Who We Are

As required by our charter as a Community Action Agency, SEVCA’s unique tripartite governing Board of Directors is comprised of representatives of three sectors of the community: the Private Sector (the business community), the Public Sector (publicly appointed officials), and most importantly, the Client Sector (representatives elected by the low-income community).

SEVCA’s Board of Directors

 Client Sector

  • Thomas Dougherty, President -  Elected by SMCS, Healthcare Administrator, HealthRight International Board; Executive/Finance & Fundraising/PR Committees
  • Brandi Garcia - Head Start Policy Council Rep.
  • Tara Neff - Elected by Our Place Drop-In Center, Home Caregiver, Community Volunteer

Private Sector

  • Mandy Giles, CPA, Treasurer - Certified Public Accountant; Executive / Finance Committee
  • Camilla Arnold, Secretary - Workforce/Project Manager; Executive/Finance & Leadership Team Committees
  • Christian Craig - Health Center Exec. Dir.

EMERITUS MEMBER- Gladys Collins Retired: Early Childhood Education

EMERITUS MEMBER- Suzanne Swanson Employee Benefits Specialist   

Public Sector

  • Nate Stoddard - Appointed by Westminster Selectboard, Property Appraiser; Policy/Planning & Fundraising/PR Committees
  • Laurie Gianturco - Appointed by Marlboro Selectboard, Physician in Brattleboro
  • Jonathan Johnson - Town Clerk in Putney

"If I could give you one thought, it would be to lift someone up. Lift a stranger up--lift her up. I would ask you, mother and father, brother and sister, lovers, mother and daughter, father and son, lift someone. The very idea of lifting someone up will lift you, as well."

Maya Angelou