Board of Directors

Willing Hands has a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors who are proud to support this vital organization.

Peter Carter — President

Peter is an attorney at the law firm of Hershenson, Carter, Scott & McGee. He serves Willing Hands as our legal consultant and lives with his wife in Norwich, VT.



Carolyn Frye — Vice President

Carolyn is co-chair of the Prouty Executive Steering Committee at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. She is our Gleaning Program volunteer leader and also volunteers as a delivery driver on Sundays with her husband, Milton. They live in Norwich, VT.



Bartlett Leber — Secretary

Bartlett is a retired attorney, formerly General Counsel of Atlantic Broadband.  She is one of two co-leaders for the Willing Hands Garden in East Thetford, VT.



Shari McLaughlin, CPA – Treasurer

Shari McLaughlin, CPA, is a Tax Manager at Gallagher, Flynn & Co., LLP. Shari joined the Board of Willing Hands in 2020 and is Treasurer and Finance Committee member. Shari holds B.S.  (Finance) and Masters (Accounting) from UVM and is proud mom of Jake and Abby, both alumni of The Sharon Academy and UVM. Shari lives in Stockbridge, Vermont, with her husband, Paul. They enjoy downhill skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, hiking in the spring and fall, and sailing Paul’s Nacra catamaran on Lake Champlain in the summers. Shari also volunteers at the Upper Valley Haven.

Dr. Anne Collins – Director
Anne is a retired physician who currently lives in Hanover.

Rebecca Hooper Holland – Director

Becky is presently a full-time mother and part-time yoga instructor who has 10 years previous experience in non-profit development and operations at Grassroot Soccer and Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Prior to her non-profit work, she spent two seasons assisting in operations at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. She grew up on a vegetable and flower farm in Vermont and believes that access to fresh, local food is vital to healthy lives and communities.

Birgit Humpert, RDN – Director

Birgit is the outpatient dietitian at Newport Health Center, Newport, NH. She leads our Nutrition Education Program and lives with her family in Grantham, NH.

Johanna Mirenda – Director

Johanna is the Farm Policy Director of the Organic Trade Association. She has volunteered at the Willing Hands Garden since 2014 and became one of two co-leaders for the Garden in 2018. She lives in Wilder, VT.

Leslie Rimmer – Director

Leslie is the Director of Organizational Development & Learning at the Upper Valley Haven where she sees firsthand the benefits of the fresh food Willing Hands provides to thousands of our neighbors in the Haven’s Food Shelf and the Café. Leslie transitioned to the non-profit sector in 2011 after spending 24 years at RSG in White River Junction. Prior to the Haven, she worked at the Student Conservation Association and the Upper Valley Land Trust. She lives in Norwich and serves on the Norwich Public Library board.

Rob Schultz – Director

Rob Schultz is the Leadership Upper Valley Manager and Director of Development at Vital Communities. Prior to this he served as Area Coordinator for Granite United Way in the Upper Valley Region. Rob was Executive Director of COVER Home Repair in White River Junction for 9 years.  He lives in Hanover with his partner Diane. He sings with Thetford Chamber Singers and is an avid carpenter, cellist, wilderness traveler, and gardener.

Tim Taylor – Director

Tim and his wife Janet are founders and owners of Crossroad Farm in Post Mills, VT.  This 40-acre vegetable farm has been a steadfast partner to Willing Hands for years, providing surplus fresh food and inviting gleaning volunteers to harvest excess from the fields throughout the summer.  When not busy with the farm or volunteering in the community, Tim enjoys walking the woods and hiking mountains.

Willing Hands Advisory Board:

We thank these community members for their many years of service to Willing Hands and for agreeing to continue to work with Willing Hands on an ad hoc basis:

John H Lyons M.D., Terry Lyons, Lisa Cohen, Linda Kennedy, Mark Lansburgh, Maura Naughton, Suzanne Serat, Amy Miller Eberhardt, Will Allen, Sue Gault, Pooh Sprague, Jay Van Arman