Snelling Center announces Vermont Leadership Institute Class of 2021

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Snelling Center announces Vermont Leadership Institute Class of 2021

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 12:59pm -- tim

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Vermont Business Magazine The Snelling Center for Government announced today the Vermont Leadership Institute Class of 2021. The Class of 2021 is comprised of a diverse group of leaders from across the state who represent a wide variety of organizations from the public, private and non-profit sectors:

Abeer Alzubaidy, South Burlington, Winooski School District
Shawn Burroughs, South Ryegate, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
Evan Carlson, Sutton, Northern Vermont University
Mark Eley, Winooski, Department for Children and Families – Economic Services
Brian Horbal, Bradford, Agency of Transportation
Stevya Mukuzo, Burlington, Winooski School District
Brittany Nevins, Waltham, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Jillian Niggel, Essex Junction, Department for Children and Families
Colleen Safford, Jericho, University of Vermont
Samuel Santos, Highgate, Department of Corrections
Louisa Schibli, Charlotte, Milk Money Vermont
Suzanne Shibley, Underhill, Department for Children and Families – Family Services
Melanie Slocum, Northfield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Vermont
Carrie Stahler, East Burke, Green Mountain United Way
Chelsea Takamine, Essex Junction, UVM Central on Rural Addiction
Erin Wetherell, East Thetford, Community College of Vermont
Dennis Wrest, Essex Junction, TekLex

Representing the 26th class of the Vermont Leadership Institute, the Class of 2021 embarked on their leadership journey at the end of September with a two-day Opening Retreat held outside at Basin Harbor following all safety precautions. Over the course of the program, associates will delve into topics such as personal leadership adaptation; complex systems thinking and innovation; and leadership paradigms that support diversity, equity, and inclusion for all Vermonters. The Class of 2021 will learn from both each other and an esteemed faculty while building meaningful networks and relationships. Through this experience, associates are inspired to take thoughtful action and work effectively with other Vermont citizens to lead transformative change both professionally and personally, thereby making greater contributions to their organizations, communities and Vermont.

Upon graduating next year, the Class of 2021 will join more than 600 VLI graduates who are positively influencing Vermont’s future in business, public policy, education, community development and in a wide range of volunteer and non-profit sector roles.

To learn more about the Vermont Leadership Institute and the Snelling Center’s other professional development programs, please visit or contact 802-859-3090.

The Snelling Center for Government is a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to fostering responsible and ethical civic leadership, encouraging public service by private citizens, and promoting informed citizen participation in shaping public policy in Vermont. For more information, please visit our website at

Source: October 14, 2020 – The Snelling Center for Government