Stephanie Thompson and Elyse Crossman are recognized for their community contributions

REGION – Stephanie Thompson of the Springfield Prevention Coalition and Elyse Crossman of the Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce are two of the 11 young leaders that will be recognized for their contributions to the Upper Valley by Vital Communties at the sixth annual Heroes & Leaders Celebration on Wednesday, May 24, at the Quechee Club in Quechee, Vt. The annual dinner, which benefits the Leadership Upper Valley program of Vital Communities, honors community members who have made significant positive impacts in the region.

“The young leaders we’re honoring this year are passionate about building the Upper Valley community—and their accomplishments are truly inspiring,” said Vital Communities Executive Director Tom Roberts. “From addressing the region’s opiate epidemic, to bringing aquaponics into schools nationwide, to strengthening the local economy, these young leaders represent a range of approaches toward a common goal: community. We’re so pleased to recognize these eleven and know there are many more young leaders making our region a better place to live, work, and play every day.”

Attorney Markell Ripps, Board member and past chair of Upper Valley Young Professionals and a Vital Communities board member and graduate of Leadership Upper Valley, will provide closing remarks for the evening. A limited number of tickets are still available. Learn more and reserve seats at

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