Phillip Eller, Board President
The need for a resource like Spark for people with special needs that also involves the general public in an experience of inclusion was continuously identified by parents and families that I worked with for 15 years at the Special Needs Support Center and served as Director for the last 10. As a social worker, counselor, community organizer, and educator in a career spanning 50 years I have been involved and working with people that are considered on the margins of society. Helping in the creation and ongoing development and leadership of Spark since its beginning has been a great satisfaction and joy for me.
Elizabeth Larsen, Board Secretary
Elizabeth is the mother of 3 including a young man with Down Syndrome. She is a health care provider and has worked in the Lebanon/Hanover area for 28 years. Elizabeth has served on several nonprofit boards who serve differently abled individuals in the greater Upper Valley. In addition to her position on the Board of Spark Community Center, she is also on the BOD of Visions for Creative Housing Solutions. She is excited to be part of the wonderful opportunities being created in our community to enrich the lives of all.
Kim LaBarge, Board Treasurer
Kimberly LaBarge, EA, is the owner of KL Accounting, Inc. located in White River Junction, VT. Her practice focuses on individual, not-for-profit, and business tax preparation as well as small business consulting and full-service bookkeeping. Kim is a member of the AICPA, Vermont Society of CPAs, and The National Association of Enrolled Agents. With a passion for not-for-profit entities, Kim has served on/and or supported several Upper Valley boards.
Alijah Swasey has been a member of the Upper Valley for over a decade. She has over 15 years of experience in the healthcare field, ranging from Facility work to in-home care, and for the last several years has focused her work in the area of finance. She works for Kendal at Hanover, a Life Care Community in Hanover, NH serving over 400 retirement-aged residents and employing over 300 staff, some who are active members of the SPARK! Community. She is a Leadership Upper Valley Alumni, Class of 2015, and a Kendal Leadership Fellows Alumni, Class of 2016.
Cheryl has lived in the Upper Valley her whole life and is a mother of two. One of her sons has developmental delays. Cheryl has worked for the last 21 years as a certified occupational therapy assistant working with the pediatric and adult population. Prior to that time she had her own daycare. Cheryl enjoys being a member of the event committee which helps plan Friday Fun Nights and working on fundraising events. Friday nights she can be found spending time at Spark sharing time and experiences with the participants.
Sharon Miller-Dombroski is a graduate from Colby-Sawyer College with a degree in Early Care and Education and a minor in Psychology. She is the the Executive Director for Green Mountain Children’s Center that provides early care and educational services to children from birth to age 12 in the Upper Valley. She resides in Wilder, Vermont with her partner Joe and their children Amanda and Jonathan.
Bert is a senior product advisor for Heartland Payroll solutions, fifteen years working with business NH & VT. Bert has served as chairman of the Lebanon recreation committee for four years. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and served as Treasurer for six. He lives in Lebanon with his wife of forty-five years Nancy.
Denise is a local attorney who practices in the areas of business and employment law. Originally a Kansas girl, she moved to the Upper Valley by way of NYC to be near two of her five children and her five grandchildren. Denise’s passion is baking and she is a NY trained pastry chef. It’s no surprise that she represents several of the local restaurant owners. Since she was in her teens, Denise has volunteered in social services. In her career as a lawyer, Denise has worked pro bono on behalf of disabled adults, abused children and discrimination. She is involved as a board member for the Upper Valley Haven and is excited to work with the Executive Director and board at Spark!