Development Director

Arianne joined Vital Communities as Development Director in 2022 and leads Vital Communities’ donor stewardship efforts, working with individuals, foundations, and corporate partners to ensure support for a resilient Upper Valley. Prior to joining the Vital Communities team, Arianne was the Development Director for The Upper Valley Waldorf School. Arianne lives in Norwich, Vermont, and…

Events and Communications Coordinator

Leona joined Vital Communities in January of 2022 as the Events and Communications Coordinator. Previously, Leona worked at Cedar Circle Farm and Education Center and brings her experience with organic farming, community outreach, and communications to the role. On the weekends she is most likely to be found at the Farmer’s Market, hiking locally, or…

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…

Project Manager

Gabrielle (she/her) joined Vital Communities in 2021. 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 manager. Gabrielle is passionate about creating opportunities for people to learn and innovate…

Rob Schultz, Leadership Upper Valley Manager and Director of Development

Director, Place-Based Education

At Vital Communities since 2018, Rob manages projects including Leadership Upper Valley and the Community Discussion Lists and works with staff on place-based education and early care and education. 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…