Our Staff

Executive Director

Deb Sawyer Jorschick

Executive Director

Deb Sawyer Jorschick

Deb Sawyer Jorschick is no stranger to the non-profit world or YWCA Vermont. She worked previously for YWCA Vermont and Camp Hochelaga as the Interim Executive Director in 2007-2008, served as Board President and served on various committees. Deb was on the Camp Hochelaga staff in the early 80’s and helped with several stints in the kitchen. She has well over 20 years of service with other non-profits, including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Colchester Rescue, and most recently, Milton Family Community Center. She is also a trained hospice volunteer and has studied through Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. Deb enjoys spending time with her husband John, daughter Ada and their Havanese named Harley. You can find Deb at Regal Gym watching her daughter three days a week honing her gymnastic skills on Excel Team. deb.jorschick@ywcavt.org

Assistant Camp Director

Hannah Bogard

Assistant Camp Director

Hannah Bogard

Hannah is so excited and honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the YWCA Vermont Camp Hochelaga team. She is from Ann Arbor, Michigan and holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kalamazoo College. She has enjoyed many summers as a camper, counselor, leader and outdoor educator at residential camps across Michigan. She has focused her career to date on following her passion for creating outdoor spaces where folks of all ages can come together in support, growth, empowerment, and fun! She believes that there is something incredibly unique, powerful, and energizing about the experience of camp. Summer camp helped her find confidence in herself, value the perspectives of those different from her, and embrace opportunities for fun-filled adventures! In addition to her work in the camp world, she has been a voice for at-risk youth and an advocate for social justice in her community and abroad. In her free time she is a trail runner, snow shoer, camp song singer and creative writer. hannah.bogard@ywcavt.org

Camp Director

Donna Diaz

Camp Director

Donna Diaz

Donna Diaz comes with 16 years’ experience with Special Olympics both in Vermont and Montana.  She plenty of program experience as well as training expertise.  She has traveled with Special Olympics World Games in leadership roles to Idaho, Ireland, China and Greece.  Prior to Special Olympics she worked for the YMCA and was responsible for 75 staff and implemented new and exciting programming to grow the aquatic department. Donna enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. donna.diaz@ywcavt.org

Administrative Assistant

Dawn Miller

Administrative Assistant

Dawn Miller

Welcome Dawn Miller! Your friendly voice on the other end of the phone! She will be with us here in the Essex office Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 – 4:30 PM. contactus@ywcavt.org

Assistant Development Director

Joanna Scott

Assistant Development Director

Joanna Scott

As a young girl, Joanna spent her summers as a day and residential camper at Camp Addison Boyce, a girl’s camp in upstate New York. As a young teen she was very involved in youth leadership with the Catholic Archdiocese of New York; she also spent many weekends and school breaks serving her community and other communities in volunteer capacities and community service project endeavors.  Joanna spent her summers life guarding, and conducting water aerobics and swim instruction classes for inner city youth. Joanna has spent the last 7 years as the Health/Family and Consumer Science Teacher to the Milton Town School District. Her latest and greatest accomplishment (becoming mommy to Genevieve and Bree). Joanna has many years of experience in fundraising, event planning, project development, PR and marketing for various profit and non-profit organizations she has worked and supported. She is excited to bring her experience to the welcoming Camp Hochelaga team! joanna.scott@ywcavt.org

Our Current Board of Directors

Jeanne Bates Christensen 

Jeanne Bates Christensen 

Jeanne Bates Christensen is a partner in the law firm of Wigdor LLP in New York, New York.   She graduated cum laude from Smith College, University of Vermont, and the University of Maryland School of Law (with honors 1992), where she was a Member of the Law Review.  Jeanne’s legal practice includes consumer class action, employment discrimination, wage and hour litigation and commercial litigation. She is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and the Public Justice Foundation. Jeanne was recently appointed Co-Chair of the Exploring Positive Outcomes Committee. A Vermont native, she lives in New York with her husband and their two sons.

Patty Houston

Patty Houston

Patty Houston is an IT Manager at Keurig Green Mountain and grew up in VT.  She has an undergraduate degree in psychology and elementary education.  Patty has extensive experience in project management, organizational change management, strategic planning, building teams and leading them to achieve great things.  She attended Camp Hochelaga and her younger daughter is also enjoying being a ‘laga girl!  Patty is passionate about the mission of the YWCA and knows that through the YWCA program we can continue mentoring young girls to ensure that they possess the self-confidence and skills to be leaders in their communities.  Patty lives with her husband and two daughters in the Waterbury area.

Maureen (Moe) Kaplan

Maureen (Moe) Kaplan

Maureen (Moe) Kaplan is from Burlington, VT.  Moe attended three women’s colleges (Mount Holyoke, Simmons School of Social Work, and Smith where she received her PhD in social work) and as a result knows a lot about empowering women. She works at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in pediatrics providing support for families experiencing significant problems with mental health and psycho-social issues and has first hand knowledge of working with and supporting community agencies. Currently serves as Interim Board President and Chairs the development committee. She attended Hochelaga as a camper and counselor from 1963-1977 and has been a member of the YWCA Vermont for 52 years.  Currently lives with her husband and two cats in Rockingham, VT.

