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Emerging Leaders of Southern Vermont

Do you know someone doing amazing work in your community? Someone who brings passion, skill and empathy into the workplace and beyond?

Sounds like you might know an Emerging Leader!

The nominee will receive an email with instructions for accepting their nomination and will be reviewed by a panel of other young professionals across the region. Award recipients will be honored during the annual Southern Vermont Economy Summit.

Finally, this year's Emerging Leaders will also be nominated for Vermont Business Magazine's Rising Stars award. We’re proud to note that 35 Emerging Leaders have been named as Rising Stars since 2018!


Some Quick Tips:

  • Nominee must be between the ages of 21 and 40

  • Nominee must live or work in Bennington County or the Windham Region

  • Previously recognized Emerging Leaders will not be honored again (though if you accidentally nominate a previous Emerging Leader, no worries; they'll just get a nice little ego boost). You can see a full list of previous awardees here

  • You may -- and should! -- submit as many nominations as you like

The Southern Vermont Emerging Leaders Award is a joint initiative of the Southern Vermont Young Professionals and the Shires Young Professionals. 

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2023 Emerging Leaders
  • Rory Price, Vermont Department of Health, Bennington Office of Local Health | Bennington County

  • Joy Auciello, New England Center for Circus Arts/JoyStar's Story | Windham Region

  • Ahmad Yassir, VT News & Media | Bennington County

  • Celine Lacroix, Brattleboro Portable Storage, MTG Holdings LLC | Windham Region

  • Camille Kauffman, Paran Recreations INC | Bennington County

  • Andie Fusco, Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty | Windham Region

  • Eleni Maksakuli, The Putney Diner | Windham Region

  • Callie Fishburn, Bennington County Regional Commission | Bennington County

  • Daniel Chiaccio, First Proof Press | Windham Region

  • Jess Bouchard, Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, College Advising Teacher; Director, Queer Connect | Bennington County

  • Megan Herrington, Vermont Department of Health, Bennington Office of Local Health | Bennington County

  • Daveq Anderson, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation | Windham Region

  • Melanie Lopez, Self-Employed; Mel's Bookkeeping & A Shovel at a Thyme; Wilmington Works | Windham Region

  • Kayla Bernier-Wright, Windham & Windsor Housing Trust | Windham Region

  • Alexandra Mushinski, Next Stage Arts Project | Windham Region

  • Stephanie Muñoz Wells, Northshire Day School | Bennington County

  • Bethaney LaClair, Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Chamber of Commerce | Windham Region

  • Bethany Connelly, WSESDVT | Windham Region

2022 Emerging Leaders
  • Adriana Negrón Trujillo, Brattleboro

  • Alana Harte, Ed.D., Bennington

  • Allison Wright, Warwick

  • Alyssa Irizarry, Pownal

  • Amir Mohammad Samar, Brattleboro

  • Anna Griffith, Marlboro

  • Asher Edelson, Bennington

  • Carissa Brewton, Brattleboro

  • Carolyn Gilbert, Bennington

  • Jennifer Luty, Dorset

  • Keith Marks, Putney

  • Laetitia LeBail, Walpole

  • Maggie Rubick, Manchester Center

  • Martha Cornwell, Shaftsbury

  • Natalie Philpot, Manchester Center

  • Nicole Koziara, East Dummerston

  • Nikolas Katrick, Marlboro

  • Samantha Pearce, Danby

  • Sarah Krinsky, Bennington

  • Stephanie Eames, North Bennington

2021 Emerging Leaders
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  • Beth Wallace | Bennington County Head Start/Early Head Start, United Children's Services | North Bennington, VT

  • Brittany Schmidt | River Bend Chiropractic | Brattleboro, VT

  • Conor Floyd | Food Connects | Bellows Falls, VT

  • Dane Whitman | Vermont State Legislature, Grey Oak (LLC) | North Bennington

  • Danielle Salway | Mount Snow Academy | West Dover, VT

  • Eric Durocher | Town of Dover, VT | East Dover, VT

  • Frances Huntley | Downtown Brattleboro Alliance | Brattleboro, VT

  • Ian Goodnow | Costello, Valente & Gentry P.C., Brattleboro Selectboard| Brattleboro, VT

