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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 CPA, and has been engaged with UP for Learning’s growth over the past decade.
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 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.
Taylor Ducharme Burlington, VT Taylor is a Hazen Union High School YATST alumni member and current student at the University of Vermont.
Val Gardner Shelburne, VT Val is a past principal at Champlain Valley Union School, a Saint Michael’s College professor, and co-director of the Snelling Educational Leadership program.
Michelle Maseroni Norwich, VT Michelle is a former Getting to “Y” youth co-facilitator, and recently earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont. She is currently the Statewide Youth Engagement Coordinator for the Youth Development Program of the VT Department of Health.
Ally Oswald Chester, VT Ally is a faculty member at Green Mountain High School, and a YATST Advisor.
Ben WilliamsBen is an adjunct professor for UVM and the Community College of Vermont, and former Director of Teacher Licensure at Goddard College.
Asah WhalenAsah is an UP Alumnus and senior at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT.
Erin Dezell Montpelier, VTErin is a former UP for Learning assistant director and is currently a school counselor at Harwood Union High School.