Vermont Humanities

Board of Directors

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Board of Directors

The Vermont Humanities Board of Directors meets quarterly at our offices in Montpelier and virtually.

2024 Board Meeting Schedule

  • Wednesday, March 6 (Virtual)
  • Wednesday, June 5 (In-person)
  • Saturday, September 7 (In-person)
  • Wednesday, December 4 (Virtual)
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Denise Bailey

Denise Bailey of Montpelier is a member of the legal bar in Vermont, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, and operates a law office in Montpelier.

Ellen “LN” Bethea

LN has performed as a Spoken Word Poet across Vermont from Morrisville to Brattleboro. She was thrilled to have been chosen by Vermont Arts Council as an “I Am A Vermont Artist 2021.”

Susan Burch

Susan Burch is an historian whose work centers on deaf, disability, Mad, race, ethnicity, Indigeneity, and gender and sexuality in the United States and Russia across the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Judith Chalmer

Judith Chalmer of Burlington is the former director of VSA Vermont, recently re-named Inclusive Arts Vermont, a nonprofit focused on arts and disability.

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Gizelle Guyette

Gizelle Guyette of Bennington comes to the board as a long-time public librarian. A graduate of Middlebury College, Gizelle is currently the Youth Services Librarian at the John G. McCullough Library in North Bennington and an expert in youth literacy. She has also worked at public libraries in Manchester, Morristown, Colchester and in the Milton School District.

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T. Elijah Hawkes

Elijah Hawkes is an educator, writer and dad. He is Director of School Leadership Programs at the Upper Valley Educator Institute, a small graduate school that prepares future teachers and school leaders in Vermont and New Hampshire

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Jinny Huh

Jinny Huh of Burlington is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Vermont, specializing in comparative race studies and detective fiction. She authored “The Arresting Eye: Race and the Anxiety of Detection.”

Lizzy Lyons

Lizzy Lyons of Colchester is a licensed clinical social worker (LICSW), with her Masters in Social Work from UVM. Lizzy majored in Politics with minors in Painting, Photography, and International Studies from College of Santa Fe, in New Mexico.

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Adrienne Major

Adrienne Major of Westminster West is professor of English at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont, where she has worked for 27 years in varied capacities including chair of the English department and Academic Dean.

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Patricia Menduni

Patricia Menduni of Rutland has served as Community Liaison for Representative Peter Welch and spent ten years on Senator James Jeffords’ Rutland staff.

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Ron Miller, Treasurer

Ron Miller of South Burlington has been an educational scholar and activist, teacher, publisher and bookseller, community leader and philanthropist. He has authored several books, and has founded, published, or edited several magazines.

Dr. Dottie Morris

Dr. Dottie Morris of Bellows Falls is the Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity at Keene State College in New Hampshire. Dottie provides support and direction to the college as the institution works to fulfill its commitment to diversity and multiculturalism.

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Kiah Morris

Kiah Morris is a former State Representative from Bennington and member of the Vermont Commission on Women.  She is an activist, artist, and performance poet with a long history in anti-racist and economic justice movement building.

Patricia M. Sears

Patricia M. Sears is a co-founder of NEKTI Consulting and a certified community coach for Community Heart & Soul a proven community engagement tool that strengthens social, cultural & economic vitality through community self-awareness & local decision-making.

Vera Longtoe Sheehan, Secretary

Abenaki culture bearer, master artist, educator and activist Vera Longtoe Sheehan serves her community as director of the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association, a multi-arts services organization.

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Steve Stettler, Co-Chair

Steve Stettler of Weston served as Producing Artistic Director of the Weston Playhouse, Vermont’s oldest professional theatre, from 1988 to 2018.

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Luis Vivanco

Luis Vivanco of Burlington is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Vermont, and Director of the UVM Humanities Center.

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Yasmine Ziesler, Co-Chair

Yasmine Ziesler of Montpelier is chief academic officer for the Vermont State Colleges system.

Vermont Humanities*** November 30, 2014