Our Staff Team

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

Development Director

Joanna Scott

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

Camp Director

Hannah Bogard

Camp Director

Hannah Bogard

Hannah is so excited and honored to have the opportunity to continue her commitment to YWCA Vermont Camp Hochelaga team as Camp Director. She is from Ann Arbor, Michigan and holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kalamazoo College. She has enjoyed many summers as a camp leader, camper, counselor, 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

Assistant Programs Director

Hope Wooten

Assistant Programs Director

Hope Wooten

For Hope, it was always a dream as a kid to go to summer camp. Joining the YWCA Vermont Camp Hochelaga team, she is excited to turn her childhood dream into a career. Hope is originally from Kansas City and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Pursuing her passion for student leadership and international education, she earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. Hope has spent the last few years leading groups of students on study and volunteer abroad adventures throughout Southeast Asia. Though, no matter where she was in the world, Hope always looked forward to her summers in Maine where she worked as a camp counselor! She has seen the incredible impact summer camp can have on campers and staff alike, by encouraging personal growth, strengthening leadership skills, and providing hands on opportunities for learning and exploration. Hope is looking forward to being part of the Camp Hochelaga family!

hope.wooten@ywcavt.org

Our Board of Directors

Jeanne Bates Christensen 

Legal Counsel

Jeanne Bates Christensen 

Jeanne M. Christensen is a Partner at Wigdor LLP,  a Manhattan employment litigation firm.  Jeanne represents plaintiffs that allege claims of unlawful discrimination due to their gender, including sexual harassment, pregnancy, and sexual orientation discrimination, as well as race, national origin and religious discrimination.  She is actively involved in promoting women’s rights and the lead attorney in the current class action case filed against Uber Technologies, Inc., alleging claims on behalf of women riders against Uber for rape, sexual assault and gender motivated harassment at the hands of Uber drivers.  She also is actively involved in the current litigation against Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. on behalf of female employees alleging gender discrimination and sexual harassment, as well as a class action on behalf of employees of color against Fox alleging racial discrimination. For more information about her legal work, visit www.wigdorlaw.com. Raised in Rutland, Vermont, Jeanne attended Smith College, the University of Vermont and graduated with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law.  Although she resides in New York with her husband and two sons, Jeanne still considers Vermont her home.

Elizabeth "Lili" C. Foster

Elizabeth "Lili" C. Foster

Lili Foster grew up in Shelburne and recently moved back to Shelburne, 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 the camp committee.

Patty Houston

Patty Houston

Patty Houston is an IT Manager at Keurig Green Mountain. Patty grew up in Vermont and has an undergraduate degree in psychology as well as in elementary education. In her professional life, Patty has extensive experience in project management, organizational change management, strategic planning, building teams and leading them to achieve wonderful things. While busy in her professional life, nothing is more important to Patty than her husband and two daughters. Patty attended Camp Hochelaga in her youth 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. She currently serves at the chair of development.

Elizabeth Latham

Elizabeth Latham

Elizabeth Latham received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with minors in Asian studies and history from Norwich University. At Norwich, she was member of the Corps of Cadets, the Chinese Club, the Harold Doc Martin Society, the NAACP (the first in Vermont), and the Norwich Christian Fellowship. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Organizational Management with a concentration in Global Management while employed at National Life Group in Montpelier, VT. Before coming to National Life Group, she worked for the Navy Exchange Service Command and Shaw’s. Over a fifth of her life has been spent living abroad. Her time abroad, split between Europe and Asia, has left her with a passion for people, food, travel, enjoyable conversation, and advocacy.

Laura (Roth) Naylor

Board Vice President 

Laura (Roth) Naylor

Laura (Roth) Naylor lives in Newton, MA. She is a passionate Hochelaga alumni who has personally benefitted from the foundation of empowerment that was nurtured through her relationship with the YWCA of Vermont. As a working professional, Laura currently serves as SVP CSpace where she champions efforts to consult with organizations to enable customer inspired growth. With a focus on measurable, relevant and creative approaches, Laura focuses on ensuring business impact for C Space clients by connecting them with consumers who advise and engage with them on the issues that matter. 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. 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. Laura also enjoys anything culinary with a focus on sharing her kitchen creations with friends and family. She currently serves as Vice President of the board and on development.