  • Ian Hefele | School for International Training Vernon, VT

  • Jake Stone | Mission City Church | Bennington, VT

  • Juliette Carr | Old Ways Herbal & Riversong Farm | South Newfane, VT

  • Lani DePonte-Disorda | Pangaea Restaurant | North Bennington, VT

  • Maribeth Fonda | Windham Southeast Supervisory Union | Brattleboro, VT

  • Mikaela Lewis | Southwestern VT Chamber of Commerce  Shaftsbury, VT

  • S. Luella Strattner | Mount Snow Academy | Newfane, VT

  • Samba A. Diallo | AIDS Project of Southern Vermont | Brattleboro, VT

  • Sarah Wiggins | SIT Study Abroad | Northfield, MA

  • Shannon Wheeler | Town of Dover, VT | West Dover, VT

  • Tai Morse | Vernon Elementary School | Keene, NH

  • Zach Rounds | Rescue Inc | Vernon, VT

2020 Emerging Leaders
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  • Aaron Dickie | Vermont Department of Labor | Bennington, VT

  • Ain Thompson | Out in the Open | Brattleboro, VT

  • Alex Figueroa | Southwestern Vermont Medical Center | Bennington, VT

  • Alyssa Pelow | Adaptiva HR | Brattleboro, VT

  • Alyssa Todd | National Children's Alliance | Brattleboro, VT

  • Amanda McCullock | Flatter Me Hair Salon & Self | East Dummerston, VT

  • Austin Bevin | Brunswick Dental Associates | North Bennington, VT

  • Charles Soucy | Hermit Thrush Brewery | Brattleboro, VT

  • Christopher Lukasik| Windham County State’s Attorney’s Office | Bratttleboro,VT

  • Christine Abdelnour | Christine Abdelnour: Allstate Insurance | Westmoreland, NH

  • Danielle Lacroix | Green Mountain Gardening | Dummerston, VT

  • Elizah Temple | Grace Cottage Hospital | Putney, VT

  • Eva Westheimer | Out in the Open | East Dummerston, VT

  • Hannah Cofiell | Butter Mountain Bakery | Woodford, VT

  • Henry Rosario | Outpatch and Dartmouth - Tuck Business School | Brattleboro, VT

  • Jared Newell | CDM Smith and Bennington Area Trail System | Old Bennington, VT

  • Jay DeGregorio | The Nature Museum | Brattleboro, VT

  • Jedediah Popp | Health Care and Rehabilitation Services | Brattleboro, VT

  • Jenifer Prouty Hoffman | Hoffman Real Estate | North Bennington, VT

  • Jennie Rozycki | John G. McCullough Free Library | North Bennington, VT

  • John Kim | Grace Cottage Hospital | Brattleboro, VT

  • John Pritchard | Costello, Valente & Gentry, P.C. | Brattleboro, VT

  • Jordan Leonard | Vernon Elementary School | Greenfield, MA

  • Justin Thompson | Wantastiquet Hall | Hinsdale, NH

  • Kim Kunkle | Vernon Elementary School | Vernon, VT 

  • Lauren Mabie | Vermont Law School and 22 Mile March | Brattleboro, VT

  • Lauren Wilcox | Project Against Violent Encounters | Manchester, VT

  • Matthew Schibley | Health Care and Rehabilitation Services | Brattleboro, VT

  • Melissa Walker | Grace Cottage Hospital | Stratton, VT

  • Rebecca LaPointe | Grace Cottage Hospital | Townshend, VT

  • Sarah Perrin | Green Mountain Concessions and Bennington Select Board | Bennington, VT

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2019 Emerging Leaders
  • Alex Beck, Workforce & Education Program Manager, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, Brattleboro, VT

