Hank Stommel

Administrative & Human Resources Coordinator (they/them)

Hank joined Vital Communities in July of 2022 as the Administrative & Human Resources Coordinator. They grew up on Cape Cod and went to college in Northern California for botany. After living in California for ten years they moved back to live on Martha’s Vineyard. Hank has worked in healthcare administration as well being a…

Bookkeeper (she/her)

Shantida joined Vital Communities Administrative Team in 2021 as our bookkeeper. Her responsibilities encompass general finances for Vital Communities, including A/R, A/P, and payroll. A 2021 graduate of Community College of Vermont with honors in Accounting, she has worked with small businesses and non-profit organizations throughout her career. Shantida enjoys sewing and costume-making (both for…

Finance Manager/Comptroller (she/her)

Jill joined Vital Communities in 2019 and focuses on how the organization collects and uses data. Her prior professional experience includes 14 years at Dartmouth College, supporting students through academic advising and co-curricular research programs. She is also a freelance bookkeeper and business consultant, artist and designer, and runs a small online retail business with…

Rachel Darrow, Finance Manager

Finance & Administration Advisor (she/her)

Rachel joined Vital Communities in November 2016 and leads the administrative team (finance/human resources/IT). Prior to joining Vital Communities, Rachel was the Finance Manager of Opera North. Before moving to the Upper Valley, she was the Director of Finance & Human Resources at the Greensboro Jewish Federation (NC). She now lives in Sharon, VT and…

Sarah Jackson, Executive Director

Executive Director (she/her)

Sarah joined Vital Communities in 2020 and is responsible for working with the Board, staff and partners to achieve our mission. She has more than 25 years’ international development experience – directing diverse program portfolios focused on academic exchanges, education, training, entrepreneurship, civil society, gender, agriculture, and climate change. She is a member of the…