Congratulations to Leadership Southeast Vermont graduates

Back row, left to right: Nicole Kirby, Brattleboro Retreat; Christine Fields, HCRS; Jennifer Parker Williams, VABIR; Phil Trejo, Union Street School; Derek Williams, River Valley Technical Center. Middle Row: Kelley Hitchcock, The Hartness House; Caitlin Castellini, Springfield Medical Care Systems; Scott Newton, Brattleboro Housing Partnerships. Front: Kelly Broker-Campbell, RVTC. Not pictured: Rebecca Burns, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and Erik Johnson, Brattleboro Police Department. Photo provided

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – On Thursday, June 6, the 2019 graduating class of Leadership Southeast Vermont attended their commencement ceremony at The Hartness House in Springfield. Eleven participants received their completion certificates. Acting CEO of Springfield Medical Care Systems Josh Dufresne was the keynote speaker.

Leadership Southeast Vermont has been serving Windsor and Windham counties for over 20 years. LSEVT is currently a program of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce. The 10-month course begins in September each year. The class meets for one full day a month, in various locations, with each session focusing on a regional theme. The program brings together people of diverse backgrounds who have a strong interest in creating positive change in their communities.

Each year, the class is sectioned into teams, tasked with the challenge of doing group projects that will have meaningful and lasting impact in the region. One team chose to promote volunteerism. The good causes selected: Vermont Department of Children and Families, the Brattleboro Justice Center, the Springfield Humane Society, the Windham County Dental Center, and the Springfield Area Parent Child Center. The team created a website to showcase their stories and to share a podcast. Scott Newton of Brattleboro sums it up saying, “Each person giving just a little here and there can, and does, make a difference.”

The other team focused on educating area youth about career pathways. They arranged an event at Union Street School, connecting with nearly 90 third graders, highlighting career options. The LSEVT team did a silly skit modeling how to dress and behave in an interview situation. Keynote speaker Josh Dufrense confirmed the positive impact. “My son came home from school super excited to talk about everything he learned – he was talking about it for days afterwards!”

The Leadership Southeast Vermont program would not be possible without the support of the sending businesses. We would like to thank the following organizations: Brattleboro Housing Partnerships, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brattleboro Police Department, the Brattleboro Retreat, The Hartness House, HCRS, River Valley Tech Center, Springfield Medical Care Systems, Springfield Regional Development Corporation, Springfield School District, and VABIR.

Registration for the 2018-2019 Leadership program is currently open. Early applicants receive a tuition discount; so don’t miss the Early Bird deadline of July 15. Contact the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce at 802-885-2779 or email for details. For more information, go to

Back To Top