Class of 2020

Charlene Ashey, River Valley Community College

Audra Bonds, Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society

Mary Bourque, Sullivan County

Allison Childs, Claremont Savings Bank

Darcy Curran, Kendal at Hanover

Jennifer Eastman, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust

Asma Elhuni, United Valley Interfaith Project

Sandy Gmur, Cobb Hill Co-housing

Michelle Hale, Dartmouth College

Hillary Halleck, Red River Technology

Anita Hamalainen, Self-employed

Kyle Hayman, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Susan Howard, Pyrus Horticultural, Inc.

Jan Hutslar, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley

Sarah Jackson, Institute for Sustainable Communities

Robert Kay, Hypertherm

Ian Kipperman , Gallagher, Flynn and Company, LLP

Nancy LaRowe, Vital Communities

Liza McSwain, Mascoma Bank

Shaun Mulholland, City of Lebanon

Lisa Saturley, LISTEN Community Services

Kristi Saunders, Lake Sunapee Region VNA

Jennifer Schiffman

Lauren Schumacher, Mascoma Bank

Kelly Sczomak, Marsh-Billings National Park

Alison Sherman, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

June Sweetsir, Geokon

Susan Swenson, FUJIFILM Dimatix

Ethan Ticehurst, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Jessie Vazzano, Veterans Health Administration

John Wallace, Dartmouth College

Sally Wilson, SCORE/SBA

Session Schedule and Information

DSCF4368Session One – Building Community
September 11, 2019
Thetford, VT
Thank you to our day sponsors: Aloha Foundation.

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
Date TBD
Day Planner: Joanne Roberts, Superintendent, SAU 88 Lebanon Schools

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 13, 2019
Day Planner: 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 11, 2018
Day Planner: Barbara Farnsworth, Manager, Community Health Improvement, Dartmouth-Hitchcock

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 8, 2020
Claremont, NH
Day Planner: Nancy Merrill, Director, Planning and Development, City of Claremont
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 12, 2020
Springfield, VT
Day Planner: Robert Sand, Assistant Professor, Vermont Law School

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 11, 2020
Day Planner: Karen Liot-Hill

Rockefeller Center, 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 8, 2020
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 13, 2020
Day Planner: Hannah Gelroth
VINS, Quechee, VT

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 10, 2020

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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— Rob Schultz, Leadership Upper Valley Manager, Director of Development

Rob Schultz is the Leadership Upper Valley Manager and Director of Development at Vital Communities. Most recently, he served as Area Coordinator for Granite United Way in the Upper Valley Region. Rob was Executive Director of COVER Home Repair in White River Junction for 9 years. Before working at COVER, Rob was Executive Director for the Farm & Wilderness Foundation for 8 years; helped start a corporate training center for PT Timah in Sumatra Indonesia; and ran programs for Outward Bound in Minnesota, Texas, and New Mexico. He is a graduate of Earlham College and has done graduate work at University of Maryland in International Political Economy. He lives in Hanover with his partner Diane. He sings with Thetford Chamber Singers and is an avid carpenter, cellist, wilderness traveler, and gardener.