UVBEP's dedicated team works to provide quality programs to students and educators throughout the Upper Valley.
Executive Director
Kathi Terami is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a bachelorís degree in Business Administration. Her experience with school-community connecting activities started as a high school student through her participation in work-based learning programs. Kathi has worked in both the business and nonprofit sectors. In 1997, she began connecting schools with community resources as a Program Coordinator with a federally funded School-to-Work partnership of three New Hampshire communities. In 1999, she helped found UVBEP as an independent nonprofit organization to sustain the federal initiative regionally in both New Hampshire and Vermont.

Program Manager

Lorin Durand holds an MS degree from the University of Montana. She has held a variety of education related positions at grade levels ranging from pre-school through college. Lorin worked as a UVBEP Program Manager from 2004 to 2006 facilitating programs such as Everybody Wins!, Learn to Earn and Leadership Teacher. Since 2008, she has been invaluable in her flexibility, stepping in whenever a new or ongoing UVBEP program needs additional staffing. Lorin has facilitated internships, arranged job shadow experiences, managed a summer youth employment program and built new community connections.
Operations Manager
Amy Tietjen Smith earned her undergraduate degree at Cornell University and holds a masterís degree in education from Elmira College and certification as a Career Development Facilitator. Her past experience includes managing federal, state and foundation grant projects and budgets for the Cornell Youth and Work Program and volunteer management and program delivery for the Seven Lakes Girl Scout Council. Amy has worked with UVBEP since 2000, coordinating programs, developing and managing the UVBEP website, administering grants and devising systems for information management. Amy

Dartmouth College Student Intern

Helen Thomas is a student at Dartmouth College, Class of 2018. She is an Economics modified with Education major with a minor in Native American Studies. Helen hopes to use the knowledge from her studies to one-day work in education policy or with non-profit organizations to improve the quality of education for Native youth throughout the country. Helen is excited to be working at UVBEP and giving back to the Upper Valley community because their work combines her passions for helping others and education.

Intern photo

Former Staff:

  • Jen Thygesen
    Program Manager 2006-2014

  • Dexter Zhuang
    Upper Valley Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, 2011-12

  • Kathleen Rice
    AmeriCorps Vista Member 2010-11

  • Erin Katherine Sykes
    Program Manager 2002-2003
    Internship Coordinator 2008-2010

Dartmouth College Interns who have worked with us for two terms or more:

  • Marco Herndon '16
  • Kayla Wade '16
  • Alejandra Herrera '14
  • Angela Dunnham '13
  • Catherine Roedel '12
  • Sisi Wu '12
  • Stephen Fang '09
  • Will Stork '07
  • Lauren Hoehlein '05

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