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.

Student Trip to Omni Control Technologies
Student Trip to Omni Control Technologies

Student Trip to Dell Technologies
Student Trip to Dell Technologies

STEM Conference at Tufts
STEM Conference at Tufts

Student Trip to Omni Control Technologies
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.

 

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, school, and professionals to business and industry for the purpose of strengthening college and career readiness

 

Our Annual Fund

Blackstone Valley Education Foundation receives funding from school districts membership dues, a state grant, and business and community donations and sponsorships.  As our yearly fundraiser, BVEF Annual Fund gifts make an immediate difference in the lives of students.  The success of the Annual Fund Drive is critical to continuing the innovative programs and services that BVEF provides in and around the Blackstone Valley. 

 

Board of Directors 2021-2022

Executive Board

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Board Members

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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 ensuring 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

Communications 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.

JOSCELYN YOUNG

Program and Grant 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.

KATHY HEHIR

Art In The Valley Coordinator

khehir@bveducationfoundation.org

Bio coming soon...

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CHELSEA SWAN

BVYLA Coordinator

cswan@bveducationfoundation.org

My name is Chelsea Swan I currently teach 9-12 grade English at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School. I am currently wrapping up my fifth year in secondary education. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree at Westfield State University and am finishing my Master’s in Education at Worcester State. I am certified in Online Teaching through BayPath University, and AP Language and Composition and AP Literature and Composition through the College Board. My hobbies are reading, running, and cooking. I am passionate about helping students realize their full potential through community engagement and service so the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation Youth Leadership Academy is an honor to be a part of! 

Thank You to our 2020-2021 Business Partners & Sponsors

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

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