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Sarah Kobylenski, the executive director of the Upper Valley Haven, left, speaks about Mary Feeney, right, at a reception honoring her for her years of service at the Haven at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in White River Junction, Vt., on Dec. 7, 2014. Mary and her husband, Paul, have been with the Haven since 1982 when they became the host couple for the shelter. (Valley News – Ariana van den Akker) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

The Upper Valley Haven — which includes shelters for homeless people, a food shelf and more — made the announcement in an email sent out to supporters this morning, signed by Merritt Patridge, president of the Haven’s board of directors. It reads, in part:

I want to share with you that after nearly ten years as the Upper Valley Haven’s executive director, Sara Kobylenski has shared her plans to retire in the fall of 2018. We are ever-grateful for Sara’s transformational leadership of the Haven and excited for Sara as she approaches her next chapter. We will launch a search for a new executive director in the coming months.


Sara’s leadership has positioned us well for a successful leadership transition and an even stronger Haven in the future. Under Sara’s direction, the Haven has become a more capable organization. Sara enhanced the Haven’s offerings and deepened the Haven’s relationships, ensuring that our neighbors have greater access to better services and a community that helps them to help themselves. She developed our staff and systems, and together, we’ve undertaken strategic planning to guide us into the future. We expect we will have occasions to celebrate her accomplishments with you.

Read more at www.vnews.com and in Friday’s Valley News.