Staff & Board

Meet our caring community of passionate staff and board of directors.

Meet our Team

Crystal Lampman

Executive Director

Crystal Lampman joined the Franklin County Caring Communities family after her graduation from Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University) in 2002. Early in her career, Crystal facilitated youth outreach programming working with youth from across Franklin County. In 2004 Crystal moved on to work for emergency services at the St Albans Police Department, while furthering her education.

During her tenure with the city, Crystal continued to serve as a volunteer board member for Caring Communities; when the opportunity arose for Crystal to return to Caring Communities in 2015 as the Youth & Family Outreach Coordinator she eagerly made the move to return to the work that she had begun so many years before.

Crystal has continued to further her education in the last five years, graduating from Marlborough College’s Certificate in Nonprofit Management program and working towards a Masters Degree in Public Health.

Crystal currently holds the title of Executive Director for Franklin County Caring Communities, as well as the Regional Prevention Partnerships Coordinator and Franklin County Teen Institute Coordinator.

On her time away from Caring Communities you can often find Crystal caring for her community as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician with Missisquoi Valley Rescue, or assisting with the Abenaki Food Pantry Program. Crystal is a proud member of the Abenaki Nation serving as the president of the Maquam Bay of Missisquoi. She also serves on the Swanton Enhancement Steering Committee.

Crystal lives in Franklin with her partner, Billy, and their three children: Mattie, Owen, and Liam.

Paul Chapman

Mentoring Coordinator

My name is Paul Chapman and I’m so pleased to be a part of Franklin County Caring Communities.  This agency strives to help youth be the best version of themselves that they can be.  I grew up in Wolcott Vermont and I know the devastation that addiction can have on individuals and families.  As a youth it was programs like Teen Institute that really made a difference for me and have helped me to strive to be the best version of myself.  I’m forever grateful to the role models, caring adults, and fellow youth that made a big difference in my life.  

I see how tirelessly the folks at FCCC work to support and empower youth across Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.  I believe that teaching prevention to youth is not enough. Youth need to be empowered, encouraged to use their voice, and be provided the opportunity to shine with their individual gifts.  This is what FCCC embodies and why I’m proud to serve on the board.

Alyssa Reed

Media Coordinator

Alyssa fell in love with prevention work and promoting healthy communities in college. She graduated with a B.S. in Public Health and Health Management & Policy in 2017, and soon thereafter started working in Franklin County as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She spent 2017-2019 with the Northwest Regional Planning Commission, working with municipalities on implementing health promoting language and prevention tactics into their municipal plans and practices. She is passionate to see communities thrive in the safest, healthiest way, preventing morbidity and mortality, especially in vulnerable people groups.

Alyssa now lives in Hawai’i working with low income communities, foster families, and parents working to get their children back. However, her heart will always be in Franklin County and still continues to serve Franklin County Caring Communities part time as the Media Coordinator. She enjoys using social media and online platforms to use creative ways to engage youth and the greater community in staying healthy and safe.

Michele Bessette

Youth Outreach & Family Engagement Coordinator

Michele joined Franklin County Caring Communities as an intern from Johnson State College (now Northern Vermont University) and upon graduation of the Master’s in Counseling Program she joined the Caring Communities staff in facilitating opportunities for youth engagement. Michele also facilitates parenting workshops with Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, and Nurturing Families. Michele is also an active participant in the Vermont Youth Project’s Richford pilot program.

In her time away from Caring Communities Michele can often be found mentoring for our Watershed Mentoring program, spending time with her husband Larry, her children Joslynn, Logan, and Bailey or her adorable grandchildren Brayden and Mila. Michele and her family make their home in Richford.

Kyra Weatherwax


While Kyra is new to her internship role at Caring Communities she is certainly not new to the role of youth advocacy. Kyra a recent graduate of Enosburg High School began working with the Franklin County Teen Institute program in her freshman year of high school. She has been a passionate voice for social change and youth voice in Franklin County and Vermont as a whole.

As a student representative of Caring Communities, Kyra has traveled to Washington, DC to meet with policymakers on Capitol Hill in discussing substance use prevention measures. Kyra brings a fresh perspective to substance misuse prevention. Kyra is also the co-advisor of the Richford High School Teen Institute program.

She currently attends Community College of Vermont and next year will transfer to Western Carolina University majoring in Social Work with a specialization in substance abuse, minoring in Political Science.

Kyra calls Enosburg home.

Board of Directors

Marilyn Grunewald


Marilyn has served on the Caring Communities board for well over 10 years in a variety of roles.  Her dedication to youth has been a lifelong commitment, as a retired educator and superintendent of schools. Marilyn has also served on a number of boards including Women’s United, Northwest Access Public Television, and the St. Albans Museum.

Elisabeth Nance

Vice President

Elisabeth joined the Caring Communities board just over a year ago. However, her interest in creating healthy sustainable communities has been decades in the making. Elisabeth serves as the Economic Development Coordinator and the Select board Secretary/Administrative Assistant for the town of Swanton. Elisabeth, also a veteran of the United States Navy, makes her home in Swanton.

Paul Chapman


Paul also serves on staff as our Mentoring Coordinator. You can read more about him in his bio above.

Trisha Woodward


Bio coming soon!

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