8 casually dressed adults, VSA Vermont board members and staff, bunch together with bright smiles, in the lobby of an office building.
The VSA Vermont (VSA VT) Board of Directors is comprised of community members and meets periodically to help set the direction of the organization. Interested in applying to be on the VSA VT Board of Directors? Complete the application form.
A woman with short sandy colored hair, wearing a copper colored dress with a blue blazer over it, stands in front of a tall wooden fence, next to a tree trunk. There are a few green leaves reaching down from the top of the photo.
Sarah Kulig first fostered her connection with VSA VT as a volunteer, assisting in grant writing and fundraising. Her volunteer work opened up an opportunity to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at VSA VT for a year as the Development and Outreach Coordinator. Following that creative and enriching year, she left Vermont for a period of time to pursue a Master’s degree in art therapy and mental health counseling. Now that she has found her way back to Burlington, she is thrilled to have the chance to engage with VSA VT again as a board member. When she is not involved in VSA VT-related activities, she works as an art therapist at Centerpoint Adolescent Treatment Services.
Hilary Maslow smiles peacefully in a relaxed setting at home.
Hilary Maslow co founded The Philo Center (1997-2007), a nonprofit organization providing occupational therapy for children and adults with special needs in Shelburne, VT. She is the mother of an 18 year old son who has autism. She is happy to become an advocate for VSA VT as she sees firsthand how art calms and centers her son. Hilary brings to the board the perspective of the challenges and joys of being a mother of a special needs child.
Sitting on a snow-packed frozen lake with trees and mountains behind, a woman with wind swept bangs and long brown hair smiles thoughtfully, dimples showing, bundled in a blue jacket, orange and blue scarf and big woolly mittens.
CPA, Finance, Arts Education, and Administration
Bridget, a resident of Winooski, has a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Michael’s College in theatre and a Master’s in accountancy from UVM. She is currently completing her CPA. Bridget writes, “For the first 20 years of my career, I was in the performing arts. Now, as I switch my career to accounting, this is a phenomenal opportunity to maintain my involvement in the arts.”
Heidelise Corriveau looks into the camera with a small smile for this headshot. She has long brown hair that frames her face. Behind her is lush greenery and gentle sunlight filters in from behind.
VSA VT Board Member (Jul. 2016 – present)
Speech and language pathologist, UVM and Emerson College.
Heidelise writes: “Without knowing it, my first experience with VSA was when my youngest sister, who has Down Syndrome, participated in the VSA drumming program when she was in high school. It brought out her confidence and challenged her to move out of her comfort zone (she does not like loud noise). She was really proud of that experience, as she still has a picture of herself drumming on her bedroom wall to this day. I found out more about the VSA when I moved back to Vermont, and I realized that it is experiences like this that the VSA offers, which I want to be a part of. I believe that art has the ability to help people express themselves in ways that they might not be able to in other parts of life, and I think that is beautiful. The biggest passion I have in my life is working with and being in community with people with disabilities, and I feel the most alive then. I am currently a speech and language pathologist working in a school, and a lover of gardening and all kinds of plants. I’m so happy to be back in Vermont with my husband and family.”
A woman with a bright smile and warm brown eyes that match her brown hair and sweater, and pick up highlights of her brown printed scarf and skirt, stands in front of a yellow wall with a brightly painted train scene hung in 3 panels behind her.
Ruth, a Burlington resident, has her Bachelor’s from Goddard College in child psychology and early childhood education, along with graduate courses in music and dance. As Ruth told us, “I’m a retired early education specialist, having taught for 40 years. I got involved with VSA Vermont in a drum-making workshop with children and then again at the BOOM VT festival. I also helped with the recent move to Essex Junction. I like to give my time to something that is valuable.”
In this black and white photo, Geoff Hand smiles seated at a desk with books and phone behind.
Geoff Hand has experience in regulatory and nonprofit issues and serves on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington as well as the Rangeley Lake Heritage Trust.
A woman with long dark hair and dark oval glasses smiles into the camera.
Jean currently works at the University of Vermont as a Disability Specialist. She has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Vermont. Her work interests include global perspective of disability, disability identity development, service animal awareness and assisting students with disabilities in the health sciences field. For fun she enjoys gardening, pottery and various fiber arts.
She was introduced to VSA via the VT BOOM program. She writes, “I enjoyed volunteering with VSA as the community is welcoming and I find I learn something new each time. I also get to meet new people that with a similar values pride in the disability community. I do not find that there is any judgement based on what ones disability is. It offers people the opportunity to express who they are and what they want to say via art.”
Debbie Krug looks thoughtfully off-camera, bundled up out in the woods.
Debbie Krug is dedicated to the work of VSA Vermont because she sees how essential it is that every person and every body can engage their creativity and confidence. She is an artist of wood, natural items, and textiles since her teens, and she has been an adaptive sports guide with Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports since 2004. Debbie leads by organizing art gatherings, book discussions, and beginner hockey scrimmages. She also serves on the board of the ONE Good Deed Fund in Burlington’s Old North End neighborhood.
In this close-up shot with a neutral background, a young woman with dark hair and eyes grins into the camera. Her bright magenta shirt matches her lips.
VSA VT Board Member (August 2016-present)
Mary-Katherine Lyles first worked with VSA via volunteering as a community artist and community partner through VSA Alabama. After graduating from graduate school and pursuing a career in occupational therapy, Mary-Katherine moved to Washington, D.C. where she resided for 3 years before making the transition to Burlington in the summer of 2016. Mary-Katherine has a passion for adapting art of all forms in order to make it more accessible and enjoyable to all.