Robyn was named campaign director for Let’s Grow Kids in December 2014 after serving as coordinator for Vermont’s Early Childhood Alliance. She has extensive experience coordinating and engaging diverse community groups to achieve positive change on a variety of initiatives. She worked previously at the Vermont State Employees' Association (VSEA). Before joining VSEA, Robyn worked as the field director of the Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force where she oversaw the field campaign that gained marriage rights for same-sex couples. Robyn and her partner of 10 years, Naomi, are parents to three amazing children, Neko (6) and the twins, Luca and Aldin (4).
Contact Robyn: (802) 310-6683 | Email
Sarah grew up in a log home in the woods of Essex, Vermont. She went to St. Michael's College and then earned an MA from the University of Hawaii. On her return to Vermont she worked for then-Congressman Bernie Sanders before joining the movement to end domestic and sexual violence, working first at the Women’s Rape Crisis Center in Burlington and then doing statewide public policy regarding violence against women. She is a 2002 graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute at the Snelling Center for Government. Sarah has served on a number of nonprofit boards and is active in local political campaigns, and just completed ten years of service on the Burlington Police Commission, the last two as chair. She lives in the Old North End of Burlington with her partner David and tries to keep up with their nine-year-old son.
Contact Sarah: (802) 735-2205 | Email
Jessica grew up in New Jersey, the daughter of an in-home child care provider. She earned a BA in psychology from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in 2007 and then graduated with an MA in clinical psychology from Columbia University in 2010. Her graduate work focused on child development and school psychology. After graduating, Jessica relocated from New York City to Vermont with her husband, Evan, and worked with children in various mental health settings. Jessica joined Let's Grow Kids in 2015 to advocate for all children to have the best start in life. She lives in Colchester with her husband, her dog and her three children, Ethan, Madeline and Isabella.
Contact Jessica: (802) 559-0084 | Email
Anna moved to Vermont in 1997 to pursue a degree in early childhood education at Champlain College. After graduating she worked at several child care centers throughout Vermont and eventually opened a small preschool in her home in Burlington’s Old North End. Her family made the tough decision to move out of the state in 2007 and she became the director of a small Montessori preschool in Arizona. Their love of Vermont quickly brought them back to Burlington at which point Anna knew she had to get involved in making a bigger difference in the lives of children. Her experience working in a variety of child care settings made her passionate about the problems facing Vermont’s families. She has been working to bring more attention to the challenges facing parents with young children for the last 8 years, so joining the Let’s Grow Kids team was a natural fit. Anna is often found enjoying the beauty of Vermont with her son (17), daughter (10) and amazing husband.
Contact Anna: (802) 242-1373 | Email
A native Vermonter, Natalie graduated from the University of Vermont in 2001 with a BA in English. Before joining the team at Let’s Grow Kids, she worked as a production coordinator, studio manager, and event photographer in New York City. She also volunteered as an ESL tutor with Literacy Volunteers of America, and spent time abroad as a documentary photographer for Citta in their partner schools across western Nepal. She returned to Vermont in 2015, excited to start a family among the same green mountains and farmlands of her childhood. She now lives in Williston with her husband Patrick, daughter Scarlett, and dog Tank. She is grateful for the opportunity to advocate on behalf of all Vermont kids, ensuring them the strong start that they deserve.
Contact Natalie: (802) 391-4018 | Email
Stephanie was born and raised in Chicago and enjoyed many great things about the city. As a child, she attended a sleep-away camp in Wisconsin where she realized how much she loved to be outdoors and to play with other kids. Stephanie loved the camp so much she stayed there to be a counselor, even while attending college at UVM. After taking education classes in hopes of becoming a better camp counselor, Stephanie earned her degree in early childhood education from UVM and has since taught preschool in Vermont and San Francisco. She is thrilled to be back in Vermont and to share her passion of how powerful and meaningful early education can be to an individual, family and community. Outside of LGK, Stephanie loves to travel, listen to music, watch cooking TV shows and try to make what she sees on those cooking TV shows.
Contact Stephanie: (802) 391-4057 | Email
Maroni was born and grew up in Gabon, a small francophone country on the west coast of Africa. He moved to Vermont in 2004 and graduated from Johnson State College in 2012 with a BA in political science. Maroni’s career in politics was launched that same year with an internship for Senator Bill Doyle during the Vermont legislative session. After graduating from college, Maroni worked as an organizer and canvasser for Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG). He met with extraordinary success as a canvasser, raising the most money for VPIRG in the organization’s history, and ranking among the nation’s top canvassers. VPIRG subsequently invited Maroni to work in their Montpelier office on major donor activities. Maroni’s position with Let’s Grow Kids as a field manager is a perfect fit for his love of meeting new people and learning from them. He also enjoys snowboarding, being outdoors in the summer and, most of all, spending time with his family.
Contact Maroni: (802) 798-2162 | Email
A first generation American of Syrian and Spanish descent, Vicky grew up in Ohio where her mother ran a home-based child care. She has a B.S. in International Business from the University of Dayton, and an M.A. in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from SIT Graduate Institute. A foray into the business world led Vicky overseas for four years until she eventually saw that serving the public good was her true calling. As the education and outreach coordinator at the Brattleboro Food Co-op, Vicky taught Windham County kids about food, farming and social justice. She also trained parents and teachers how to incorporate food and nutrition into the classroom to instill good habits from an early age. Vicky knows how important the first years of life are for children and is a passionate advocate for her younger comrades. She is a 2016 graduate of the Snelling Center for Government's Early Childhood Leadership Institute. Vicky lives in Brattleboro with her loving husband and darling dog, Honey Bear.