  • Ashley Havreluk, EB-5 Manger, Mount Snow, West Dover, VT

  • Avery Schwenk, Co-founder, Hermit Thrush Brewery, Brattleboro, VT  

  • Becky Gilbert, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Clinician (LCMHC), HCRS Clinician II/EFS Clinician/Brattleboro Primary Care (BPC) Consultant & Clinician/Per Diem Crisis Screener, and Entera Catering, Brattleboro, VT 

  • Beq Lendvay, Field Production Coordinator, Catamount Access Television, Bennington, VT           

  • Brian Maggiotto, General Manager, The Inn at Manchester, Manchester, VT 

  • Carson Thurber, Fundraising/Development Director, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Bennington, VT  

  • Cat Bryars, Regional Planner – Community Planning Program Manager, Bennington County Regional Commission, Bennington, VT  

  • Christopher Parker, Food Service Director for WCSU, West River Education District (WRED), Vernon, VT

  • Diane Michalczuk, Psychologist-Doctorate Geriatric Neuropsychology, The Memory Clinic, Bennington, VT 

  • Emma Stewart, Housing Support Coordinator, Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, Brattleboro, VT

  • HB Lozito, Executive Director, Green Mountain Crossroads, Brattleboro, VT  

  • Jonathan Cooper, Community & Economic Development Specialist, Bennington County Regional Commission, Bennington, VT  

  • Joshua Unruh, Digital Marketing Specialist, New England Newspapers, Inc., Brattleboro, VT            

  • Kelly Clarke, Architect, Centerline Architects, Bennington, VT

  • Leeanne Hadsel, Behavior Interventionist, Vernon Elementary School, Vernon, VT          

  • Lori Langevin, Assistant Business Manager/ HR Support, Windham Central Supervisory Union, Townshend, VT      

  • Marissa Hutton, Executive Director, Dorset Theatre Festival, Dorset, VT

  • McKenna Hayes, Food Hub Operations Manager, Food Connects, Putney, VT      

  • Mel Motel, Executive Director, Brattleboro Community Justice Center, Brattleboro, VT  

  • Peter Paggi, Director of Real Estate Development, Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, Brattleboro, VT  

  • Sarah Kovach, Brattleboro Literary Festival, Brattleboro, VT  

  • Steffen Gillom, President of the Windham County NAACP, VPR Commentator, and Disability Services Associate at SIT Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, VT

2018 Emerging Leaders
  • Michelle Marrocco, Bennington County Industrial Corporation (Summit Award Winner)

  • Katherine Partington, Mondo Mediaworks (Summit Award Winner)

  • Forest Weyen, Bennington Rescue Squad

  • Taylor Knoop, United Way of Windham County

  • Betsy Dunham, Southern Vermont College

  • Silvia Cassano, Bennington Area Trails System

  • Bridget Struthers, Brattleboro School of Dance

  • Gregory Boshart, Maple Valley Design Build

  • Josh Roberts, Edward Jones

  • Kayla Becker, United Way of Vermont, Bennington County

  • Ken Lorenz, Spirits of Old Bennington

  • Laura Kamyk, Big Picture Farm

  • Michelle Demers, Vermont Department of Labor

  • Phoebe Connolly, Leland and Gray Union High School

  • Ricky Davidson, Boys and Girls Club- Brattleboro

  • Sarah Lang, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation

  • Serenity Wolf, P.E., Stevens and Associates

  • Stacey Woods, Meadowbrook Gypsies LLC

  • Kayla Davis, Battenkill Valley Health Center

  • James Salerno, Hale Mountain Research

  • Jason Dolmetsch, MSK Engineering and Design

  • Rob Terry, Merck Forest

  • Michael Root, United States Post Office

  • Duncan Hilton, Community College of Vermont and St. Michael's Episcopal Church

2017 Emerging Leaders
  • Daniel Strohl, Hemmings Motor News

  • Dimitri Garder, Global-Z International 

  • Richard Berkfield, Food Connects

  • Alyssa Sabetto, Windham Regional Commission

  • Sean Ashcraft, Camp Waubanong

  • Michele Mazur, Trinity Botanicals

  • Laura Schairbaum, Greater Falls Connections

  • Melissa Hessney Masters, Tanglebloom

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