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Chad Butt, Executive Director email@example.com
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.
Daron Blake, Communications and Technology Specialist/AmeriCorps VISTA firstname.lastname@example.org
Daron earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from SUNY Binghamton in 2009 and her Master’s degree in Environmental History from Kansas State University in 2012. She worked at Franziska Racker Centers in Ithaca, NY as a community-based mentor for teenagers with developmental disabilities. She has also worked as an editorial assistant, invasive plant removal field assistant, database specialist, janitor-in-training, and teaching assistant. As an AmeriCorps VISTA serving through the Vermont Youth Tomorrow program at Mobius, Daron provides technical training and assistance as mentoring programs adopt the new statewide mentoring database, assists with public outreach, publishes Mobius’ monthly mentoring newsletter, and is working to expand Mobius’ current Mentor Discount Card program throughout Vermont.