New board members to begin three-year terms on July 1, 2021

Four new members will be joining the Sterling College Board of Trustees on July 1st to oversee Sterling’s mission to advance ecological thinking and action through affordable experiential learning that prepares people to be knowledgeable, skilled, and responsible leaders in the communities in which they live.

Each of the incoming trustees will add experience and insight to Sterling’s volunteer Board, working to ensure that the College is able to fulfill its mission and meet its aspirations for the future.

Cathy Berry is an alumnx parent of a 2021 graduate and holds a deep commitment to creating vibrant communities from her home in Vermont. She is one of the founders of Slow Money, focusing on investment in agriculture and local food systems and one of the founders of BALLE, focusing on creating vibrant local business communities across the country. Cathy’s current Vermont project is Bristol Bakery, LLC, a processing plant in Bristol, Vermont, where she is one of the lead investors and on the board.

Christopher Janeway ‘86 is a licensed clinical mental health counselor who works out of Burlington and specializes in affirmative care for LGBTQ+ people of all ages. Christopher is equally passionate about the environment and has been a member of the same CSA for all of the 24-years he has lived in Vermont. Christopher is a 1986 graduate of Sterling’s Grassroots Program.

Helen Ouellette has deep experience in higher education — starting as faculty, working in administration, and later as chair of the New England Association of Schools and College’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC). She contributed to the early introduction of socially responsible investing to the higher education community. Helen grew up on a farm in Iowa, and now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has a PhD in Classical Philology from Harvard University.

Chief Don Stevens helped lead the fight to obtain legal recognition, acquire land, and federal settlement agreements for the Abenaki People and is a political activist, artisan, educator, environmentalist, and informational technology expert. A resident of Shelburne, Vermont, Chief Stevens has been an educational and food sovereignty partner of Sterling College for many years. A gifted storyteller, he speaks about issues of Native American Sovereignty, Spirituality, Racial Disparity, and Abenaki Identity.

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