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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, Dr. Crossman is responsible for leading the vision and strategic plan of Vermont’s Early Childhood System and serving as the primary advisor to the Governor and legislature on the well-being of children from prenatal to age eight and their families. Dr. Crossman also directs Vermont’s Early Childhood Resource, Data, and Policy Center, a key driver of the BBF Network’s ability to use evidence and data to inform policy and service provision.

Dr. Morgan Crossman, a native Vermonter from Rutland, is the Executive Director of Building Bright Futures (BBF) and the Director of Vermont’s Early Childhood Resource, Data, and Policy Center. 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 directs Vermont’s Center for Research, Data and Policy, 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 resides in Hinesburg, VT with her husband, Chris and daughter, Amelie.

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Beth Truzansky

Deputy Director

As Deputy Director, Beth manages the comprehensive infrastructure of the State Advisory Council, 7 Vermont Early Childhood Action Plan Committees 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. Beth works to inspire and maintain the vision outlined in Vermont’s Early Childhood Action Plan to improve outcomes for children and families. Beth joined the BBF team in 2014 since then has served as the Interim Executive Director, VECAP Director and Chittenden Regional Coordinator. Previously she worked for the City of Burlington managing the city’s community engagement, AmeriCorps and cultural competency programs. Beth’s skills are in strategic systems change, organization development, creating more equitable systems, engaged decision making and facilitation. She lives in Burlington, Vermont with her partner, Tracy, and their two daughters.

Dora Levinson

Research and Data Director

Dora serves as the Research and Data Director for Building Bright Futures. In this role, she works with the most high quality, up-to-date data and evidence to inform policy and practice. She continues to find inspiration in seeing the impact that effective policies and community collaboration have in shaping the lives of children and families. Dora enjoys spending time with her dogs – hiking, cuddling, and even tolerating their zoom bombing.

Anna Brouillette

Policy and Program Director

Anna Brouillette serves as a Policy and Program Director where she supports BBF’s efforts to utilize evidence and leverage partnerships to improve well-being for children and families in the state. Anna joins the BBF team after holding a number roles in the early childhood policy field, most recently with the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center, where she analyzed and supported states’ progress towards implementing effective policies for young children and their families. Anna holds a M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she studied education policy and management, and served as a Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative Fellow. Prior to graduate school, she worked with Let’s Grow Kids as a Policy and Research Analyst. Anna brings a background in early childhood systems analysis, data and statistical analysis, and Vermont’s policy landscape to the team. Anna is an avid reader, a native Vermonter and enjoys spending summers at her family’s camp in the Northeast Kingdom.

Ali Dieng

Regional Manager, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle

Ali Dieng is a passionate and dedicated community leader joining Building Bright Futures to support the Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle regions. Ali joins the BBF team from the education sector where he engaged parents, educators and community partners running Parent University and served in various roles for the Burlington School District over the past 13 years. Ali is committed to building more equitable and accessible systems and brings his expertise engaging diverse perspectives; especially those from different socioeconomic & cultural backgrounds. Ali also brings an understanding of the early childhood, after school and social service system and a desire to cultivate connections across his three regions serving Northern Vermont. Ali is a 2016 graduate of the Snelling Center for Government Early Childhood Leadership Institute. His education background is in international law where he studied at the University of Mauritania in Africa. In addition to his work with BBF, Ali loves being involved in the community in various capacities. He currently serves on the board of Directors at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunities (CVOEO) and is in his second term as a Burlington City Counselor. He resides in Burlington with his wife, Angela, and their two daughters. 

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Darla Senecal

Regional Manager, Bennington, Rutland, Addison

Darla serves as the Regional Manger for Bennington, Addison and Rutland counties. She works to support collaboration between families, educators, community partners and others dedicated to creating the best outcomes for children and families. Darla has spent much of her career working in community service, first as a volunteer, then as Recreation Director for 17 years, and most recently as a newly elected Selectboard member in the Town of Bristol. Working on projects that bring communities together is when Darla finds herself most energized. Darla can often be found working in her gardens, regularly accompanied by her cat Angus.

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Ellen Taetzsch

Regional Manager serving Central, Southeast Vermont, Northern Windsor/Orange and Springfield Area regions

Ellen is the Regional Manager for the Southeast corner of the state including Windsor, Orange and Springfield and Washington Counties. She collaborates with partners and families within these communities to support children under 8 and their families. Ellen has worked in community development both domestically and in Africa. She enjoys seeing the impact communities can have when working together. Ellen enjoys being outdoors with her dogs and testing out new recipes in the kitchen.

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Linda Michniewicz

Regional Manager, Lamoille Valley, Caledonia/Southern Essex and Orleans/Northern Essex

Linda is the Building Bright Futures Regional Manager for Lamoille, Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties. She has devoted her career to early childhood education starting as a preschool teacher, Head Start director and most recently the Early Childhood Program Coordinator for the Caledonia North Supervisory Union. Linda serves on the Board of Directors for Northeast Kingdom Learning Services, the Lake Region Union High School, and elementary middle school Boards. She is also a Justice of the Peace and on the Board of Civil Authority for the Town of Westmore where she resides. She enjoys living in the NEK and taking advantage of all the great outdoor natural resources it has to offer!

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Katie Mobbs

Office Manager

As the Office Manager for BBF, Katie wears many hats and tasks range from accounts payable and receivable to events planning to human resources to maintaining day to day operations for BBF. Katie has over 20 years of experience in this field; before coming to work for BBF she worked for the Visiting Nurse Association for many years. In Katie’s free time she enjoys spending time with her family exploring the woods of the Northeast Kingdom.

Allison Oskar

Finance Manager

Allison brings joy and enthusiasm to her role as Finance Manager for Building Bright Futures. A resident of Burlington who has served both for-profit and nonprofit organizations in Chittenden County in finance, analytical, and accounting roles, she is thrilled to provide fiscal and organizational management to support BBF’s mission and vision across the State. Allison’s loves include gardening, cats, cheese, spending time with her friends, and celebrating the beauty of Vermont.

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