Nanci Lepsic has worked as an educator, administrator, occupational therapist and ski instructor. She and her husband Tom also raised four children adopted from the Vermont Department for Children, Youth and Families. The youngest, a ski racer, just graduated from Rice Memorial High School with plans to attend St. Michael’s College.
Nanci grew up in a Polish-American family in Buffalo, New York. Her father didn’t have the opportunity to attend college, but he made sure his daughters did. Nancy earned a degree in Occupational Therapy from SUNY-Buffalo in 1983. She went on to earn her MBA while working as an administrator in the healthcare industry. She taught college-level courses in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.
“I started my career working in a program in the Adirondacks for clients with developmental disabilities,” Nanci said. The experience offered valuable learning experiences and chance encounters with all sorts of wildlife, including a black bear.
Nanci loves to ski. She began teaching in an adaptive skiing program at Kissing Bridge when she was 17. Moving on to positions at Big Tupper and Whiteface, she then realized her dream of being a Ski Bum, teaching at a United States Army Recreation Base in Germany. An interesting historical fact is that the military’s ski lodge was a farm during the Third Reich frequented by Adolf Hitler and his entourage.
Nanci retired at 40 to have more time and energy to address the special needs of her children. One of them was a client of Backpack,---Laraway’s public school based behavioral intervention program---during middle school. She has helped these promising young people gain a strong foothold in building positive futures for themselves. They are now 26, 21, 20 and 18 years of age and, as of this month, all have graduated from high school and are employed.
“I was looking for what to do next when Greg (Stefanski) called,” Nanci said.
We are so glad Nanci answered the call to join our Board!