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Carrie Williams Howe, PhD
Executive Director of VHEC & VCC
802-654-2092, carrie@vermonthec.org

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.

Nicole Stefanowicz
Program Director, Pathways AmeriCorps Program
(802) 654-2096, nicole@vermonthec.org

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
Network & Program Coordinator
(802) 654-2093, kevin@vermonthec.org

Kevin Kenneally initially joined the Vermont Higher Education Council in 2016 as the AmeriCorps VISTA Leader of Vermont Campus Compact's VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program. After completing a one-year term of service as the VISTA Leader, Kevin became a staff member at VHEC. Currently, he coordinates the VISTA program and provides network support for both Vermont Campus Compact and the Vermont Campus Sustainability Network. After receiving his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Saint Michael's College in 2015, Kevin spent a year in Des Moines, Iowa as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Mercy College of Health Sciences. There, he developed financial literacy programming and service learning initiatives for Mercy Colleges's non-traditional student body. Kevin is especially interested in team sports, skiing, digital design, and world travel.

Allison Martaniuk
Program Assistant
802-654-2097, allison@vermonthec.org

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. 

Sarah Petrokonis
AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, Vermont Campus Compact
802-654-2094, sarah@vermonthec.org

Sarah Petrokonis began her AmeriCorps service after graduating from college with a degree in Women's & Gender Studies from West Chester University. Her first AmeriCorps term in Alabama was followed by my second year of service in Vermont with the Winooski Teen Center. After working the past few years in the fields of prevention and higher education, she looks forward to returning to AmeriCorps as a VISTA leader. Sarah is dedicated to supporting her fellow VISTA volunteers, and aims to do her part in helping to facilitate a positive, meaningful, and story-worthy year of service!

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