Class of 2017

Alice Ely, Mascoma Valley Health Initiative

Beatriz Cantada, Dartmouth College

Brett Mayfield, Spark Community Center

Chris Kennedy, UK Architect

David Urso, Kendal at Hanover

Elizabeth McShinsky, River Valley Community College

Erin Gooch, Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Evan Leary, Family Financial Strategies

Heidi Postupack, Second Growth

Jeff Roosevelt, Kendal at Hanover

Jennifer Fontaine, Upper Valley Haven

Jennifer Riccio, Hypertherm

Jessica Walker, Claremont Savings Bank

Reese Madden, Hypertherm

Julie Martin, Claremont Savings Bank

Katie Kobe, Granite United Way

Kelly Crate, City of Lebanon

Kimberly Quirk, Energy Emporium

Kim Vacca, Red River Computer Co., Inc.

Leah Romano, MedU

Linda Lanteigne Magoon, Thetford Academy

Marie McCormick, UVEI

Mark Bradley, Lebanon Opera House

Nelly Palmer, Mascoma Savings Bank

Patrick Christie, Advance Transit

Paul Coats, City of Lebanon

Peggy Allen, Consultant

Sadie Simpson, The Simpson Companies

Sarah Sincerbeaux, VINS

Susan Jacobs, CO-op Food Stores

Session Schedule and Information

DSCF4368Session One – Building Community
September 14, 2016
Thetford, VT
Thank you to our day sponsors: Aloha Foundation and Working InSync.

Community Building Day is the opening session for the program where we set the stage for our 10 months together. The goals of the day are to welcome participants to the program, get to know each other, and begin our exploration of the Upper Valley.

Session Two – Education Day
Oct 13, 2016
Hartford, VT
Day Planners: Joanne Roberts, Superintendent, SAU 88 Lebanon School District and Kathi  Terami, Executive Director, Upper Valley Business & Education Partnership

Gain an understanding of the challenges, assets and innovations of the education system in the Upper Valley. Explore educational opportunities and possibilities for involvement.

Mollie Martin Art Day 2012Session Three – Art and the Creative Economy
Nov 9, 2016
White River Junction, VT
Day Planners: Carol Dunne, Artistic Director and Amanda Rafuse, Director of Development, Northern Stage
Thank you to our day sponsor: Ben Schore.

Develops first-hand knowledge of how the arts impact our lives and the region’s economy. This session is hands-on and practical. We will discuss ways to bring the arts into your workplace and your life.

Session Four – Health and Human Services
Dec 14, 2016
Lebanon, NH
Day Planner: Christine Dyke, Program Coordinator for Health Coaches/Peer Leadership Program and Community Health Workers, and  Partnership Coordinator for Community Health Improvement, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Thank you to our day Sponsor APD Lifecare.

Learn about the services supporting institutions and residents of the Upper Valley. We build an understanding of community dynamics and gain an understanding of the needs and resources of local nonprofit and service organizations.

LUV Economic Devlp Day January 2014 (27)Session Five – Economic Development
Jan 11, 2017
Claremont, NH
Day Planner: Nancy Merrill
Thank you to our day sponsor: Claremont Savings Bank Foundation

How does this region attract and develop business? Evaluate the dimensions of “growth”? What kind is positive? How is it monitored? What is the role of public opinion? Business and civic leaders outline the potential and limits of growth in our region, as well as standard practices and innovative systems, and the influence of entrepreneurship.

Session Six – Justice
Feb 8, 2017
Springfield, VT
Day Planner: Robert Sand, Governor’s Liaison to Criminal Justice Programs

Explore some of the current issues surrounding the criminal justice system in the Upper Valley. Examine the broader societal issues which impact the criminal justice system and our community, including  poverty, education, family structure, substance abuse, mental health, health care, and more.

IMG_1589Session Seven – Government & Politics
Mar 8, 2017
Hanover, NH
Day Planners: Karen Liot Hill, Lebanon City Councilor and Ronald Shaiko, Professor, Senior Fellow and the Associate Director for Curricular and Research Programs at The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College
Thank you to our Day Sponsor: The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College

The structure, role and responsibilities of state, county, and town/city governmental bodies are outlined. Learn how you can be a more engaged citizen, which will influence your professional and personal life. Gain insights from elected and appointed officials – as well as your peers in the room – into overcoming challenges to meaningful involvement in the affairs of your community.

Session Eight – Transportation & Livable Communities
Apr 12, 2017
Day Planner: Bethany Fleishman, Transportation Manager, Vital Communities

Understand the impact of our growing and increasingly more complex transportation network and how our travel choices affect our environment, economy and social fabric. Discuss affordable housing issues and opportunities in our region.

IMG_7866Session Nine – Environment
May 10, 2017
Quechee, VT
Day Planner: Hannah Gelroth, Center for Environmental Education Director, VINS
Thank you to our Day Sponsor: Sustainable Woodstock.


What does an “environmentally sustainable” Upper Valley look like? Explore its implications on your quality of life and economic vitality. Broaden your perspectives on the interaction of environment, economy and community by addressing questions relating to the environment, energy, land use and agriculture.

Session Ten
Closing/Beyond LUV and Graduation 

June 14, 2017

Wrapping it all up. Review how you have begun to apply what you have learned during the program. Discuss how your workplace and your personal life have benefited by your participation. Clarify your plans to become a more active leader and contributor in your community. Receive your certification as an enthusiastic and active participant in the Leadership Upper Valley program.

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— Stacey Glazer, Web Media and Leadership Upper Valley Manager

Stacey Glazer loves to help people make connections and build community. She has been the Vital Communities webmaster for more than a decade, and since 2012 has also managed the Leadership Upper Valley program. She enjoys helping local leaders navigate the complex challenges raised by living in a bi-state community. Stacey also supports the regional town list discussion groups. Stacey has lived in Thetford Center, Vermont since 1999 and serves on the board of the Peabody Library, the oldest library in continuous use in Vermont, and the Vermont Arts Council. She earned her BS in Computer Science and Mathematics and an MA in Mathematics.