Program Manager

John joined Vital Communities as a housing and transportation program manager in 2021, supporting collaborative efforts to address the longstanding housing crises in the Upper Valley and encourage multi-modal transportation options within and between our communities. John has spent the past nine years researching, teaching, facilitating, and engaging community members around issues related to major…

White River Valley Consortium Working Communities Challenge Project Manager

Sarah joined Vital Communities in 2022 to support the White River Valley Consortium, 11+ towns working to collaboratively address community challenges, beginning with a 3-year project on affordable housing. She previously worked with the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, and is involved in grassroots community development work including the 4-Town Coalition and White River Land…

Program Manager

Ellen joined Vital Communities in 2022 as a Program Manager focusing on projects related to Housing and Transportation. She has worked with individuals, children, and families experiencing homelessness for the past nine years, with her most recent work at the Upper Valley Haven focused on supporting families find and maintain safe, stable, and affordable housing.…

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…

Interim Project Manager, Farm to School and Upper Valley Everyone Eats

Lauren has worked off and on at Vital Communities since 2017. She currently is managing our Farm to School program and Upper Valley Everyone Eats, a pandemic relief program that pays local restaurants $10/meal to prepare free meals for folks in need. She has worked in food systems for the past ten years, whether on…

Vital Economy Staff, The Local Crowd Coordinator

Jen joined the Vital Communities team in 2021, after successfully leveraging The Local Crowd crowdfunding project in the Monadnock Region, NH.  She’s working to build up our project to bring the power of crowdfunding to the Upper Valley and is also working on our Local First local business network. Jen started The Local Crowd Monadnock…

Valley Quest & UVTPC Coordinator

Gabrielle (she/her) joined Vital Communities in 2021. She provides support to the Upper Valley Teaching Place Collaborative and Vital Quest. Gabrielle’s experience is centered around serving communities to become stronger and more civically vibrant. She has supported communities in past roles with state government, local schools, and philanthropy. She is a trained facilitator and program…

Rob Schultz, Leadership Upper Valley Manager and Director of Development

Leadership Upper Valley Manager, Director of Development

At Vital Communities since 2018, Rob manages Leadership Upper Valley and directs Vital Communities’ development efforts. Before Vital Communities, Rob was Executive Director of COVER Home Repair and of the Farm & Wilderness Foundation. He worked for many years facilitating experiential learning environments for people of all ages. He lives in Hanover with his partner Diane…

Jill Savage, Database Manager

Database, Systems, & Process Improvement Manager

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…

Nancy LaRowe, Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Interim Director for Food & Farm and Economy

Nancy joined Vital Communities in 2014. She works with farms, businesses, and communities to build a thriving regional economy that is regenerative, self-reliant, and that serves all. She has lived, worked, and farmed in the Upper Valley for  more than 30 years, most recently running Hogwash Farm, a pasture-based livestock farm. A perfect day includes…