Vermont Humanities


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Our main phone number is: (802) 262-2626 and our general email address is

To reach a specific staff person, dial the direct lines listed below or email them using the links on their bio pages.

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Noel Clark

Communications Officer

(612) 598-2662

Noel holds a Bachelor’s in Professional Journalism from the University of Minnesota and spent over a decade as a radio journalist and a communications professional for diverse arts and cultural organizations. He has served in nonprofit communications roles in both Minnesota and Massachusetts.

Jonny Flood

Literacy Programs Manager

(802) 579-5046

Jonny has direct classroom experience as a middle and high school humanities teacher, as well as a preschool teacher. He has been a Director of Get Thee To The Funnery and the Education Director for New England Youth Theater. He manages our Literacy Programs Team.

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Richelle Franzoni

Community Programs Officer

(802) 382-7167

Richelle is primarily responsible for the management of five community programs – Veterans Book Groups, Literature and Medicine, Reading and Discussion, Speakers Bureau, and Grants. She works with other Program Team members on the Fall Conference and Vermont Reads.

Executive Director, Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup

Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup

Executive Director

(802) 343-9499

Christopher became Vermont Humanities’ third executive director in August 2018. He previously served as a Senior Philanthropic Advisor at the Vermont Community Foundation for 10 years and has held leadership roles at the Flynn Center, Outright Vermont, Rural Vermont, and the Pride Center.

Elizabeth Malone

Director of Finance and Administration

(802) 262-1359

Elizabeth has worked in mission-driven organization management since 2010, most recently as the Executive Director of Northwest Access TV. She is pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration from Norwich University.

Wendy Martin wearing a blue and gray scarf indoors

Wendy Martin

Early Literacy Associate

Wendy co-develops professional development opportunities for early childhood educators through the new Foundations of Educational Philosophy and Literacy Development and Never Too Early programs. She also works closely with public librarians through the Vermont Early Literacy Initiative.

Ryan Newswanger

Ryan Newswanger

Interim Director of Programs and Communications

(802) 558-4719

In addition to managing the Programs Team, Ryan oversees the organization’s digital and print efforts, including our website, social media channels, e-mail campaigns, and newsletters. He also produces our two podcast series.

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Jacob Pelletier

Community Programs Officer

(802) 310-1479

A seasoned program manager and community organizer, Jacob Pelletier joined Vermont Humanities in 2022. He is primarily responsible for the management of our First Wednesdays, Fall Conference, and Words in the Woods programs and works with other Program Team members on Vermont Reads.

Leanne Porter

Leanne Porter

Early Literacy Associate

Leanne is an accomplished author, teacher, and education consultant. In addition to her role at Vermont Humanities, she is an assistant professor and the coordinator of Early Childhood Education online at Northern Vermont University.

Kathryn Tufano wearing glasses, a black sweater, a blue and black striped top, and a necklace

Kathryn Tufano

Development & Data Associate

(413) 346-8412

Kathryn has worked in non-profit cultural institutions in a variety of roles for the last 20 years. She previously held development positions at the Ridgefield Historical Society, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and MASS MoCA, among others.

Director of Development Linda Wrazen

Linda Wrazen

Development Director

(802) 279-6653

Linda joined Vermont Humanities in 2000. She works closely with the Executive Director and the Development Committee to coordinate and implement our fundraising efforts, and serves as the Board liaison.

Vermont Humanities*** November 30, 2014