Directors and Advisors
Directors & Advisory Committee
Our Dedicated BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Co-President Sarah Schoolcraft: Sarah is an adoptive parent of three children, aged 13, 8 and 4. She is currently the Assistant Principal at Thatcher Brook Primary School in Waterbury. Sarah has over fifteen years of experience as a classroom teacher and special educator working with elementary aged students. Originally from the capital district area in New York, Sarah attended college at UVM and returned after teaching for a few years in Massachusetts. Sarah loves hiking, spending time outdoors- especially near water, kayaking, playing board games, travel and sitting near the campfire. Follow her on Twitter at @sjschoolcraft
Co-President Shani Varricchione: Adoptive parent. With both children as current enthusiastic Camp For Me campers, Shani became involved in camp in recent years. A resident of Vermont since middle-school, she returned to the area after attending college in Maine. With an academic background in education, Shani currently works as a substitute teacher and spends a large percentage of her time volunteering for school and community related activities, serving as chairperson for Williston Families as Partners (Williston School District’s parent-teacher group). She is a licensed Dale Carnegie Course Trainer and has been fortunate to work with a number of local organizations as they invest in their employees to increase leadership, enhance communication skills, and improve teamwork.
Nick Nadeau Nick is a former Camp For Me’er and currently the Director of Parks & Recreation for the Town of Waterbury. He spent much of his childhood in foster care and was adopted for a brief stint. While he was with his adoptive family, he attended Camp For Me from 2006 to 2009. Nick later went on to earn his Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Vermont University. While in college, he worked as a Behavioral Interventionist at Laraway Youth and Family Services, before moving to Burlington, Vt. to work in the same capacity for Howard Center Mental Health. Nick frequently spends time outside hiking, camping, swimming and kayaking around Vermont! You can follow Nick on Twitter @nicholas_nadeau
Catherine Harris, MA, is currently the post permanency manager for DCF-Family Services. She oversees the system of care for families formed through adoption and/or guardianship and coordinates the Vermont Consortium for Adoption and Guardianship. Previously she was the DCF-Family Services District Director in Barre and prior to that she worked for Lund as a Project Family permanency planning counselor. Her focus throughout her work has been on the well being of children and ensuring that they have families who are able to meet their children’s social emotional needs.
Our Esteemed Agency ADVISORY BOARD:
Wanda Audette: Lund Family Center
Ann Clark: Adoption Advocates
Alice Siegriest: Director Emeritus of Camp For Me, founder of Camp For Me in 1996 with former parent organization Vermont Children’s Aid Society.
Our Valued VOLUNTEERS:
Kevin Downey: Educator. Kevin joined Camp For Me as the seasonal Camp Director in 2011. He has been a teacher in academic and experiential education for 20 years, working in such diverse places as California, Russia, New Mexico and Maine. He is currently serving as director of the Big Picture Program at South Burlington High School. Former board member of Camp For Me.
Alex Tretiak: Business owner and entrepreneur as well as former Camp For Me board member. For many years Alex has been an inspiration at camp for kids of all ages, volunteering in many capacities but most enthusiastically as the creator of the end-of-week video and music presentations. Alex was instrumental in reaching out to parents and former staff to pull Camp For Me from the ashes following the 2009 closing of Vermont Children’s Aid Society. If not for Alex we wouldn’t be here.
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