20 Allen Street

Burlington, VT 05401

(802) 862-2121

Josh@thefamilyroomvt.org

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Strong Families.
Healthy Children.
Connected Communities.

 

Mission

The Janet S. Munt Family Room is a place that builds healthy, connected communities by supporting families and young children.  

Vision

Our vision is that every family is connected, healthy, and strong. 

 

The Janet S. Munt Family Room is a leader in fostering community and accompanying families as they realize their potential. 

 

We are honored to carry her name and legacy of good work in continuing to support children and families at the Family Room. 

   For over 30 years, the Family Room has provided education, support, and connection for parents and promoted physical, social, emotional and linguistic development in children.  Our services combat social isolation and post-partum depression, empower fathers to take an active role in their children’s lives, improve school readiness in young children, prevent abuse and neglect, encourage better nutrition, and support those who suffer from substance abuse.

 

Janet S. Munt

    Our program is named for Janet S. Munt, a pioneering social worker and Vermont senator who advocated tirelessly for the needs of low-income families and especially women and children.  Munt understood the need for holistic services, and that supporting parents and caregivers in making good choices for themselves and their children was of paramount importance to the health of the community.

     Since becoming an independent agency in 2017, the Family Room has continued to be a place of connection.  We continue to offer programming that is accessible to all and flexible enough to meet the needs of our changing community. The Family Room helps parents grow their support networks, and creates a vibrant and diverse community that integrates new Vermonters with those whose families have lived here for generations.  It is a place where differences of class, race, language and religion are celebrated and honored, and cultural awareness grows.

 

Jackie Reno

Manisha Khadka

Chong-Ho Kim

Family Room Staff

Your Advocates

Josh Miller

Executive Director

Rosie Senna

Sarah Sinnott

 

Justine Donahue
 

Jennie Moore

Board of Directors

Sophia Donforth

Board Chair

Sophia Donforth brings her training as a middle school teacher and community organizer to her role as president of the Janet S. Munt Family Room board.  As a new mom, the Family room proved invaluable to her wellbeing and her confidence as a parent. 

Ash St. Gelais

Board Member

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.

Amity Baker

Board Member

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.

Suzy Finnefrock

Board Secretary

Suzy discovered The Family Room when her son was 6 months old.  Over 3 years later she has the honor and privilege of serving on the board of directors.  She is grateful for the support, connection, and opportunity to expand her community.

Meg Mclaughlin

Board Member

Meg is a public health professional with over 9 years of community-based research and project implementation in the field, specifically focused on human rights, basic needs and access to healthcare for women and children. ​

Mary Lee Ritter

Board Member

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.

Lindsay Longe

Board Treasurer

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. 

Andrea Solazzo

Board Member

Andrea Solazzo currently manages the Northern Vermont gleaning program, coordinates with area food shelves on nutrition education and works with the various fresh produce programs at the Vermont Foodbank. Additionally, Andrea supports the Foodbank through diversity and inclusion work, advocacy and story gathering initiatives.

Karen Smith 

Board Member

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.

Board Members:

Mark Edsell

Kristine Foley