United Way makes new hires, promotes staff

United Way of Northwest Vermont has recently hired Dillon Boisvert as Human Resources & Operations Associate, Alison DeFisher as Marketing & Communications Manager, Jeff Haislet as Data Coordinator, Trezanra Robertson as Coordinator of Volunteer Management, and Nina Quinton as Donor Relations & Events Coordinator, as well as promoted Connie Beal to Working Bridges Innovation Manager and Lisa Jensen to Working Bridges Initiative Director.

Dillon Boisvert, a graduate of Champlain College and Southern New Hampshire University, holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and Master’s degree in industrial organizational psychology. Dillon joins United Way from the Heineberg Community Senior Center where he worked in human resources and office management. Dillon will serve the organization in recruitment, retention and recognition, as well as support and innovate the staff training and development programs and wellness initiative.

Alison DeFisher is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She has held roles in marketing and communications for nonprofit organizations for nearly ten years, most recently as External Affairs Specialist for Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority in Cincinnati, Ohio, working on public outreach and ridership growth initiatives for Cincinnati’s Metro bus service and the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar. She also worked as Senior Marketing Associate for United Way of Greater Cincinnati focusing on workplace campaign marketing. Alison’s role within the organization focuses on strategic messaging, public relations, marketing and design, digital marketing and storytelling in order to promote and grow United Way’s fundraising and volunteer efforts.

Jeff Haislet is a graduate of St. Lawrence University where he holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, as well as an MBA from University of San Diego. Having spent nearly a decade in business, finance and retail industries, Jeff has served large and small companies as well as start-ups, nonprofits and banks in a variety of roles involving research, sales, project management and more. Jeff joined United Way in 2016 as a Loaned Executive for the donor relations team, working with local companies to enhance their fundraising efforts and later served as the Mobile Tax Site Coordinator before he began working as Data Coordinator. Jeff’s new role includes working across departments to help the entire organization make informed decisions through data analysis, and coordinating United Way’s various data systems.

Trezanra (Tre) Robertson has an accounting degree from Thompson Education Direct in Scranton, PA and a certification in human resources management from Champlain College in Burlington. She has many years of experience in a variety of industries, most recently serving as Marketing Assistant at Champlain College, where she managed projects for print and digital marketing teams. In her new United Way role, Tre will help volunteers age 55 and older find meaningful volunteer opportunities in the community.

Nina Quinton previously worked in higher education administration in Boston for five years, formerly serving MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, MA as their Recruiting Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in human development and economics from Connecticut College. In her new role, Nina will work closely with Women United and Emerging Leaders United groups to plan special events and engage members in the strategies and solutions for community impact.

Connie Beal was promoted from Resource Coordinator, where she helped to connect employees throughout the community with resources and supports at their workplace through the Working Bridges Employer Collaborative. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Vermont and maintains her Community Resource Specialist (CRS) credential. Prior to United Way, Connie worked with Vermont 2-1-1, an initiative of United Ways of Vermont, community nonprofits and the public sector, helping callers to navigate resources to seek assistance for a variety of needs. In her new role as Working Bridges Innovation Manager, Connie will lead the innovation and manage the employer network and training development for Working Bridges.  This initiative provides innovative workplace solutions to help employees with common barriers to keeping jobs and advancing.

Lisa Jensen was promoted from Resource Coordinator, where she helped to connect employees throughout the community with resources and supports at their workplace through the Working Bridges Employer Collaborative. Lisa’s prior experience includes nonprofit organization management for agencies in Boston and Vermont. She has a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Vermont.  In her new role, Lisa will be responsible for operations and policy oversight, as well as onboarding and supervision of new Resource Coordinators and evaluation as the Working Bridges Initiative Director.  

UWNWVT has 25 full and part-time staff members, down from 27 last year. For more information about UWNWVT staff and for staff bios and photos,please visit our staff page.

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