Michael Redmond

Executive Director

Michael Redmond joined the Upper Valley Haven in October, 2018. Michael comes to the Haven after nearly 20 years at the Crotched Mountain Foundation in Greenfield, New Hampshire where he served as Vice President for Advancement, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer, among other roles. Prior to his time at the Crotched Mountain Foundation, Michael held leadership positions at nonprofit organizations in New York. Michael’s career has been grounded in care-based organizations serving diverse communities, individuals, and families in need.


Jennifer Fontaine

Director of Finance and Food Programs

Jennifer Fontaine joined the Haven in 2008 after a decade in the financial sector. Jennifer holds a BA in Social Work, an MS in Human Services, a certificate from Common Good Vermont in Nonprofit Management, and is a graduate of Leadership Upper Valley (2016) and Food Solutions New England’s Network Leadership Institute class of 2022. She serves as Co-Chair of the Hunger Council of the Upper Valley (a subsidiary of Hunger Free Vermont), a steering committee member of Upper Valley Strong, and many other community workgroups focused on where her passion and interests lie- in food access and food justice.

Laura Gillespie

Laura Gillespie

Director of Development & Communications

Laura Gillespie joined the Haven in 2016 after ten years in development at The Aloha Foundation. Laura is a graduate of Dartmouth College with an MS in Nonprofit Management from Marlboro College. Laura is President of the Lifecare Board of Alice Peck Day Hospital, sits on the APD Board, serves on the board of Jag Productions, the Board of Hartford-Norwich Holiday Basket Helpers, and coaches rowing with Upper Valley Rowing Foundation.


Leslie Rimmer

Director of People, Culture & Technology

Leslie Rimmer joined the Haven in August 2017. Prior to joining the Haven, Leslie spent more than twenty years in consulting where her passion for data-driven decision making was fostered. She transitioned to the non-profit sector in 2011 where she was VP of Program at the Student Conservation Association, then VP of Operations at the Upper Valley Land Trust. She completed the Tuck School of Business Gateway to Business Management Program, holds a professional certificate in Sustainable Business Practices from UVM, and is an alum of the Vermont Leadership Institute. She holds a BS in Biology from Penn State University. Leslie previously served as a guardian ad litem in the Windsor County family court. She currently serves on the Boards of the Norwich Public Library and Willing Hands.

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Cherry Sullivan

Director of Shelter & Clinical Services

Cherry Sullivan joined the Haven in 2022 with two decades of experience in public health, most of it in western Massachusetts. Her interest lies in addressing issues of health equity, harm reduction, assessing systems of care, coalition development, adapting and evaluating evidence-based practices, health communications, grant writing, and community based participatory models. In her free time you will find her outdoors, hiking with her family (and dogs), biking, gardening, swimming, and skiing. She is a member of the Board at Hartford Dismas House and the Thetford Library Federation.