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 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 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.


Phone: (802) 878 6982 Ext. 108

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 Ext. 104

Tara VYDC AmeriCorps Youth Services Coordinator

Bio coming soon!


Phone: (802) 878 6982 Ext.

Nina Richards VYDC AmeriCorps Youth Services Coordinator

Bio coming soon!


Phone: (802) 878 6982 Ext.

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