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Our Board of Directors – Our Community Cares Camp

2021 Board of Directors

Kyle Silliman-Smith, President

Kyle lives in Richmond, with her two children, who are both OCCC campers, as well as her choosen family that includes Debbie, Vikas, Parker, Dan, and their many aminals. Her professional background is in social justice work through education, direct action and the arts. Her work experience in Northern California, NYC, and Vermont has involved bringing together artists, activists and community partners for successful public programs. She has helped organize and lead workshops, lectures, protests, classes, sit-ins, meetings and performances to nurture a culture of peace by standing up to injustices, using the power of nonviolence and collectivism. Kyle is a white woman who has gone to school, lived, and/or worked most of her life in predominately white communities, including towns in VT (Huntington, Richmond, Jericho, Hartford, White River Junction, South Burlington, Essex Junction, and Burlington). She strives to recognize and address how racism affects all aspect of her family, community, work, and daily life. Kyle joined the board in 2019.

Jessica Johnson, Vice President

My name is Jessica Johnson and I have lived in Vermont since January 2018. I moved from southern Maine. My husband Ryan and I have three wonderful boys that attend OCCC every year. Two at Smilie school in Bolton and one at Mount Mansfield Union High School. We currently live in Bolton. We enjoy the Vermont outdoors like hiking, boating and swimming in our local potholes. My oldest Clayton and I achieved hiking Camels Hump last summer as it was on our bucket list. I am proud to be a part of OCCC as it helped our family become part of the community and allow our kids to make friends that they may not have made without the camp. It has been something our kids look forward to every year. Community is important to us. I joined the board in 2019.

Constance van Eeghan, DrPH, MHSA, MBA, Treasurer

Connie moved to Richmond in 1992 with her family, including three children who all attended Richmond Elementary School, Camels Hump Middle School, and Mount Mansfield Union High School.  The rest of her family includes her husband who is a middle school math/science teacher, a poodle, a stray cat, and a red eared slider terrapin.  She works at the University of Vermont doing research in primary care and teaching graduate students and medical residents. She joined OCCC in 2014, is a member of the Richmond Racial Equity community group, serves as the clerk for the Richmond Housing Committee, and loves to bicycle.

Jana Brown, Member

Jana grew up in the small town of Fair Haven, Vermont and earned degrees in Literature and Spanish from Ohio Wesleyan University. She went to law school at The Ohio State University College of Law and worked for several years at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. She then spent a year in Boston working as a program coordinator at the Harvard Kennedy School in the Ash Center for Democratic Governance
and Innovation. After returning to Vermont in 2009, she practiced law for five years as a government attorney with the Vermont Attorney General’s office. Jana is currently the Program Manager at the Children’s Literacy Foundation, a VT based nonprofit with a mission to inspire a love of reading and
writing among low-income, at-risk, and rural children across Vermont and New Hampshire. In this role she connects with schools and organizations serving young children across the two states and works to get books into the homes of children who may not have access to books of their own. She has served on the board since 2018. She lives in Richmond with her husband, second grader, and golden retriever. She is a Richmond Free Library Trustee,  volunteers regularly at the Ronald McDonald House in Burlington, and is a State Representative. She also enjoys hiking, skiing, and being out on the water in the summer time.

Alicia Mead, Member

I am a born and raised Vermonter. I spent my entire youth growing up in the mountains of Huntington and now reside in Bolton with my husband and our 11 year old son. My son has attended OCCC since kindergarten, and has been the only camp he has ever wanted to return to year after year! I have been a hair stylist for 17 years, and in my free time I love to be by any body of water in the summer and skiing in the winter! I’m excited to be a part of the camp my son loves so much, and it allows me to know more about the community I am raising him in! I joined the board in 2020.

 

Our Community Cares Camp

Asher Carfaro, Member

I was on staff with OCCC for 9 years as part of the LAC program and in the fall of 2020 joined the board of directors. I’m usually employed as a cook. I like dinosaurs. I’m fascinated by art, religious and mythological anthropology. I think tacos are always great, but hard shells are pointless and just make a mess. Why would you make it harder to eat your taco? The moment you bite into a hard shell it splits and everything spills out! By that point you should have just made a tostada. Soft shell tacos have none of these problems and are superior in every way. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Sir Terry Pratchett’s books on tape lately. I’m glad that we’ll be setting up a few large tents at camp this summer in order to allow for what would normally be indoor activities, to now be hosted more easily outside, while still having decent shade from the sun. I grew up in Richmond, graduated from MMU, and currently live in Burlington. I joined the board in 2020.

Our Community Cares Camp

Sam Empie, Member

My name is Sam Empie and I was born and raised in VT. I’ve spent most of my life in Richmond. My first memories were as a child at RES, CHMS and then MMU. It was during this period of time that I was also able to be camper at many different programs and by a junior counselor for OCCC. This was my first dive into working with kids and it was a great experience that led me several years later to taking a position at Part 2 at RES. It would be an understatement to say that Richmond as a community helped in my development as a kid and adult and so now it my turn to try and help make the same great experiences I had possible for others. Recently I moved to Huntington where I have been able to enjoy the wonderful trails on Camels Hump! I joined the board in 2020.

Tim Kane, Member

I have lived in Richmond for 15 years with my wife Ellen and our boys Tim and Eddie. Both boys served as OCCC counselors, so we have first-hand knowledge of the program’s positive impact and the vital role it plays in our community. As Compliance and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Officer at Northfield Savings Bank for the past few years, much of my focus is on community service and development opportunities.  Previously I worked in senior management at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont, and as a management consultant in Chicago.  I have served as a volunteer board member at the American Red Cross of Northern New England, chairing the governance and development committees, and as a volunteer Baldrige Performance Excellence Auditor for the Vermont Council for Quality.  I have many fond memories coaching T-Ball and umpiring Richmond Area Little League games, and more recently supporting MMU athletics.  As a musician I enjoy donating my services to benefit local nonprofits including COTS, the local Boy Scouts and other charitable causes. I joined the Board in 2021.