Elyse Crossman, Board of Directors, Member

Claremont, NH

Director of the Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce, Elyse is a graduate of Leadership Upper Valley Class of 2018 and one of the Young Leaders Vital Communities honored at Heroes & Leaders 2017. She lives in Claremont and is a dedicated, frequent volunteer in that community and elsewhere in the Upper Valley.  Elyse and her husband,…

David Watts, Board of Directors, Member

Norwich, VT

David is the Director of Human Resources at Kendal at Hanover and joined the Vital Communities Board in 2021. He maintains responsibility for overall human resource leadership, talent acquisition and retention, employee relations, compensation, organizational development, performance management, policy development, risk management, workers’ compensation administration, benefits planning and administration, and labor law compliance. He has…

Chelsea Paige, Board of Directors, Member

West Lebanon, NH

A member of the Board since 2021, Chelsea in a User Support Analyst for Dartmouth-Hitchcock. She supports employees by resolving technical issues, and she aspires to play a more active role in developing company culture and improving employee engagement as an Industrial Organizational Psychology undergraduate. She has lived in the Upper Valley all of my…

Greg Norman, Board of Directors, Member

Norwich, VT

Greg  is Director of Community Health for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system. He has worked for more than 20 years in the Upper Valley community as a provider of substance use prevention services; family development services; consulting, fund development, and planning services. In his role at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, he leads a department that partners with community…

Robin Kilfeather-Mackey, Board of Directors, Member

1Robin is currently the Vice President of Operations and Finance for the Upper Valley Land Trust. She is responsible for administrative and financial operations to ensure the UVLT team has the resources it needs to provide technical assistance and conservation solutions to landowners while fulfilling all of its land stewardship responsibilities. Before transitioning to environmental conservation…

Canaan, NH

While serving two terms as a New Hampshire State Representative, Tim earned his MPA with a focus on Rural Governance, exploring how the New England Village is a model for 21st-century rural economic redevelopment. He spent the past few years putting that theory into practice, combining his work experience, education, and community connections to help…

Laura Ginsburg, Board of Directors, Member

Tunbridge, VT

Section Chief for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets Division, Laura joined the Board in 2021. Her work is focused on marketing, market development, and business assistance for Vermont farmers and value-added processors, primarily through state and federal grant programs that we use to support direct business grants, market research, and market development…

Meaghan Butts, Board of Directors, Member

Lebanon, NH

Executive Director of the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, Meghan joined the Board in 2021. At UVLSRPC, her role is to lead staff and member municipalities through regional planning initiatives including housing, transportation, solid waste management, natural resources management, and local planning. This role includes being a liaison and voice for the UVLS…

Benjamin Nelson, Board of Directors, Secretary

Claremont, NH: Secretary

The owner and operator of Claremont Spice and Dry Goods, Benjamin joined Vital Communities in 2020 and is also a member of the Claremont Savings Bank Board of Corporators. Food is a passion of his; studying agricultural history at Dartmouth College, working on diversified farms throughout the Upper Valley, and now owning a spice store…

Markell Ripps, Board of Directors, Member

Thetford, VT

A lawyer at Grossman Ripps & Albert, PLLC, Markell joined the Board in 2016 and has served on the Long Range Planning, Governance, and Food & Farm Advisory committees. She works for a real estate, estate planning, and estate administration law firm in Norwich. She does pro bono work with farmers in coordination with Vermont…