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Staff

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
(802) 229-9151 x 248, bpombar@vcrhyp.org
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
(802) 229-9151 x 232, akisler@vcrhyp.org
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]
Jane Parker, Medicaid Billing & Administrative Support Specialist
(802) 229-9151 x 235, jparker@vcrhyp.org
Jane is originally from New Jersey and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Vermont. Jane plays a key role on the VCRHYP administrative team by managing Medicaid reimbursements to Coalition agencies, coordinating Coalition event logistics, and providing technical support to our member agencies. [preferred pronouns = she/her]
Laura Biren, Data Entry Clerk
(802) 229-9151 x 257, lbiren@wcysb.org
Laura grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and attended Simmons College where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science in 2012. Since graduating, Laura has served as an AmeriCorps in a number of different programs, most recently in 2016 as an AmeriCorps VISTA through the VYT/VYDC program based in Montpelier, Vermont. She enjoyed her time in Montpelier immensely and grew a passion working with mission driven organizations who strive to better communities and ensure sustainability and resiliency for all. She is currently enrolled in a distance-learning Masters in Resilient and Sustainable Communities program with Green Mountain College. Laura is the Data Entry Clerk for VCRHYP where she works with Coalition agencies to maintain and monitor data in order to properly tell the agencies' and clients' outcomes and stories.[preferred pronouns = she/her or they/them]
Maple & Moo Velcro, Mascots
802-229-9151, info@vcrhyp.org
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]