Kay’s licensed childcare program, Happy Hands, has served families in her community for 15 years. She attended Goddard College and Union Institute & University, focusing on art and education. Kay’s five years of advocacy on behalf of early educators in Vermont won her the 2013 Linda Backus Award for Outstanding Labor Woman Activist and the 2014 Alliance Early Educator of the Year.
Treasurer, Greenfield, MA
An accountant at the Brattleboro Retreat, Jennifer has many years experience in finance for non-profit organizations. She serves on the finance committee of the Board. She resides in Greenfield, Massachusetts with her husband Bill.
Christine Grutta has worked as an educator for over 20 years with elementary through college- aged learners. She currently works as an academic advisor at Landmark College. Christine and her family have recently relocated to southern Vermont from Eugene, Oregon. “I have been struck by the strong sense of community in Windham County, particularly around the nurturing and educating of children and families. I look forward to getting to know the community better and contributing to its vitality through my work with Windham Child Care Association.” Christine lives in Putney with her husband and four-year old son.
Laura Schairbaum moved to the Brattleboro area in 2009 to attend the SIT Graduate Institute, where she earned her Masters degree in intercultural communication and experiential education. After many years of volunteering and nomadic living (AmeriCorps and PeaceCorps – Mali 2006-2009), she decided to call Vermont home. Laura is the Director of Greater Falls Connections, a drug and alcohol prevention coalition in northeast Windham County. When she is not working, she enjoys hiking Vermont’s green hills and taking in the region’s diverse music scene. Laura, who joined the Board as part of Marlboro College’s Get on Board fellowship program, says “I have pursued an interest in community development and non-profit work for many years. I’m looking forward to my time on the Board because I admire the culture and impact of Windham Child Care Association and hope to learn some things I can apply to my current work in the non-profit field.”