Programs Assistant (St. Albans)
Raised on Long Island, New York, Caitlin spent summers vacationing with her family in Northern Vermont. The mature forests, unique landscape and beauty of the Green Mountain State solidified that Vermont is where she wanted to live. After years designing jewelry for clients and graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Adelphi University, Caitlin moved to Vermont and in following years finished her Graduate Degree from the Gemological Institute of America to elevate her long-standing career in the Fine Jewelry industry. Though she thoroughly enjoyed the building of connections to Vermont through its community members, she ultimately knew she needed to make a larger impact for VT residents and their future.
Caitlin went on to work with the Vermont State Parks, Forests & Recreation; learning that conservation of the waters and land of the state she calls “Home” are essential. With allotted down time in winter, Caitlin and her partner Chris traveled to the islands of Hawai’i through the WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms) program, working to stabilize fragile local food systems as well as implementing organic and sustainable farming practices. Learning from the Pacific Island peoples about issues surrounding cultural justice and equality was a life altering experience that she will always be grateful for.
Her studies of Agroforestry, Permaculture sciences and organic farm management led to working with a local VT Industrial Hemp farm, applying these methodologies and gaining experience in low-impact monocrop farming. Becoming familiar with the programs in Vermont that assist farmers and the general population with their goals, while also protecting the natural resources that make our state so special, directed Caitlin to the Vermont Association of Conservation Districts. She is super excited to continue making a huge difference! In her downtime, she enjoys hiking with her partner, tending her gardens, collecting rocks and minerals, family & friends, live music and cooking