JENNIFER RICCIO, CHAIR
Jennifer is the international tax attorney at 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.
K. BLAKE DARCY, VICE CHAIR
Kevin earned his AB in Government from Hamilton College in NY. In 1987, he founded the online brokerage firm DLJdirect, led the firm from 1987 to 2001, and took it public in 1999 on the NYSE. He remained involved with the company through several purchases until 2005, when, at that time known as Harrisdirect, it was purchased by ETrade. During his career, Kevin also launched online brokerages in Japan, Hong Kong, and the UK and consulted with numerous firms. In 2008, he co-founded an online money management firm, Formula Investing, which manages a series of mutual funds and investment strategies for individuals and institutions. Kevin has served on numerous boards, including the Board of Trustees, Hamilton College; Quantopian; Recognia; Mondera.com; and Harrisdirect. Kevin serves on the Finance and Strategic Planning Committees.
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 ten years experience in finance and wealth management, including six years experience advising 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.
SUSAN DUNBAR BLUM, SECRETARY
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.
Kay is a graduate of LSU in Baton Rouge, La. and LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Allergy/Immunology. Dr. Hillinger practiced in New Orleans for 21 years, both in private practice and at the Ochsner Clinic. Since moving to the Upper Valley in 2003, she has been a member of the Allergy/Immunology section at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Kay has served on the board of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA). At UVHS, she chairs the Board Building Committee and serves on the Development Committee.
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.
Sylvia joined Dartmouth in December, 2002, as the Executive Director of the Dartmouth College Fund. Sylvia has been in fundraising for higher education for 16 years. Prior to Dartmouth, she served first as the Director of the Annual Fund, and then as Director of Development, at Scripps College in Claremont, CA. 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 for a decade 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 Hearts of Gold Committee, and serves on both the Development Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee.
David Sobel, DVM, MRCVS began his veterinary training at the University of Glasgow in Scotland before returning to the US to receive his DVM from Tufts Veterinary School in 1992. He was on the staff of the Dover Veterinary Hospital during which time he received advanced training in human endoscopic surgery at the New England Medical Center in Boston. He later served on the staff of the Hanover Veterinary Clinic before starting his mobile outreach service, Metropolitan Veterinary Consultants, in 2000. This is his effort to make his services accessible to small animal patients and practices across Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He also is a consultant, providing referral services at the Veterinary Referral Center of NH at CAVES in Concord, NH and the Small Animal Veterinary Emergency Services (SAVES) in Lebanon, NH. David also serves as a consultant at the Elands Veterinary Clinic, in England where he has worked with his colleague, Philip Lhermette, to introduce non and minimally invasive surgery to small animal practices across the United Kingdom. David was one of the first practitioners to begin incorporating the use of diode lasers into minimally invasive surgery for dogs and cats, taking what had previously been purely diagnostic procedures into the realm of interventional surgical endoscopy.
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.