Hannah Nelson (she/her/hers)
Hey y’all! My name is Hannah Nelson, and I am the new LEAP Program Director. I am a Tennessean born and raised, but I served in AmeriCorps during the summer 2022 as the Child and Family Educator for the Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village in Brownington, VT. After my summer service, I accepted a full-time position as Interim Registrar at the museum and got to extend my stay here. I didn’t get enough of the NEK then, so I made the move more permanent! I am very excited to be here! Before coming to Vermont, I graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in Linguistics in 2020 and worked as a research assistant for three different labs that focused mainly on energy and environmental justice, agricultural education, and the synthesis between social justice issues and public health. I have a strong passion for social justice, especially related to education, and I love working with people. When I’m not in the office, you can find me nose deep in a book, writing short stories, listening to music too loud, or dancing like no one is watching.
Rebecca sanders (She/her/hers)
My name is Becca and I am the LEAP Program Coordinator. I relocated to Vermont in 2018 and have absolutely loved living here. I am a Purdue University graduate with a degree in Human Services. My professional background has been in child welfare and mental health counselling prior to stepping into this position in 2019. Over the years, I have found getting to witness the impact our LEAP members make on the community is rewarding. It is inspiring to get to interact with folks who are excited to serve and make change in our community. Our AmeriCorps members are hands down my favorite part of this work. Outside of work, I love hanging out with my husband, son, and wild dogs and goats. Spending time with friends and family, enjoying the great outdoors, reading, health and wellness and working towards my many financial and sustainability goals are just a few of my hobbies. Fun Facts: I’d live on ice cream alone if I could, I adopted 2 dogs while pregnant against the advice of many that this was a bad idea (they were right), and I do way too many things on a whim, but it’s always an adventure.