Central Office Our Staff Erica Mintzer
served as the AmeriCorps member at Templeton from March until June, but with an atypical arrangement. She worked part-time with the children at Templeton and part-time helping the Central Office. Her role in assisting the Central Office focused around discussing data collection with parents so that they were comfortable with an evaluation process. She also established a link between DREAM and the local elementary, middle, and high schools. Erica graduated from Dartmouth this year and has been involved in DREAM since its inception in 1999.
Aaron Gaines served
as an intern with DREAM in Burlington this summer. Through Aaron’s own initiative, DREAM was able to secure funding from the Winooski Housing Authority for his position. Aaron’s primary interest was in grant writing, and his goal was to secure at least $20,000 in grants by the end of the summer. DREAM didn’t get replies from the foundations until the late fall, but Aaron secured enough funding to beat his goal! Aaron also played an instrumental role in maintaining DREAM’s presence at Elm Street and in sustaining the program’s momentum over the summer. In the fall, Aaron carried his experience from the summer back to the Elm Street program as he returned to UVM for his senior year.
served as DREAM’s Local Program Coordinator from August to November as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member. Zach graduated from Dartmouth in 2002 after having been a part of DREAM since his freshman year and serving for two terms as a co-chair during his senior year. As the Local Program Coordinator, Zach worked to develop resources for the mentors in the program, lay the groundwork for starting new programs, and help with DREAM’s strategic planning process. Zach found the work to be different from
Section 3 what he expected and resigned from his position in November. The position has since been adjusted to fit the changing needs of the organization and will be filled by Paul Biggs in January of 2003.
Macon Phillips serves as DREAM’s Summer Programs Director. He joined DREAM in August as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member. An Alabama native and 2000 graduate of Duke University, Macon was DREAM’s first staff member who was not previously familiar with DREAM, but his skills, personality, and presence have proven to be a perfect fit with the organization. His primary responsibilities include working with mentors to plan the 2003 High Adventures, hiring and supervising the on-site summer interns, and developing Camp DREAM. He has also been serving as a mentor with the program at Templeton Court and has been a valuable voice in DREAM’s strategic planning process. Prior to working with DREAM, Macon spent two years working in the technology sector in California. Macon is enjoying his first New England winter. Brooke
Lierman serves as DREAM’s Development Director after having joined the team in late November. In 2002, her work focused primarily on running DREAM’s first annual campaign, with which she did a fantastic job. Her position includes grant writing, donor cultivation, coordinating the quarterly newsletter, developing organizational partnerships, contributing to the web site, and coordinating the production of this annual report. Brooke graduated from Dartmouth in 2001 after serving with DREAM since her sophomore year and leading initiatives such as the girls’ retreat and the trip to Washington, D.C. Since graduation, Brooke has worked in a variety of settings including as an AntiPoverty Fellow in Washington, D.C. with the Corporation for National and Community Service and as a campaign organizer for the late Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN).
Published on Aug 26, 2012