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29 Graduate From Leadership Program

White River Junction — Leadership Upper Valley, a program of Vital Communities, recently graduated 29 at a ceremony in Windsor.

The keynote speaker was Pamela Pantos, executive director of Opera North and a 2010 alumnae of the program.

“The modern models of leadership that are most widely embraced in the world are inclusive and creative. They are problem solving and solution seeking,” Pantos said.

“Graduates of Leadership Upper Valley are well-prepared to provide this kind of leadership, whether in their workplace or the broader community. It is a way of life that breeds success in everyone with whom we come in contact.”

From September through June, participants in the leadership program attend ten day-long sessions focused on various aspects of community life in the region.

The topics include economic development, education, government and politics, arts and the creative economy, communication, health and human services, environment, transportation, and justice.

This year’s graduates include Anibal Sepulveda, Hypertherm; Beth Vessicio, Mascoma Savings Bank; Betsy McClain, town of Hanover; Cathee Clement, Chrysalis Properties; Chris Mazurek, West Lebanon Feed & Supply; David Brooks, city of Lebanon; Ellie Tsetsi, Good Beginnings of Sullivan County; Ericka Gray, Kendal at Hanover; Gary Laperle, Dartmouth Printing Company; Hailey Wetherbee, Kendal at Hanover; Ham Gillett, Cover Home Repair; Jacqueline Hill, Morgan Stanley; Janet Miller Haines, Northern Stage; Jason Dacier, Co-op Food Stores.

Jaye Olmstead, David’s House; Justin Provost, Claremont Savings Bank; Kari Jo Grant, Dartmouth College; Kevin Kober, Ledyard National Bank; Laurie Tostenson, Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Linda Miller, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Lucinda Walker, Norwich Public Library; Mike Kenney, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Mollie Naber, self-employed; Richard Hoffman, Hartford School District; Sarah Simonds, Vital Communities; Sue Bryan, Lake Sunapee Bank; Susanne Abetti, Geobarns LLC; Sylvia Provost, Henderson’s Tree Service LLC; Tom Yurkosky, TPY CFO Services.

For more information about Leadership Upper Valley, go to vitalcommunities.org.

— Staff report