Sonja Bracey, Registry Manager
Sonja Bracey is passionate about systems. As an adult learner, Sonja was the first in her family to obtain a bachelors degree and understands the importance of continuing education, no matter the age or perceived barriers. Prior to her years of rewarding work helping students from 7 area high schools become the first in their families to graduate from college, Sonja held various positions in the information technology field. This provided her with the opportunity to travel the country to install point of sale software systems in restaurants at premier resorts and create & conduct targeted training for novice, intermediate & experienced users. Sonja loves working with people and data, creating reports and writing documentation including user manuals, helpdesk reference guides, project management and business process diagrams and has never met a problem Excel couldn’t solve. Her ability to create and foster professional relationships combined with her knack of seeing the big picture while attending diligently to details mesh well with the functions of the registry team.
deb Grennon, Resource Advisor
deb Grennon is passionate about lifelong learning! She recently served as parent educator and bookmobile librarian in public school early childhood programs in Northwest Vermont. She has worked closely with families, early childhood educators, and children as a family child care provider and instructor. deb earned her associate degree in early childhood education at CCV, a bachelor’s degree in professional studies at Johnson State College, and a graduate certificate in family literacy from Pennsylvania State University. With her roots in dairy farming in Vermont, deb is excited to cultivate relationships in the early childhood community and beyond [Yes, deb likes to spell her name with a lower case “d”]. She has lived in Vermont since childhood, though born in New Hampshire. deb enjoys Hiking in the White Mountains, cooking Sunday dinner, reading, and playing with her grandchildren.
If your closest CCV center is Morrisville or St. Albans, deb is your Resource Advisor.
Sylvia Kennedy-Godin, Records Specialist
Sylvia is passionate about data! She began working with Northern Lights in 2007 when BFIS was still in its infancy. Since then she has helped implement document imaging, created various tools to track professional development, and entered thousands of items into BFIS Quality and Credential accounts. Prior to joining Northern Lights at CCV she was a business analyst where she earned her CDIA+ certification in document imaging. Sylvia also operates a small business, selling her baskets and artwork at craft fairs and gift shops including Under the Dome at the Vermont Statehouse.
Sylvia’s office is at the CCV center in St. Johnsbury.
Becky Millard, Director
Becky is passionate about systems! Throughout her career, she’s served in a variety of roles that benefit the lives of children and families. Becky worked in the greater Boston area as a preschool teacher, music teacher, preschool director, and eventually as director of child care programming for a YMCA in Newton, MA. Since moving to Vermont in 2009, she has served in several leadership roles including four years as regional coordinator for Central Vermont Building Bright Futures.
Becky received her undergraduate degrees in psychology and music from Smith College and her master of education degree in early childhood education and creative arts in learning from Lesley University. She holds a certificate in nonprofit management from Marlboro College Graduate School and was a member of the inaugural class of the Snelling Center for Government Early Childhood Leadership Institute. In her free time, Becky enjoys theatre and serves on the board of Essex Community Players.
Becky’s office is located at the CCV Center in Montpelier.
Rose Morrison, Resource Advisor
Rose is passionate about children’s environments. Before joining the Northern Lights resource team, Rose supported early educators and families in the Bennington area in a variety of roles including work as a Children’s Integrated Services child care coordinator, center coordinator for Catamount Connections, and a family child care provider. As an adult learner, Rose earned her associate degree in early childhood education from CCV and her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in child and adolescent development from Southern New Hampshire University. Rose loves spending time supporting her three children with their passions and goals.
If your closest CCV center is Bennington, Middlebury, or Rutland, Rose is your Resource Advisor.
Deb Norris, Senior Administrative Assistant
Deb is passionate about helping people grow and learn! She has spent the majority of her professional career doing just that in various roles whether as a teacher in a toddler classroom or afterschool program, assisting families in navigating the financial aid process in order to secure grants, scholarships, and loans for college or most recently planning and executing diversity recruitment and yield events for UVM admissions. Deb holds a B.S. degree in Psychology focusing on developmental psychology in particular. She’s excited to be part of the Northern Lights at CCV team assisting them in their work with early childhood and afterschool professionals – a field that has always been close to Deb’s heart as a professional and now as a parent too. Deb was born and raised in Vermont and currently resides in Colchester with her spouse, two kids, cat, and dog. She enjoys being outside especially in the summer and taking spin classes at the gym. You can often find Deb on the side lines of a soccer field watching her two boys play or at a track and field meet watching her kiddos run and jump.
Deb’s office is located at the CCV center in Winooski.
Joanne Rouleau, Resource Advisor
With thirty years’ experience as an educator, Joanne cultivates a focus on leadership and mentoring. She holds a master of education degree from Trinity College and a bachelor of elementary education from the University of Vermont. Her background includes seven years’ focus on early education, working in infant, toddler, and preschool classrooms. Her direct service background in both center-based programs and elementary schools paired with her experience mentoring others is a terrific foundation for her work as a Resource Advisor with Northern Lights at CCV. In her free time, Joanne enjoys outdoor adventures in the mountains and on the water.
If your closest CCV center is Montpelier, Morrisville, Newport, or St. Johnsbury, Joanne is your Resource Advisor.
Amelia Struthers, Resource Advisor
Amelia is a passionate advocate for early childhood and afterschool professionals. She has more than thirty years of experience working with children, families, and professionals. Amelia has taught and directed preschool, elementary, and afterschool programs; taught and directed children’s theatre; and is a highly qualified adult instructor including work as faculty at CCV. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College. Amelia is also an award-winning children’s musician and storyteller, improv comedian, performance artist and plays in a singer/songwriting duo with her husband.
If your closest CCV center is Brattleboro, Springfield, or Upper Valley, Amelia is your Resource Advisor.
Adri Taylo-Behrman, Resource Advisor
Adri is passionate about helping people find their ideal professional pathway. Prior to joining the Northern Lights at CCV team, she worked as outreach coordinator for the Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council (VCCICC). She is eager to continue working with early childhood and afterschool professionals, including those seeking non-traditional pathways toward degrees and credentials. Adri is a CCV alumna, earning her associate degree in Early Childhood Education followed by a bachelor of Liberal Arts from degree from Johnson State College’s External Degree Program. She has deep experience balancing work, school, and family commitments and is thrilled to bring her knowledge and experience to the Northern Lights team. Adri moved to Vermont 24 years ago and enjoys spending time outside, and playing ping pong.
If your closest CCV center is St. Albans, or Winooski, Adri is your Resource Advisor.