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Board of Directors


The Board of Directors is made up of current parents, alumni parents and community members.  The Board of Directors has responsibility for the general management, the property, business and affairs of the school and fundraising.  The Board decides school policy and revises school by-laws as necessary.  The Board meets on the first Tuesday of every month and on other occasions as seen fit.  Board Meetings are open to the public and we encourage interested parties to attend at any time.

New members are recruited on an ongoing basis with elections for open Board seats in May annually.  

If you are interested in joining the Board or a Board Committee, please complete the Board Candidate Survey.

Board President Email: evergreenboardchair@gmail.com

Board Committees:

GOVERNANCE

DEVELOPMENT

FINANCE/FUNDRASING

VISIONARY/PLANNING

                                                                            


 

WINTER 2024 COMMUNITY SURVEY

To enhance our support for students, their families, and the wider community, the Board of Directors at Evergreen Preschool is seeking input on our current program. This information will be instrumental as we chart our course for the future, making decisions on necessary changes to foster the continued growth and evolution of the preschool.

Please complete the survey by clicking on the link. Your insights are invaluable in shaping our journey ahead!

Evergreen Preschool Winter 2024 Community Survey (google.com)

STRATEGIC PLAN

Great news! The much-anticipated strategic plan has been finalized, and excitement is building with Evergreen. This comprehensive road map outlines key initiatives and goals that will shape the future direction of the preschool. Thank you to all who participated in this process. We are holding an open comment and question time at 6pm on Monday Feb 5th at Evergreen Preschool. Please join us and bring any questions or thoughts around the strategic plan to the Board. We hope to see you there!

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Chasity
DeMers

President

Chasity joined the Evergreen Board of Directors in 2022 following her Daughter Evelyn's first year.  She was looking for a way to be engaged in her children's education experience and deeply admired the environment that Evergreen created for both children and families.  Chasity holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene and loves to continue to learn in all facets, recently receiving a certification as a Breathwork Facilitator.  She resides in New Haven with her husband, Leon, and two children, Evelyn and Ander. 

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Susan
Torncello
Vice President

In the spring of 1982 when Susan was searching in vain for a preschool for her almost 3 year old son, Graham, she and three other moms decided to start their own school. With overwhelming support from the Vergennes & outlying communities Evergreen was conceived  - and opened as a 3 day program in the fall of 1982. It was truly a collaborative labor of love! Susan taught at Evergreen and remained on the board for 8 years. She's been teaching in the Early Childhood PreK-3 Program at UVM for more than 20 years and 8 years ago rejoined the board of Evergreen. She lives in Shelburne and has 3 children (all Evergreen alumni) and 2 grand-daughters.

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Katrina
Matthews

Treasurer

Katrina has been a Vermont resident since 1972 and a resident of Vergennes since 1976.  Graduating from the College of St Rose in Albany, NY with a degree in Education she became involved with the Evergreen Preschool in 1982, teaching a one day per week program for 3 year olds and becoming the Treasurer of the organization.  Katrina continued as one of the teachers in the various programs (2 day, 3 day, 4 day, kindergarten) and in the various locations (Water Street, Green Street, Sand Road) from 1982 until 1994. Katrina then spent the following 20 years at Vermont Teddy Bear in retail, forecasting/analysis and marketing.  She has continued serving on the Evergreen Board as the Treasurer to the present day. Her continued involvement with Evergreen comes with a love for the organization and the many families that have passed through its doors. In serving on the Board of Evergreen and being Treasurer Katrina is pleased to give back to the community in this capacity. 

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Jena 
Santa Maria

Jena was born and raised in Vermont, but moved out of state to attend college. After college, she attended law school in Michigan where she graduated with her Juris Doctorate. During this time, Jena married her husband, Ben, and they now have two daughters, Gracie and Tommie who attend or have attended Evergreen. Jena spent her professional career in Michigan at legal aid working in an office that specializes in family law and domestic violence matters. While living in Michigan, she also volunteered with a non-profit animal rescue which led to a house filled with dogs! In 2018, Jena and Ben made the decision to move back to Vermont to be closer to family and friends. Jena now works at WomenSafe as the Outreach and Legal Advocate. Jena is thrilled to be part of this community and she looks forward to continuing to serve Evergreen and our families.

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Helen
Myhre

Helen joined the Evergreen Board of Directors in 2023 so she could broaden her professional
development experiences while sharing her love of Early Childhood Education. Helen holds a Bachelor’s
Degree in Early Childhood Development and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has worked for
Champlain Valley Head Start for over 20 years as a home visitor, classroom teacher and is now the
Support Services and Inclusion Coordinator. She was also a classroom teacher and Early Interventionist
at the Parent Child Center and Children’s Integrated Services in Middlebury for a few years. Helen
resides in East Middlebury with her wife, Lisa and their dog Fynn. They share five adult children and two
grandchildren whom they love to spend time with any chance they get. Helen brings a wide range of
experiences and education to the Evergreen board and we are excited to have her join us.

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Archana
Emayavaran
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