Meet Our Board, Staff, and Volunteers

Good Beginnings Board of Directors

Anna Milkowski

President

Susan Mesner

Vice President

Matt Sutter

Treasurer

Madelyn Hamilton

Secretary

Susan Romans

Susan Romans

Director

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Susan’s career includes over 40 years of experience of performance management: assessing problems; designing, proposing and implementing solutions; managing client/stakeholder relationships; selling proposals to external clients; managing talent.

Her expertise in course/curriculum development, data-driven course design evolved from her early years in education (secondary and university levels). Corporate roles in human resources and training and development led her to study and refine her skills in mediation, coaching, change management, and strategic planning. After three decades in business, she returned to teaching in 2003.

​Susan moved to Montpelier in the summer of 2014 to be closer to family. No stranger to relocation, but she has lived in many places throughout her life. Before she was three, she had lived in five states and two countries. She continued that pattern throughout her life and has loved the experiences she gained from traveling and living in new places.

Mindy Parisi

Director

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Mindy has been a Registered Nurse for 39 years in the Maternal Child Health field. She currently serves as the Maternal & Child Care Coordinator at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, VT. Mindy has given her devoted service to Good Beginnings since 2004 in many capacities. Her passion is helping families every day, hoping to make a difference.

​Mindy lives in Stowe with husband Ernie and has two beautiful grown children. Mindy spends her non-working time knitting, baking, hiking, kayaking and snowshoeing in the winter.

Sara Nevin

Director/Founder

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Sara has had an ongoing interest in primary prevention for children as a means of reducing intervention for some in later years. Her BA in Psychology from Norwich University, with emphasis in the Attachment Theory have been beneficial to families connected with Good Beginnings while she served as Founder and Director from 1991 to 2011.

​Sara has five grown sons and enjoys supporting them and their families. She is a volunteer with community services, and the local food shelf. She is also a member of the Northfield’s Reading Circle, and St. John’s Church in Northfield. Sara is employed part time with Love Is…LLC which is based in Craftsbury, VT. Sara enjoys gardening and Early American painting.

Kyle Pivetti

Director

Molly Gleason

Molly Gleason

Director

Sarah Teel

Director

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Good Beginnings Staff

Gretchen Elias

Gretchen Elias

Executive Director, Staff

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Gretchen joined Good Beginnings in 2016 as Executive Director after 12 years at ISC, a Montpelier-based international organization where she designed and managed programs to build the advocacy and organizational capacity of nonprofits in Macedonia, Serbia, and Kosovo. No stranger to Vermont’s nonprofit community, Gretchen has worked at COTS and the Maternal Child Health Division of the VNA as well as served on the board of the People’s Health and Wellness Clinic. She lives in Montpelier with her husband and two daughters and enjoys Nordic skiing, camping, and hiking.

Jessica Zonarich

Program Director, Nest/Journey

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Jessica joined Good Beginnings in 2022 as the Program Director for the Nestand Journey Programs. She is a trained doula and has experience working in many capacities in educational and social nonprofits, as well as in the outdoor industry. She loves to ski, garden, and chase her growing kids around. Jessica lives in Montpelier with her two daughters, husband, dog, and goldfish. 

Kate Porcelli

Program Director, Postpartum Angel Program

Meet our Postpartum Angels

Our network of Postpartum Angels includes over 60 amazing and experienced women and men, and spans from Burlington to Hardwick & from Calais to Royalton.

Andy

Andy

Barbara

Barbara

Cary

Cary

Catie

Catie

Chrissy

Chrissy

Lauren

Lauren

Martha

Martha

Sheila

Sheila

Sue

Tammie

Wendy

Wendy

Kate

Wendy

Julie

Isadora

Meet our Mama’s Circle Hosts

Wendy

Nancy

Maren