Meaghan Butts, Board of Directors, Member

Lebanon, NH (she/her)

Executive Director of the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, Meghan joined the Board in 2021. At UVLSRPC, her role is to lead staff and member municipalities through regional planning initiatives including housing, transportation, solid waste management, natural resources management, and local planning. This role includes being a liaison and voice for the UVLS…

Benjamin Nelson, Board of Directors, Secretary

Claremont, NH: Secretary (he/his)

The owner and operator of Claremont Spice and Dry Goods, Benjamin joined Vital Communities in 2020 and is also a member of the Claremont Savings Bank Board of Corporators. Food is a passion of his; studying agricultural history at Dartmouth College, working on diversified farms throughout the Upper Valley, and now owning a spice store…

Amy Lappin, Board of Directors, Vice Chair

Plainfield, NH (she/her)

The Deputy Director of the Lebanon Public Libraries, Amy joined the Board in 2020 and has served on the board’s JEDI, Finance, and Nominating committees. In addition to her daily work in the Lebanon Libraries, she is the New Hampshire Library Association’s Immediate Past-President and an American Library Association Councilor-at-Large and a selectboard member in…

Anna Guenther, Project Coordinator

Project Manager, Climate, Transportation, JEDI (she/her)

Anna began at Vital Communities in 2021. Prior to joining Vital Communities, Anna spent 7 years at the Enfield Shaker Museum, expanding their facility rentals and events business as well as contributing to all operational aspects of the Museum, including marketing, communications, and development. Anna first fell in love with Vital Communities working as an…

Rebecca Bailey, Communications Manager

Communications Manager (she/her)

Becky joined Vital Communities in 2020 and manages the print and electronic communications and is the contact for media. Her prior work experience includes writing and media relations for the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, newspaper and magazine writing, and public school teaching. She has lived in a solar-powered home since 1993, and loves music,…

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…