Laura is the Development Director at WISE, a non-profit organization based in Lebanon, NH whose mission is to lead the Upper Valley in ending gender-based violence through survivor-centered advocacy, prevention, education, and mobilization for social change. Prior to joining WISE, Laura worked for thirteen years at The Mentor Network, a national network of health and human services providers offering home- and community-based services across the country, where she oversaw the integration of company acquisitions, the re-structuring of the human services division, and the strategic planning function of the organization.
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Rick Roesch retired from Citigroup in 1999 after 35 years in its international operations, including postings in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and New York. Since moving to Etna, NH he has served as a Vice Chairman of Ledyard National Bank, Chair of The Upper Valley Land Trust and the American Precision Museum, President and Trustee of the Montshire Corporation and Chair of the Board of Overseers of the Hopkins Center and Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth.
Jess Kell is the Parenting Program Coordinator for Lund’s Kids-A-Part program, based at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.
Julia Rogers is a former CLiF Program Director and Office Manger. Julia coordinated logistics for hundreds of literacy events during her tenure at CLiF and brings that experience to the Advisory Board. Before CLiF, her previous experience in literacy included teaching English and translating fairy tales in Tanzania and delivering books to children in rural Lao villages.
She has been the library director of Howe Library (Hanover, NH) since July 2007. Since her arrival she has obtained a $10,000 grant from The Donley Foundation for partial funding of a newly created Teen Services Specialist position, worked with staff on the development of a new website, and helped the library transition to an open-source integrated library system.
Doug Hemmings has been the Community and Social Services Coordinator at Highgate Apartments in Barre, VT since 2006. Doug comes to the affordable housing industry from an advocacy and emergency services background having worked in human services for over twenty years prior to working for Maloney Properties Inc.
Patricia Cantor’s first job after college was as editorial assistant to a group of four children’s book writers-in-residence at Bank Street College in NY. From there, she became assistant to the editor-in-chief at children’s book publisher Philomel, which was home to such notable authors as Eric Carle.
Jessica is the media specialist at Hanover High School where she teaches information skills across all subjects. She and her husband grew up in the Upper Valley and moved back to the area in 2005.
A committed volunteer, Jessica previously spent four years as the director of Youth-in-Action, a nonprofit organization that connects Hanover High School teens with volunteer opportunities.
Jennifer is the assistant director of Keene Community Education, an adult education center located in Keene, New Hampshire. She has worked in adult education for nine years as a volunteer, teacher, facilitator, counselor, mentor, and administrator. In her current position she oversees Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs, and coordinators volunteer supported tutorials.
Deb teaches AP English teacher at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, NH, where she has taught English, American Studies, and American History for the past 20 years. Before teaching, she worked at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and in undergraduate admissions at Dartmouth and Princeton.