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Vermont Health Equity Ambassadors

Vermont Health Equity Ambassadors (Ambassadors) were instrumental in connecting communities and community members throughout the Vermont Health Equity Technical Assistance Pilot project. Ambassadors are trusted leaders from diverse backgrounds. Throughout the pilot project, Ambassadors used a person-centered approach to build trusting relationships among the community’s special populations and other community members and leaders. Ambassadors have both lived and professional experience in a variety of equity focus topics that allow them to serve as key outreach and engagement partners.

Meet the people who support healthy and connected communities in Vermont.

Laura Caloz-Chapman

Location: Brattleboro
Healthy Equity Areas of Interest: food equity, racial, migrant, and language justice
Region of Interest: Windham County
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Contact: llchapman@yahoo.com

Shaun Campbell

Location: Lyndon
Healthy Equity Areas of Interest: accessibility, food equity, cooperative economics
Region of Interest: Essex, Lamoille Counties
Pronouns: he/him/his
Contact: shauntcampbell@gmail.com

Eli Coughlin-Galbraith

Location: Brattleboro, VT
Healthy Equity Areas of Interest: food equity and LGBTQ+ justice
Region of Interest: Windham County
Pronouns: they/them/theirs
Contact: eli.coughlin.galbraith@gmail.com

Jacquie Kelley

Location: St. Albans, VT
Areas of Interest: accessibility, emergency preparedness
Region of Interest: St. Albans, Franklin County
Contact: jacqueline.kelley@vermont.gov

Matthew LeFluer

Location: Alburgh, VT
Area of Interest: accessibility
Region of Interest: Grand Isle, Franklin County
Contact: matthewlefluer1989@gmail.com

Samantha Martin

Healthy Equity Areas of Interest: health sciences, nutrition, physical activity, older adult support
Region of Interest: Essex, Lamoille Counties
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Contact: srm03280@nvu.vsc.edu

Ana Mejia

Location: North Hartland, VT
Healthy Equity Areas of Interest: racial equity and housing and migrant justice
Region of Interest: Windsor County
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Contact: amejia274@gmail.com

Daniel Parkins

Location: Essex
Healthy Equity Areas of Interest: peacebuilding, grantwriting, entrepreneurship, community wealth development, strategic planning, racial and LGBTQ+ justice
Region of Interest: Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Washington
Pronouns: they/them/theirs
Contact: d.t.parkins@gmail.com

Jill Quackenbush

Location: Middlebury
Healthy Equity Areas of Interest: racial justice, recreational equity
Region of Interest: Addison County
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Contact: jillquack@gmail.com

Elizabeth Schumacher

Location: North Bennington
Healthy Equity Areas of Interest: conservation and recreation, food equity
Region of Interest: Bennington County
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Contact: evschuma33@gmail.com

Karissa Smith

Healthy Equity Areas of Interest: food equity
Region of Interest: Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille, Orleans Counties
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Contact: rissy33@gmail.com