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Shaylea Scribner, Chair

Advancement Project Manager, Office of Institutional Advancement
Champlain College

Shaylea Scribner joined Champlain College in October 2013, working first in the President's Office and recently moving to the Office of Institutional Advancement. Her job responsibilities include managing the Advancement Principal and Major Gifts System, playing a significant role in the donor relations program and managing key projects, volunteer groups and events. Shaylea earned both her Bachelor's Degree in Business and MBA from Champlain College. She joined the VWHE Executive Board in 2016.

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Lisa Townson,
Vice Chair

Associate Director, Foundation Relations
UVM Foundation
University of Vermont

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.


Jami Yazdani, Past Chair

Founder & CEO
You Can Leadership

Jami Yazdani founded You Can Leadership Coaching & Facilitation in July 2018. Most recently, she served as Director of Library Services at Castleton University and as Associate Dean for Learning and Technology Resources at the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Jami started her career in academic libraries as a student aide at George Mason University and has served in library, technology, and administrative roles in higher education in Virginia and Vermont. She joined the VWHE Executive Board in 2016. Jami now serves as a consultant to the board.


Kellie B. Campbell, Ed.D.

Chief Technology Officer @ Vermont Tech

Kellie Campbell is the Chief Technology Officer at Vermont Tech, responsible for all aspects of information technology for a VSC college, including strategic planning, support, training, infrastructure and policy for information technology. Kellie has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, graduate degree in Business Management and Administration, and is a Doctor of Education, focused in Higher Education Administration. Kellie is a Commissioner for the Commission on Women for the State of Vermont and chairs the Education & Human Development Committee. She is also a member of The Boston Club, one of the largest communities of women executives and professional leaders in the Northeast. She joined the VWHE Executive Board in 2018.

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Emily Fenuccio

Academic Advisor
Champlain College - Online

Emily received her BA from UVM in 2015, MS from Champlain in 2019, and has been working at Champlain for about 2.5 years; she worked at CCV prior to coming to Champlain. She enjoys spending time outside during the beautiful (and brief) Vermont summers. She likes to read, cook, watch movies, and has recently taken up gardening. Emily joined the VWHE Executive Board in 2019.


Pelin Kohn, Ph.D.

Education Curriculum Coordinator, Psychology & Education Faculty
Norwich University

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Sandra Lynch, Ph.D.

Adjunct Lecturer, Chemistry
Saint Michael’s College

Sandra’s current affiliation is with Saint Michael’s College as Adjunct Lecturer in Chemistry. After completing her Ph.D at Renselaer Polytechnic Institute, she continued on to do postdoctoral research in biochemistry, primarily in the area of proteins, and diseases caused by their misfolding. She carried out her postdoctoral research in institutions including New York State Department of Health, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and was privileged to have her work published in highly acclaimed peer-reviewed journals. Here in Vermont she has served as Awards Chair of the Green Mountain local section of the American Chemical Society, and as Chair of Brownell Mountain School Board, working with them through a successful accreditation process April 2015. She has successfully started her own business venture Sandra M Lynch Tutoring LLC, which caters mostly to high schools and college students in the STEM disciplines. She has worked with student in many of the area’s high schools, and most recently in the Upward Bound summer program at the University of Vermont. She joined the VWHE Board in 2019.

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Carin McCarthy

Academic Operations Administrator, Professional Development Outreach Center
SNHU Vermont Field Based Programs

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.

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Kim MacQueen

Champlain College

Kim MacQueen teaches in the Champlain College Professional Writing program and manages the college’s Center for Publishing, which produces the college’s student newspaper and a handful of student-produced educational, general- and special-interest books and magazines. Kim also serves as faculty advisor to Professional Writing, Communications and Film majors. She has an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from Florida State University and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Bay Path University. She joined VWHE as an Institutional Representative in 2017 and the Executive Board in 2018.


Maggie Melvin

Associate Director, Women’s & Gender Center
Champlain College

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.

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Kelsea Moulton

Program Coordinator
Southern New Hampshire University

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Nicole Pacenka, M.Ed.

Assistant Director of Residential Life for Housing Operations and Resident Dean
Landmark College

Nicole received her B.S. in Behavioral Sciences at Fitchburg State University; her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Merrimack College. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys paper crafting, painting, traveling and is a Zumba instructor.

Julia Russell

Associate Chief Information Officer
University of Vermont


Lisa Susslin

Program Assistant for Events, On-Campus Recruiting & Pre-Health
University of Vermont

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 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. Prior to coming to UVM, Lisa had several careers; corporate travel agent, realtor and newspaper advertising executive. She joined the VWHE Executive Board in 2016.


Catherine Welch, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Student Life Outreach & Assessment
Saint Michael's College

Catherine Welch serves as Assistant Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator at Saint Michael’s College with oversight of initiatives focused on sexual violence, mental health, wellness, and division-wide assessment. Catherine’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Secondary Education, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and a doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration. Catherine serves as the Corporate Board President for HOBY Vermont, a youth leadership non-profit organization focused on inspiring and developing Vermont youth to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. Catherine joined the VWHE Executive Board in 2014 and served as Chair during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Catherine loves to be outside, whether taking long walks with her dog, running, hiking, or spending time with family and friends. She loves to travel and has a goal to visit every National Park in the US.

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Carrie Williams-Howe

Executive Director
Vermont Higher Education Consortium

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.