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Our History

A subcommittee of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation grew and developed until its officially establishment as its own federal nonprofit organization in 1999. 


BVEF continues to expand while honoring its original mission to enrich education by connecting member schools with local businesses to prepare students for the workforce, whether immediately following high school graduation or after college. 


With an initial focus of primarily awarding small grants to schools, today BVEF’s 15 member and affiliate member school districts benefit from more extensive programming and services thanks to the strong partnerships we have with local businesses.

Meet the Board

Sarah Stone


Tom Gardner

Vice President

Lee Gaudette


Maureen Cohen


Anthony Steele

Board Member at large

Peter Bedigian

Board Member

Tara Bennett

Board Member

Paul Daigle

Board Member

James Hoban

Board Member

Chris Foley

Board Member

Kevin McIntyre

Board Member

Peter Marano

Board Member

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