JENNIFER RICCIO, CHAIR
Jennifer is the senior counsel for Hypertherm, Inc. Jennifer moved to the Upper Valley in 2008 from the Boston area. Prior to joining Hypertherm, Jennifer supervised the Contracting Specialist Team and oversaw the contract function for Boston Medical Center Healthnet. Before joining Boston Medical, Jennifer held legal positions at Tarlow, Breed, Hart, & Rogers, P.C. and Casner & Edwards, both in Boston, MA. Jennifer holds a JD from Suffolk Law School and an LLM in International Taxation from St. Thomas Law School and has been a member of the bar since 2005. As an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA), Jennifer currently serves on the association’s International Tax and International Animal Law committees. Jennifer is also a member of the Governance Committee for David’s House at Dartmouth Hospital and serves on Hypertherm’s HOPE Foundation’s grant review committee.
SYLVIA RACCA, VICE CHAIR
Sylvia joined Dartmouth in December, 2002, as the Executive Director of the Dartmouth College Fund. Sylvia has been in fundraising for higher education for 22 years. Prior to Dartmouth, she was at Scripps College in Claremont, CA, where she served first as the Director of the Annual Fund and then as Director of Development. Before moving west, she served as an Assistant Director in the Alumnae Fund of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Prior to her career in higher education, Sylvia enjoyed a successful and engaging career syndicating tax-advantaged investments in commercial, historic, and multifamily real estate throughout the United States with Atlantic Equity Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts. She chairs the UVHS Philanthropy Committee and is Vice Chair of the Board. She lives in Orange, NH, with her two dogs, one, cat and a goldfish.
DOUG WHITTLESEY, TREASURER
A Chartered Financial Analyst, Doug manages fiscal operations for the Clinical Trials Office at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, overseeing the financial planning and analysis, accounting, reporting, and accounts receivable & payable functions. Outside of (and independent from) Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Doug provides wealth management, financial planning, and investment advisory services. He has more than twelve years of experience in finance and wealth management, including eight years of experience advising and investing on behalf of private clients. Doug holds an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a double major in world politics and economics at Hamilton College. He holds the Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt designation through the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Value Institute.
MELISSA ROBINSON, SECRETARY
Melissa is a real estate agent with Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty. She has over 18 years of experience in this field. Prior to her career in real estate, Melissa worked as a legal assistant in 5 different states.
VALERIE J. NEVEL, ESQ
Valerie is a senior financial advisor at Ledyard Financial Advisors. She has more than 25 years of experience in financial services. Valerie has worked in the area of taxation at Coopers and Lybrand and was legal counsel to the Trust Division of State Street Bank and Trust Company. Prior to joining Ledyard, Valerie had a legal practice in which she focused on estate planning, taxation, trusts, and charitable organizations. During her financial career, she has served on the boards of many local non-profit organizations and serves as President of the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Estate Planning Council. Valerie graduated from Boston University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Economics in 1986. In 1991, she graduated from Boston College Law School with a Juris Doctor Degree, and in 1992, she graduated from Boston College Carrol School of Management with a degree in Business Administration.
ELLEN EISENBERG, MD
Jeff Roosevelt is the Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Kendal at Hanover where he implements the organization’s marketing and community relations efforts. He is also a Plans and Programs Officer in the Maine National Guard. Jeff has also served as the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the Maine Veterans’ Homes and as the State Public Affairs Officer for the Vermont National Guard. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and various military courses including the Defense Information Scholl Public Affairs Officer Course. Jeff resides in Sunapee, N.H.
Mark currently serves as the Executive Director of Town Hall Theater. A lifelong supporter, advocate, and worker in the performing arts, Mark began his career in Montreal as a professional clarinetist and bass clarinetist. After completing a Master of Music from McGill University, he performed regularly with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and other Montreal area ensembles, with a particular focus on creating new music with young composers. He was also an agent and consultant for Latitude 45 Arts Promotions, Inc., a boutique Canadian music agency. While working on his MBA with a graduate diploma arts and media administration, Mark worked as associate director of Orchestras Canada. In addition to his service to UVHS, Mark is involved with several local organizations and community groups – he is Treasurer of the Upper Valley Community Band, a member of the City of Lebanon’s Pedestrian and Bicycling Advisory Committee, and 2017 alumni of Vital Communities’ Leadership Upper Valley program.
Daniel is the Executive Director of J K Adams, bringing over 14 years of experience in leading operations. Having transformed London’s High-tech corporation IDScan Biometrics Ltd., and Tech Ecommerce company Cablestar Ltd., Daniel relocated to the US in late 2010. In addition to operations, Daniel has led strategic Sales and Business Development in both large and small corporations, beginning his career in HM Revenue & Customs as an Office Systems Manager and Revenue Assurance Team Leader. He is a trained Mountaineer and has climbed all over Europe and New England, also instructing in Mountaincraft and Leadership as a UK Mountain Leader. He owns an alpaca farm and apiary and is the human for three adorable Boxers.
SUSAN DUNBAR BLUM
Susan received her JD from Vermont Law School and an under graduate degree from Berea College. For more than ten years, she has served as the human resources and marketing director at Systems Plus Computers. Prior, she had a private law practice in Norwich, VT. She breeds Glen of Imaal Terriers.
BETTY FARNSWORTH, EMERITUS
Betty was granted Emeritus member status of the UVHS board in 2006, after 49 years of active service with the organization and board. She was one of the founding members of the UVHS in 1959 and has held each of the executive positions on the board during her tenure. A native of the Upper Valley, Betty graduated from Becker Jr. College in Worcester, MA. She is retired from A.B. Gile, Inc where she worked for over 40 years. In recognition of her love of animals and dedication to pets and families in need, Betty was honored with the opening of the Betty Farnsworth Tranquility Garden in 2005.