VIA’s Executive Director for the past 12 years is Rev. Debbie Ingram, an ordained minister who pastored two successive congregations in California and worked as a freelance communication consultant in Bangladesh for seven years, writing, producing and directing award winning videos for poverty alleviation projects.
Since moving to Vermont, Debbie has served as temporary pastor for numerous United Church of Christ congregations and as the Development Coordinator for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.
Debbie is a graduate of Stanford University and Fuller Theological Seminary and completed a fellowship at Cambridge University, England. Debbie also currently serves as a State Senator for the Chittenden District.
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Central Vermont Community Organizer
Melissa Battah is VIA's Community Organizer in the Barre-Montpelier area. She has decades of NGO experience focusing on Economic Justice, Housing, Cultural Education and Gender/Ethnic/Racial Equity. Prior to beginning her work with VIA, Melissa mentored middle school girls in Florida; coordinated prayer journeys in Thailand; and provided resource development for a community organizing group in Nazareth, Israel.
Since moving to Vermont, Melissa has served on the Board of the Good Samaritan Haven and as the Barre Community Justice Center's Restorative Justice Coordinator.
Melissa graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University (BA Religion) and SIT Graduate Institute (MA Conflict Transformation and Sustainable Development). Melissa lives in Barre Town with her husband and two children.
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Southern Vermont Community Organizer
Originally from northern Wales, Daniel has been a resident of Brattleboro since 2014 and began a chapter of the climate change group 350 Vermont there. He worked for many years as an educator, in London, Brooklyn, and southern Vermont. Most recently Daniel worked for 350.org on their national fossil free campaigns and is currently employed by South Eastern Vermont Community Action, where he administers the crisis fuel program, helping lower-income families keep their homes heated. In addition, Daniel was recently elected to the Brattleboro Selectboard.
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