Leadership Team

Brian Tagliaferro

| Director of Resource Development & Grants


Brian comes to Capstone from Vermont Public Radio where he has been a Manager of Philanthropic Giving for nearly four years. Prior to that, Brian was the Development Director for a human service organization for 5 ½ years. He has spent 15 years in the non-profit sector working on issues ranging from the environment, justice, voting and disabilities.

Brian brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of individual donor cultivation including prospect research, stewardship, and successful solicitations. His expertise includes planned giving, grant research and writing, and communications.

Brian and his family live in Middlesex.

Christine Johnson

| Deputy Director of Mission Fulfillment and Program Excellence

Christine joined Capstone on August 22, 2016. She served as the Director of Policy and Program Integration for the Vermont Agency of Human Services Office of the Secretary.  Prior to that, she worked as an AHS Field Director, and worked for the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. Her early work as a State employee in both child welfare and corrections aided her understanding of Vermont communities.  A strong background in community engagement, results based accountability, financial literacy, and expertise in developing trauma informed organizations will contribute to the fulfillment of Capstone’s mission. 

Christy Swenson-Robertson

| Head Start Director

Christy came to Capstone after almost 20 years of providing direct service for children and families. She began her career as a speech-language pathologist working for a rural hospital which held the contract for birth to three services for the county. She provided the services for that contract through home visiting and a preschool program, as well as providing outpatient therapy to a mostly preschool population. She then worked in the school system where she developed specialties in autism spectrum disorder and developmental verbal dyspraxia.  When Christy joined Capstone three years ago, she continued working with families, teachers, and home visitors, before moving into administrative work providing support to staff working directly with children and families. Christy lives in Montpelier with her two school-age sons.

Colleen Lafont

| Chief Financial Officer

Colleen has had the pleasure of working at Capstone for 27 years. In her years at Capstone she has held the roles of Controller and Grants and Contracts Accountant. She brings a wealth of knowledge in nonprofit accounting, non-profit financial management and government grants administration to her role as Chief Financial Officer.  Colleen is a native Vermonter.  She has two grown children and lives in Orange with her husband.

Dan H Hoxworth

| Executive Director

Dan H. Hoxworth

Dan joined Capstone as its new Executive Director in late July of 2015. He brings to his new role over 30 years of experience leading nonprofits, building community and working to create opportunities for adults and children to achieve their dreams. His inspiration comes from his family history as a grandson of a sharecropper in the Bootheel of Missouri. Like so many participants in the organizations that Dan has led, his father with encouragement, support (the GI bill), and perseverance transformed his family’s economic destiny.

A natural innovator and entrepreneur, Dan has formed several nonprofits which more than 20 years later are going strong. He developed the first Special Business District in Missouri. One nonprofit he led received a Small Business Award for Excellence. He received the Spurgeon Award from the Boy Scouts for “outstanding role model for youth who has made significant strides in their careers and rendered exceptional community service.” Dan is most proud of the success in making a community’s dream come true in the building of the 93,000 square foot, $25 million Paul & Sheila Wellstone Center for Community Building in St. Paul, MN through a $27.5 million capital campaign.

Along with his passion for supporting people to reach for and achieve prosperity, Dan brings to Capstone a lifelong commitment to community building and engagement, partnership and collaborative ventures, and the ability to secure the resources to achieve them. He is a passionate advocate for economic justice and sustainability and has authored numerous op eds on these topics. Dan continues to be inspired by participants and their determination to create a better life for themselves and their children at Capstone.

Dan finds renewal in nature and mountains both of which are in abundance here in Vermont. He enjoys a wide variety of music, dance and theatre. Like Dan and his siblings, Dan’s two adult sons both have advanced degrees and live in St. Paul, MN and Oakland, CA. They are truly his pride and joy. Dan can be reached at dhoxworth@capstonevt.org.

Eileen Nooney

| Director of Family & Community Support Services and Transportation Programs


Eileen Hughes Nooney grew up in southwestern Connecticut and had no automotive background until well after high school. After taking a course in basic car repair she accepted a job in a shop and never looked back. She is unusual in the car business not just for being a woman but because she has worked in every aspect of the industry. She has sold cars, fixed cars, worked in parts and been Service Manager for several large dealerships. Eileen came to Capstone Community Action in 2007and has been helping Reach Up and Voc-Rehab with their car problems ever since. Transportation is often the biggest barrier to self-sufficiency faced by our consumers and working at the agency has given her a great opportunity to share her knowledge and love of cars with people all over Vermont. Out of the office Eileen has many interests including gardening, skiing and sewing.

Mary Niebling

| Director of Community Economic Development


Mary directs Capstone's Community Economic Development programs with initiatives in Micro Business Development, asset building through its Tangible Assets Program—a matched savings program, credit building, sector-based economic development, and child care nutrition and business development.  In the mid 1990s her efforts led to the formation of the now statewide alternative lender for small and micro businesses, Community Capital of Vermont, a CDFI.  She was also integral in 2000 in the Vermont legislature‘s passage of IDA legislation as part of its Welfare Reform legislation; the state has supported IDAs with state appropriations in every year since then.  Prior to joining Community Action in 1992, Niebling directed a neighborhood housing rehabilitation and affordable homeownership development program, state and local energy conservation and management programs, and local government community development and neighborhood planning efforts.  Niebling holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois in Urbana and board memberships and responsibilities in a number of state and local organizations, particularly in her home community of Plainfield. She completed the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont Leadership Institute in 2001.  In 1996, Niebling was nominated by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and awarded the US Small Business Administration’s Women in Business Advocate of the Year for Vermont and New England.  She recently completed a term on the New England Community Development Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Sarah McMullen

| Deputy Director of Operations

Sarah has worked at Capstone for 26 years in both programming and operations and early on helped develop the agency’s crisis fuel program. As Deputy Director, Sarah has been responsible for streamlining the agency’s many operations systems. She supervises IT, HR, administrative and facilities staff. Her most recent major project was the oversight of the construction of Capstone’s new central headquarters in downtown Barre and the relocation of 100 staff. Sarah is a 4th generation Vermonter and lives in the 100-year-old farmhouse in which she was raised with her husband, three children, and six long-haired dachshunds with attitude.

Paul Zabriskie

| Director of Weatherization and Energysmart of Vermont


Paul directs Capstone's energy efficiency and weatherization programs. For ten years he has brought a background in ecological engineering and international green construction to programs that lower fuel bills and raise awareness of energy saving opportunities for Vermonters. He endeavors to lead a team that can navigate compliance with funder's rules while delivering sensible solutions in exceptional situations, whether they be related to the uniqueness of buildings or the diversity of people and how they live in their homes. Paul believes that we can't engineer our way out of a climate crisis. We need to invest in infrastructure renovations to use less energy, and evolve our behavior to eliminate waste. His obsession with efficiency includes fast skis, bikes and sailboats. Paul can be reached at pzabriskie@capstonevt.org

Our Locations

Washington County

20 Gable Place, Barre, VT 05641
1-800-639-1053 or (802) 479-1053

Lamoille County
197 Harrel Street, Morrisville, VT 05661 1-800-639-8710 or (802) 888-7993

Orange County East
P.O. Box 500, 22 Whistle Stop Way, Bradford, VT 05033
(802) 222-5419

Orange County West
PO Box 284, 12 Prince Street, Randolph, VT 05060
1-800-846-9506 or (802) 728-9506

Mad River Valley
Evergreen Senior Center, 5308 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT 05763
(Located in building basement.) 802-496-6900

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