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Our Partner Advisory Council


  • Faye Conte is the Advocacy and Education Director for Hunger Free Vermont. She spearheads Hunger Free Vermont’s policy agenda and coordinates the organization’s local, state, and national advocacy initiatives. Faye also directs the community and nutrition education components of the organization’s work, including expansion of the Hunger Councils, a nationally recognized model for community-based activism. She believes in the power of community knowledge and understanding to decrease stigma and help all Vermonters in need get the help they deserve.
  • Thara Fuller is the Director of LAFTER, a 21st Century Community Learning Center serving youth in the Windham Central Supervisory Union.
  • Christy Gallese is the Director of Expanded Learning Opportunities for the Burlington School District’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program. She is responsible for overseeing the after school and summer programs, grant management and staff supervision. Christy has over twelve years of program management and youth development experience from her work as the Senior Conservation Program Manager with Mile High Youth Corps in Denver, CO and previous work with the Mi Casa Resource Center, where she worked as Site Director for the Lake Middle School Beacon Neighborhood Center. Christy earned a BA in Political Science with a minor in Leadership from the University of Rhode Island.
  • Deb Hathaway is the Director of Tapestry, a 21st Century Community Learning Center serving youth in grades K-8 in Rutland. Deb holds a Vermont teaching license for 7-12 Science with a k-12 principal endorsement. As Executive Director, Deb manages all program aspects of Tapestry for two school districts.
  • Diane Janukajtis is the Project Director for Caledonia North Kingdom Afterschool, a 21st Century Community Learning Center serving youth in the Caledonia North Supervisory Union. She is a certified trainer in Youth Worker Methods by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality and a coach through the Vermont Afterschool Mentors for Quality Program since 2011. Prior to her involvement with afterschool programming, Diane administered statewide grants for the VT Agency of Education serving students in state custody with special education needs and students experiencing homelessness.
  • Sarah Kleinman is the University of Vermont 4-H Program Director. Having worked in a variety of non-profits for the past 15+ years, Sarah Kleinman’s experience includes successful grant writing, volunteer management, strategic planning, program administration, curriculum development, evaluation and more. In her current role as Director of 4-H Programs, she is credited with establishing a number of programs that support military youth and their families with an emphasis on developing communication and resiliency skills and on generating community support and understanding of military culture. Sarah received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Vermont.
  • Mike Mrowicki is the Vermont State Representative for the Windham 5 District. From his seat on the House Human Services Committee, Mike has been a strong advocate for children and families-fighting for increased childcare subsidies; more manageable workloads for childcare services staff; stronger protection for children at risk; and a more prominent place on the Vermont political landscape for youth services–most especially afterschool programs.
  • Mary Mulloy is the Migrant Education State Director and Title I Coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Education. Mary traveled to the Mott Conference in San Francisco in 2012 as part of the Vermont Afterschool team and was our key proofreader for the Mott grant, as well as instrumental in helping us to develop the final draft of our strategic plan.
  • Ken Page is the Executive Director of the Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA). As a former principal and teacher, Ken has worked in Vermont’s public schools for over 36 years.  In his current role, Ken leads the VPA in coordinating the collective interests and needs of school leaders and providing opportunities for professional growth.
  • Cathy Printon is the Community and Parent Program Coordinator for VSAC‘s GEAR UP program. Cathy has also worked as an assistant director at the Milton Family Center and dean of students at Goddard College. Cathy brings expertise in family engagement as a pathway to student success.
  • Lynne Robbins is the Early Childhood and Afterschool Systems Specialist within the Child Development Division (CDD), Department of Children and Families (DCF) at the Agency of Human Services (AHS). The Child Development Division of AHS is responsible for the oversight and monitoring of licensed school-age care afterschool programs (serving children ages 5-12). Afterschool quality initiatives that come out of CDD include the core competencies for afterschool, the Career Pathways Project, and the Vermont afterschool professional credential.
  • Sara Robertson-Ryan is the Director of School Age Programs at the Greater Burlington YMCA.
  • Barbara Russ is our Board’s Vice Chair and the former director of the Winooski 21st Century Community Learning Center. 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.
  • Sarah Teel is a Research Associate at Voices for Vermont’s Children.
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