Burlington, VT—MENTOR Vermont is excited to announce the recent addition of Andrea Haddad, Beth Vanderputten Perlongo, and Joshua Jarvis to its Board of Directors. Haddad, Vanderputten Perlongo, and Jarvis each bring years of professional expertise and a strong belief in mentoring to the MENTOR Vermont Board.
Andrea Haddad is a Principal at Ernst & Young, LLC. Prior to joining EY, Andrea worked in the Boston IRS Office of Chief Counsel. While with the Office of Chief Counsel, Andrea litigated numerous cases before the United States Tax Court. Andrea also serves on the Board of Directors for Girls’ LEAP and is currently the Treasurer. Andrea has a JD from New England School of Law, Boston, MA.
Haddad shares, “Having mentors in my life have contributed greatly to my personal and professional success. Given the weight I put on these relationships, joining the Board of MENTOR Vermont seemed like a natural fit. It allows a platform to cascade the mentor mentee relationship, which is one of the most important relationships of any young person’s life.”
Beth Vanderputten Perlongo is the Chief of Staff and Strategy for Redstone, a real estate development and property management company based in Burlington. In her role at Redstone Beth supports organizational development, residential support, and student housing operations. Beth joined Redstone in 2017 after more than fifteen years in higher education administration, serving in enrollment management and student affairs positions at NYU and Columbia University. She began her professional career in the film and television production industry. Beth has served as a mentor with the Grand St. Settlement, Read Ahead NYC, and Everybody Wins! Vermont.
"I've benefited tremendously and grown personally through my numerous mentor-mentee relationships.” Shares Vanderputten Perlongo, “The organizations I've been fortunate to work with, and experiences I've had as a mentor, have made me passionate about supporting mentoring programs. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to further promote that work by serving on the board of MENTOR Vermont."
Joshua Jarvis has been in the finance industry for over 12 years, specializing in trust and estate planning and retirement services. Josh earned his CTFA (Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor) designation in 2020 from Canon Financial and has a bachelor's degree in Finance from Plattsburgh State University.
Jarvis shares, "I'm currently mentoring through Milton Mentors and I have found the experience extremely rewarding and satisfying. Growing up in Milton VT, it was important for me to give back to my local community and be a positive influence in a youth's life, similar to the positive mentors/influences in my own life. I understand the power of mentoring and just how important organizations like Mentor Vermont are for the future of our youth."
Haddad, Vanderputten Perlongo, and Jarvis are filling vacancies left by former Board members Christine Auriemma, Gabriella Tufo Strouse, and Sarah Caliendo, who recently transitioned off the Board after many years of service. The MENTOR Vermont Board is comprised of community members from across the state, and oversees the organization’s efforts to provide support and resources to the youth mentoring field in Vermont to strengthen the quality and broaden the reach of mentoring relationships in our communities.
About Mentoring Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Since the onset of COVID-19 in March 2020, youth mentoring programs and mentors across Vermont have stepped up and continued to adjust their approach to meet the needs of the youth they serve.
MENTOR Vermont’s 2021 youth mentor survey responses help to illustrate the profound impact of a mentor during this difficult time:
• 86% of mentees shared, “my mentor was someone with whom I could share my feelings and experiences related to COVID-19.”
• 95% of mentees said, “having a mentor has made a positive difference in my life.”
• 95% of mentees expressed, “my mentor is someone I can depend on.”
• 96% of mentees shared, “my mentor makes me feel like I matter.”
Youth need supportive adults in their lives now more than ever. Programs across the state are actively seeking new mentors to meet the increased need. To learn more about becoming a mentor in your community, visit www.mentorvt.org/become-a-mentor.
About MENTOR Vermont:
MENTOR Vermont aims to close the mentoring gap and drive equity through quality mentoring relationships so every young person in Vermont has the supportive relationships they need to grow and thrive. To achieve this vision, MENTOR Vermont provides funding, resources, and support to the youth mentoring field in Vermont to strengthen the quality and broaden the reach of mentoring relationships throughout the state. In addition to managing the Vermont Mentoring Grants, the organization provides technical support to mentoring program staff, maintains an online program directory and referral system for volunteers, manages a quality-based program management database, raises public awareness of mentoring, works with programs to ensure they are meeting best practices, and leads statewide mentoring initiatives. MENTOR Vermont is the state affiliate of MENTOR National. For more information about mentoring programs and initiatives in Vermont, visit www.mentorvt.org.