Vermont Leaders

Who leads for Vermont and how are they improving the quality of our lives and the psychological health of our communities?

  • Sarah Green: “Tracy Penfield’s Pioneering Work” - Tracy Penfield is an artist, educator, advocate, and the Founder and Artistic Director of SafeArt in Chelsea, Vermont. As such her vision involves the healing and empowerment of survivors of domestic, sexual, and relationship abuse, as well as teaching individuals how to avert relationships that could be damaging.  According to the mission and action statements from the […]
  • Mandy Snyder: “Andrea Stander Leads for Rural Vermont” - Andrea Stander is a champion for Vermonters, with a passion for supporting farmers (Rural Vermont, n.d.). Her contribution has been tremendous since setting foot in Vermont in 1997, with roles at the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, The Vermont Council of the arts, Northern Forests Alliance, and Rural Vermont, a nonprofit where she has been […]
  • Tathiana Tanzey: “Ted Castle and the ‘Inside Out’ Strategy” - Ted Castle, CEO of Rhino Foods, believes in uplifting and supporting employees. In a TED Talk hosted by UVM in  2010, Castle explained that top quality businesses invest in their most valuable asset — their employees. They do so by focusing on personal development and interpersonal relationships, while nurturing a sense of purpose in their employees. ‘The best businesses in the […]
  • Kimberly Myers: “Kelly Walsh and the Girls Programs of Vermont Works for Women” - One of the reasons that young woman do not go on to pursue careers in the trades or in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is simply that they do not see them as an option. Young girls who have no experience with these careers or have no female role models who work in these […]
  • Paul Curtiss: “Steve Marinelli Changing Kids, One Fry at a Time” - In 2011 Steve Marinelli arrived at the Milton Town School District Cafeteria. He had a vision, one that would transform the food system district-wide. Immediately, food in the cafeteria went from french fries and pizza to sweet potato slaw and baked halibut. Steve would have a profound impact not only on the healthy food served to […]
  • Anne Baron: “Giving Life Through Books with Duncan McDougall” - Duncan McDougall started Children’s Literacy Foundation in 1998. This organization has reached 140,000 children, given away $2.5 million of books and touched children in 400 cities and towns in Vermont and New Hampshire. The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) “is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire a love of reading and writing among children […]
  • Alicia Keesler: “Danilo Lopez Wins Immigrant Rights in Vermont” - Danilo Lopez has shown courage and determination of spirit in his fight for immigrants’ rights in Vermont and across the country. His story is a battle cry for all to stand up against injustice, to organize, and to change legislation. While he was working as a migrant farmworker in Vermont in 2011, Danilo Lopez was a […]
  • Kerry Max Labrecque: “Vermont Dismas and Rita McCaffrey” - Rita McCaffrey has worked to reintroduce newly released non-violent offenders back into society with a transitional program called Dismas. The Vermont Dismas program was founded by Rita in the Burlington area in 1986 and then expanded to the Rutland area in 1990. Our incarcerated offenders are among the most disenfranchised groups in America today. All […]
  • Angela Ross: “Marissa Parisi: What Does 30 Cents Mean to You?” - If you have listened to or been a part of the conversations about food insecurity, if you have or know a child in school, or if you are interested in nutrition, you most likely have heard Marissa Parisi’s name and her voice. Marissa Parisi has been the Executive Director at Hunger Free Vermont since 2009, and […]