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March SAC Recap: Welcoming New Members


On March 28, 50 early childhood leaders representing all levels of the BBF Network (Regional Councils, VECAP Committees, and SAC members) gathered to welcome new members of the State Advisory Council and acknowledge four outgoing members. The March 28 SAC Meeting recording is now available.
The SAC is Vermont’s Governor-appointed primary advisory body on the well-being of children from prenatal through age 8 and their families. The Council is composed of 23 members, including seven public designated members, two legislators, and 14 at-large members. At-large members serve for up to two three-year terms.

The 2022-2023 SAC Members are:
Designated Members and Their Representing Organizations
Cheryle Wilcox, Co-Chair – Department of Mental Health
Renee Kelly, Secretary – Head Start Collaboration Office
Miranda Gray – DCF Child Development Division
Sarah Truckle – Agency of Human Services, Secretary’s Office
Kenneth Jones – Agency of Commerce
Kate Rogers- Agency of Education
Ilisa Stalberg – Department of Health
Appointed Members
Representative Jessica Brumsted – Vermont House
Senator Ruth Hardy – Vermont Senate (pending)
At-Large Members and Their Representing Organizations*
Flor Diaz Smith, Co-Chair – Vermont School Boards Association
Christy Swenson – Head Start Representative
Amy Johnson – Parent Child Center Network
Alexis Duquette – Parent Representative
Dr. Ashley Miller – South Royalton Health Center
Rebecca Webb – Act 166 Coordinator/Special Education
Eddie Gale – A.D. Henderson Foundation
Mike McRaith – Vermont Principals’ Association
Paul Dragon – Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity
Dimitri Garder – Global-Z International (Business Representative)
Janet McLaughlin – VT Association of the Education of Young Children
Heather Wilcoxon – Health Care and Rehabilitation Services
*The SAC is working to fill two at-large member seats

Learn more about who is serving on the SAC by reviewing the bios of the current members. The March meeting concluded with acknowledgements of four outgoing members for their service: Chloe Learey, Aly Richards, Wendy Trafton, and Emily Merrill.

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