Heroes & Leaders - our annual celebration of leaders in the Upper Valley.
Join us Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 5:30 pm at the Quechee Club.
This year we will be honoring these Young Leaders who have contributed to our region:
Dan McGee, Red River
Elyse Crossman, Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce
Emily Donaldson, Cultivating Action
Gordon Ehret, Hypertherm
Holly West, Friends of Mascoma Foundation
Merritt Patridge, Tuck School of Business
Nicole LaBombard, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Noah Crane, Upper Valley Nighthawks
Paul Coats, Lebanon Recreation & Parks
Sam Drazin, Changing Perspectives
Stephanie Thompson, Springfield Prevention Coalition
Seats – $100 ($80 for LUV alumni) | Table Sponsor – $1000
All proceeds from the dinner benefit Leadership Upper Valley.
Table Sponsor – $1000; table for 10 includes 8 of your guests as well as an honoree and their guest for the evening. Your business will be recognized in all event materials, at the event and in the Vital Communities Annual Report. For more information about sponsoring the Heroes & Leaders event, contact Stacey@VitalCommunities.org
Thank you to our table sponsors: Leadership Upper Valley Class of 2011, Friends of Mascoma Foundation, Hypertherm, and Mascoma Savings Bank.
Wonderful coverage of the Heroes & Leaders 2016 event in the Valley News Enterprise Magazine.
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At the May 19th Heroes & Leaders celebration of mentors in the Upper Valley, Elizabeth Sawin, Co-Director of Climate Interactive delivered a keyno [...]
Honorees from 2012-2016
On May 19, 2016, we honored these mentors from our region who have invested time and energy to provide guidance and inspiration to our current and future leaders.
Jim Alexander, Former Lebanon Chief of Police
Barnes Boffey, Aloha Foundation
Tommy Clark, Grassroot Soccer
Carol Dunne, Northern Stage
Peter Faletra, Crossroads Academy
Dan Jantzen, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Shirley Jefferson, Vermont Law School
Joe O’Donnell, Geisel School of Medicine
Peggy O’Neil, WISE
Susan Reeves, Colby-Sawyer College
Gay Sabin, Grantham Village School
Fred Thomas, SCORE
Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Sawin, Climate Interactive
In 2015 we honored these Visionaries from the Upper Valley whose long-term visions have helped make the Upper Valley the vibrant community it is, rich with local agriculture, arts organizations, nonprofit services, world-renowned businesses, and more.
Barbara Ragle Barnes, Founder, Upper Valley Educators Institute
Matt Bucy, Developer, White River Junction
Dick Cyr, Founder, David’s House
Van Chesnut, Executive Director, Advance Transit
Dick Couch, Co-Founder, Hypertherm
Robert Dean, Founder or Co-Founder of 11 Upper Valley companies
David Goudy, Former Executive Director, Montshire Museum
Jake and Liz Guest, Owners, Killdeer Farm
Carol Langstaff, Founder, Revels and FLOCK Dance Troupe
Jim Varnum, Retired President, Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital (D-H)
Keynote Speaker: Len Cadwallader, former Executive Director, Vital Communities
In 2014 we honored these Women Leaders who made significant contributions to the Upper Valley.
Merilynn Bourne – Executive Director, LISTEN Community Services
Barbara Couch – VP, CSR at Hypertherm, President of HOPE Foundation
Gail Dahlstrom – Vice President of Facilities Management, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Julia Griffin – Town Manager, Town of Hanover
Jacqueline Guillette – Superintendent of Schools, Grantham SAU #75
Sara Kobylenski – Executive Director, Upper Valley Haven
Jeanie McIntyre – President, Upper Valley Land Trust
Jane Kitchel McLaughlin – The Kitchel-McLaughlin Family Fund
Suzanne Long – Farmer, Luna Bleu Farm
Sue Mooney – CEO and President of Alice Peck Day Health System
Betty Porter – One of the founders of Vital Communities
Allie Quinn – One of the founders of the Montshire Museum of Science
Bente Torjusen, Executive Director, AVA Gallery
Kathy Underwood, President and CEO, Ledyard Bank
Keynote Speaker: Sara Jayne Steen – President, Plymouth State University
In 2013 we honored Military Veterans. This event included a public panel discussion on challenges veterans face coming home and opportunities available to them in the Upper Valley.
Keynote Speakers at the Evening Event:
James Wright, President Emeritus & Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History, Dartmouth College
Deborah Amdur, Medical Center Director, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Panel Discussion Open to the Public in the Afternoon with the goal of bringing a voice to ongoing challenges and solutions for our returning service men and women.
Moderated by Dr. Joseph O’Donnell, Professor of Medicine & Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth & Senior Scholar, C. Everett Koop Institute
Stoney Portis (Dartmouth MALS ’13, West Point ’04 and Veteran of Iraq War)
Dr. Jim Geiling (VA Medical Center)
Dr. Dan Tobin (VA Medical Center)
Christina Fanitzi (Tuck ’13, Major US Army)
James Sturm (Director of the Center for Cartoon Studies).
Our first Heroes and Leaders event, honored Upper Valley Olympians for their heroic leadership in our region.
Ski jumpers: Chris & Jeff Hastings and Mike Holland
Nordic skiers: Tim Caldwell and Dorcas Wonsavage
Alpine skier: Edi Thys Morgan
Bi athlete: John Morton
Rower: Rowan Caroll
Ski Jumper: Nick Alexander
Women’s basketball: Yolanda Griffith
Keynote Speaker: Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin
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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.