Our Board of Directors

The  board is composed of parents, representatives of local organizations and businesses and specialists in non-profit start-up. The Board meets  monthly and takes seriously its responsibility to uphold the mission of the organization and ensure its financial viability.

Katherine Sims

Katherine Sims is the Director of the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative, which brings together local, state, and federal partners to advance economic development in communities across the Northeast Kingdom.  Prior to her work at the Collaborative, Katherine was the Founder and Executive Director of Green Mountain Farm-to-School. She serves on the board of a several local and statewide nonprofits and lives in Craftsbury, VT with her husband and two sons.

Melissa Jacobs

Melissa is a founding member of Craftsbury Saplings working with the initial childcare taskforce.  She is attracted to this organization as a way to support local families and encourage the strengthening of our rural community.  Melissa is part-time Crop Planning Manager at Pete’s Greens’ organic vegetable farm. Melissa has worked and volunteered in local pre-schools, youth summer programs, on various farm, in the woods doing botany research, in the Peace Corps and more. She lives in Craftsbury with her husband, Isaac and their 3 children, Iris 6 , and 3 year olds Asher and Rue.

Katie Lavin

Katie Lavin is the Director of Media Relations at Sterling College, in Craftsbury Common. In addition to her role as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Craftsbury Saplings, Katie’s volunteer work also includes serving on the board of Aware, a domestic and sexual violence services non-profit that serves Craftsbury and the surrounding towns. Katie grew up in Syracuse, New York and now makes a home on 12 acres in Craftsbury with her husband and two children.

Reeve Basom

Reeve is the Education and Agriculture Coordinator at the Center for an Agricultural Economy in Hardwick where she works in partnership with the local school system on transformation toward a model of place-based and food systems education.  Reeve was born and raised in Glover and now lives in Craftsbury.

Deb McKinley

Rev. Deborah McKinley is the Pastor of the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church, where Craftsbury Saplings is currently located.  She and her husband, David, live in Craftsbury. They have two children and three grandchildren.

Steve Ames

Steve is the Regional Coordinator of Building Bright Futures for the Lamoille Valley and Central Vermont. He is also an active member of the Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance, and teaches skiing at Stowe. Steve lives in Elmore with Heidi and has three kids, Oliver, 23, Miles 18, and Emily 14

Kristen Fountain

Kristen Fountain is a freelance journalist and a writer-for-hire, specializing in non-profit communications and community economic development grants. She has worked as a daily and weekly newspaper reporter and been published in state, regional and national magazines. She lives in Albany with her husband and young daughter.


Carey Murphy

Carey is a graphic designer and copywriter from Austin, Texas. She works primarily with growing Vermont businesses and nonprofits to improve their messaging and digital presence. She loves singing and dancing and general goofing off. She lives in Wolcott on her husband's family farm with their two kids.


Melissa Fortuna

Melissa is the multi-talented mom of four-year-old Finley. She's a math wiz who manages accounting for Frontier Mobile Therapy. She combined her love of woodworking and fashion to create Scowl Shop, a line of hand-made, custom wooden jewelry. Born and raised in Vermont, she lives in Glover with her family.