Leadership & Board


Sue Minter
Executive Director
Sarah McMullen
Chief Operations Officer
Colleen Lafont
Chief Financial Officer
Alison Calderara
Chief of Programs and Advancement
Linda Anderson
Director of Family and Community Support Services
Liz Scharf
Director of Community Economic Development
Christy Swenson
Director of Head Start
Phil Cecchini
Interim Director of Weatherization and Climate Impact
Denise Bailey
Director of Equity, Engagement and Advocacy
Diane May
Director of Employee Experience and Culture

Board of Directors

Capstone Community Action is uniquely governed by a 12-member tripartite board of directors which comes from three diverse segments of the community:

  • Participant Sector
  • Private Sector
  • Public Sector

The Board is also equally representative of the three regions of Capstone’s Service territory:

  • Washington County

  • Lamoille County

  • Two Rivers (Orange County & Towns in surrounding counties)

Capstone’s board is responsible for agency direction, financial oversight, and policy.

If you are interested in serving on the Capstone board, please contact Sue Minter at Sminter@capstonevt.org.

Jon Valsangiacomo
Abby White
Vice Chair
Nick Kramer
Janet Jansen Murray
Karen Lowry Reed
Executive Committee (at large)
Gina Akley
Washington County
Barbara Miller
Lamoille County
John "Jack" Tighe
Two Rivers
Michael Giammusso
Molly McFaun
At Large
Thomas "Kato" Given
Two Rivers
Rebecca Clarke
Katherine Lamell
Robert Mason


Policy Council is a group of Head Start and Early Head Start parents and community members who help lead and make decisions about their program in partnership with Capstone’s Board. Policy Council members are elected by the parents of children enrolled in the program. Parents often join the Policy Council after serving on a parent committee.

Why serve on the Policy Council? Children, parents, and the program benefit when parents take on leadership roles. Children learn more and experience healthier development at school and at home. Parents can become more confident, gain skills about community building and governance, and connect with other parents and staff. Program staff learn about the strengths, interests, and needs of the children, families, and community they serve.

Meetings are held in the evening monthly with mileage and child care reimbursement provided.

For more information please contact Melissa at 802 479 1053 or email mhuntington@capstonevt.org 

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