Board of Directors

Mick Leddy

Mick Leddy

Mick is a partner at the Burlington law firm McNeil, Leddy & Sheahan. In his law practice he has represented a wide array of clients, working with municipalities, non-profit entities, school districts, as well as individuals and small businesses, to address a range of issues and needs. Mick believes in family and community, and is proud to be a part of the Janet S. Munt Family Room team. He was born and raised in Burlington, and after stints in Massachusetts and Ohio, now lives in Essex with his wife and two children.

KeruBo -Ogati Webster

KeruBo -Ogati Webster

KeruBo-Ogoti Webster is an experienced Business Administrator, who has worked with various institutions, including Champlain College, where she worked as a Senior Student Services Coordinator who supported student activities on campus, and built strong relationships with parents and other collaborators.

She joined AALV in March 2019 as Case Manager, Programs Coordinator for the Women’s Café (War Survivors) from the Congo and other Swahili speaking refugee communities in the larger Burlington area. She is an excellent Communicator who brings with her, rich experiences from having worked with varied peoples of different cultural backgrounds as well as living in – Kenya, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Fun fact: KeruBo is an Afro Jazz musician whose music is focused on healing victims of trauma, with a hope to influence and bring about positive change.

Cathleen Kelly

Cathleen Kelly

I am an almost-lifelong Vermonter and feel like VT is where I’m meant to be. As a pediatric social worker, I became aware of the range of programs and resources offered by the Family Room and was honored to be asked last year to join the Board. I’m particularly appreciative of the Family Room’s efforts to engage and serve New American families, a population I work closely with as the social worker for the Pediatric New American Program at Vermont Children’s Hospital. In my non-work time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, baking, vintage shopping, getting lost in a good book, bingeing Netflix, and roaming the woods and trails of VT in all seasons.

Tinotenda Charles Rutanhira

Tinotenda Charles Rutanhira

Tino Rutanhira was born in Harare Zimbabwe. He completed university studies in South Africa before immigrating to the US.

Tino is currently employed at Dealer.com. He is the Co-Founder and Board Chair of The Vermont Professionals of Color Network and also sits on the Board of The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. An Entrepreneur by heart, over the last 5 years Tino has; produced and hosted his own podcast called "On The Shoulders of Giants”, co-founded, owns and operates Best In VT Tours & Charters, acted in a play at the Flynn called "The Call", and performed Standup Comedy at the VT Comedy Club. In 2019, he co-founded The Vermont Professionals of Color Network.

When not working or creating, Tino enjoys listening to music or podcasts, and watching or playing in competitive sports. He loves to play and watch football (soccer), and most Saturdays he can be seen in his beloved Liverpool FC jersey yelling at the TV!

Most importantly, Tino is a single parent of the most beautiful, intelligent, amazing, (insert glowing adjective here ...) 15-year-old daughter. Parenting is by far his biggest source of pride and joy.

Social:

Web: tcrutanhira.com
LI: charlesrutanhira

Brooke McFarlin - Secretary

Brooke McFarlin - Secretary

Brooke began her career in real estate 1 year ago, following her tenure as a Business Manager for a Burlington, VT physical therapy and functional training facility.
With a passion for green home construction and sustainable living, Brooke spends her free-time educating herself on the future of sustainable building materials, exploring Vermont with her two dogs and partner, and renovating her South Burlington home.

Kristine Foley - Chair

Kristine Foley - Chair

Kristine joined The Family Room family in early 2016, and was immediately awe-struck by the open
arms and hearts that welcomed her and her own little family. In 2018, Kristine lent her skills and time to
the Playground Committee, which led to her joining the Board in 2019. Kristine is deeply honored to be
elected Board Chair, and excited about helping to shape and secure the future of the Family Room for all
families.
Kristine holds a Bachelor of Science from The Evergreen State College and a Master of Environmental
Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. She grew up in Washington State, and lived and worked
throughout the West Coast until moving to Vermont for graduate school. When she's not attending Family
Play, digging at The Family Room Garden, or in a board meeting, Kristine can be found hiking, skiing,
swimming and trying to practice yoga with her two young children in tow.

Mark Edsell

Karen Smith

Karen Smith

Karen is a licensed social worker, focusing on families and children. Her career began with an adoption agency supporting children with special needs. Karen then moved to Howard Center where she worked for twelve years as a clinician, supervisor and ultimately became the Director of an Alternative High School.

Mary Lee Ritter

Mary Lee Ritter

Mary Lee is a pediatric nurse practitioner and has been a volunteer at the Family Room on Thursdays for eighteen months. She recognizes the importance of support for families and opportunities to interact with others as well as encouraging community connections.

Amity Baker - Treasurer

Amity Baker - Treasurer

Amity is a CPA with JMM & Associates, a public accounting firm in Colchester, VT where she specializes in auditing not-for-profit organizations. Before becoming a CPA, Amity had a checkered professional past doing everything from teaching English in Taiwan, to digging test pits with an archaeological firm, to being a church secretary.

Ash St. Gelais

Ash St. Gelais

Ash has been buying, renovating, renting, and managing their own investments for over a decade now. Currently, they’re leading a team that profitably manages over $35M in rental real estate assets as the CEO/Owner of Fusion Property Management and the #REfreedom Realty Group.

Lindsay Longe

Lindsay Longe

Lindsay is the Major Gifts Officer for Academic Health Sciences at the UVM Medical Center. She works with patients and their families, community members, and alumni of the UVM Larner College of Medicine to raise money for patient care, education, and research.​ She is passionate about the importance of positive early childhood experiences, family connections, and community.