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The Vermont Community Foundation Welcomes Barry S. Pius as Vice President for Finance and Dawn Archambault-Perry as Brand & Marketing Officer

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The Vermont Community Foundation is pleased to announce it has recently filled two key positions. Barry S. Pius has joined the Foundation as vice president for finance, and Dawn Archambault-Perry has joined as brand & marketing officer.  

Barry comes to the Vermont Community Foundation with over 30 years of executive leadership experience in finance and operations. Barry and his family have resided in Vermont for many years, and he has served as president, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer for a variety of nonprofit and for-profit companies including Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont Systems, Inc., the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, and Healthy Living. He has been an active member on many boards and brings decades of experience and expertise in finance, operations, and leadership. 

“I am thrilled to have an opportunity to work with the highly skilled and experienced people at the Vermont Community Foundation,” Pius said. “The Foundation fills a critical philanthropic role by providing financial products and services to individuals, families, and organizations who want to have an even greater charitable impact on Vermont. I look forward to furthering their goals in this new role."

Dawn joins the Community Foundation with over 20 years of culture-driven, customer-centric marketing, strategy, and brand experience. Most recently, Dawn served as vice president of Lever Foundation, a mission-investing nonprofit leading early-stage venture capital investments in food tech companies. In her previous positions, Dawn held leadership and board-level roles at nonprofit organizations and public and private companies, including UBM, the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Aid for Animals, and Freeman Company. 

"I grew up in a rural Vermont town. When I was 17, I remember speaking at a school board meeting, imploring the board not to eliminate music and art programs. I didn't realize they had to decide between music, art, and having enough money to pay for buses. It wasn't just a hard choice; there was no good choice. I wouldn't learn the term opportunity gap until much later," shared Archambault-Perry. "When I read about the programs supported by VCF, its fundholders, and nonprofits addressing the systemic causes of the opportunity gap in Vermont, I thought, 'Yes, this!' It's an incredible honor to join a storied organization creating real change here at home."

Dan Smith, president and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation, said Pius and Archambault-Perry bring strong skills and enthusiasm to their new positions.      

“I am more than excited to welcome Dawn and Barry to the team. They join an organization deeply committed to the vitality of Vermont communities, the joy of giving, and the role that philanthropy can play in closing the opportunity gap.”

To learn more about working at the Vermont Community Foundation, visit