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.

Carolyn Wesley

Interim Executive Director

Carolyn is currently serving as our Interim Director, responsible for the day-to-day operations of BBF, including leadership of the State Advisory Council. Since 2017, Carolyn has served as  Deputy Director of BBF.

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

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

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