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Our Team

Vermont Afterschool, Inc.
123 Ethan Allen Ave., Dupont Hall #308-309
Colchester, VT 05446

Holly Morehouse, PhD
Executive Director
Holly brings over 15 years of experience in project management, community-based decision making, communication and collaboration processes, and leadership. Holly earned her doctorate from Clark University, Graduate School of Geography, in Worcester, MA. She also holds a Master’s in Systems Analysis and Economics for Public Decision Making from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Urban Studies from Boston University. Holly’s research and publications include work on afterschool programs and school culture change, shared vision models for community-based decision making, and the spatial mapping of indicators for risk and vulnerability. In her previous position, Dr. Morehouse was Vermont’s State Coordinator for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers at the Vermont Department of Education. Prior to her work with the department, Holly was the Director of 21st CCLC Afterschool Programs in Winooski, VT, and also held a position as a Research Fellow for the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University in Worcester, MA.

Holly is the recipient of the 2017 Con Hogan Award. Established by a group of his colleagues, the annual award recognizes the life’s work of Con Hogan by rewarding each year a community leader who shares his vision of a better Vermont and who seizes the responsibility for making that vision a reality. The award is given to a leader who shows deep community involvement, generosity, enthusiasm, a collaborative approach, and a focus on data and outcomes in his or her work.

In addition, Holly was awarded “Outstanding Professional” by KidSafe Collaborative in honor of her work to advocate for children and families in Vermont. Also in 2017, Holly received the KIDS COUNT Award from Voices for Vermont’s Children for her advocacy to ensure low-income students across the state have access to quality afterschool and summer programs.

Alissa Faber
Project Support Specialist
Alissa Faber focuses on specific projects at Vermont Afterschool to support team initiatives, afterschool professionals in the field, and youth in the third space. This includes initiatives at Vermont Afterschool such as the Youth Ambassador program, the Vermont Youth Council, advocacy campaigns, the VT9to26 Coalition, as well as some new afterschool micro-credentials. Working with youth to find and express their voice through the arts, writing or public speaking is a priority to Alissa as an educator. She also is a core trainer for the Vermont Afterschool team and enjoys supporting afterschool educators on their professional development journeys.

Alissa Faber has a certificate in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelors in Fine Arts. Alissa enjoys working with students of all ages and she has taught in the third space for learning for over 10 years. Alissa started her afterschool career as part of the Burlington Kids afterschool community and continues to teach at Burlington City Arts’ summer learning programs. Chosen as an Afterschool Alliance Emerging Leader, Alissa has advocated for afterschool programs at the U.S. Capitol and the Vermont State House.

Sara Forward, LICSW
Social Emotional Learning Project Coordinator
Sara Forward is the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Coordinator at Vermont Afterschool. Sara provides resiliency and SEL training and coaching to teams across the state. Sara also coordinates the Leadership Institute for Resilience in Afterschool in Vermont. She currently serves on the Building Flourishing Communities statewide steering committee.

Sara is a licensed clinical social worker with ten years of experience in the non-profit sector of Vermont and brings a mental health perspective to her work with afterschool leaders. Her previous work experience includes classroom teacher, school social worker, afterschool program director, children’s mental health clinician, and mom. She has a professional interest in developmental psychology, trauma-informed programming, behavior analysis and intervention, and in outdoor and nature-based curriculum.  Sara lives in Chittenden County with her family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading.

Sam Graulty
Youth Voice Coordinator
Sam Graulty is the Youth Voice Coordinator. In this role, he wears a number of hats. One is as a trainer, providing workshops and professional development in the Weikert Center’s Youth Work Methods series, as well as around topics such as Youth Voice and Social and Emotional Learning. Sam also leads a number of Communities of Practice (on topics like youth voice and adolescent programming). He is the main coordinator for the Vermont Youth Council and their work around the Vermont Youth4Youth Grants.

Sam has been working to help young people advocate for themselves for many years. A graduate of the University of Vermont, he has worked at Centerpoint School where he gained experience in personalized learning plans and proficiency-based education; and at Howard Center’s Child Youth and Family Services where he helped young people develop resilience through participating in outdoor activities and models such as the Circle of Courage. He has also worked in different afterschool programs including Burlington Public Schools and the Sara Holbrook Community Center. He lives in Jericho where he runs, bikes, skis, is sure to leave time to pet his cat Liezel.

Robin Katrick
Youth and Community Health Coordinator
In her role at Vermont Afterschool, Robin is piloting the Vermont Youth Project in several Vermont communities. This project’s aim is to support positive youth development in Vermont communities by using data to implement community strategies that will support, amplify, and build bridges between programming and partnerships. Additionally, Robin is working to support afterschool programs and staff with prevention tools and resources.

