Bette Abrams joined the Retreat Board in 2009 and was elected Board Chair in January 2014. During this time she has been instrumental in the successful completion of numerous projects including developing and producing the annual Anna Marsh Award fundraising celebrations.
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.
Bette is a past member and Secretary of the Windham Child Care Association Board of Directors, a former United Way Citizens Review Team volunteer and past President of Hilltop Montessori School Board of Directors, a position she held for 12 years. Bette is currently a Corporator of the Southern Vermont Health Services Corporation.
“It is an honor 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.”