Meet Our Team
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 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.”
Phone: (802) 878 6982 Ext. 101
Justin Hoy Director of Programs and Youth Services
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 at 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.
Justin has earned a Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification.
Phone: (802) 878 6982 Ext. 106
Nancy Tessier Teen and Tween Center Coordinator
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.
Phone: (802) 878 6982 Ext. 103
Sarah Brunkhorst Program Director
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.
Sarah arrived at CHIPS as a VYDC AmeriCorps member before becoming a Program Director for the TeenLine, FriendCHIPS, and QYD Project™ programs. Prior to her year of service, she interned and volunteered at various non-profit community arts and youth-related organizations, such as Burlington City Arts Studios and SEABA’s annual Art Hop. She currently also engages the community in arts programming at ONE Arts Center and the Howard Center Arts Collective, both in Burlington.
Phone: (802) 878 6982 Ext. 104
Nicholas Ellis VYT AmeriCorps Community Resource VISTA
Nicholas comes to CHIPS with a background in education and nonprofits. Originally from Oregon, he worked abroad as an English & Art educator in Thailand, Italy, and Spain. After returning to the United States, his experiences volunteering with the Homeless Garden Project and Habitat for Humanity in Santa Cruz, California brought him to CHIPS. When not at work, Nicholas has a passion for printmaking, languages, and bouldering.
Nicholas is looking forward to serving youth through CHIPS as an AmeriCorps Vista Member.
Phone: (802) 878 6982
Nina Richards VYDC AmeriCorps Youth Services Coordinator
Nina came up to Vermont from Virginia after earning bachelor’s degrees at the University of Virginia in Women, Gender & Sexuality and Political and Social Thought. Nina grew up in rural Virginia, but spent some of her childhood in Italy where her family is from. She is interested in the intersections between media and social justice, and which led her to internships at non-profits and local news publications. At UVA she was also a Resident Advisor, which, along with her other interests, helped her to decide to pursue CHIPS as an opportunity to guide and empower young people through engaging programming.
Phone: (802) 878 6982 Ext. 108
Tara Beattie VYDC AmeriCorps Youth Services Coordinator
Tara is excited to be joining the CHIPS team as an AmeriCorps member this year. She recently graduated from UVM with a focus in Natural Resources Ecology, and is passionate about the outdoors and food justice. Tara grew up in rural Vermont, and is grateful to continue learning and growing from this beautiful state. In her free time Tara likes to play in the woods and dirt, make tasty food creations (and then eat them), and take up various crafting hobbies. She hopes that her time at CHIPS will help amplify youth voices that are so important for creating resilient communities for the future.
Phone: (802) 878 6982 ext. 107
Emily Raymond Intern, Masters in Social Work
Emily grew up in Ohio and went to college in Utah to study communications. She spent 15 years in Boston working as a journalist and freelance writer before settling in Vermont with her spouse and three children. Emily has volunteered for nonprofits, food pantries, homeless shelters and schools. She is currently pursuing a masters in social work at the University of Vermont. Emily will be helping in the Teen Center and furthering some of the other health initiatives at CHIPS. When she isn’t studying and working, she is hiking, skiing and mountain biking with her family or putting in some miles for her next marathon.
Phone: (802) 878 6982