Laura (Roth) Naylor

Laura (Roth) Naylor

Laura (Roth) Naylor lives in Newton, MA.  She is a passionate Hochelaga alumni who has personally benefited from the foundation of empowerment that was nurtured through her relationship with the YWCA Vermont.  Laura received her BA from St. Lawrence University, her MBA from Columbia Business School and has been an adjunct professor at New York University for their Masters in Direct Marketing.  As a working professional, Laura currently serves as SVPC Space where she champions efforts to consult with organizations to enable customer inspired growth.  In her personal time, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband and two children at soccer games, hiking, ski areas, and any other outdoor adventure, many of which occur in VT.

Jennifer Overton

Jennifer Overton

Jennifer Overton lives in West Berlin, VT.   She is an artist and loves to teach others to be creative. Jennifer is an alum of Camp Hochelaga, attending camp from the mid-70’s to the early 80’s.  Jennifer worked as an administrative assistant in one capacity or another, but focused on volunteering with organizations involving children and community.  She served on the daycare board at the Federal Trade Commission Community Childcare first as a member and then President.  She also was one of 50 founders of a public charter school in Baltimore, Patterson Park Public Charter School, and became their Business Director.  She is a single mother of an amazing 16-year-old daughter who completed the Counselor in Training Program (CIT) last year at Camp Hochelaga.

Julie DeCuypere

Julie DeCuypere

Julie DeCuypere lives in South Burlington, VT and works as an independent telecom consultant for several national wireless cell tower site development companies.  She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Texas Tech University did her MA work in Social Psychology at Southern Methodist University.   She has served on other boards including the Bellwether School in Williston, VT and is an active member and supporter of various local non-profits.  She has extensive experience in project management, strategic planning, team building, operations management and client relations.  Julie was a yoga and meditation instructor for over seven years, loves to travel, and in her spare time tries to find time to write and support social justice reform.  She is the mother of a Hochelaga camper and Julie serves on the finance committee.

Elizabeth “Lili” C. Foster 

Elizabeth “Lili” C. Foster 

Elizabeth “Lili” C. Foster currently lives in South Burlington, VT.  She teaches third grade at Salisbury Community School.  She taught Language Arts and Social Studies at Mira Vista School in Richmond, California and works under an EEI Grant serving at risk preschool children in Addison Central Supervisory Union.  She was named “Teacher of the Year” for Addison Central Supervisory Union in 2007.  She holds a BS and MA from the University of Vermont. She currently serves as Chair of camp committee.

Debra Jensen

Debra Jensen

Debra Jensen was born in New York City and her family moved to Vermont in 1964 growing up in Essex. Debra graduated from Rice Memorial High School and attended Mesa State College in Denver, CO. She has owned her own businesses; interior design, pet sitting and is currently an Independent Real Estate agent with Keller Williams Realty, KWVermont. Debra has proudly served on the Colorado Women’s Golf Association board of directors and was their President, as well as the VP at her country club’s board of directors. She currently serves on the Rice Alumni Golf Committee as well as volunteering for many charities and is dedicated to giving back to the community. She currently resides with her husband and 2 dogs in St. Albans Bay, and is an avid golfer and gardener.

Claire Lavoie

Claire Lavoie

Claire Lavoie received her  B.A. in foreign languages, she taught Spanish and French in Bennington and East Montpelier, Vermont school systems.  After 9 years of teaching she switched gears and went back to school for accounting and passed her C.P.A. exam.  She has managed in Vermont and New Hampshire and then the owner of her own company, C. L. Associates, P.C.  Claire has served on several boards; Vermont Board of Accountancy, Special Services Transportation Association (SSTA) and Island Arts.  She is presently a panel member of the American Arbitration Association, Vermont Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  Claire lives in North Hero with her husband Ken Bassett.  Although she was not a camper at Hochelaga, she did attended Girl Scout camps in Maine which left her with vivid memories.

Sarah O’Neill

Sarah O’Neill

Sarah O’Neill is a preschool teacher working at Lund in South Burlington, VT.   In college, she was highly involved in a wide variety of service projects, including creating, analyzing, and helping to improve the first comprehensive recycling program for the school.  After completing college with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Community Studies, she participated in an Americorps NCCC year.  During this year, she participated in several service projects across the East Coast and Gulf States.  These ranged from working with Habitat for Humanity to blazing trails, teaching low ropes courses, and environmental studies to children in first through third graders.  She is looking forward to being a part of the YWCA board to make a difference within our community and bridge connections between her personal and professional life.  Sarah currently lives in Milton, VT.