Robin has several years of experience in community development, program development, and community health. At the start of her career, she has spent time overseas working with rural communities on development, clean water, and education projects. In Vermont, Robin has worked in wellness with the State of Vermont and most recently worked with the University of Vermont Medical Center developing a primary prevention program in Chittenden County. Robin has her BA in Community Development and Public Health and is currently working toward her MPH. She holds certifications in facilitative leadership, health coaching, running coaching, and EFL. Robin lives in Chittenden County with her husband and two dogs and enjoys long-distance running, cycling, hiking, and being outdoors.

Nicole Miller
Assistant Director
As Assistant Director, Nicole focuses on supporting the afterschool field through the lens of strengthening programs. She co-leads the 21st CCLC director meetings and oversees our professional development systems. Nicole also helps coordinate our statewide quality efforts and ensures that the entire Vermont Afterschool team is working in an interconnected manner.

Nicole began working in youth programs as a senior in high school, and has continued throughout her career. She has ten years of experience directing a 21st CCLC afterschool and summer learning program in rural Vermont, and five years providing professional development workshops for afterschool professionals. She has a BA in Elementary Education from Johnson State College, and believes that all youth should have access to high quality and engaging afterschool programs. In 2014, Nicole was chosen as a Next Generation Leader by the National AfterSchool Association. She lives in Central Vermont with her two dogs, Ginger and Mollie.

Tricia Pawlik-York, M.Ed
Program Improvement Coordinator
In her role at Vermont Afterschool, Tricia supports professionals on the afterschool professional pathway and quality improvement initiatives. Tricia also co-leads Vermont Afterschool’s Leadership Exploration and Development Program (L.E.A.D.) for young professionals looking to earn a micro-credential in leadership, as well as provides training on various topics. Her passion is coaching and mentoring, so you can frequently find her traveling the state to work with staff and programs to support their work on STARS, licensing, program quality assessment (YPQA), and administering the Afterschool for All Grants. Her overarching goal is to support program quality and improvement, collaboration among professionals, and advancement in the afterschool field.

Tricia Pawlik-­York graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Elementary Education and has her Master’s Degree in Education from Post University. She has over 25 years of experience directing school-age programs, developing youth programs, and providing support to professionals in the afterschool field in Vermont. Tricia currently serves on several statewide committees as the afterschool representative including STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS) oversight, STARS evolution, and the Professional Preparation and Development (PPD) committee, and was instrumental in developing Vermont’s core competencies for afterschool professionals. Tricia lives in Colchester with her family, enjoys outdoor adventures, and loves the New England Patriots.

Erin Schwab, M.S.
Research Analyst
Erin Schwab handles all things data-related for Vermont Afterschool. In this role, she administers the internal database, creates maps and other data visualizations, and maintains the technical side of information systems such as event registrations and training evaluations. She compiles data related to Vermont Afterschool’s impact and results-based accountability and assists in the development and execution of evaluation and research initiatives.

Erin has experience working in both non-profit organizations and educational/afterschool environments. She has held two AmeriCorps positions; one in which she helped manage and place volunteers within the public school system of Springfield, MA, and piloted a project to evaluate the effectiveness of the organization’s tutoring and mentoring programs. In Brattleboro, VT, she served with a community justice center and created a database for the effective intra-office tracking and sharing of volunteer information. While attending college in upstate NY, she was an active volunteer in area middle schools’ lego robotics afterschool programs. Erin holds a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Industrial/Management Engineering (2008) and her M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Springfield College (2010).

Cassie Willner, M.A.
Communications Coordinator
Cassie Willner is the communications coordinator at Vermont Afterschool, where she has worked since 2012 to increase awareness of out-of-school time programs. She also works with advocates, providers, educational stakeholders, and policymakers to develop strategies that will improve the quality of and access to afterschool and summer programs across Vermont. Cassie designs and directs all marketing and outreach efforts, in addition to wearing office operations and events coordinator hats from time to time. Cassie serves on the Washington County Hunger Council and is a 2018-2019 White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellow.

Cassie is a writer, communicator, and educator with many diverse teaching experiences. She previously taught middle and high school English at the Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy (MMWA), as well as directed MMWA’s communications and development efforts. Cassie also worked to create local afterschool programs with community partners at the University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum, and has a deep appreciation for alternative learning opportunities. When not developing nonprofit communication strategies, reading creative nonfiction, or chasing after her long-legged daughter Elsa, she loves to garden and grow lots of flowers. Cassie holds an M.A. in communications and journalism from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in English from Colgate University.

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