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Winner of the 2012 University of Vermont Distinguished Service Award: Paula Oppenheim Cope '71
Winner of the 2012 University of Vermont Distinguished Service Award: Paula Oppenheim Cope '71

On October 5, Paula Oppenheim Cope '71 was honored by the University of Vermont Foundation and Alumni Association. She received a Distinguished Service Award for her work at the school which includes: starting UVM Rescue, opening up ROTC to women, serving on the Career Advisory Network, starting two regional alumni clubs, and years of alumni service. This is the second time Paula has been recognized by UVM for her dedication to the school. In 1980 she was the recipient of the UVM Outstanding Young Alumna Award.

Paula earned two degrees from the University of Vermont: a Master of Education in Organization and Human Resources Development and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She is currently the president of Cope & Associates, Inc., a management consulting and training firm based in Burlington, VT. Paula is a consultant, facilitator, and trainer specializing in management and organizational development, strategic planning, and project management. Over the past twenty years, she has presented professional papers nationally, is a published author in health care, and has chaired several statewide conferences on the economics of child care, total quality management and volunteerism. She has been the project director for the Governor's Commission on the Public's Health Care Values and Priorities, a board member for Leadership Champlain and is a founding member of the American Society of Training and Development - Vermont Chapter. In 2003, Paula was one of six recipients worldwide to be named an Exemplar of Excellence by Hillel International Center. In 2004, she and her family received the YMCA's Character in Action Award. In 2005, she was named Small Business Woman of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

With such a busy schedule, Paula still manages to find time for Dwight School. An active member of the Dwight Community, Paula is a member of the Dwight School Foundation Board of Trustees and the Alumni Council, where she served as President from 2008-2011.

A big congratulations to Paula for all of her success!