"The means is dialogue, the end is learning, the purpose is peace." ~ Founder Dr. Jane Vella

Catherine Kalkstein

Executive Director, Washington County Diversion Program

Catherine is the Executive Director of the Washington County Diversion Program. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, largely in social service and social justice organizations. During that time, she developed deep experience in building partnerships and working with groups to create and move strategic agendas forward. Catherine spent 10 years of her career in the women’s funding movement. That experience involved extensive work with advisory boards to develop a vision, determine priorities, create a work plans, maintain motivation and develop strong partnerships to achieve common goals. As a result, she has a strong leaning toward strategic thinking, prioritization and favors collaborative processes to seek solutions.

Catherine’s favorite SURE-Fire meeting concept is the Three Voices of Meeting Members (Responsive, Consultative, and Decisive). She recognizes that when attendees know what type of engagement is being sought from them, meetings become much more productive. For the planner, thinking ahead of time about the voice that is sought also focuses the agenda in a productive way.

Catherine holds an MSW from Columbia University’s School of Social Work (2001) and is a graduate of the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont Leadership Institute (2012). She lives and plays in Fayston, VT with her husband, two teenagers and their energetic dog.

Catherine Kalkstein