High School Friends

WHO WE ARE

Our Impact

 

The mission of

Blackstone Valley Education Foundation

is to connect schools and businesses.

 

Developing skills needed for 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

 

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.

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

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Board of Directors 2022-2023

 
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President

Tara Bennet

Douglas High School
Principal, Interim

tbennett@douglasps.net

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Vice President

Sarah Stone

Osterman Family Foundation

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Treasurer

Lee Gaudette

Gaudette Insurance Agency, Inc.

President

lee@gaudette-insurance.com

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Clerk

Maureen Cohen

Superintendent of Schools

Mendon-Upton Regional School District

mcohen@mursd.org

Peter Bedigian

John Clements

Paul Daigle

Christopher Foley

Tom Gardner

James Hoban

Dr. Kevin McIntyre

Anthony Steele*

*Executive Board Member at Large

The BVEF Team

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Joscelyn Young

Executive Director

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Chelsea Swan

Youth Leadership Academy

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Holly McNeil

Associate Director

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Annie Kerins

Grant Administrator

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Danielle Wence

Marketing Director

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Lauren Barrett

Partnership Coordinator

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Tom Belland

Internship Consultant