ABOUT US

Our Impact

The mission of the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation is to build connections between local schools and businesses, enrich education,

and develop the next generation of workers, employers, and leaders.

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Student Trip to Omni Control Technologies

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Student Trip to Dell Technologies
Student Trip to Dell Technologies

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STEM Conference at Tufts
STEM Conference at Tufts

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Student Trip to Omni Control Technologies

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Our History

Blackstone Valley Education Foundation was originally a subcommittee of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce and was officially established as its own nonprofit organization with a 501 C 3 status in 1999.  Over the years, BVEF continues to grow 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.

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Sustainability

 

The Blackstone Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is supported by school district membership, community grants, the generous backing of businesses in our communities, the Commonwealth’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, and MassDevelopment Corporation.  These funding sources help to connect students, schools, and professionals to business and industry for the purpose of strengthening college and career readiness

 

Board of Directors 2021-2022

Executive Board

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Tara Bennett

President

MIAA

Director of PR and Communications

tbennett@miaa.net

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Sarah Stone

Vice President

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Lee Gaudette

Treasurer

Gaudette Insurance Agency, Inc.

President

lee@gaudette-insurance.com

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Betsey Brewer

Clerk

Southwick's Zoo

VP and CMO

betsey@southwickszoo.com

Board Members

Peter Bedigian

John Clements

Dr. Maureen Cohen

Paul Daigle

Christopher Foley

Tom Gardner

James Hoban

Dr. Kevin McIntyre

Anthony Steele*

*Executive Board Member at Large

Meet the Staff

The Blackstone Valley Education Foundation is committed to excellence in providing programs and services to local school districts that are both relevant and helpful in connecting classroom learning with local businesses and the community. Members of the BVEF staff bring a wide range of superb experience and knowledge to ensure the success of this mission. 

 
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Erika Baum

Executive Director
ebaum@bveducationfoundation.org

Ten years of experience as assistant principal in both Virginia and Massachusetts; adjunct professor for two colleges and a university; five years classroom teaching experience in a public school district; participated in numerous educational professional development trainings and conferences. (M.A. in Educational Administration, B.A. Psychology, minor in Education). Erika enjoys running, cooking, the beach, and spending time with family.

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Holly McNeil

Communication and
Event Coordinator
hmcneil@bveducationfoundation.org

Nine years of experience as a Manufacturing Recruiter. Successfully recruited Engineers, Mechanical Technicians, Electronic Technicians, and Machine Operators and placed employees in large local manufacturing companies such as EMC, Saint Gobain, IPG, and Evergreen Solar. Volunteer event planner for non-profit pediatric cancer research charities. (B.S. in Sociology). Holly enjoys last minute weekend getaways with her husband and three kids, napping on the beach, skiing, and cooking.

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Danielle Wence

Marketing Coordinator

dwence@bveducationfoundation.org

14 years experience marketing, branding and providing communication solutions to local businesses, their clients as well as member organizations.  BA in Art and Business.  Parent volunteer for MA 4H.  Danielle enjoys spending time outdoors with her family hiking, biking, gardening and beekeeping.

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Joscelyn Young

Innovation Pathways Coordinator

jyoung@bveducationfoundation.org

Ten years experience as an arts educator developing innovative and adaptive arts programming; experience in administration and web design focused on small business and non-profit needs; Co-Founder and President of  Green Bean Project, Inc. 501c3 children’s theater. (M.S. in Professional Counseling, B.A. Theater). Joscelyn enjoys the arts, reading, and watching her children dance.

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Kathy Hehir

Arts In The Valley Coordinator

khehir@bveducationfoundation.org

27 years experience as art educator in Sutton, Massachusetts; Fine Arts Department Chair; Founder and director of Summer Arts Program; National Art Education member; BFA and Education.  Kathy enjoys museum trips, reading and spending time with her four children.

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Chelsea Swan

BVYLA Coordinator

cswan@bveducationfoundation.org

5 years experience teaching secondary education, currently 9-12 grade English at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School. (BA in English Literature with a certification in Secondary Education 8-12).  Pursuing Master’s in Education. Certified in Online Teaching through BayPath University, AP Language & Composition, AP Literature & Composition through the College Board. Chelsea's hobbies include reading, running, and cooking.

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Thomas Belland

Work Based Learning Coordinator

14 years' experience in the HVAC and Electrical industries. Employed 27 years in vocational-technical education as a teacher and administrator. Experienced in project management, curriculum development, education - business partnerships, and connecting students with work-based learning opportunities. (M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, B.S. Occupational Education). Tom enjoys biking, skiing, saltwater fishing, and family time at the Cape. 

Thank You to our 2021-2022 Business Partners & Sponsors

 

All of BVEF’s funding comes from business and community donations and sponsorships, state grants, and school district membership dues.