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Upper Valley Haven
Upper Valley Haven Welcomes 2021 Board Members
White River Junction, VT (May 20, 2021) – The Upper Valley Haven elected and welcomed two new board members in April 2021, Teresa Chia and Ann Root Keith. The members will provide direction for continued growth in the Haven’s mission to assist people experiencing poverty by providing food, shelter, education, service coordination, and other support.
Haven Board President and Community Citizenship Manager at Hypertherm, Stacey Chiocchio, says, “It is my honor to serve as President of the Board of the Upper Valley Haven. We have a great group of board members who are engaged and dedicated to serving the organization. I’m incredibly excited to strengthen our team even more by adding our newest members Teresa Chia and Ann Root Keith, who will bring talent and expertise to our finance and development committees, respectively.”
Teresa Chia is a seasoned manager and investment professional with over 15 years of global investing experience as a board member or observer of U.S. and international companies. Chia is currently an independent board member at Kinsale Capital Group. She has a Master of Business Administration in General Management from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wellesley College. She will serve on the Haven’s finance committee. She shares, “I greatly admire all that the Upper Valley Haven does to support families and adults in need. It is an honor to have this opportunity to work more closely with the Haven community.”
Ann Root Keith is a mission-driven leader who believes that a diverse team of talented colleagues committed to excellence and respect constitutes the best professional environment to propel individual achievement and organizational success in engagement and philanthropy at the highest levels. Root Keith is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Advancement Division at Dartmouth. She has a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Statistics from Mount Holyoke College.
The Haven’s board of directors also welcomed two new Tuck Fellows for 2021-2022: Jordan McKinley and Arun Ponshunmugam. Dartmouth College’s Tuck Center for Business, Government, and Society Fellows Program brings together Tuck students with local nonprofits for an experiential learning opportunity in nonprofit leadership and governance.
The 2021-2022 Upper Valley Haven Board of Directors are: Stacey Chiocchio (President), Jim Zien (Vice President and Chair of Development Committee), Keith Milne (Treasurer and Chair of Finance Committee), Mary Brown (Secretary and Chair of Governance Committee), Virginia Reed (Chair of Program Committee), Liz Adams, Ralph Carlton, Teresa Chia, Anne Clemens, Richard DuMez, Sarah Miles, Ron Paprocki, Ellen Rockmore, Ann Root Keith, and Kathy Welling.
The Upper Valley Haven is a private nonprofit organization that serves people struggling with poverty by providing food, shelter, supportive housing, community education, children’s programs, and problem-solving services. Since 1980, we have worked to create a community where people find hope and discover possibility. We do that by welcoming all who enter our doors as equals, respecting their dignity and accepting them without judgment; encouraging those we serve to develop their capacity for independence and self-sufficiency; seeking the support and participation of the community; and by being thrifty with our resources, generous in our hospitality and accountable to the individuals and organizations that support us. The Haven is open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year and never charges for any of its services. We serve more than 14,500 people annually.
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