Carrie Williams Howe, Ph.D.
Carrie Williams Howe is the Executive Director of Vermont Higher Education Council and Vermont Campus Compact. Carrie provides organizational leadership, planning, and assessment and convenes the VCC Network; she also provides regular consultation and technical assistance to member campuses. Prior to coming to VCC, Carrie was the Director of Community-University Partnerships & Service-Learning (CUPS) at The University of Vermont. She has taught multiple service-learning courses on topics such as civic leadership, nonprofit management, and disaster recovery. As a member of the Vermont and National Campus Compact Consultant Corps, she regularly leads workshops in academic service-learning and engagement on campuses across New England. She has been an active member and leader in the VCC Network for over ten years
Kimberly Coleman, Ph.D.
Program Director for Community Engagement & Sustainability
Kim Coleman joined Vermont Higher Education Council in 2015 to coordinate civic engagement and sustainability education. She is broadly interested in the intersection of civic engagement and natural resources, ranging from collaborative land management to environmentally-focused service-learning. She facilitates both the Vermont Campus Sustainability Network and the Vermont Campus Compact Network, and also provides curriculum consultation and assessment for the Campus for Environmental Stewardship Program. She holds a M.S. in natural resources and a B.S. in environmental studies, both from the University of Vermont and a Ph.D. in Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation from Virginia Tech.
AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Matt Pinson graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BA in History, his focus being modern South American History, specifically the Southern Cone region. During his time at UNM, Matt also worked in the hospitality field, learning valuable skills in teamwork and collaboration. Matt also tutored ex-convicts in basic adult literacy at the local community college during his college career. Using the skills he learned in hospitality and as a tutor, Matt was able to secure a position as a VISTA working at Utah Valley University during the 2014-2015 school year. At UVU, Matt recruited students and helped run a summer STEM program for middle schoolers. His strategy to fighting poverty is through education, and his role as VISTA Leader is to help develop those talents in other VISTAs.