Who We Are

Vermont Partnership maintains a small staff, draws from a pool of diversity/inclusion/equity consultants, and manages teams of dedicated volunteers to achieve program objectives.

 

Our People

Curtiss Reed, Jr. <creed@vtpfd.org>
Executive Director

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Curtiss Reed, Jr. serves as executive director of Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity. Reed provides expert training and coaching on inclusion, bias, and equity to state agency, municipal, institutional and business clients as well as community organizations across Vermont. He serves as Vice-chair of the Vermont Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights and sits on statewide commissions dealing with law enforcement, education, and minority health issues.

Reed is the driving force behind three statewide initiatives: The Vermont African American Heritage Trail, The Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future Initiative, and The Think Tank for Vermont Leaders of Color. After 18 consecutive years working and living overseas Reed returned to Vermont in 2001 when he began working for Vermont Partnership, previously known as ALANA Community Organization.

 

Gemma Seymour <gcvsa@vtpfd.org>
Special Projects Assistant

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Gemma Seymour is a multidisciplinary professional with over 20 years experience in technology consulting and support in a diverse array of environments, from small firms to large enterprises, in both the public and private sectors. She incorporates a life-long participation in the performing, fine, and graphic arts, and brings to Vermont Partnership a history of independent activism with a particular interest in economic and social justice for LGBT people of color. She has been a frequent visitor to Vermont in her life, and now a Vermont resident since 2014.

 

Dr. Mary Gannon, Ed.D. <mgannon@vtpfd.org>
Consultant/Trainer

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Mary has been an educator and independent consultant in social justice education and progressive school reform issues for over twenty years. Currently she is working with public and independent schools and institutes of higher education to address and strategize on various issues of social justice, multicultural education and harassment and bullying. She maintains Adjunct Associate Professor status at Smith College’s School for Social Work, where she has been teaching courses on racism and institutional discrimination to social work practitioners since 1996. Working with youth is one of her great passions and is evident in her 17 years as a faculty member with the Governor’s Institute on Current Issues and Youth Activism in Brattleboro, VT. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Interpersonal Communication and Gender, M.Ed. in Organizational Development and Group Process and Ed.D. in Social Justice Education, all from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

 

She is currently a member of the Antioch Center for School Renewal at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH, which is associated with The Coalition of Essential Schools.  She is a past Board Member with the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) and has worked with NAME in several different capacities since 1993, most recently as Regional Director for New England and as a National Board Member.  Dr. Gannon is a founding member of LOFT Foundation for Educational Reform, a non-profit progressive school reform organization committed to transforming education through educational leadership and social justice initiatives. She currently works with the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity as an equity consultant and trainer on issues of implicit bias, inclusion, and equity.

 

Our Board of Directors

Roberta Wilmore
President
Director Of Personnel, New England Center For Women In Transition, Greenfield, MA

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Roberta Wilmore is a veteran management executive, consultant, and coach and the daughter of well-known Black educator, historian, and theologian, Dr. Gayraud S. Wilmore. In addition to serving as President of the Board of Directors of Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Waring School, in Beverly, Massachusetts, and is Chair of their Diversity Committee.

As an advocate for creative and effective leadership principles, Wilmore has assisted individuals, and non-profit and for-profit organizations. She is currently serving as Interim Director of Personnel at the New England Learning Center For Women In Transition, in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and lives on a horse farm close to the Vermont border.

 

Sara Chard <schard@vtpfd.org>
Secretary
Owner, Juma’s Joy

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Jadihel Taveras
Member of the Board of Directors
Dean of Multicultural Education, The Governors Academy, Byfield, MA

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Jadi is the Dean of Multicultural Education at the Governor’s Academy in Byfield, MA. He earned his B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in global studies from Siena College. After several years leading international development initiatives in Latin America and East Asia, he earned his Master’s Degree in Intercultural Leadership, Communication and Management from SIT Graduate Institute. After graduate school, he found that he wanted to return to independent schools where tight knit communities and student centered education create an ideal platform for impactful and paradigm shifting learning communities. He worked as a Director of Diversity and Assistant Dean of Students at The Putney School, a progressive 9-12 school in Putney, Vermont.

 

Rev. Dr. Arnold Thomas
Member of the Board of Directors
Interim Pastor, Charlottle Congregational Church, Charlotte, VT

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The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas has served a variety of ministries, including Pastor of the First Congregational Church (now Faith United Church of Christ) in Little Rock, Arkansas; Chaplain and member of the faculty of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut; Lecturer in Preaching at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut; Pastor of First Congregational Church in Williamstown, Massachusetts; Conference Minister of the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ; Minister of Education, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations at The Riverside Church in New York City; Senior Minister at Wilton Congregational in Wilton Connecticut; Senior Interim Pastor at Charlotte Congregational Church in Charlotte, Vermont; and presently serving as Pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Jericho, Vermont. He and his wife, Vicky, live in Underhill, Vermont, and are the parents to three adult children.

Before pursuing a career in ministry, Rev. Thomas seriously considered becoming an actor having won several awards as a youth in humorous and dramatic interpretation and, as a young adult, playing lead roles at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is also a lyricist whose words have been published as hymns.

 

Anne-Marie White
Member of the Board of Directors
Chairwoman, Department of Science, The Blake School, Minneapolis, MN