Contact Vicky: (802) 793-2744 | Email
Shayla grew up in Saranac Lake, New York in the Adirondack Mountains. She graduated from St. Lawrence University with a BS in psychology in 2004, and then moved to Vermont to start working in the field of autism. Prior to working with Let’s Grow Kids, she served as the volunteer and community outreach manager for the Humane Society of Chittenden County, where she managed a highly-active volunteer program of more than 200 people. She has also worked as a health service administrator for an outpatient drug treatment facility. Shayla lives in Colchester with her husband, their super adorable new baby, Nolan, and Ludo the Loveable Wonder Dog. She enjoys any outdoor activity spent with her family and loves spending time with her horse.
Contact Shayla: (802) 448-4409 | Email
Megan manages the communications team for Let’s Grow Kids, the Permanent Fund and Vermont Birth to Five, developing and managing the organizations' owned, earned and paid media strategies in collaboration with her stellar team. In her day to day work, Megan creates advertising campaigns, produces TV ads and videos, manages the organizations’ websites and works with a national vendor to conduct annual market research. Megan holds a BA from the University of Virginia and completed a two-year conservatory program in film and television acting at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Megan moved to Vermont in 2010 and landed at the Humane Society of Chittenden County, ultimately serving as their director of development & communications. She joined the Perament Fund Family in 2014 as communications director for Let's Grow Kids, helping to launch the initiative and build the organization's brand and communications structure. Outside of the office, Megan freelances as a fine artist, dancer, actor and graphic designer, and is a graduate of the Women's Small Business Program (2015) and Leadership Champlain (2013).
Contact Megan: (802) 448-2135 | Email
While studying journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, Nicole wrote feature obituaries for the Boston Globe and interviewed celebrities like John Malkovich and Tori Amos for feature stories in the university paper. Nicole worked as a newspaper reporter for weekly and daily papers before translating her love of storytelling into the world of nonprofit communications at Perkins School for the Blind, Helen Keller’s alma mater. After moving to Vermont in 2012, Nicole worked as an editor at the Burlington Free Press where she oversaw the Arts and Weekend sections of the paper before returning to nonprofit work at the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties. Through her fundraising and communications work at the VNA, Nicole worked closely with the VNA Family Room Parent Child Center and developed a passion for the importance of quality early experiences for all children. Joining the LGK team in April of 2016 allowed Nicole to combine her interests in communications, storytelling and early childhood issues. Outside of LGK, Nicole loves to experiment with combining textures and colors through collage art and fashion. She also enjoys hula hoop dancing.
Contact Nicole: (802) 391-0545 | Email
When Seth was in 4th grade, he impressed his Voorheesville, New York elementary school classmates by writing a short story that spanned eight sheets of paper. From that moment on, it was clear his life and career would revolve around the written word. He graduated with a BA in English and an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Hartford in 1999 and has since been firmly entrenched in the Vermont publishing world as an editor for Dartmouth Journal Services and Ashgate Publishing. With his young son serving as his inspiration, and feeling the pull to put his writing skills to good use, he answered the call from Let’s Grow Kids and Vermont Birth to Five in 2015. When he’s not in the office, you’ll find Seth exploring antique and salvage shops with his wife, in the yard with his dogs, losing graciously on the volleyball and dodgeball courts or giving his son a raspberry.
Contact Seth: (802) 858-5459 | Email
Hannah S. Reid, Production Coordinator
Hannah is a seventh-generation Vermonter and the daughter of an elementary school teacher who instilled in her a passion for education, and an entrepreneur who taught her the art of thinking big. Hannah graduated from Middlebury College in 2004 with a BA in Architectural Design and spent 6 years working for nonprofit organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa and San Francisco before moving back home to Vermont in 2011. Prior to joining Let’s Grow Kids in 2017, Hannah honed her communications and design skills at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, and at her family’s specialty food company, Fat Toad Farm. In her (nearly nonexistent) spare time Hannah enjoys gardening, reading, running, eating sushi, and watching episodes of West Wing over and over and over again. Hannah lives in Montpelier with her husband, two sons (both in child care) and an extra-friendly chocolate lab.
Contact Hannah: (802) 391-0955 | Email
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Jen has lived and worked in Vermont off and on throughout her life. Prior to joining Let’s Grow Kids, Jen worked in the public policy and advocacy field, most recently serving as director of public policy & advocacy with WOMEN’S WAY in Philadelphia. Jen has also worked with organizations including Amnesty International USA, The ALS Association of Western Pennsylvania and the American Cancer Society. Jen received her MS in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and her BA in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College. Jen lives in Essex Junction with her husband, Chris, and dog, Princess Muffin, and enjoys skiing, mountain biking, going on adventures and curling up with a good book.
Contact Jen: (802) 448-4163 | Email
Anna grew up in Essex, Vermont and has lived in the state for most of her life. In 2017, she graduated from St. Lawrence University with a BA in Government. During college she engaged with various political and education oriented initiatives including internships with Democracy for America, the National Association for Federally Impacted Schools and Let’s Grow Kids. Anna has also held various leadership roles including President of her university’s political science honor society and Student Delegate to the St. Lawrence Alumni Executive Council. She lives in Burlington, Vermont and her favorite pastimes include cooking, waterskiing and taking her little sister to brunch.
Contact Anna: (802) 448-0755 | Email
Let's Grow Kids Addresses
Physical and mailing address:
19 Marble Avenue, Suite 4
Burlington, VT 05401
Vermont Community Foundation
c/o The Permanent Fund, dba Let's Grow Kids
3 Court Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
Regional Field Manager - Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle and Orleans:
Regional Field Manager - Addison, Orange and Rutland:
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