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
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
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.
Session 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
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.
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
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.
Session Seven – Government & Politics
Mar 8, 2017
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.
Session Nine – Environment
May 10, 2017
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.
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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Web Media and Leadership Upper Valley Manager
— 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.