"The means is dialogue, the end is learning, the purpose is peace." ~ Founder Dr. Jane Vella
Andrea has been working as an educator and trainer for over 25 years in various capacities and with learners of all ages. She is currently the Director of the Community Engagement and Training Department at the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services (VCCVS) in Waterbury VT. She joined VCCVS in the fall of 2005 after spending the previous five years as a training specialist and training coordinator for the University of Vermont/Department for Children and Families, Child Welfare Training Partnership.
Andrea's skills include meeting facilitation, support group facilitation, leading organizational strategic planning, hosting events, moderating panel discussions and coordinating collaborative groups to meet common goals. Andrea specializes in designing and delivering skills-based learning events which include victim centered workshops and trainings for helping professionals within the broad field of victim services; and course offerings through the Community College of Vermont.
She holds a BA from the University of Vermont, Environmental Studies Program and an MA in Education from St. Michael's College with a focus on Adult Education. She lives in Essex Jct, VT with her two children, one dog, two cats, two chickens and is a backyard farmer. Andrea is studied to become a celebrant and seeks to facilitate ceremonies and celebrations for life's milestones and transitions.