The VCRHYP Coalition staff provide key supports that free member agencies to focus on the work of delivering essential programs serving Vermont youth and families. VCRHYP secures adequate funding that ensures services are available in communities across Vermont, advocates with State and Federal government, and local and national partners for funding and resources to meet the needs of Vermont youth and families, supports best practices among youth care professionals, and monitors benchmarks and outcomes to assess progress and measure successes. Working together with member agencies, the coalition creates a distinctly unique and effective model that works for youth.
Bethany Pombar, Director
Bethany has 15 years of experience working with statewide coalitions and collaborations to build capacity, support systems enhancement, provide training and increase funding opportunities. Bethany has a Bachelor's Degree in Prevention and Community Development. She loves watching communities come together to build solutions and ensure all community members are safe and supported. Youth care work and adolescent development are issues near and dear to her not only in her work life, but at home as she raises her teenager and revels in the enthusiasm and creativity with which young people approach life. [preferred pronouns = she/her or they/them]
Ari Kisler, Assistant Director
Ari directed the Transitional Living Program at the Washington County Youth Service Bureau from 2014 to 2016 before joining the VCRHYP team. She graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelor's degree in Human Services with a focus on Addiction Studies. She is currently studying Youth Development at The Graduate School at Michigan State University through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance. [preferred pronouns = she/her]
Maple & Moo Velcro, Mascots
Maple Velcro (left) and Moo Velcro (right) are fraternal twin bears originally from Avery's Gore, VT who joined the VCRHYP team in March 2017 after a glowing reference by the Vermont Teddy Bear Company. Maple was a fan of the culinary arts in high school and went on to pursue carpentry at a trade school. They are now building strong foundations for VCRHYP's systems change work. Moo's favorite subject in high school was music and they went on to study social justice theory in college. They are now ensuring that equitable services are available to all youth served by VCRHYP. Together the Velcro twins represent the protective factors like nurturing, stability and permanent connections the youth we work for need. [preferred pronouns = they/them]