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Chad Butt, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Chad is a 2004 graduate of Dartmouth College, where he majored in Earth Science and got his secondary teacher certification credential. While in college Chad helped start a school-based mentoring program at a local middle school and was student leader and mentor in a community-based mentoring program. Following college he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the DREAM Program, a community based mentoring program that partners youth from local affordable housing communities with mentors from neighboring colleges. Chad transitioned to a full time staff position with DREAM, and served as Programs Director, from 2005 through 2009. In August 2009 Chad moved to Boston, MA to spearhead DREAM’s first office and programs outside the state of Vermont. Chad returned to Vermont and joined Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership in May of 2013 as the Executive Director.
Benji Thurber, Communications and Technology Manager
Benji graduated from Middlebury College in 2008, and received his Bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature. While in college, he volunteered as a one-on-one writing tutor for a fellow student. Benji joined Mobius as an AmeriCorps VISTA member (through the Vermont Youth Tomorrow program) in 2009, and helped recruit new mentors, promote public awareness of the mentoring cause, and expanded the Mentor Discount Card program for mentor pairs in Chittenden County. Benji transitioned to a staff position with the organization in 2011, and over the past two years has overseen the U and I are Mentors recruitment campaign, and worked with mentoring programs and funders across the state to expand the organization into Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership. In his new position as Communications and Technology Manager, he is implementing the Vermont Mentoring Database, an online system that allows mentoring agencies to store program information on the Mobius website, apply for grants, and manage information and outcome data for their mentoring matches. He is also working to develop and expand public awareness efforts across the state.
Andrea Holt, Communications and Marketing Specialist/AmeriCorps VISTA email@example.com
Andrea earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications from Emerson College in 2013. During the summer of her freshman year, Andrea moved her way up from Intern to Event Planner and Marketing Assistant at a health and wellness center. Mid-way through her college career Andrea studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland with a Champlain College study abroad program. There, she worked with a non-profit called Hireland. Andrea spent the rest of her time at Emerson working as a Marketing Consultant for an online health and nutrition assistance company and as a Marketing Intern at PR agency, RF|Binder. Although she has held varying positions all across the marketing industry, she stands by the fact that her most valuable occupation was a simple summer position canvassing the streets for Greenpeace. Andrea’s time there taught her that if something as treasured as the Earth must be fought to protect, then how much more must we have to fight for one another. As an AmeriCorps VISTA serving through the Vermont Youth Tomorrow program at Mobius, Andrea works with local businesses to expand the Mobius Mentor Discount Card throughout the state of Vermont, assists with outreach, planning, training and execution of National Mentoring Month, publishes Mobius’ monthly mentoring newsletter, and keeps Mobius’ social media networks active, engaging and informative.
Sophie Halpin, Resource Development Specialist/AmeriCorps VISTA
Sophie recently joined the Mobius office as the organization’s second AmeriCorps VISTA member, and will serve here until the end of her VISTA service year in August 2015. Sophie graduated from the University of Vermont (UVM) in 2014, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Green Building and Community Design. Her love of spending time with children inspired her to become a Preschool Nature Camp Intern at the Green Mountain Audubon Center after her sophomore year at UVM. This experience opened her eyes to environmental education as a way to inspire children to care for nature and one another, through fun and engaging learning opportunities. Since then, Sophie has worked as a Watershed Educator with the Lake Champlain Sea Grant/UVM Watershed Alliance, a nanny for families in the Burlington area, and served in the Vermont Youth Tomorrow AmeriCorps VISTA program at Montpelier Parks to continue teaching youth while learning from their unique points of view. She looks forward to supporting youth and their mentors during her time with Mobius. Over the next four months, she will facilitate community service opportunities for mentor pairs, revamp the appearance and organization of the Mobius website, design promotional materials for the organization, and research new grant opportunities.