About Us

Staff & Board Members

Our Staff

Dan DeWalt –¬†Founder & Executive Director¬†Dan is a musician, woodworker and teacher who has had an interest in justice his entire life. He was a co-founder of Vermont Independent Media, has served on the Newfane town selectboard and has worked on many public campaigns promoting a more vibrant democracy.


Samia AbbassOutreach Coordinator & Grant Writer
Samia is a social justice activist and proponent of nonviolent, people-powered change. She cares about creating holistic systems that support people in all of their intersectional identities and cultivate resilient, healthy communities. 

Our Board

Dan DeWalt
Furniture builder/Fine antique restorer/musician/hand woodworking teacher at Leland and Gray Union High School
Townshend VT

Phoebe Connollysecretary
Dean of Students/basketball and soccer coach
Newfane, VT

Gary Keisertreasurer
Licensed Educator, Buddhist Clergyperson, Musician
Williamsville, VT

Laurie Rabut
Professional musician/music educator/Five college Early Music Program/mindfulness educator
Rockingham, VT

Susan Gunther Moore
Pastoral Psychologist/school social worker at Windham Elementary, Townshend Elementary and Windham Elementary
Williamsville, VT

Mya Labelle
Jamaica, VT

Amanda DeBisschop
English Teacher at Leland and Gray Union High School
Townshend, VT