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Local nonprofits complete BBVT
Performance Institute recently
BRATTLEBORO -- Morningside House of Brattleboro and Our Place Drop-In Center of Bellows Falls were among 16 non-profit agencies statewide to be honored by Benchmarks for a Better Vermont’s Performance Institute. BBVT recently held a Results-Based Accountability Showcase to highlight the learning and achievements of the 16 Vermont nonprofit organizations that have just completed the BBVT Performance Institute.

Benchmarks for a Better Vermont is a two-year initiative run by a consortium of organizations committed to strengthening Vermont’s nonprofit sector. The program was initially made possible by a $200,000 grant from the federal Corporation for National and Community Service with matching financial support from each of the consortium partners as well as the A.D. Henderson foundation.

Marlboro College Graduate School of Brattleboro serves as the lead agency. Other partners include the Vermont Community Foundation, Common Good Vermont, SerVermont, United Ways of Vermont, and the United Ways of Addison, Chittenden, Lamoille and Windham Counties.

The Showcase was an interactive "round robin." Non-profit teams prepared a poster depicting their own organization’s work on one step of the RBA framework, or a particular challenge or success in adopting and implementing RBA. The guests circulated among the presenters viewing the posters while learning of the challenges and rewards of integrating RBA into programs as well as of real-life examples of RBA in process.

For further information about Benchmarks for a Better Vermont or its Results-Based Accountability Institute contact Kate Jellema at

Union Institute launches online Master
of Science in Organizational Leadership

BRATTLEBORO -- Union Institute & University announced its new online program will launch in January 2014.

The highlights of the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program include: 36 credit hour, online, 12-month program; 12 core courses in three distinct leadership modules; leadership mentors assigned to each student; students create a professional portfolio; each course includes two 90-minute interactive webinars with scholar-practitioners; and each course includes at least two 30-minute one-on-one video/teleconference coaching sessions.

This program was developed by Charles F. Piazza, special assistant to President Roger H. Sublett, Ph.D. for strategic innovation and planning. Piazza is also serving as the interim dean at Union’s Sacramento Academic Center.

Tuition for the MSOL is $500 per credit hour ($18,000 total, plus fees). It requires full-time study (two courses every eight weeks) and new students are admitted in the winter and fall semesters. This is a rigorous program and has strict admissions requirements, including an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0, three to five years of work experience, a statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, and an admissions interview.

The MSOL program is currently accepting applications. Prospective students can learn more by visiting or by contacting Paul Moberly, at 802-254-8900 or

Amanda Payne promoted to Quality Control Administrator at RV Credit Union

BRATTLEBORO -- Amanda Payne, a native of Hinsdale, N.H., has been promoted to Quality Control Administrator in River Valley Credit Union’s Consumer Lending Department. As a Quality Control Administrator, Payne helps insure that loan documents comply with current regulations and that proper documentation is recorded, as well as working with members to insure that they receive the proper documentation.

Payne began her employment with River Valley four years ago at its Townshend office. From there she went to the Brattleboro Main Office where she worked in teller operations.

Payne was previously employed by a regional banking operation and was responsible for mortgage loan documents. Her experience with document quality control is an excellent complement to River Valley’s high standard of member satisfaction.

Tamara Mount named new head
of Hilltop Montessori School

BRATTLEBORO -- Hilltop Montessori School has welcomed Tamara Mount as its new head of school. Mount succeeds Tonia Wheeler, who stepped down as interim head on July 1, 2013.

Mount brings 17 years of experience as an educator and manager to Hilltop. Prior to her arrival in Brattleboro, she spent seven years as the lead lower elementary (grades 1-3) teacher at the Cherry Blossom Montessori School in Hillsborough, N.J., where she also worked as a teacher of toddlers. She obtained her Montessori lower elementary teaching credentials in 2008 from the Princeton Center for Teacher Education.

Mount’s career choice marked a return to Montessori education after a decade in the corporate world. She attended a Montessori school as a child and is the daughter of a Montessori head of school. She studied English and Environmental Science at the University of Virginia and worked for 10 years as an environmental management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, a management and technology consulting firm in Washington D.C.

Now, as Hilltop’s 4th head of school in 42 years, she says, "This is a wonderful time to be at Hilltop Montessori School. It is a dream to have a school with such strong, vibrant programs. And with the construction of our new multi-purpose building, we will be able to add new offerings and further strengthen the existing programs. The school community and greater Brattleboro are the perfect place for me and my family. We are thrilled to be here!"

"We’re so happy to have Tamara and her family join Hilltop and the Brattleboro community," says Mark Loevy-Reyes, president of Hilltop’s board of trustees. "Her roots and experience in Montessori education, coupled with her strong financial and managerial background, make her an excellent choice for this school."

Hilltop Montessori School is an independent school that serves children ages 3 through grade 8, located at 120 Summit Circle in Brattleboro. For more information visit:


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