SEVCA Welcomes New Staff

In the past six months, SEVCA has welcomed a number of new staff to its operations, spanning all departments and most locations. We would like to acknowledge these newest members of our outstanding team and let them know we really appreciate the hard work and dedication they’ve shown:

Family Services

Elizabeth McEwen; Community Outreach Specialist, Jobs for Independence, Brattleboro
John Synovetz; Housing Case Manager, Brattleboro

“Good Buy” Thrift Stores

Telos Whitfield; Store Clerk, Springfield and Bellows Falls
John Makela; Truck Driver

Economic Development

Susan Dillon; Financial Fitness Coordinator, Westminster:


Todd Clark; Crew Tech, Westminster
Tristan Crawford; Crew Tech, Westminster
Alexandra Jarrin; Business Administrator, Westminster
Harrison Rouleau; Crew Tech, Westminster
Tawny Staskunas; Office Assistant, Westminster

Head Start

Crystal Simpson; Child Care Services Manager and Teacher, Springfield: In addition to serving as Child Care Services Manager for Head Start, Crystal works in the Sunshine room at Pine Street Preschool. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a Vermont State Teaching License. Crystal has  three children and lives in Springfield.

Rosalie Worden; Administrative Assistant, Springfield: Rosalie has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, and she has been working in this field since 1980.

Theresa Hooker; Teaching Assistant, Springfield: Theresa works in the Rainbow room at Pine Street Preschool in Springfield. She has two children, five grandchildren, and three step grandchildren, and loves working with children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

Jazmin McNeill; Teacher, Springfield: Jazmin is the Lead Teacher in the Garden Room at Pine Street Preschool. A Ludlow resident, Jazmin has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is pursuing her Bachelor's degree and teaching license in Early Childhood Eduation/Special Education.

Amanda Harris; Teacher Assistant, Springfield: Amanda is a Springfield resident and works in the Garden Room. She is studying Early Childhood Education, and she has a 16-month-old son. She will be getting married in April.

Lauren Wallace; Teacher Assistant, Springfield: Lauren works in the Sunshine Room at Pine Street preschool. She has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Keene State College, and worked in child care for four years prior to joining Head Start.

Michelle Emerson-Small; Teacher Assistant, Springfield

Nicole Wilson; Teacher Assistant, Chester: Nicole works at the Chester Community Preschool and lives in Rockingham. She spent the last three years as a stay-at-home mom, and her daughter just entered kindergarten this year.

Jyoti Knisely, Teacher Assistant, Chester: Jyoti is a returning staff member at Chester Community Preschool, having taken a year off to volunteer in Indonesia. She is currently pursuing her Associate's degree in Education.

Luke Parmenter, Food Service Provider, White River Junction: This father of five has been involved in Head Start as a parent and as a substitute for 10 years. He has recently been hired as Food Service Provider at the Northwolds center in WRJ.


Amy Downing; Receptionist/Administrative Assistant, Westminster: Amy works mornings in the reception area at SEVCA's Westminster office. She is working toward a degree in Business Management from Community College of Vermont, and has four children.

Jean Richardson; Receptionist/Administrative Assistant, Westminster: Jean works afternoons in the reception area at the Westminster office. She is a Bellows Falls resident and has an Associate's Degree in Office Education.

Sheila Turner; Accountant, Westminster: Sheila recently returned to the position of SEVCA's Accountant, which she also held from 1998 - 2004. She has an Associate's Degree in Accounting, and 30 years of experience as an accountant and property manager.

“Unless the investment in children is made, all of humanity’s most fundamental long-term problems will remain fundamental long-term problems.”

UNICEF "The State of the Children" (1995)