Ben Judy was born a fifth generation Californian in Palo Alto. He moved to the NH-VT Connecticut River Valley halfway through his high school years. He says he did most of his growing up in the East. Ben studied History in college, earning a degree from Bates.
"My degree from a liberal arts college influences my work at the Vermont Department of Labor, in that, 'learning how to learn' is often as important as what one knows. Both are important components, but the 'how' seems much more transferable to a wide variety of career options where soft skills seem to make a difference.
Ben and his wife, Joyce, relocated to Vermont in 1994. Their move was prompted by a career change. Ben and Joyce love living in a place so many people visit for the distinct purpose of relaxing and recreating. They enjoy biking, walking and hiking---right from home.
"Serving on the Laraway Board allows me to support the valued and remarkable work the organization is engaged with," Ben said. "I feel closely aligned with the agency's vision that, 'All children and families below to nurturing communities.' As a community citizen, it in on all of us to help create nurturing communities."
When asked if there's anything else readers should know, Ben was quick to volunteer: "I'm a dog person!"
Thank you, Ben, for supporting Laraway's work with children and families.