Our Team

The VBSR Staff bring many decades of experience to their roles and collective work: supporting and serving VBSR’s members – the leaders, innovators and influencers, whose impact reaches far beyond the workplace and our state.

A Collaborative Force for Good

Together, we're more than just colleagues; we're a unified force advocating for a just, thriving and transformative economy. Through collaboration and shared commitment, the VBSR Staff further shapes the Vermont brand, advances leading-edge policy and fuels the social responsibility movement – actions and commitments VBSR members have passionately pursued for more than three decades.

Meet the Faces Behind Our Mission

Molly Rand

Molly Barfuss

Education and Events Manager

New to Vermont, Molly joined the team at the start of 2022 as our Education and Events Manager. Originally from Connecticut, Molly was lured to California to join AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) where she served local communities through environmental stewardship, disaster relief, and volunteer coordination.

From there, she moved to Colorado to work with Volunteers of America, where she managed volunteers and events to assist low-income seniors. Most recently, Molly worked with Warren Village, a nonprofit in Colorado that helps low-income, single-parent families. In addition to working on their Development Team, Molly led their Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Culture Committee and earned a certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Colorado.

Molly has always loved visiting Vermont and is proud to be a full-time resident and a part of VBSR, where she can align her work with her passion for community engagement. She spends her free time hiking with her dog, snowboarding and camping with friends, or enjoying board game nights with her family.

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Jeremy Gerber

Jeremy Gerber

Membership and Development Manager

Jeremy (he/him) joined the VBSR team in January 2024 as the Membership and Development Manager. Though he grew up in western Massachusetts, he began setting deep Vermont roots in 2013. His professional experience in Vermont includes working with small, local businesses, large, national corporations, and established nonprofits. 

Before joining VBSR he helped manage fundraising efforts at Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, where he discovered his passion for mission-driven work. Jeremy is a firm believer that Vermont should be a model for positive change. As a small, nimble state, we can show the country (and world!) ways to build prosperity for all, while protecting our wild places. This is what drives Jeremy to serve the changemakers who make up the VBSR community. 

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Thea Heck

Thea Heck

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Thea joined VBSR in April of 2023 as an experienced Graphic Designer with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry and with municipalities. With a BFA in Graphic Design and Digital Media and an MFA in Emergent Media from Champlain College, Thea’s work centers around disorientation, defamiliarization, and altered perceptions, and their work has been shown in galleries in Burlington, Vermont, and referenced in doctoral studies.

Thea is a part of several organizations, including: The South End Arts and Businesses Association, which promotes the creative community and economic vitality of the South End of Burlington; Rad Magpie, a nonprofit game studio working to dismantle hetero-patriarchy and white supremacy in the gaming industry; and AIGA Vermont, the professional association for design that empowers and supports all professional creatives by fostering connections and demonstrating the impact of art and design.

Linda Racine

Linda Racine

Finance Manager

Linda joined VBSR in January 2019 as the Finance Manager. In 2018, she retired early from Perrigo, where she was a financial analyst for 25 years. After a short career in real estate, she returned to a role in finance.

When she’s not at work Linda enjoys outdoor activities – skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and hiking, to name a few. She is also an avid dog lover and spends much time with her German Shepard, Schnitzel. 

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Talley Summerlin

Talley Summerlin

Communications Manager

Talley joined VBSR in February 2022 with over two decades of agency public relations experience in Texas and New York where he practiced integrated, strategic communications with a variety of Fortune 500 corporations, nonprofits, state agencies, and challenger brands. His collaboration with innovative CSR/ESG organizations included stakeholder and media relations, team and event management, partnership and content development, and executive visibility and thought leadership.

Talley’s clients have included Capital One, Philips Healthcare and Lighting, Best Friends Animal Society, Common Cause, Texas Department of State Health Services, car2go, Seventh Generation, Dell, GoGo squeeZ, the National Chicken Council, and Whole Foods Market. Prior to agency life he worked for a music industry dot-com, ran an outdoor program for at-risk teens, fronted an independent rock band he started with his brothers, and wrote a comic strip for his college newspaper.

He and his wife live in Brattleboro, VT, and have two daughers attending the University of Vermont. 

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Roxanne Vought

Roxanne Vought

Executive Director

Roxanne brings over 20 years of experience in Vermont’s private, public, and non-profit sectors, including business development, education, human resources management, workforce development, and non-profit management.

Formerly the Deputy Director of Advance Vermont, a statewide initiative to increase the civic and economic vitality of Vermont through educational attainment, Roxanne has also led education and workforce development initiatives for VBSR, managed human resources and public-private partnerships for a Vermont-based startup, and developed non-degree programming for University of Vermont Continuing and Distance Education.

Kristin Warner

Kristin Warner

Public Policy Manager

Kristin is a native Vermonter, raised and currently living in Montpelier. She brings an extensive background as a successful organizer, strategist, and advocate to the VBSR team. With nearly two decades committed to the labor movement, she is adept at bringing many disparate voices together in consensus around common issues and developing impactful leadership skills within membership bases.

Warner continues VSBR’s long tradition of legislative action at the State House. She is experienced at lobbying, having worked to champion reforms in early education and advance sound public policy in both public and private sector healthcare and child care here in Vermont and Nevada. Committed to creating a sustainable future, Warner is energized by Vermont’s unique opportunity to accomplish impactful progressive change that can help Vermonters while raising expectations nationally.

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