Susanne Parent, Executive Director
As a native Vermonter of several generations, Susanne brings a diverse background to our camp. As a freshman at Castleton University, Susanne was President of the Social Issues Club, working with the Dismas House in Rutland as well as organizing food and winter gear drives. She was a student committee member on the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee, helping to bring Maya Angelou and Taj Mahal to the CU campus. Susanne was a double major in Sociology and Social Work with a concentration in History, graduating with a Bachelors of Social Work. From there, Susanne held many roles from payroll to hiring to conducting training with the Care Connection, the private duty side of the Visiting Nurse Association. At Associates in Dentistry, Susanne was an account and office coordinator.
Currently, with the Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District, Susanne’s abilities are as vast as her positions. Many years she could be found dismissing students as the after-school secretary. For several years, Susanne helped with the development of a new center within the school, providing support to students. Susanne assisted with the implementation of a new support program for children, PBiS. As a para-educator, she worked with students with autism and collaborated for many years with special education teachers. She segued into the Special Services Department at MMUUSD as a Preschool Administrative Assistant as well as a specialist in Time Documentation. In her free time, Susanne likes to spend time outside walking, hiking, or gardening.
Wendy Frink, Program Director
Grace Butler, Assistant Program Director
This is my 7th year with OCCC. This fall I will be a Junior at the University of Vermont. I am majoring in English with a minor in Psychology. My favorite hobbies include reading, cooking, and dance! I’ve been an Irish step dancer for years, and am currently the treasurer of UVM’s Irish dance team the Celtic Cats. I am looking forward to seeing all our wonderful campers again, and watching the lasting OCCC bonds of friendship form.
Buddy Dubay, Music Director
I’ve been with OCCC for a lot of years (not sure how many!). I received my bachelors degree in Elementary Education from UVM in 1984. I just got a puppy and love her. She’s a handful. I’ve nicknamed her Chewie Louie! It’s a good thing she’s cute. I’m looking forward to being with everyone and making music.
Brian Letizia, Art Director
Brian comes to Our Community Cares Camp with 15+ years of experience working in the visual arts. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the University of the Arts located in Philadelphia, Brian worked at the Sandy Webster Gallery advocating for African American artists in the national art community. Along with his continued interest in social justice issues and the history of art, Brian has enjoyed diverse professional experiences working in studio and production environments as an artist and teammate. He has developed products, built larger than life installations, and facilitated logistics and design in arts festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lallapalooza to name a few. His love for the outdoors has brought him to Vermont, where he aims to pursue a career as an arts educator. He believes that creative practice has a profound effect on human development, and wants to help others realize their unique gifts and potential. He spends his free time painting, cooking, birding, canoeing, and enjoying good company.
Sofie Carfaro, Virtual Camp Director
Sofie Carfaro is excited to join the OCCC team this summer! She grew up in Richmond Village and graduated from MMU but now she spends most of her time as a student in Chicago so she’s happy for the opportunity to work for such an integral part of her hometown community.
Madeline Daly, Videographer and Photographer
Renee Langevin, Social Media Manager
I’m thrilled to be entering my third summer with OCCC as the social media manager! I’m the voice you’ll hear from our Instagram (@occcvermont) and Facebook (@OCCCVT) accounts (be sure to follow us!), as well as this website. I’ve been a Technology Integration Specialist in MMUUSD for 6 years, so I know quite a few of our campers, interns, and counselors. I live in Richmond with my husband Shaun (who is also a tech specialist for MMUUSD!), our children Ryan, Sara, Trent and Max, and our two very friendly kitties Percy and Max the Cat. I look forward to sharing all the upcoming wonderful camp activities with all of you!