One of 40 Councils nationwide, the VCRD is an independent non-profit with a 24 member Board of Directors representing federal, state, local, private, and non-profit partners working together to promote the progress of rural Vermont.


  • John Roberts, USDA Farm Services Agency
  • John Sinclair, Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forest
  • Sarah Waring, USDA Rural Development


  • Tayt Brooks, Agency of Commerce & Community Development
  • Xusana Davis, Racial Equity Director, Agency of Administration
  • Julie Moore, Agency of Natural Resources (Chair)
  • Anson Tebbetts, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets


  • Shannon Barsotti, Town of Bennington
  • Ted Brady, Vermont League of Cities & Towns
  • Erika Hoffman-Kiess, Green Mountain Economic Development Corp.


  • Megan Camp, Shelburne Farms (Chair Emeritus)
  • Judy Geer, Concept 2; Craftsbury Outdoor Center
  • Aly Richards, Let’s Grow Kids (Vice Chair)
  • Lisa Ryan, VT Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence (Secretary)
  • Dan Smith, Vermont Community Foundation


  • Harry Chen, VT Dept of Health, Agency of Human Resources
  • Eun-Young Denny, Vermont Economic Development Authority
  • Rob Miller, Vermont State Employees Credit Union
  • Curtiss Reed, Vermont Partnership for Fairness & Diversity

Non-Voting Liaisons

  • Rebecca Ellis, Senator Welch’s Office
  • David Scherr, Congresswoman Balint’s Office
  • Kathryn Van Haste, Senator Sander’s Office


VCRD Board and Staff at the 2022 Board Retreat at Sandiwood Farm, Wolcott. Jessica Savage, Margaret Gibson, Jenna Koloski, Monique Priestley, Dan Smith, Sarah Waring, Tayt Brooks, Harry Chen, Ted Brady, Curtiss Reed, John Roberts, Shannon Barsotti, Xusana Davis, John Tracy, Julie Moore, Hannah Carpino, Brian Lowe, Alyssa Johnson, Kim Rupe, and Kathryn Van Haste.