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VFAFA Conference Committee

The Conference Committee is made up of a group of dedicated people who are foster/adoptive parents, Department for Children and Families~Family Services Division Resource Coordinators and Staff and Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership staff.

This team meets year round to create an invaluable Institute and Conference experience. This event provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate kin/foster/adoptive families, foundational and advanced educational opportunities for these resource families and allows for networking with other resource families and child welfare community partners.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

We would like to recognize many caring individuals that helped organize the 2018 VFAFA Conference.

Lisa Steckler – Conference Chair

Vacant – Fundraising Chair

Jesilyn Amsden – Conference Coordinator

Sharon O’Neill • Pamela Piper • Rebecca Fitzsimmons • My-Lanh Graves • Debbie Boyce • Michelle Colburn

With special thanks to our crew of helping hands: Bill Beard, Renee Parent, Brenda Hamlin, Brian Thompson, Michelle Thompson, Martha Bowdish, Jim Bulger, Carrie Deem, Valerie Miner, Cathy Frost, Christine Pollard, Deanna Rounds, Kelli Kilanski, Laurie Mumley, Joan Rock, Margi Cameron, Roberta Wierzbicki, Ken Colburn, Brenda Zavaterro, Sarah Sargent, & Michelle Feiner.

VFAFA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT: Dan Boyce

VICE PRESIDENT: Robyn Sweet

TREASURER: Bill Beard

SECRETARY: Natasha Wilkinson

DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES

BARRE: vacant

BENNINGTON: vacant

BRATTLEBORO: Brenda Zavaterro

BURLINGTON: vacant

HARTFORD: vacant

MIDDLEBURY: Martha Hanley

MORRISVILLE: vacant

NEWPORT: vacant

RUTLAND: Cinn Smith

ST. ALBANS: Lauri Samson

ST. JOHNSBURY: Jamie Manzi

SPRINGFIELD: vacant

MEMBERS AT LARGE

Jody Dickerson • Lissa Schneckenburger

Pat Richardson • Sue Travers