Vital Communities will honor 14 women leaders whose work has significantly contributed to the Upper Valley at its 2014 Heroes and Leaders celebration. The annual event recognizes community leaders and serves as a benefit for Vital Communities’ Leadership Upper Valley program.
“Each year we celebrate local leaders who help make the Upper Valley the strong and vibrant community we all love,” said Vital Communities Executive Director Mary Margaret Sloan. “The women leaders we’re honoring this year have helped shape the Upper Valley landscape and truly live the mission of our Leadership Upper Valley program: educating, inspiring, and engaging citizens to better serve their communities. They also represent the many other women in the region who are heroes and leaders.”
Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen is the keynote speaker for the evening. This year’s honorees include:
Merilynn Bourne – Executive Director, Listen Community Services
Barbara Couch – VP, CSR, Hypertherm, and President of HOPE Foundation
Gail Dahlstrom – VP, 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, Alice Peck Day Health Systems
Betty Porter – a Founder of Vital Communities
Allie Quinn – a Founder of the Montshire Museum of Science
Bente Torjusen – Executive Director, AVA Gallery and Art Center
Kathy Underwood – President and CEO, Ledyard National Bank
You can view a short bio and a picture of each honoree here.
The sold-out celebration will be held May 29, 2014, at the Quechee Club in Quechee, Vt.
Vital Communities, a nonprofit organization based in White River Junction, Vt., brings together citizens, organizations, and municipalities to take on issues where an independent voice and regional approach are essential. More information is available at vitalcommunities.org. This information was taken directly from their press release.
Generously Sponsored by:
Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Alice Peck Day Health Systems, Dartmouth College, Hypertherm, Kendal at Hanover, Lake Sunapee Bank,
Ledyard National Bank, Mascoma Savings Bank, Morton Trails, Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green,
Upper Valley Haven Board, West Lebanon Feed & Supply, Wise Associates, and Working InSync.