Human Resources Director (she/her)

  Kelli Perkins, Ed.D., joined Vital Communities as Human Resource Director in April 2024. Prior to this she served as Dean of Student Life & Culture for the Madeira School, an all-girls boarding and day school in McLean, VA, 12 miles outside Washington, DC. At Vital Communities, she works closely with all staff to drive…

Development Director (she/her)

  Allison joined Vital Communities as Development Director in April 2024. Prior to this she served as the Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Vermont Foodbank for almost seven years. Over the past 30 years, she has worked with local, statewide, national, and international organizations including the Institute for Sustainable Communities and the Open Society Institute and…

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Grants Manager (she/her)

  Alice joined Vital Communities in fall 2023. As Grants Manager, she is responsible for managing all aspects of the grants process. Her role involves collaborating with Vital Communities’ program staff at every step, fromdeveloping applications through reporting project outcomes to our funders. Before joining our staff, she was  Grants and Projects Manager for the …

Project Manager, Early Childhood Education, Food & Farm (she/they)

Since earning a BS in Environmental Science from Colby-Sawyer College, Anna has spent the past few years applying systems-based thinking to land conservation and permaculture design/installation throughout the Monadnock and Upper Valley Regions. If not found riding a bike on our area’s dirt roads and trails, skiing, climbing, exploring on two feet, or playing a game,…

Early Childhood Education Consultant

In August 2022, Joanne joined Vital Communities as a consultant for the Early Childhood Education Initiative. She is currently the Superintendent of Schools for the Lebanon School District. In this role, she is responsible for oversight of 360 staff members, an annual budget of $45 million, implementation of the Lebanon School Board vision and three-year…

Development Manager (she/her)

Heather joined the Vital Communities team in August of 2022 as the Development Coordinator and is now the Development Manager. She brings her experience in nonprofit development and environmental consulting to the role. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors gardening and learning more about the plants, trees,…

Programs Director (he/him)

John Drew joined Vital Communities in August of 2022 as the Director of Place-Based Learning, and shifted to Programs Director in fall 2023. For 38 years he was a biology and environmental science teacher and school administrator, seeking to help students develop an appreciation for a sense of place and their important role in a…

Project Manager, Climate, Agriculture, Economy (they/them)

Cameron has a background in helping to cultivate resilient local food systems, most recently working with the Kearsarge Food Hub in Bradford. Over the past several years they have worked to connect local farms and farmers to community members and food access programs. They love to write, listen to music, shoot films, travel, and skateboard and snowboard…

Erica Hiller

Project Manager, Climate, Agriculture, Energy, Economy (she/her)

Erica joined Vital Communities in July of 2022 as a Project Manager focused on Climate, Agriculture, Energy, and the Local Economy. Erica has a background in international development, gender equity, food security, and health access and health system strengthening. Before moving to the Upper Valley, Erica lived in Portland, OR where she served on a…

Alana Redden

Project Manager, Climate, Agriculture, Energy, Economy; JEDI (she/her)

Alana joined Vital Communities in July of 2022 as a Project Manager focused on Climate, Agriculture, Energy, and the Local Economy. She has worked with a number of place-based organizations across Vermont that ranged in focus from agriculture and economic development to gender equity and postsecondary education and training. She recently completed a graduate program…