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  Board of Directors  

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EDITH YOVU, President

Educator, Craniosacral Practitioner

Edie has a passion for learning, discovery and truth. With an interest in transformational educational models since college, she was a co-founder (1983) and board member of the Green Mountain Waldorf School, and later, as a member of their special education team developed a creative and collaborative approach to working with children with special needs. Edie has had a craniosacral practice since 1992. She has been both a contributor and board member of Miss Hall’s School for 17 years. Her approach to life is one of inquiry, inclusive attention, and embodied learning.

ALEXANDER BECK, Secretary

Workforce And Education Specialist / Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation

Alex is a Brattleboro resident and SIT Graduate, coming from a background in non-profit and social business management. He has extensive experience in community development, youth leadership, and social entrepreneurism in rural economies in the U.S and abroad. At BDCC, he coordinates the Southern Vermont Young Professionals and facilitates the creation, organization, and distribution of regional workforce and education opportunities for young Vermonters throughout the Windham County region.

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KAYLA ARENA

Vermont-NEA Racial Justice Task Force

Originally from New York, Kayla moved to Vermont to pursue an Early Childhood / Elementary Education degree from Champlain College, and became an advocate for educational equity and youth empowerment. Kayla’s passion is making sure that schools are safe places where all students can succeed, regardless of their skin color, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. As well as empowering youth and ensuring that they have the tools and resources to use their voice and make change within their communities. In addition to her work at Vermont Adult Learning, she is also a Community Organizer for Parents & Youth for Change, working with the Burlington and Winooski communities and schools. 

ERIC BOOTH

Co-founder & Engagement Director

Eric is widely referred to as one of the nation’s best teachers of creativity, and the father of the teaching artist profession. In 2015 he was awarded the nation's highest honor for an arts educator (the Arts Education Leadership Award by Americans For The Arts), and was named one of the 25 most important people in the U.S. arts. In arts learning, he has taught at Juilliard (13 years), Stanford University, NYU, Tanglewood and Lincoln Center Institute (35 years), and The Kennedy Center (12 years). He is the founder and co-designer of the International Teaching Artist Conferences, the recipient of the first honorary doctorate in teaching artistry (New England Conservatory), and was the keynote speaker at UNESCO's first world arts education conference. More about Eric.

PAUL GAMBILL

Co-founder & Executive Director

​Paul has 30 years experience as a non-profit administrator, educator and musician, specializing in helping schools and communities re-imagine how to strengthen their partnerships through creative projects. He began his career as a public school music teacher in Minnesota, and soon turned to arts administration and conducting. His innovative school residency projects have been GRAMMY nominated and won three national awards for children's media, including the Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award. Before relocating with his family to Vermont in 2009, he was founder and music director of Orchestra Nashville for 20 years, and music director of the Nashville Ballet for six years.

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KATHLEEN KESSON, Ed.D.

Professor Emerita, Department of Teaching, Learning & Leadership / Long Island University Brooklyn

Kathleen is Professor Emerita, LIU-Brooklyn, where she taught courses in the foundations of education and teacher research. She was the Director of the John Dewey Project on Progressive Education at UVM (1997-2002). She is co-author, with James Henderson, of Curriculum Wisdom: Educational Decisions in Democratic Societies and Understanding Democratic Curriculum Leadership, and with Wayne Ross, of Defending Public Schools: Teaching for a Democratic Society. Her most recent book is Unschooling n Paradise, a memoir. Currently, Kathleen is studying the implementation of Vermont's personalized learning initiative.

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CURTIS KOREN

Educator and Community Organizer

Curtis is the founder of Vermont Intercultural Semesters, an accredited program that conducted ten high school and “gap” semester programs featuring intercultural immersion in Ladakh, India. Before becoming an educator, she worked as an editor and writer at Ms. Magazine, as a Middle-East correspondent based in Cyprus, and as a journalist at the United Nations. She currently serves on the Boards of the Vermont Journalism Trust and the Brookfield Community Partnership, which she helped found to spearhead community and educational projects in Brookfield, Vermont

EVAN PREMO

Composer, Double Bassist and Teaching Artist

Evan is a composer and double bassist who creates heart-centered music that inspires audiences and musicians alike. He lives in Marshfield, with his wife, soprano Mary Bonhag, and they are the founders and artistic directors of Scrag Mountain Music, dedicated to presenting innovative, interactive, and affordable performances of chamber music. As a member of the New York City-based chamber music collective DeCoda, he performs in teaching artist residencies and concerts around the world, including four he led in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He is a member of Ensemble ACJW, also based in New York City, with which he has performed many concerts at Carnegie Hall and participated in residencies in Spain and Germany. More about Evan.

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