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Vermont Afterschool, Inc.
123 Ethan Allen Ave., Dupont Hall #308-309
Colchester, VT 05446

Holly Morehouse

Executive Director
Holly brings over 15 years experience in project management, community-based decision making, communication and collaboration processes, and leadership. Holly earned her doctorate from Clark University, Graduate School of Geography, in Worcester, MA. She also hold a Master’s in Systems Analysis and Economics for Public Decision Making from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Urban Studies from Boston University. Holly’s research and publications include work on afterschool programs and school culture change, shared vision models for community-based decision making, and the spatial mapping of indicators for risk and vulnerability. In her previous position, Dr. Morehouse was Vermont’s State Coordinator for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers at the Vermont Department of Education. Prior to her work with the department, Holly was the Director of 21st CCLC Afterschool Programs in Winooski, VT, and also held a position as a Research Fellow for the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University in Worcester, MA.

Holly is the recipient of the 2017 Con Hogan Award. Established by a group of his colleagues, the annual award recognizes the life’s work of Con Hogan by rewarding each year a community leader who shares his vision of a better Vermont and who seizes the responsibility for making that vision a reality. The award is given to a leader who shows deep community involvement, generosity, enthusiasm, a collaborative approach, and a focus on data and outcomes in his or her work.

In addition, Holly was awarded “Outstanding Professional” by KidSafe Collaborative in honor of her work to advocate for children and families in Vermont. Also in 2017, Holly received the KIDS COUNT Award from Voices for Vermont’s Children for her advocacy to ensure low-income students across the state have access to quality afterschool and summer programs.

Alissa Faber
Project Support Specialist
Alissa Faber has a certificate in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelors in Fine Arts. She currently combines these two areas, teaching afterschool and summer classes at the Burlington City Arts clay studio. Alissa was part of the Burlington School District afterschool community for five years in a variety of roles. For the past three years she has been facilitating the youth ambassador program with Vermont Afterschool. Working with youth to find and express their voice through the arts, writing or public speaking is a priority to Alissa as an educator.  

Sara Forward
Social Emotional Learning Project Coordinator
Sara Forward joined Vermont Afterschool in January 2017 as the social emotional learning (SEL) project coordinator. Sara is a licensed social worker and has worked as a mental health consultant to public school teams and preschool programs in Vermont. Her previous work experience includes classroom teacher, school social worker, afterschool program director, children’s mental health clinician, and mom. Sara will be working on expanding our support for afterschool teams around social emotional learning. She has a professional interest in developmental psychology, trauma-informed programming, behavior analysis and intervention, and in outdoor and nature-based curriculum.

Sam Graulty
Youth Voice Coordinator
Sam Graulty is the Youth Voice Coordinator, and has been working to help young people advocate for themselves for many years. A graduate of the University of Vermont (2008), he has worked at Centerpoint School where he gained experience in personalized learning plans and proficiency-based education; and at Howard Center’s Child Youth and Family Services where he helped young people develop resilience through participating in outdoor activities and models such as the Circle of Courage. He has also worked in different afterschool programs including Burlington Public Schools and the Sara Holbrook Community Center. He is excited to continue helping youth get into positions to promote their own objectives and causes with Vermont Afterschool. He lives in Jericho where he runs, bikes, and skis, as well as enjoys making his own greeting cards, and petting his cat Liezel.

Katrina Kretschmar
Director of Expanded Learning
Katrina brings 10+ years of experience in professional development and afterschool. Beginning as an Americorps VISTA with the NH Afterschool Network, Katrina found her passion for impacting youth driven systems. She has a strong background in working with older youth and empowering them to find and use their voices. For the past three years, Katrina has been in Colorado working with industry and educational leaders to create infrastructure for meaningful work-based learning opportunities. Katrina was the 2017 “Advocate of the Year” recipient from the Jefferson County School Counselor Association for helping bridge the gap between education and industry. Prior to her work in Colorado, she worked in middle and high school 21C programs. She is thrilled to be back in New England working with those who bring learning to life outside of the school day.

Tricia Pawlik-York
Program Improvement Coordinator
Tricia Pawlik-­York graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Elementary Education and has her Master’s Degree in Education from Post University. She has over 25 years of experience directing school-age programs and developing youth programs. She was the director of Youth and Family Programs at the Greater Burlington YMCA, and also the Youth Director at the Clubhouse camp where she managed after school, vacation, school age enrichment, and summer programs. Tricia is also a leader on the state level, serving on the STARS (Step Ahead Recognition System) oversight board as an afterschool representative, and was instrumental in developing Vermont’s afterschool core competencies for professionals. Tricia lives in Colchester with her family, enjoys outdoor adventures, and loves the New England Patriots.

Erin Schwab
Research Analyst
Erin Schwab has experience working in both non-profit organizations and educational/afterschool environments. She has held two AmeriCorps positions; one in which she helped manage and place volunteers within the public school system of Springfield, MA, and piloted a project to evaluate the effectiveness of the organization’s tutoring and mentoring programs. In Brattleboro, VT, she served with a community justice center and created a database for the effective intra-office tracking and sharing of volunteer information. While attending college in upstate NY, she was an active volunteer in area middle schools’ Lego Robotics afterschool programs. She has spent five summers teaching youth in New York, California, and Hawaii. Erin holds a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Industrial/Management Engineering (2008) and her M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Springfield College (2010).

Cassie Willner
Communications Coordinator
Cassie Willner is the communications coordinator at Vermont Afterschool, where she has worked since 2012 to increase awareness of out-of-school time programs. She also works with advocates, providers, educational stakeholders, and policymakers to develop strategies that will improve the quality of and access to afterschool and summer programs across Vermont. Cassie is a writer, communicator, and educator with many diverse teaching experiences. She most recently taught middle and high school English at the Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy (MMWA), as well as directed MMWA’s communications and development efforts. Cassie also worked to create local afterschool programs with community partners at the University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum, and has a deep appreciation for alternative learning opportunities. When not developing nonprofit communication strategies, freelance writing, or chasing after her long-legged daughter Elsa, she loves to garden and grow lots of flowers. Cassie holds a M.A. in communications and journalism from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in English from Colgate University.

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