Sarah O'Neill

Sarah O'Neill

Sarah O'Neill is 30 years old and resides in Milton, Vt.   She is a preschool teacher working at Lund in South Burlington.  She has a passion and dedication to teach young children about diversity, equality, and empowerment.  She believes that the more knowledge children have, the more equipped they are to make equal decisions within their lives.  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 enjoys being a part of the YWCA board to make a difference within our community and bridge connections between her personal and professional life. She currently serves on development.

Meghan Vanstry

Board Treasurer 

Meghan Vanstry

Meghan Vanstry grew up in the city of Medford, Massachusetts as well as in the woods of Bradford, New Hampshire where she spent eleven summers at Girl Scout Camp. Her favorite camp things are campfire desserts and camp songs. As a camp counselor, Meghan loved seeing girls grow through problem solving and communication. She put her camp experiences to effective use at Saint Michael’s College where she graduated magna cum laude this past May with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Environmental Studies. She currently works at National Life Group in Montpelier in the New Business department. She is excited for the opportunity to learn new camp traditions and help more girls grow. 

Donna Curtin

Donna Curtin

Donna Curtin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UMass Lowell and a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Northeastern University. Ms. Curtin worked as a Behavior Specialist and Operations Coordinator for non-profits in Massachusetts prior to moving to Vermont in 1999 to accept a Transition Counselor position with the State of Vermont, assisting students with disabilities transition to work and college. In 2005, Ms. Curtin moved into the private sector, working as a vocational counselor within the Vermont workers’ compensation system. In 2007, Ms. Curtin partnered with two others and grew VRS, a disability management company which has since expanded regionally throughout New England. Ms. Curtin and her husband have four children and live in Montpelier.  Ms. Curtin’s introduction to YWCA Vermont was through her daughter, Lillian, a Camp Hochelaga camper for the past several years and most recently a C.I.T in the summer of 2017.

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 lived in the following cities: New York, Newark, Chicago, Denver and Mesa, Arizona. She currently resides with her husband and 2 dogs in St. Albans Bay, and is an avid golfer and gardener.   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 serves on the development and nominating committee.

Maureen "Moe" Kaplan

Board President 

Maureen "Moe" Kaplan

Moe Kaplan is from Burlington, VT and currently lives with her husband (diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease for 18 years), one yellow lab and two cats in Rockingham Vermont.  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 psychosocial issues and has firsthand knowledge of working with and supporting community agencies. She attended Hochelaga as a camper and counselor from 1963-1977 and has been a member of YWCA Vermont for 52 years.  Currently serves as President of the board.

Claire Lavoie

Claire Lavoie

After receiving a B.A. in foreign languages, Claire taught Spanish and French in Bennington and East Montpelier 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 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. She currently serves on the camp committee.

Jamie O'Donnell

Board Secretary

Jamie O'Donnell

Jamie O'Donnell is the Executive Assistant at the University of Vermont Foundation.  In this role, she directly supports the President & CEO and is closely connected to the work of the Board of Directors and volunteer leadership.  Jamie formerly worked at the Community Health Centers of Burlington as an Executive Assistant where she supported the CEO and by extension was a point person for the executive administration.  Jamie carries a B.A. in Sociology from Loyola University New Orleans and is exploring obtaining a Master’s Degree or professional certification at the University of Vermont.  Jamie has a passion for institutional advancement as well as social justice that stems from her time as a student worker at the Loyola University Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice and her internship at Amnesty International.

Jennifer Overton

Jennifer Overton

Jennifer Overton is alum of Camp Hochelaga, attending camp from the mid-70's to the early 80's and a counselor in the 80s and 2011! She is a single mother of an amazing daughter who was a camper and now a counselor at Camp Hochelaga. They live in West Berlin, VT by the Dog River with their dog, Jessie and 4 Goats, Fili, Kili, Thorin and Pipin. Jennifer is an artist and loves to encourage others to be creative.  After years of being an Administrative Assistant she had finally landed a great position with Green Cab VT as their General Manager in Central Vermont. Service to the community has always been important to Jennifer and she has 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 currently serves as secretary to the board and chair of the nominating committee.