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David Voegele Executive Director

David Voegele comes to CHIPS by way of Albany, N.Y., where he served as Executive director of the Early Care and Learning Council for the past four years. Before that, he led DIAL/SELF Youth and Community Services in Greenfield, Mass. for 12 years.

 

It was a few years into Voegele’s work at DIAL/SELF when his understanding of the need for it crystallized. That agency contracted with the federal government for runaway and homeless youth funding, a specific category of programming targeting “at-risk youth” – a term Voegele said some shied away from using due to its stigma.

“I’ve come to believe the reality is all kids are at-risk youth,” he said.

 

He realized he could help kids recover from crisis, but the impact was lessened by “so much damage that had already occurred in their lives,” he said. “It became clear to me that we needed to be reaching youth at a younger age.”

Justin Hoy Director of Programs & Youth Services
(Certified Youth Mental Health First Aid)

Justin is a graduate of Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. He  earned a Bachelor of Arts . Degree in Education and Music. He worked for over 16 years, both in the public school sector as a behavior interventionist, as well as several mental health agencies. He has developed several programs including; Learning & Teaching Education Through the Arts, and The Arts in Education, and helped to launch Lyndon State College's Music Degree Program. 

Earlier in his career, Justin was a professional storyteller in Maine and an honored member of the National Forensic League, earning over 700 points, multiple state titles, and nationally qualifying in Original Oratory. 

Nancy Tessier Assistant Director of Afterschool Services

Nancy graduated from Colchester High School in 2016 with a passion for the environment and engaging with youth in the community. She started this journey in High School as an education intern at the ECHO center. Through working with youth at the ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain she gained her ability to run and create activities based on topics like climate change, invasive species and natural history.

With a passion for the environment Nancy enjoys spending as much time outside as she can,  rock climbing, hiking and practicing yoga.

Her love for rock climbing and working with youth led her to being an Assistant Manager at MetroRock Station in Essex Junction. There she leads the summer camps and runs other programs such as Rise and Climb a homeschool P.E class.

Nancy uses prior knowledge and experience to make the Teen and Tween Center a welcoming space for youth to grow and learn as individuals.

CAROLINE RUBIN VYDC AmeriCorps Youth Services Coordinator

Caroline Rubin is a graduate student at the University of Vermont pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration. Originally from Massachusetts, Caroline first became interested in the nonprofit sector during her undergrad at UVM, when she spent a summer interning at Boston’s New England Aquarium, working in volunteer programming.

 

Caroline is passionate about social justice and community development. She was interested in AmeriCorps service because she wanted to have a work experience that added value and real- world application to her graduate study. As far as her career goals, Caroline would love to one day be a leader at a nonprofit like CHIPS, or at a government agency that deals with human services. 

 

In her spare time, Caroline loves to hike, ski, travel, be outdoors, and spend time with family and friends. She is also a huge animal lover—her first job was at a no-kill shelter in Massachusetts.

SARAH BRUNKHORST  

VYDC AmeriCorps Youth Services Coordinator

 

Sarah came to Vermont from Missouri to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Media at Champlain College. Coming from rural roots, living in a community for the first time led her to an interest in community resources and positive youth development.

 

Prior to arriving at CHIPS, Sarah helped youth explore an interest in photography as a volunteer Project Leader with Chittenden County 4-H, interned at Champlain College’s educational not-for-profit gallery, and volunteered at various non-profit community arts and youth-related programming, such as Burlington City Arts studios and SEABA’s annual Art Hop.

 

Sarah is excited to help serve youth at CHIPS as an AmeriCorps member.

Vermont A.O.E.: 2018 Comprehensive School-Based  Tobacco Use Prevention Grant

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