and Human Services, Environment, Transportation, and Justice.

Including this year’s graduating class, there are now more than 200 Leadership Upper Valley alumni. The Class of 2017 will begin in September.

This year’s graduates include:

Addy Mae Williams, Mascoma Savings Bank

Ayeshah Al-Humaidhi, Upper Valley Humane Society

Brent Edgerton, Kendal at Hanover

Christopher Coughlin, Dartmouth Printing

Cynthia Twombley, West Central Behavioral Health

Daniel McCarthy, Sage Dining Services

Diane Reinhardt, COVER

Elizabeth Long, Twin Pines Housing Trust

Emily Rogers, Hanover Consumer Co-op

Frank Gould, Mascoma River Greenway Coalition

Georgie Sawyer, David’s House

Irene Green, Northern Stage

Jeremy Coylewright, WISE

Jessie Farnham, Frazer Insurance Agency

Kyle Fisher, Listen Community Services

Lindsey Klecan

Lyn Miller, Our Hybrid Lives, LLC

Margaret Monroe-Cassel, TLC Family Resource Center

Marion Steiner, Lake Sunapee Bank

Markell Ripps, Grossman & Ripps, PLLC

Michael Baymiller, Hypertherm

Rachel Abendroth, Dartmouth College

Ron Miller, Sustainable Woodstock

Sadie Wells, Mascoma Savings Bank

Shawn Bard, Ledyard National Bank

Sue Nadeau, Southwestern Community Services

Terri Decker, Claremont Savings Bank

Tim Condon, Cook Little Rosenblatt & Manson, PLLC

Tina Stearns, City of Lebanon

Wendy Farnsworth, Dartmouth-Hitchcock

See more photos from Graduation here.

 

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Home Green Home

Many people will buy a house at least once in their lifetime. Some will ask about energy use and seek to purchase an energy-efficient home. Few will invest in home energy improvements at the time of the sale.

Leadership Upper Valley alumni Bob Walker (Class of 2010) and Sarah Simonds (Class of 2014) are setting out to change that. Their effort kicks off this spring with help from a diverse group of partners including nonprofits, real estate professionals, lenders and state programs. The project is one of many efforts led by Leadership Upper Valley alumni who use skills and connections formed through the program to effect positive change in our region.

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What effect can you have?

Participants in the 10-month Leadership Upper Valley program from Vital Communities discover the rich diversity of the Upper Valley region. They gather in municipalities across the Twin States, grapple with critical regional issues, connect with local service organizations and establish a strong, collegial network.

After graduation, as an outgrowth of their learning experience, participants often step into new leadership roles — including as elected officials in local and state offices, like alumnae Patricia Higgins, of Hanover, and Windsor’s Heather Prebish.

Read the entire article here...

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Show Them The Magic

It’s a common problem among manufacturing companies in the Upper Valley and elsewhere: Experienced employees are nearing retirement, and there aren’t enough younger folks lining up to replace them.

“We have been realizing over the past few years that we need to think outside the box to recruit talent to GW Plastics,” said Cathy Tempesta, human resources director for the Bethel-based company that specializes in precision injection molding.

In one of those fortunate instances of being in the right place at the right time, Mollie Naber, then a participant in Vital Communities’ Leadership Upper Valley program and a consultant for Green Mountain Economic Development Corp., found at least part of a solution.

Read more of this Valley News Enterprise Magazine article here

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Inspiring Conversations About our Region’s Addiction Problem

Though he’d never given the justice system much thought, Anibal Sepulveda, who leads the North American marketing team for Hypertherm, found himself at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield a little less than four years after arriving in the Upper Valley. Fortunately for Sepulveda, he wasn’t there for a drug offense, but instead as part of the Leadership Upper Valley program from Vital Communities, the White River Junction-based nonprofit that brings people and organizations together to address regional opportunities in the areas of agriculture, energy, transportation, economy and community leadership.

