About Us

We are a non-profit organization that has been serving Windham County since 1995. In 2006 BAAH was recognized by the Vermont Agency of Human Services “for extraordinary contributions to the well-being of Vermonters.”

We have no paid full-time staff. Our programs are implemented by volunteers: members of the board as well as other organizations with complementary goals.


Anthony Girard
Interim President

Anthony has lived in the Brattleboro area since 1998 with a brief foray to North Carolina. With a passion for sustainability, he co-founded Higley Hill Farm in Wilmington while serving as Carpenter, Daily Operations Manger and Director of Facilities at the Brattleboro Retreat from 2008-2015. His focus was on providing local organic food year-round, selling greens and other vegetables at the Brattleboro Winter and Summer Farmers Markets, and creating safe, healing, and holistic built environments for patients at the Retreat. Anthony moved on to Vice President at GPI Construction where he focuses on Social Services, Education, and Healthcare construction, managing the Great River Terrace project for the WWHT, the new Groundworks Collaborative Drop In Center, and managing work at the Brattleboro Retreat and Southwestern Vermont Health Care facilities in addition to many others. He enjoys sailing, cross country skiing, and all things outdoors.

Pat Burke
Interim Vice President

Pat has lived in Brattleboro area for the past 26 years, has a  Master’s Degree in Counseling and has worked in SEVCA’s Family Services Program for 20 years – 5 providing crisis intervention and housing counseling services, and the last 15 as Program Director. Prior to coming to SEVCA, she worked as a Property Manager for Windham/Windsor Housing Trust. She is committed to working for social justice and has been a member of the BAAH board for the past 17 years.

Lisa Whitney

Lisa has lived in Brattleboro for 10 years, previously residing in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in New York. She is in her seventh as the Director of Operations at the Winston Prouty Center, managing the Winston Prouty Campus and supporting the organizations work to provide quality early education and family support to families in our community.  Lisa’s career path has included social work, foster care services, and training of social services staff. She enjoys time with her family, DIY projects, camping, and other outdoor activities.

Lorelei Morrissette
Interim Secretary

Lorelei was born and raised in Putney, VT. She ventured out of town in the early 90’s to live in North Carolina, Indiana, Arizona, and Nevada. She returned here in the early 2000’s to rejoin her family. Lorelei has been working in subsidized housing for the past 15 years, beginning at Windham & Windsor Housing Trust.  For the past five years, she has been working at Brattleboro Housing Partnerships in roles focused on coordinating supportive services for residents. Lorelei is dedicated to helping residents maintain their housing and improve their quality of life. During her leisure, she loves spending time with her friends and family, including her four legged ones.

Timm Harris

Timm was born in Los Angeles; Timm lived there, in Greece, Texas, and Maryland. He earned his BA at Cal State Northridge and two Master’s degrees at UCLA. After three years in the Peace Corps (Nicaragua), Timm started working in development assistance overseas, with non-profits and USAID. He specialized in strategic planning, project design, monitoring and evaluation, and resource allocation – mainly in the areas of economic growth, education, and democratic governance. He raised his family (four children) in Kenya, Nepal, Nicaragua, Morocco, Mali and Ghana. Upon ‘retirement’ in 2005, Timm and his wife Ursula Nadolny, with sons Yuri and Alec, moved to Guilford. Timm continued to consult overseas on short assignments until he finally did retire in 2015. Timm is on the Boards of BAAH, Youth Services, and SEVCA.

Robin Sweetapple

Robin Sweetapple started RR Sweetapple Redevelopment Consulting almost five years ago, where she works on industrial design and redevelopment, focusing on economic development and community resources. Her interests extend to historic preservation, green building, and analyzing buildings and building systems. Robin serves on a variety of boards and committees including the Brownfield Steering Committee for the Windham Regional Commission and the Brattleboro Design Review Committee. Currently, she is President of the Board of Directors for the Bellows Falls Area Development Corporation, a board member for Brattleboro Area Affordable Housing, and a board member for the River Valley Credit Union. Robin has been a member of Rotary for over five years. In addition to her architecture, Robin also holds a BS in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School and a BA in English Literature from Syracuse University. A lifelong passion for the arts combined with her love for design has produced LP and CD covers for bands including Witch, Dinosaur Jr., and the folk band Feathers.

Emma Stewart

Emma joined Windham & Windsor Housing Trust in 2018 for a new position of Housing Support Coordinator with a focus on the start-up and coordination of supportive services at the first Permanent Supportive Housing model in the area, Great River Terrace.  Prior to this, she worked for SEVCA in Westminster, VT, providing crisis assistance and advocating for low-income community members in Windham County.  During her time at SEVCA, she joined the Greater Falls Warming Shelter Board and worked alongside local community and faith-based organizations in the start-up of a monthly community meal, an area social service team “super group”, The BF Team, and Vermont’s first diaper bank.  Prior to moving to Vermont, she worked in NH as a counselor for a residential adolescent substance use treatment center.  Emma is a native New Englander with a degree in psychology and art.  A recent graduate of Leadership Southeast Vermont, Emma is excited to continue serving in Windham County focusing on building community and providing housing retention support with WWHT.  Outside of social services, Emma finds center in riding her motorcycle, writing, painting, and creating music.

Ruben Garza

Ruben believes that a healthy community is one that delivers on its promise to support, enrich, and provide opportunity to the lives of all its members, regardless of race, gender identity or sexual orientation. He believes that active participation is required by all community members to uphold and protect its shared values. Ruben strives to lead by example; he employs his use of free time volunteering and engaging the community as a board member and supporting local arts and artists.

Ruben moved to Brattleboro, Vermont from Laredo, Texas in 2015. Ruben’s favorite Vermont past times are swimming in the Summer, generally being terrified of winter driving, and leaf peeping in the Autumn. You may catch Ruben walking around the downtown area shopping at his favorite record store, playing basketball in the Parks and Rec league, and attending theatre performances throughout the year.

Autumn Kendall

Autumn is a native Vermonter with a degree in Sociology and Non-Profit Management. She is currently working for Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and enjoys volunteering for various local organizations. She finds it rewording to serve her neighbors in issues that she has also struggled with such as housing. she found BAAH and knew she needed to help! Along with serving her community Autumn enjoys adventures with her partner and pup, live music, gardening and snowshoe picnics.

Candace Kao

Nancy Detra

Nancy comes from Guilford, Connecticut and has lived in Guilford, Vermont for 40 years. She retired from elementary school teaching in 2010. For the past 8 years she has worked as an artist-teacher with Art in the Neighborhood, a program that brings art classes to children in low-income housing communities in Brattleboro. Serving as chair of the Guilford Energy Committee, she brought a new community project to the Brattleboro area last year in which volunteers joined clients to build inexpensive insulating window inserts for their drafty homes. The project will continue in 2022. She is committed to providing children with warm homes and an opportunity to learn to problem-solve through creating art and making things. She is also a dedicated environmental activist.


Annette Cappy
Gary Goodemote
Allen Myrick
Melissa Snow
Byron Stookey
Dave Weaver, in memoriam