Meet Our Team

BBF employees form a statewide network of early childhood professionals, working both in communities and on the state level. We use a collective impact model to work toward meeting the diverse needs of Vermont’s young children and families.

Morgan Crossman

Executive Director

As the Executive Director of BBF, Morgan is responsible for leading the development and ongoing work of the statewide network that serves Vermont children from birth to age 8. Her deep background in research informs her leadership of Vermont Insights, BBF’s data platform.

Dr. Morgan Crossman, a native Vermonter from Rutland, is the Executive Director of Building Bright Futures (BBF). Morgan holds a PhD in Social Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, specializing in Child, Youth and Family Policy as well as Disability Policy, and a Masters in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College. Prior to joining BBF, she was appointed to the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. There she led many research studies focused on service integration and improving care transitions for children with special health care needs and their families as they navigate multiple complex service systems over the life course. During this time, she also taught two graduate classes as Boston University’s School of Public Health as an adjunct faculty member: Children with Special Health Care Needs and Preventing Mental Health Disorders, a Life Course Approach.

She previously served as the Clinical Research Program Manager for the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children’s Hospital within the Division of Developmental Medicine. In this role, she submitted multi-million-dollar, federally funded grants and coordinated the implementation of multi-site, national research projects focused on families of children, youth, and adults with autism spectrum disorders and other neurodevelopmental and related disabilities, such as Rett syndrome, Down syndrome, and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). She was also trained to conduct clinical assessments of children using the Mullen Scales of Early Learning and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule.

To this work she brings a strong background in the quantitative and qualitative research methods necessary to critically examine issues for Vermont’s youngest and most vulnerable children and families. Morgan has specific expertise in child development, maternal and child health and well-being, early intervention and early childhood education for children with disabilities and special health care needs. Her work emphasizes the importance of early childhood development through the life course theory which is a layered conceptual framework that can be used to understand factors that contribute to optimal health and well-being. This approach examines how patterns or trajectories develop over a life time, across generations and within many contexts, suggesting that exposures and contexts during early childhood influence later health and well-being. Stemming from this lens, Morgan views families as the most critical context for child development. Morgan’s career has always been informed by a social justice framework with a focus on the promotion of equitable outcomes for families and children.

As Executive Director of Building Bright Futures, Morgan partners with stakeholders in early care, education, health and mental health sectors to advance the goals and strategies of Vermont’s Early Childhood Action Plan to impact conditions for Vermont’s children birth to age 8. She is also responsible for advising the Governor and Legislature on matters of early childhood in Vermont using data-driven approach.

Morgan also manages the comprehensive infrastructure of a statewide and 12 regional councils and works with individuals, organizations and agencies to develop best approaches for an integrated system that advances data-driven progress for all Vermont’s young children and their families. In addition to her work at the systems level, Morgan oversees BBF’s data platform, Vermont Insights, a powerful tool for BBF and its stakeholder network as they seek to understand the challenges and successes of children and families in the state and craft strategies that turn the curve on some of the biggest hurdles facing Vermont families. Through collaborations with partners across the state of Vermont, Morgan seeks to build the capacity of BBF to serve as the state’s neutral convener of key stakeholders, resources and the most up-to-date, high quality, accurate data to inform key policy recommendations that will ultimately improve the system of services for children and families.

Morgan is currently residing in South Burlington with her husband, Chris and daughter, Amelie.

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Carolyn Wesley

Deputy Director

Since 2017, Carolyn has served as  Deputy Director of BBF, where she leads key initiatives such as the Building Vermont’s Future from the Child Up Think Tank Report, as well as overseeing the organization’s regional work.

She previously served as Project Manager for Vermont’s Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant, a $36.9 million, federally funded, four-year systems-building grant focused on helping children with high needs succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Before that, she served as Director of Constituent Services in VT Governor Peter Shumlin’s office. She is an alumna of Teach for America, having spent two years teaching high school English and Drama in Hartford, CT. She is a graduate of St. Olaf College and holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Marlboro College. In 2016, she was a Public Leaders Fellow with Leadership for Educational Equity, a national organization working to end the injustice of educational inequity by inspiring and supporting a diverse set of leaders with classroom experience to engage civically and politically. Carolyn also performs with and serves on the Board of Directors at Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier.

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Beth Truzansky

ECAP Coordinator

As ECAP Coordinator, Beth maintains the vision and strategic direction outlined in the Early Childhood Action Plan, Vermont’s strategic plan to improve the lives of children and families. She builds  connections and thoughtful integration across the 7 Action Plan committees by convening committee leaders, ensuring a data informed process, and maintaining an annual implementation cycle.

Julia Andrews

Director of Communications

Katie Mobbs

Office Manager

Jay Austin

Finance Manager

Amanda Biggs

Regional Coordinator, Chittenden

Darla Senecal

Regional Coordinator, Rutland and Addison

Dora Levinson

Regional Coordinator, Southeast Vermont and Data and Policy Analyst

Ellen Taetzsch

Regional Coordinator, Springfield Area and Northern Windsor/Orange

Liz Hamel

Regional Coordinator, Franklin Grand Isle

Robin Stromgren

Regional Coordinator, Bennington

Steve Ames

Regional Coordinator, Lamoille and Central Vermont

Linda Michniewicz

Regional Coordinator, Caledonia & S. Essex and Orleans & N. Essex

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