Read more of this Valley News Enterprise Magazine article here…

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21 Local Leaders Graduate Leadership Upper Valley

Twenty-one leaders from around the region graduated in June from Leadership Upper Valley, a program of Vital Communities that inspires, educates, and engages citizens to better serve their communities. The graduation was held Wednesday, June 10, at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor.

“In contemplating the extent of all we have learned, I am left with one overarching word that describes this year: empowerment,” said Havah Armstrong Walther, the class speaker for the ceremony. “Yes, we have met a hundred new and amazing leaders in our community, learned things we never knew before, and traveled to new places. However, we have also grown as citizens and as leaders ourselves.”

This year’s graduates include:

Alijah Swasey, Kendal at Hanover
Bill Blaiklock, Mascoma Savings Bank
Brandy Blackinton, Claremont Savings Bank
Deborah Mozden, Turning Points Network
Havah Armstrong Walther, Hartford Area Career and Technology Center
Heather W. Prebish, Recover Together
Duncan McCutchan, Jarvis Hill Farm
Jim Larrick, Mascoma Savings Bank
Jed Putney, Mascoma Savings Bank
Karen Ganey, Henderson Tree Service and Creative Lives
Kathy Labbe, Harvest Hill Assisted Living
Laurie Sepulveda, Opera North
Miranda Pizinger, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Nik Fiore, Engineering Ventures
Paula Maville, City of Lebanon
Robert Starkey, Hypertherm
Samantha Estes, Co-op Food Stores
Shanon Hounshell, Green Mountain  Economic Development Corporation
Shawn Courtemanche, Kendal at  Hanover
Teresa Thurston, The Lyme School

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29 Local Leaders Graduate

Twenty-nine leaders from around the region graduated this week from Leadership Upper Valley, a program of Vital Communities that inspires, educates, and engages citizens to better serve their communities. The graduation was held Wednesday, June 11, at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor.

“The modern models of leadership that are most widely embraced in the world are inclusive and creative. They are problem solving and solution seeking,” said Opera North Executive Director Pamela Pantos, Leadership Upper Valley Class of 2010 alumna and this year’s commencement keynote speaker. “Graduates of Leadership Upper Valley are well-prepared to provide this kind of leadership, whether in their workplace or the broader community. It is a way of life that breeds success in everyone with whom we come in contact.”

Established in 2007, Leadership Upper Valley engages participants in ten day-long sessions from September through June focused on key aspects of community life in the region. Topics include Economic Development, Education, Government and Politics, Arts and the Creative Economy,  Health and Human Services, Environment, Transportation, Justice, Community and Civic Engagement.

This year’s graduates include:

Anibal Sepulveda, Hypertherm

Beth Vessicio, Mascoma Savings Bank

Betsy McClain, Town of Hanover

Cathee Clement, Chrysalis Properties LLC

Chris Mazurek, West Lebanon Feed & Supply

David Brooks, City of Lebanon

Ellie Tsetsi, Good Beginnings of Sullivan County

Ericka Gray, Kendal at Hanover

Gary Laperle, Dartmouth Printing Company

Hailey Wetherbee, Kendal at Hanover

Ham Gillett, COVER Home Repair

Jacqueline Hill, Morgan Stanley

Janet Miller Haines, Northern Stage

Jason Dacier, Co-op Food Stores

Jaye Olmstead, David’s House

Justin Provost, Claremont Savings Bank

Kari Jo Grant, Dartmouth College

Kevin Kober, Ledyard National Bank

Laurie Tostenson, Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Linda Miller, Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Lucinda Walker, Norwich Public Library

Mike Kenney, Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Mollie Naber, Self-Employed

Richard Hoffman, Hartford School District (HACTC)

Sarah Simonds, Vital Communities

Sue Bryan, Lake Sunapee Bank

Susanne Abetti, Geobarns LLC

Sylvia Provost, Henderson’s Tree Service LLC

Tom Yurkosky, TPY CFO Services

Including this year’s graduating class, there are now more than 150 Leadership Upper Valley alumni. The Class of 2015 will begin in September.