Class of 2020
Charlene Ashey, River Valley Community College
Audra Bonds, Hanover Co-op Food Stores & Auto Service Centers
Mary Bourque, Sullivan County
Allison Childs, Claremont Savings Bank
Darcy Curran, Kendal at Hanover
Jennifer Eastman, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
Asma Elhuni, United Valley Interfaith Project
Sandy Gmur, Cobb Hill CoHousing
Michelle Hale, Dartmouth College
Hillary Halleck, Red River
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
Lauren Schumacher, Mascoma Bank
Kelly Sczomak, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park
Alison Sherman, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC
June Sweetsir, Geokon
Susan Swenson, FUJIFILM Dimatix
Ethan Ticehurst, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Jesse Vazzano, Veterans Health Administration
John Wallace, Dartmouth College
Sally Wilson, SCORE/SBA
Session Schedule and Information
Session One – Building Community
September 11, 2019
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: Thursday, October 10. Kilton Library, West Lebanon
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.
Develops first-hand knowledge of how the arts impact our lives and the region’s economy. 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
Thank you to our day sponsor: Dartmouth Hitchcock Health
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.
Session Five – Economic Development
Jan 8, 2020
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
Day Planner: Robert Sand, Assistant Professor, Vermont Law School
Thank you to our day sponsor: Center for Justice Reform, 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.
Thank you to our day sponsor: 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.
Session 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.
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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Leadership Upper Valley Manager, Director of Development
— 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.