2017-2018 VWHE Executive Board

Carin McCarthy, Chair
Academic Operations Administrator, Professional Development Outreach Center
SNHU Vermont Field Based Programs
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Carin McCarthy joined the SNHU Vermont Field Based Programs team, in Colchester, as the Academic Operations Administrator in November 2017. Previously, she held positions in program coordination, marketing and recruitment, and student services at Champlain College and the University of Vermont. She joined VWHE as an Institutional Representative in 2014 and joined the Executive Board in 2015.

Jami Yazdani, Vice Chair
Director of Library Services
Castleton University
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Jami Yazdani joined the Castleton team as Director of Library Services in July 2016. Prior to coming to Castleton, she was Associate Dean for Learning and Technology Resources at the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Yazdani started her career in academic libraries as a student aide at George Mason University and has served in circulation, reference, technology, and administrative roles at colleges in Virginia.  She joined the VWHE Executive Board in 2016. 

Catherine Welch, Past Chair
Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Student Life Outreach & Assessment
Saint Michael's College
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Catherine Welch started in her position as Assistant Dean of Students at Saint Michael’s College in July 2013 with a focus in the following areas: mental health, health education, wellness, sexual violence, and division-wide assessment. Catherine was recently appointed the college’s Title IX Coordinator in July 2017. Catherine’s undergraduate background is in secondary education with a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in higher administration and educational leadership at New England College. Catherine joined the VWHE Executive Board in 2014 and served as Chair during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Natalia Blank, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Norwich University
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Natalia Blank joined Norwich University in 2005 after receiving her PhD in chemistry from Dartmouth College. Dr. Blank is currently a tenured Associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; she teaches Organic Chemistry for students majoring in STEM disciplines. As an Associate Provost, Dr. Blank oversees curriculum development and assessment; creation and implementation of academic policies; student academic support and advising among other things. Prior to the current position, Natalia served as a founding director of Norwich University’s Honors Program and a Chair of Chemistry Department. She joined the VWHE Executive Board in 2016.

Laurel Butler
Gender Equity Project/STEM & Entrepreneurship Experiential Education at VTC/Business Advisor at VtSBDC
Vermont Technical College/Vermont Small Business Development Center
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Laurel Butler joined the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC), part of the Vermont State College system, as a business advisor eight years ago.  For the past three years, she has worked in a dual capacity role with Vermont Technical College in STEM Outreach/Experiential Education as well as VtSBDC’s Startup and Student Entrepreneur Specialist.  She also runs her own business and education consultancy. Laurel has over thirty-five years of professional business, hospitality and education experience.  She spent many years in the hospitality and tourism industry filling key operational, general management, marketing, training, and franchise development positions.  During that time, she also owned and operated her own small hospitality businesses. She joined the VWHE Executive Board in 2017.

Shanti McKenna
Program Assistant for Workforce Education
Community College of Vermont
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Shanti McKenna joined the CCV team as an Administrative Assistant in July 2007. She moved into her current position in Workforce Education in August 2013. Before moving to CCV, Shanti worked as the circulation accountant and accounts payable/receivable for the Rutland Herald. She has a dual BA degree from Castleton in Mathematics and Education. She earned her MA in Education from the College of Saint Joseph in 2015 and she is currently pursuing an MBA degree. She joined the VWHE Executive Board in 2014. 

Maggie Melvin
Associate Director, Women’s & Gender Center
Champlain College
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Maggie Melvin currently serves as the Associate Director in the Women's and Gender Center at Champlain College.  She has worked at Champlain since January 2011, serving her first five years in the Center for Service and Civic Engagement Office.  Maggie has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Saint Michael's College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Champlain College.  She joined the VWHE Executive Board in 2017. 

Carrie Pratt
Assistant Director, Career Collaborative for Emerging Talent & Professional Networks
Group Fitness Instructor at the Champlain College Fitness Center
Champlain College
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Carrie began her work as a Career Coach at Champlain College in 2015, having previously worked in recruitment, undergraduate admissions and student affairs at Middlebury, Saint Michael's College and the University of Vermont. Additionally, Carrie teaches group fitness classes at both Champlain and UVM, helping her higher education colleagues to stay healthy and in shape! She joined the VHWE Executive Board in 2017.

Kendra Rickerby
Education Consultant (Independent)
Waterbury, VT
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Kendra Rickerby is an educational consultant and founder of Revivify Learning Systems.  Most recently, Kendra coordinated a national scan of personalized learning for the International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). She is also currently working with some of Vermont’s high schools to help bring Act 77: Flexible Pathways Initiative to scale. She offers insight from a variety of teaching environments including an urban charter middle school, progressive public high schools as well as having worked at Vermont’s Agency of Education.  She joined the VWHE Executive Board in 2017.

Shaylea Scribner
Administrative & Events Coordinator, President’s Office
Champlain College
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Shaylea Scribner joined the Champlain College President's Office in October 2013. Her job responsibilities include scheduling/organizing the President's calendar; commencement coordinator; planning/executing other President's Office events related to student engagement and the Board of Trustees; overseeing the budget/accounts payable process for the office; and a plethora of other tasks. Shaylea earned both her Bachelor's Degree in Business and MBA from Champlain College. She joined the VWHE Executive Board in 2016.

Tracy Sherbrook
Assistant to the Provost
Lyndon State College
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Tracy Sherbrook has been in an administrative supporting role in Academic Affairs at Lyndon State College since October of 2002.  Responsible for myriad tasks from faculty contracts to planning Commencement, the best part of her job is that no day is the same.  Higher education has provided her with a rich tapestry of experiences, professional development opportunities, and networking.  She joined the VWHE as a volunteer in 2012, and then joined the VWHE Executive Board in 2014.  

Lisa Susslin
Program Assistant for Marketing, On-Campus Recruiting & Pre-Health
University of Vermont
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Lisa Susslin has been working in the University of Vermont Career Center in many different capacities since August of 2008. Currently, her job responsibilities include print design work, event planning, supporting the Assistant Director of External Relations with on-campus recruiting and career fairs, logistical support for alumni networking events, and support for the pre-health program beginning in May of 2017. Prior to coming to UVM, Lisa spent many years as a corporate travel agent, realtor and newspaper advertising representative. She joined the VWHE Executive Board in 2016.

Lisa Townson
Associate Director, Foundation Relations
UVM Foundation
University of Vermont
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Lisa Townson has served as Associate Director for Foundation Relations at the University of Vermont Foundation since late 2015.  In this role she supports faculty in building relationships with philanthropic foundations that lead to support of UVM research and engagement programs.  Prior to joining the UVM Foundation, Lisa spent 25 years with Cooperative Extension in three different states; advancing from a county-based administrative assistant to Assistant Director for UNH Cooperative Extension programs state-wide and serving on multiple national committees for Extension and engaged scholarship. She joined the VWHE Executive Board in 2017.

Carrie Williams-Howe
Executive Director
Vermont Higher Education Consortium
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Carrie Williams Howe is the Executive Director of Vermont Higher Education Council. Prior to coming to VHEC, Carrie served as Executive Director of Vermont Campus Compact (a consortium dedicated to civic engagement) for three years and was the Director of Community-University Partnerships & Service-Learning (CUPS) at The University of Vermont for eight years. Her professional background includes a combination of higher education and nonprofit administration, experiential learning, curriculum development, and facilitation.  She joined the VWHE Executive Board in 2016.

 

 

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