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YWP Board of Directors

Douglas Dickey, VICE CHAIRPERSON, Lecturer & Assistant Dean, University of Vermont

Kathy Folley, veteran middle school language arts teacher, writing coach

Val Gardner, CHAIRPERSON, Director, Vermont School Leadership Project

Suzanne Garrity, Network Systems Engineer, Cisco Systems

Board of Directors -- Dave Winslow

Dave Winslow, is CEO of EpikOne, a Web services company. Dave is responsible for the vision of the company including marketing, innovation and leadership. EpikOne offers Conversion Consulting, Online Marketing Training, and Google Support and Software Solutions. EpikOne is a Google Analytics and Website Optimizer Authorized Consultant, Google Enterprise Professional and an AdWords Qualified Company. EpikOne serves a diverse mix of clients around the world ranging from Fortune 500 organizations to e-commerce growth companies. Dave has been active in the online marketing industry for over a decade specializing in the areas of online business consulting, search marketing, testing and optimization, and web analytics. As an original partner of Urchin Software which is now better known as Google Analytics, Dave has worked with the web analytics software for over 7 years.

Board of Directors -- Dana vanderHeyden

Dana vanderHeyden, a native of Prague, Czech Republic, lived in New Jersey after her family immigrated to the United States. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Rochester (NY), with a B. A. in French literature, as well as a diploma from the Sorbonne (Paris, France). Her M. A. in French is from Rutgers University (NJ) where she was a Teaching Assistant. Dana began her career in higher education at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA, where she spent eighteen years both as Assistant Professor of French as well as Director of Academic Advising and, subsequently, as Director of Admissions. After relocating to the Hudson Valley in New York, she became associated with Duchess Community College for nine years, where she held the position of Assistant Registrar and served as academic adviser to adult students. In 1996, Dana became a resident of Vermont when her husband accepted the presidency at Saint Michael’s College.

Board of Directors -- Mark vanderHeyden

Dr. Marc A. vanderHeyden, President Emeritus of Saint Michael’s College, was inaugurated as the 15th president on October 19, 1996, and retired in the summer of 2007. He was born in Ghent, Belgium, in 1938, and received a diploma in classical studies and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, followed by a certificate of theological studies, from Belgian institutions. He then entered Catholic University of America, where he earned master’s and doctoral degrees in history. Dr. vanderHeyden is fluent in three languages and has a working knowledge of five more. He has been an active member of various professional, government, charitable, business, arts, health care and religious groups at the local, regional and national levels, and currently serves on the boards of the following organizations: the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK), Vermont Ballet Theater and Vermont Gas Systems. Dr. vanderHeyden is a naturalized American citizen and is married to Dana Lim vanderHeyden.

Alysia Perkinson

Alysia Perkinson, Secretary, is a Second Vice President of Wealth Management and Financial Planning with over 15 years of investment experience. Prior to joining Smith Barney in 2001, she was a Vice President in the Fixed Income Group at Fleet Bank. She graduated from Union College with a degree in Economics and received her MBA from Boston University. With a focus on the needs of business owners, retirees and women, Alysia takes a strategic approach to helping individuals and corporate clients achieve their goals. In her spare time, she can be found with her husband, Ellery and son, Ethan, enjoying either the Green Mountains or Lake Champlain.

Borad of Directors -- Bobbe Pennington

Bobbe Pennington was a registered nurse until she became a mother. With the help of her best friend, Scott, (her husband of the past 31 years), Bobbe raised four children and became extremely interested in education during their school years. She did graduate work at St. Michael's College to obtain her teaching license and has been teaching 5th grade at Rick Marcotte Central School in South Burlington for the past seven years. She also teaches 4th and 5th grade Wonderworks at her church every Sunday.
She loves to read, write, kayak, and garden. She loves the outdoors. And she loves kids. Bobbe is a leader of the Vermont chapter of the National Writing Project.

Board of Directors -- Rick Machanic

Rick Machanic helped found Tag New Media in 1996 and now heads the company. Tag New Media has been assisting businesses and organizations in finding their way online. From providing end-to-end custom e-commerce solutions to building scaleable database driven online publications, from consulting to design, Tag New Media has made it our mission to craft clarity from confusion while still managing to have some fun. Among its recent clients: Rossignol, Adirondack Museum, Columbia University, Downs Rachlin Martin, Fletcher Allen Healthcare, IDX, Hummel America, Montstream Studios, Museum of the City of New York and many others. Rick graduated from the University of Vermont where he loved to write.

Board of Directors -- Stephen Kiernan

Stephen Kiernan is an award-winning journalist who spent 14 years as a reporter, columnist and editor with The Burlington Free Press. He graduated from Middlebury College, and has masters degrees from the Writing Seminars of Johns Hopkins University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has taught at the University of Iowa, Middlebury College, and the New England Young Writers' Conference, and worked on the staff of the Breadloaf School of English and the Breadloaf Writers' Conference. He now writes for The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and several national magazines, and in 2006 St. Martin's Press in NY published his book Last Rights -- Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System. Stephen also plays the guitar, has released three CDs of solo instrumental pieces, and has composed for dance, theater and several television specials broadcast worldwide. He lives in Charlotte with his two sons.

Geoff Gevalt

Geoffrey Gevalt -- Founder, executive director.

Geoff (gg) was a journalist for 33 years at several daily newspapers in New England and Ohio, a weekly business newspaper in Boston, a financial magazine in New York City and the Associated Press in Baltimore.

Most recently he was managing editor of The Burlington Free Press, Vermont's largest daily.

Geoff has won numerous awards as a writer and editor and served for two years as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in Beat Reporting. His specialty was narrative investigative projects.

Board of Directors -- John Canning

John Canning is president and founder of Physician's Computer Company, a 50+ person service and software company that works with pediatric practices offices across the country. John's board experience includes chairing boards for the Vermont Youth Orchestra and the Gailer School, and co-founding a regional board for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.

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