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In memory of Lisa Van Vleck

It is with the greatest sadness that we report that Lisa Van Vleck, our Director of Corporate Programs, passed away on Saturday, July 8. Together with teachers and corporate partners, Lisa created the NetPals, KeyPals, and Reading Buddies programs. I was lucky to have Lisa as a friend and colleague. As many of you know, Lisa put people first, and she was a true and loyal friend to many of us and to the students of the Cambridge Public Schools.

Before her time at CSV, Lisa had taught in the Cambridge Public Schools in the ESL classroom at the then-Longfellow School; worked at Traveler’s Aid; and served in the Peace Corps in Chile. She and her husband Howard Van Vleck raised their daughters Amanda and Christina here in Cambridge. For 30 years, Lisa nurtured sustained, long-term relationships between our schools and corporate partners. She also served on numerous community boards, including the Fletcher-Maynard Academy Leadership Team. In 1998, Lisa received the MIT President’s Community Service Award in recognition of her contributions. This year, the program she originated, NetPals, received the Massachusetts Service Alliance award for Outstanding Community Partnership.  Today, 280 CPS students annually have NetPals, 22 have KeyPals, and 127 have Reading Buddies.

She passed from this life in the loving presence of her family and with the support of hospice. The family has asked for donations in her memory to go to CSV. The full obituary is here in the Boston Globe. Lisa’s memorial service will be Saturday, September 9, 2017, 2:00 pm, First Parish Church, Cambridge. Her friends and colleagues are welcome.

Photo: Lisa Van Vleck on April 1, 2016, Lesley University Lunder Arts Center, Cambridge, at CSV50 event. Photo by Bethany Versoy.