Vermont Afterschool places a high value on the contributions of all board members and the blend of their unique talents and commitments. We are grateful and deeply indebted to board members for their volunteer leadership resulting in improved educational and youth development outcomes for Vermont’s children and youth.
Raquel Aronhime, Secretary
Community Impact Manager; Education & Health
United Way of Chittenden County
Raquel joined the United Way staff in 2012, working with community volunteer teams to strategically invest community funds in community programs addressing education and health needs. Her role also has her facilitating the Chittenden County Truancy Task Force and working with various stakeholders on an Interpreters Training and Credentialing System to address the growing need for qualified interpreters in Chittenden County. Raquel is a former project manager at Tetra Tech ARD where she supported USAID-funded local governance and infrastructure projects in Latin America, Africa and Central Europe. Prior to moving to Burlington in 2001, Raquel spent five years at the U.S. Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C., first as a Country Desk Officer for South America, and later in training roles that allowed her to design and facilitate training programs for both domestic and international Peace Corps staff and Volunteers, particularly in the area of Cross-Cultural Training. Other work experiences include teaching Spanish and French in independent schools, working with Cuban and Haitian refugees at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba and serving as an Education Peace Corps Volunteer in Slovakia. Raquel has two children, Eva and Sammy, and is a resident of Burlington.
Ginny Burley, Chair
Founder, Community Connections
Ginny Burley is the founder and former director of Community Connections, a project of the Montpelier Public School District and Washington Central Supervisory Union along with community partners Washington Central Friends of Education and Montpelier Alive!, which are both 501(c)(3) nonprofits. Since 2001, Community Connections has been serving the children and families of Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex, Montpelier, and Worcester with before- and afterschool programs for youth ages pre-k to 12; mentoring; prevention programs; drop-out prevention and alternative diploma. Her prior work experience includes serving as Assistant Director of the Adult Education Resource Center at Montclair State College, coordination of home visiting services at the Family Center of Washington County, and development of the Central Vermont New Directions Coalition, a substance abuse prevention coalition.
Jim Fitzpatrick, Treasurer
Co-Founder and Advisor, SchoolSpring
Jim has been in the education field 27 years as a teacher, principal and superintendent. He has managed school districts with multi-million dollar budgets. As a school administrator he was considered a leader and entrepreneur, especially in the area of technology. As principal of Champlain Valley Union High School, Jim pioneered the first distance-learning program in the Northeast. Since 1990, doing business as Fitzpatrick Associates, Jim has provided in-service and keynotes to educators around the world on issues involving responsibility, organizational climate, school culture and positive discipline. He is a member of various national educational groups and has traveled to over 25 countries and 40 states for his work. He holds a Masters Degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in Administration and Planning from UVM and a Bachelors Degree in History and Geography from Kent State University.
Principal, Jericho Elementary School
Vicki is the principal at Jericho Elementary School and has been working with students in Vermont as a teacher and principal for 35 years.
Katie Flanagan Mobley
Executive Director of Winooski, St. Albans, and Middlebury Academic Centers, Community College of Vermont (CCV)
Katie has worked in higher education since 1997, beginning as an admissions counselor at her alma mater, Middlebury College. In 2002, she graduated from the University of Vermont’s Higher Education and Student Affairs program. She has worked at the Community College of Vermont for the past fourteen years in a variety of roles including Coordinator of Academic Services and Co-Director of Secondary Education Initiatives, where she was involved with ACT 77 and the Expanded Learning Task Force. She has served on the Building Bright Futures Council, and she is currently on the board of Vermont Family Network.
Barbara Russ, Vice Chair
Retired Teacher, Principal, and Afterschool Program Director
Barbara Russ is former director of the Student Success Winooski & Beyond 21C in the Winooski School District, Winooski, VT. Barb has over 30 years’ experience working in education and much of that work has focused on literacy. Barbara is a literacy consultant for Scholastic and regularly provides professional development for 21C program directors and staff throughout Vermont. Barbara is the former director of UVM America Reads and Counts, a senior lecturer teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses, and program coordinator for the elementary education program at the University of Vermont. Additionally Barbara has worked as a classroom teacher, Language Arts Coordinator, and principal within various public schools in Vermont and holds a PreK-12 Vermont Principal License and K-6 Vermont Elementary Teaching License. Barbara earned a BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading and Language Arts from the University of Vermont in 1979 and a M Ed in Curriculum and Instruction in 1984, supplemented by extensive coursework in education leadership. She is the co-author of several articles published in professional journals for educators and is co-author of the book Elementary Schools: Where Children Succeed in Literacy. Barbara currently serves as president of the Williston Town Band.
Executive Director, King Street Center
Vicky Smith, M.S.W. is executive director of King Street Center, a not-for-profit community organization located in Burlington, Vermont that provides children and families the core life-building skills necessary for a healthy and productive future. She currently serves as board chair of Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, an anti-poverty organization, sits on the Flynn Center for Performing Arts Educational Advisory Committee and participates on a number of local advocacy networks. Vicky received her M.S.W from Adelphi University/Vermont and has been director of King Street since 2007.
Director of Work-Based Learning, National Academy Foundation
Rich is the founding Executive Director of Navicate (formerly known as Linking Learning to Life), a comprehensive school-to career non-profit in Burlington, Vermont created in 1997, which has been recognized nationally as an exemplary youth-serving organization. For 11 years prior to that he served in the Vermont Department of Education in a variety of roles. These include developing and managing statewide programs to meet the educational and employment needs of students, including Jobs for Vermont Graduates and Vermont REAL Enterprises. He directed the state’s initial school restructuring initiative and was loaned to the Governor’s Office for 18 months to lead the development of Vermont’s School-To-Work Plan. Rich earned a BS in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan in 1979 and an M.Ed in Organizational & Human Resource Development from the University of Vermont in 1985.Rich is also the co-author of a book for educators on writing effective proposals and managing successful projects.
Executive Director, Champlain Valley Educator Development Center (CVEDC)
Lauren Wooden is the Executive Director of CVEDC. CVEDC is one of Vermont’s six regional Educational Services Agency (ESA). The ESAs are regional partnerships between school districts or supervisory unions, institutions of higher education and service providers. ESAs provide high quality professional development regionally to meet the needs of individuals, schools and/or supervisory unions to enable educators to improve schools and increase student learning. CVEDC is a valuable educational partner and connects the Center to the other regional ESA’s around the state.