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Bette Abrams, M.Ed.

Bette Abrams has served on the Retreat board since 2009. She is chair of the board’s Development Committee and a member of both the Governance Committee and the Quality and Performance Improvement Committee. Bette also served as chair of the Retreat’s 175th Anniversary Celebration held on September 12, 2009, which netted more than $70,000 for the organization.

A resident of the Brattleboro area since 1978, Bette’s professional background includes Development Coordinator for the Early Childhood Council of Windham County (now Building Bright Futures of Southeastern Vermont), Realtor for Berkley & Veller Real Estate, and special educator in the Wilmington and Brattleboro school systems.

In addition to her work on the Retreat Board of Trustees, Bette serves as Secretary of the Windham Child Care Association Board of Directors and is a United Way Citizen’s Review Team volunteer. She is also the past president of Hilltop Montessori School Board of Directors, a position she held for 12 years.

“I am deeply honored to serve this historic institution that has not only helped thousands of children and adults recovering from mental illness and addiction,” says Abrams, “but also plays a significant role in our community’s economic and social well-being.”