Meet Our Staff

Office of the President

Dan Smith

President & CEO
Email Dan
802-388-3355 ext. 223

  Jill Murray-Killon
Executive Assistant & Office Manager
Email Jill
802-388-3355 ext. 224


For media inquiries or information about publications.

    Paige Pierson
Felipe Rivera

Chief of Staff & Vice President for Strategy and Communications
Email Felipe
802-388-3355 ext. 243

  Margaret Morris
Community Philanthropy Associate
Email Margaret
802-388-3355 ext. 285
  Paige Pierson
Senior Communications Manager
Email Paige
802-388-3355 ext. 246

Community Philanthropy

For questions about establishing a fund with the Community Foundation.

Pat Berry
Patrick H. Berry
Vice President for Philanthropy
Email Patrick
802-388-3355 ext. 248

Emilye Pelow Corbett
Philanthropic Advisor
Email Emilye
802-388-3355 ext. 230


Jane Kimble
Philanthropy Associate
Email Jane
802-388-3355 ext. 286

Elisabeth Marx
Senior Philanthropic Advisor
Email Elisabeth
802-388-3355 ext. 241

Martha Trombley Oakes
Senior Philanthropic Advisor
Email Martha
802-388-3355 ext. 225


Program and Grants

For questions about our grantmaking or nonprofit capacity-building services.

  Kim Haigis   Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup
Lauren W. Bruno
Program and Grants Associate
Email Lauren
802-388-3355 ext. 222
  Kim Haigis 
Administrative Coordinator for Program and Grants
Email Kim
802-388-3355 ext. 244
  Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup 
Senior Philanthropic Advisor for Program and Grants
Email Christopher
802-388-3355 ext. 295

Carolyn Weir  
Carolyn Weir 
Senior Philanthropic Advisor for the McClure Foundation & Program and Grants
Email Carolyn
802-388-3355 ext. 239

Finance and Operations

For questions about accounting, finance, fund administration, grant checks, and fund distributions.

Lydia Brownell   Heather Carlton

Lydia Brownell
Fund Manager
Email Lydia 
802-388-3355 ext. 227
  Heather Carlton
Email Heather
802-388-3355 ext. 245
  Hannah Deming
Email Hannah
802-388-3355 ext. 271
  Laurie Lowy   Janet Malcolm
Maria Hoaglund
Human Resource and Finance Specialist
Email Maria 
802-388-3355 ext. 226
  Laurie Lowy
Email Laurie 
802-388-3355 ext. 237
  Janet Malcolm
Grants Associate
Email Janet
802-388-3355 ext. 233
David Morrissey   Debbie Rooney  
David Morrissey
Email David 
802-388-3355 ext. 228

  Debbie Rooney
VP for Finance & CFO
Email Debbie 
802-388-3355 ext. 229

  Richard Ruane
Information Systems Manager
Email Richard 
802-388-3355 ext. 232

The Vermont Women’s Fund

A component fund of the Community Foundation. For questions, please contact:

Meg Smith
Email Meg
802-388-3355 ext. 301

High Meadows Fund

A supporting organization of the Community Foundation. For questions, please contact:

  Nina McDonnell   Gaye Symington
Katie Michels
Environmental Philanthropy Associate
Email Katie
802-388-3355 ext. 382
  Nina McDonnell 
Grants Administrator
Email Nina
802-388-3355 ext. 383

  Gaye Symington
Email Gaye
802-388-3355 ext. 381

Addison Community Athletics Foundation

A supporting organization of the Community Foundation. For questions, please contact:

Erin Morrison
Program Coordinator
Email Erin

The Permanent Fund for Vermont's Children

A supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation.To learn about their staff, visit their website or the site of one of their programs. 


The Permanent Fund for Vermont's Children
Visit their website


Let's Grow Kids
Visit their website

Vermont Birth-to-Five
Visit their website