Board of Directors

Jarett Berke

Jarett moved to the the Upper Valley in the Spring of 2015 in order to attend the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth after over a decade of service as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps. Shortly after graduating, he acquired the iconic, 70 year old Lou’s Restaurant & Bakery and embarked on his career as an entrepreneur in food service and hospitality. In addition to leading the Lou’s team, Jarett is a member of the Hanover Planning Board, a board member and treasurer of the Veterans Education and Research Association of Northern New England, and the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of U.V.E.R. Jarett enjoys flying airplanes, is an avid outdoorsman, and is passionate about supporting small business in the Upper Valley.

John Pepper

John is the co-founder and Chief Worker Advocate of Boloco, a New England-based restaurant chain founded in 1997 focused on serving globally inspired burritos, bowls and beverages. He is also the founder of Worthee, an early stage software project/platform focused on helping hourly workers receive the information they need to rise and thrive. Pepper also co-founded B.Good which grew to 80 units before he and his partners sold it in 2017.

Pepper has been an angel investor since 2014, with investments in more than 30 start-ups focused on workforce-empowering technology, restaurant-facing technology, and a few consumer business like Athletic Brewing, Spindrift, Free Rain, and Starbird.

For his work on employee advocacy and corporate transparency, Pepper was awarded the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for New England and named one of the Top 24 Executives in the restaurant business by Fast Casual Magazine in 2017. In 2016, Boloco became one of twelve restaurants in the country to achieve Certified B Corp status.

Pepper graduated from Dartmouth College in 1991 and received his MBA from the Tuck School in 1997 (where he presented the first Boloco business plan). He was elected to the Selectboard of the town where he lived for 17 years and was Chairman from 2018-2020. He currently serves on the boards of Positive Tracks in Hanover, NH and Botanica Seattle.

His wife Maggie and their 3 kids live in Hanover, NH.

Nigel Leeming

Nigel is the owner of Murphy’s on the Green Restaurant and Impasto Italian Eatery in Hanover, NH and is the VP of Operations at Appcast. He is a graduate of Boston College and has been in the restaurant industry for over four decades.

Tracy Hutchins

Tracy Hutchins is currently executive director of the Upper Valley Business Alliance. She was president of the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce (HACC) from 2017-2019. Prior to joining HACC, she served as president of the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce in Amherst, NH and has been executive director of both the Milford and Wilton NH Main Street programs. Hutchins received her BA from Wheaton College and MS from Antioch University.

She lives in Orange NH where she serves on the Orange Conservation Commission. When not working, she is an avid reader, home improvement DIYer, and loves to hike, bike, kayak and snowshoe.

Nancy LaRowe

Nancy works at Vital Communities to support a thriving local economy and resilient food system. She has lived, worked, and farmed in the Upper Valley for more than 30 years, most recently running Hogwash Farm, a pasture-based livestock farm.

Michael Wooten

Michael Wooten is the Associate Dean of Residential Life and Greek Life at Dartmouth College.   He received an M.A. focused in Liberal Studies from The University of Michigan.

Candy Swift

Candy is the founder of Happy Wheels, a key inspiration for U.V.E.R. and is a regional sales representative for the Performance Food Group.  She has had a robust career in the food and beverage industry and cares deeply about the restaurants in the Upper Valley.