About Us

Working Towards a Better Tomorrow

In 1976, a small group of women called a community wide meeting to discuss the lack of women’s health services in St. Johnsbury.
Umbrella was born from that meeting. While it did not become the women’s health center envisioned by the founding mothers, the organization has addressed a broad range of issues impacting women and families, including violence against women,  early care and education for children, and gender equity.

Umbrella’s mission is to cultivate a Northeast Kingdom where all people thrive free from abuse and oppression.  We believe that oppression and the systemic abuse of power is at the root of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, teen dating violence, human trafficking, as well as violence related to gender or sexual orientation – which in total we characterize as gender based violence.  We seek to embody a world where those who have been disempowered by poverty, discrimination and other obstacles are able to live peaceful, self-directed lives.  

FY 2019 Annual Report

Umbrella Inc., is a 501(c)3 non-profit. 

Our Board

Erin Narey

Board Chair

Susan Gresser

Vice Chair

Ilene Dickinson


Carol Lyon


Bonnie Dasher-Andersen

Aimee Pascale

Jane Pompeo

Liz Prohaska

Dale Steen

Danielle Sussman Turo

Susan Mescher

Our Leadership Team

Amanda Cochrane

Roxie Rivard

The Advocacy Program Manager

Newport Office

Amanda McFarland

Associate Director of Advocacy and Family Based Services 

St. Johnsbury

Vaunne Masse

Cornucopia Program Manager

Tracey Doore

Finance Manager

Executive Director

Henekis Stoddard

Director of Social Change


1216 Railroad Street, Suite C, St Johnsbury, VT 05819 
(802) 748-1992 | Fax (802) 748-1405

©2018 by Umbrella Inc.