Leadership Team

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.

John Gerhard, Esq

| Director of Family & Community Support Services

John came to Capstone with a long history as an advocate for low-income and marginalized populations. Most recently, he was a Staff Attorney and Hearing Officer for Vermont Public Utility Commission. Originally from the Philadelphia area, John was Managing Director for a nonprofit welfare to work organization and has other work experiences including fund development and as a Legal Aid attorney helping low-income clients to help maintain their utility service. As Director of FCSS, John will lead the housing assistance, crisis fuel and emergency housing programs of Capstone. 

Linda Anderson

| Director of the Capstone Two Rivers District

Linda was promoted to Director of the Capstone Two Rivers District.  Linda started her career serving as the Town Clerk and Treasurer for the Town of Hancock.  For the last ten years she has worked with Capstone Community Action in the Family & Community Support Services Department serving as Assistant Director, Program Manager, and Associate Director.  As Director, Linda will focus on department operations and expand Capstone’s collaborations and anti-poverty work in Orange County.




Liz Scharf

| Director of Community Economic Development

Liz Scharf

Liz Scharf spent her first 10 years of employment in the Boston area working in banking and sales administration before returning to her home state of Vermont to raise her two sons.  During that time, she worked for Rumney Memorial School in Middlesex in food service, developing, managing, and fundraising for the Farm to School program.  Liz joined Capstone’s Community Economic Development department in May 2014 for as the Savings and Credit Program Coordinator, providing 1:1 financial counseling, financial education, and financial capability program management.  She is an AFCPE® Accredited Financial Counselor® and loves flower gardening, cooking, cross country skiing and hiking.  She  lives in Middlesex with her husband and nearly grown children.

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.

Sue Minter

| Executive Director

Sue Minter

Sue has spent the past 30 years working as a professional planner and policy maker at the local, state, national and international level. She is the former President and CEO of Special Olympics Vermont (2017-18), Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation (2015), and Deputy Secretary (2011-2014).  Following the historic flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, Sue was appointed to be Vermont’s Irene Recovery Officer, responsible for implementation of state recovery and resilience programs and activities.  In 2016 Minter was elected to be the Democratic candidate for Vermont Governor and served as a State Representative in the Vermont legislature from 2004–2010.

A graduate of Harvard University (BA) and M.I.T. (MA in City Planning), Sue and her husband, David Goodman, live in Waterbury Center and have two children. She enjoys running, backcountry skiing, bicycling, hiking, gardening and walking her dog.

Paul Zabriskie

| Weatherization and Climate Impact Director


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

Alison Calderara

| Chief of Programs and Advancement

Our Locations

Washington County

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

Lamoille County

250 Industrial Park, Morristown, VT 05661 1-800-639-8710 or
(802) 888-7993

Orange County East

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

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