Leadership Team

Map Artist

Cynthia Parker Houghton is a freelance designer, artist, muralist, quilter, costumer, and puppeteer. She is the lead designer for Natalie Blake Studios where she has designed and carved ceramic wall murals for public and private settings for over a decade. She has recently shared her design skills and sensibility with Brattleboro in a public art […]

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Scholar of Environmental Anthropology, Ethnobotany, and Indigenous Studies

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Photo by Ezra Distler, 2018 Jessica Dolan earned her Ph.D. from McGill University in 2016, and her M.Sc. from University of Kent at Canterbury in 2005.  She is an environmental anthropologist and ethnobotanist, who researches and writes about human relationships with the natural world, land-based learning, environmental management, food security, culturally significant plant species, and composting. She has […]

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Assistant Director


Desmond Peeples’ fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in Five [Quarterly], Big Bridge, Goreyesque, Hunger Mountain, and elsewhere, and their original music is released independently. Desmond received a BA in Creative Writing and Critical Theory from Goddard College and is currently an MFA candidate at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Learn more at desmondpeeples.com.

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VBike Founder



Dave Cohen has more than 30 years of experience promoting bikes for everyday transportation. He was instrumental in guiding numerous bike and transportation-related projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Pedal Express in Berkeley, CA, a bicycle delivery service he founded utilizing a fleet of cargo bikes. Pedal Express gained national recognition for its […]

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Write Action

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Rolf Parker is a newspaper reporter and local history writer. His stories are printed in the Deerfield Valley News in Wilmington, Vermont, and its sister publication, The Cracker Barrel. In preparation for these articles,  he performs research using Chronicling America and other newspaper databases, as well as materials in the state archives, information on tombstones, […]

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