Directors and Advisors
Directors & Advisory Committee
Our Dedicated BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Co-President Mandy Couturier: Adoptive parent. Mandy is a special educator specializing in working with students with emotional and behavioral challenges and needs at Thatcher Brook Primary School in Waterbury. She is the adoptive parent of two wonderful children and is currently a foster parent as well.
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.
Board Member Judith Blank: Adoptive parent. Judith is retired from the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF). Initially she was a protective services social worker and investigator before becoming an adoption social worker. Prior to retirement, she was the coordinator for DCF’s post adoption services. She has been an avid supporter of Camp For Me since its inception and is a proud parent of an adopted girl from India.
Our Esteemed Agency ADVISORY BOARD:
Wanda Audette: Lund Family Center
Ann Clark: Adoption Advocates
Janet Connor: UVM Child Welfare Training Partnership
Leanne Porter: Vermont Adoption Consortium
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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