Board of Directors
Sharon Miller-Dombroski, Board President
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 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.
Denise Anderson, Board Vice President
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!
Elizabeth Larsen, Board Secretary
Elizabeth is the mother of three 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 supported several Upper Valley boards.
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.
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 Spark! Events 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.
April Smith Bean
With a great passion for community, April comes to the Board after having worked at Spark! Community Center as Activities Specialist, Administrative Assistant, Interim Director, and most recently, Program Director. She is excited to be contributing to Spark! in this new capacity! April earned her Master of Education from Endicott College with focus in Special Education, along with her Montessori Elementary Teacher Training. Among her diverse experiences, she developed a Montessori classroom at the Hartford Autism Regional Program (HARP), has served as coordinator and coach for a local Olympics ski team, and works with special education projects in India. April is presently the Director of Education and founder of The EcoCommunity School in Hartford, Vermont and lives in Lebanon with her husband, Jay.
A mother of seven and grandmother of five (so far), Christine received her Masters of Education from UNH and works at the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center. During her 36 years living in Warner, NH and now in Lebanon, NH, Christine has served in a variety of capacities with many nonprofits, including the CCBA, the American Heart Association, the Montshire Museum, and the Lebanon PTO. She has volunteered at the AVA Gallery, the Kilton Library, and the Boy Scouts of America.
An active disabilities advocate and nonprofit consultant, Havah travels throughout Vermont and New Hampshire to support families and help individuals find equal access to resources. When she is not working as an advocate, Havah uses her background in communications and program design as Director for Start Change where she and her team help small nonprofit organizations grow. She and her family live on a small homestead in Hartford, VT and Spark!’s open and engaged Community Center is one of their favorite places in the Upper Valley.