In small, rural towns, where individuals wear many hats and have a variety of expertise, big change can happen, often starting with a small group of dedicated individuals with vision and patience. This webinar, hosted by Vermont’s state physical activity coordinator, will feature two such examples. Participants will learn how inclusive, vibrant communities are being created in Swanton and Bethel Vermont, through strong partnerships and with residents leading the change. These successes will be described from the perspective of a community coalition lead, the Swanton Village Manager, and Vermont’s AARP associate state director, who leads Livable Communities initiatives in the state.
- Suzanne Kelley is the Healthy Communities Coordinator and SNAP-Ed Program Administrator for the Vermont Department of Health. She has been working in public health for over 20 years, the past 12 in Obesity Prevention. She successfully partners with state and local agencies, develops resources, and provides technical assistance to community leaders and residents to help them increase access to physical activity and healthy eating. Suzanne has been a National Physical Activity Society Board Member since 2015.
- Reg Beliveau Jr, is the village manager for Swanton, Vermont. He has been a fire fighter and an instructor for school students on fire safety and hazmats. He has lived in Swanton for 28 years and enjoys working with community partners to improve the lives of residents.
- Amy Brewer is with Northwestern Medical Center in Franklin County, Vermont. She supports the implementation of initiatives addressing physical activity and Safe Routes to School. She is also coordinator fo the Franklin Grand Isle Tobacco Prevention Coalition. Amy has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont.
- Kelly Stoddard Poor leads the livable community work for AARP Vermont - establishing a vision and action steps for Vermont communities to meet the needs of the aging population. Kelly works directly with communities in Vermont to provide features such as safe, walkable streets, and other opportunities for older residents to participate in community life. She lives in Montpelier, VT.