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Board of Directors

 UP for Learning was awarded it’s independent 501(c)(3) status in May of 2015.

Board MemberAffiliations
Cara Cookson, Chair Burlington, VTCara has been an ardent advocate for youth voice and small rural schools for over a decade, as a student at Cabot School, and now as legal council for a Government Agency.
Jan Westervelt, Treasurer Cabot, VTJan is a retired accounting professional
Hillary Laggis, Secretary Boston, MA Hillary is a Hazen Union YATST alumni student, and a communications professional.
Tom Alderman Montpelier, VTTom is a retired educator and former Assistant Director of the Agency of Education. He currently serves on the Board of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.
Daniel Baron Bloomington, INDaniel is the founder of the Critical Friends Groups organization (NSRF), the Harmony School (high school) and the Project School in Bloomington, IN. He is a national consultant on school reform.
Val Gardner Shelburne, VTVal is a past principal at Champlain Valley Union School, a Saint Michael’s College professor, and faculty member of the Snelling Educational Leadership program.
Michelle Maseroni Burlington, VTMichelle is a former Getting to “Y” youth co-facilitator, and currently a Health and Educational Policy major at the University of Vermont.
Ally Oswald Chester, VTAlly is a faculty member at Green Mountain High School, and a past YATST Advisor.
Peter Peltz Woodbury, VTPeter is a former Chair of the VT House of Representatives Education Committee, and current member of the VT State Board of Education.
Ben WilliamsBen is a professor and site coordinator for Union Institute and University, an adjunct professor for UVM, and former Director of Teacher Licensure at Goddard College.