VYCC attracts professionals who are deeply passionate, charismatic, and demonstrate exceptionally sound judgment. Seasonal staff complete a rigorous residential training program to ensure they have the interpersonal and technical skills needed to lead crews.
Seasonal Crew Leaders and Field Assistants are supported by three full-time VYCC staff:
Andrew Whitehead, Farm Program Coordinator, started his VYCC career as a 2015 Crew Leader. He arrived at VYCC after a childhood in Ireland and Pennsylvania, and a degree in Sustainable Development from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Andrew has been a VYCC Crew Leader and AmeriCorps VISTA Member, and presently oversees recruitment for Venture Semester. He plays an integral role in the Venture experience.
Caelan Keenan, Farm Program Manager, has lived and worked on the Farm at VYCC since 2013. Cae’s hometown of Detroit – its music, people, and working class culture – is a driving force for her, even in faraway New England. She earned a degree in Sociology from the University of Michigan before moving to Vermont and serving two and half years as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Cae’s passion and experience is in the areas of sustainable agriculture, youth development, and nutrition education.
Paul Feenan, Food and Farm Program Director, brings 20 years of agriculture and education experience. After studying sustainable agriculture and community development at The University of Vermont and Evergreen State College, Paul began a life-long career as a teacher and coach. His methods challenge students to practice the art of continuous improvement no matter the content of the course. He has taught in a variety of settings from middle and high school through college, and including community outreach and education as a Washington State University Master Gardener and Composter Program Coordinator.
Paul’s wife Kirsten Workman and their children John and Ruby are the foundation and driving force for all of Paul’s work. As a UVM Extension agronomist and agriculture water quality specialist, Kirsten provides guidance and support to the VYCC farm community. Paul and his family live on the VYCC campus, caretaking the farm and mentoring aspiring agriculture leaders.
Read about VYCC’s entire team.