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Carrie Williams Howe, PhD
Executive Director of VHEC & VCC

Carrie Williams Howe is the Executive Director of Vermont Higher Education Council and Vermont Campus Compact. Along with the VHEC Board, Carrie provides organizational leadership for all VHEC programs and management functions.  She also provides regular consultation and technical assistance to member campuses. Prior to coming to VHEC, Carrie served as Executive Director of VCC for three years and was the Director of Community-University Partnerships & Service-Learning (CUPS) at The University of Vermont for eight. Her professional background includes a combination of higher education and nonprofit administration, experiential learning, curriculum development, and facilitation.  Carrie obtained her PhD from the University of Vermont in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 2014 and her Masters Degree in Higher Education and Students Affairs, also from UVM, in 2004.  She graduated from Middlebury College with an undergraduate degree in English in 2000.

Kimberly Coleman, Ph.D.
Program Director for Community Engagement & Sustainability
(802) 654-2094,

Kim Coleman joined Vermont Higher Education Council in 2015 to coordinate civic engagement and sustainability education. She is broadly interested in the intersection of civic engagement and natural resources, ranging from collaborative land management to environmentally-focused service-learning. She facilitates both the Vermont Campus Sustainability Network and the Vermont Campus Compact Network, and also provides curriculum consultation and assessment for the Campus for Environmental Stewardship Program. She holds a M.S. in natural resources and a B.S. in environmental studies, both from the University of Vermont and a Ph.D. in Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation from Virginia Tech.

Nicole Stefanowicz
Program Director, Pathways AmeriCorps Program
(802) 654-2096,

Nicole StefanowiczNicole Stefanowicz joined the Vermont Higher Education Council in 2015 to oversee a new AmeriCorps State grant, the Pathways AmeriCorps Program.  Nicole graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology.  She served as an AmeriCorps member with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) from 2009-2010, and has since focused her career around volunteer management, fundraising, and development in both the non-profit and higher education sectors.  Nicole is especially passionate about the connection between higher education and service.  Nicole lives in Jericho, VT with her husband, Mike, and their dog, Ayla.

Kevin Kenneally
AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, Vermont Campus Compact
(802) 654-2093,

Kevin Kenneally joined the Vermont Higher Education Council in 2016 to support Vermont Campus Compact's AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) cohort in their work to promote college access and success in Vermont. He coordinates regular training, workshops, and communication between VISTAs on a group and one-on-one basis while striving to build a strong, open-minded, and collaborative team. Kevin graduated from Saint Michael's College in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. After graduating from Saint Michael's, Kevin spent a year in Des Moines, Iowa as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Mercy College of Health Sciences, where he developed financial literacy programming and service learning initiatives for the non-traditional student body. Kevin is especially interested in team sports, skiing, digital design, and world travel.

Allison Martaniuk
Program Assistant

Allison Martaniuk joined the Vermont Higher Education Council in 2015 to coordinate programs for the Consortium of Vermont Colleges.  She works with all 26 universities and colleges in Vermont to organize professional development opportunities for their admissions offices, assists the CVC Executive Committee with marketing higher education in Vermont, and organizes a week-long Bus Tour of 17 Vermont schools.  Prior to coming to VHEC, Allison was an Assistant Director of Admission at Saint Michael's College for 4 years.  Allison received her Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity College in Political Science and her  Master’s Degree in Education from Saint Michael's College. 

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