Upper Valley Everyone Eats Project Coordinator

Lauren has worked off and on at Vital Communities since 2017. She currently coordinates Upper Valley Everyone Eats and Claremont Everyone Eats, pandemic relief programs that pay 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 farms or advocating for…

The Local Crowd Upper Valley Project 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. Jen started The Local Crowd Monadnock in 2017 and works as a Success Coach with The Local…

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…

Becka Warren, Food & Farm Coordinator

Food & Farm Coordinator

Part of the Food & Farm team since 2012, Becka works with current and future farmers, businesses, schools, and partners to support farm viability and keep our landscapes working. She coordinated the writing of the Vermont Agriculture and Food System Strategic Plan 2021-2030. Her past work has always involved food system security and writing, through…

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 Manager

Jill joined Vital Communities in 2019 and is part of the Finance Team, primarily focused on database management. 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…

Beth Roy, Food and Farm Manager

Food & Farm Manager

Beth joined Vital Communities in 2014 as the Farm to School Coordinator. Beth continues to be the Farm to School Coordinator along with managing the Food & Farm Program as well as the Valley Quest Program. Her prior work in the environmental and Place-Based education field includes work at VINS and the Squam Lakes Natural…

Nancy LaRowe, Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Vital Economy and Food & Farm Manager

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…

Mike Kiess, Workforce Housing Coordinator

Workforce Housing Coordinator

Mike joined Vital Communities in 2018 as Workforce Housing Coordinator, facilitating partnership between employers, developers, towns, non-profits, and residents for the creation of more affordable places to live in our communities. He has been bringing diverse people together to solve tough problems in complicated environments for more than 25 years. As a Peace Corps leader…

Doreen Guillette, Office and Administrative Assistant

Office and Administrative Assistant

Doreen joined Vital Communities in January 2020 with many years of administrative and management experience at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, self-employment, and volunteering. Doreen enjoys hiking, kayaking, writing poetry, and nature photography. she/her Office and Administrative Assistant doreen@vitalcommunites.org 802-291-9100 x104