Our Leadership

Directors:

Pixie Loomis, Executive Director
802-560-4030; mploomis@vtadultlearning.org
Mary Paul (Pixie) Loomis has been the Executive Director of Vermont Adult Learning since 1995.  Prior to coming to VAL, Pixie held positions in administration at Sterling College, Johnson State, and Dartmouth. Early in her career she worked for the Council on Environmental Quality in Washington, D.C.  She has her BA from Wellesley College and her MBA from Cornell.

 

 

Luke Dowley, Director of Human Resources
802-560-4052; ldowley@vtadultlearning.org
Luke joined VAL in 2005 as Human Resource Manager and was promoted to Director in 2009. Prior to working at VAL, Luke worked at the Belden Wire and Cable factory in Essex Junction as the Human Resource Specialist and then as a shift supervisor. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado College and a Master’s Degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.  Luke received his SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) Certification in 2013.  Luke likes to travel, exercise and find the bright spot in every situation.

 

Joe Przyperhart, Director of Program Operations
802-458-0261; jprzyperhart@vtadultlearning.org
Joe loves to learn and to help students learn. He has taught students from 8 to 88 years old in programs in Texas, Colorado, Maine and Vermont. He earned a teaching certificate in secondary mathematics from Franklin Peirce College and a Masters of Science in Environmental Biology from Antioch New England Graduate School. In addition to his work with Vermont Adult Learning, Joe continues to teach environmental science at the Community College of Vermont. In his spare time he is an avid gardener and outdoorsman.

 

Paula Beattie, Comptroller
802-560-4036; pbeattie@vtadultlearning.org
Bio Coming Soon!

 

 

 

Regional Managers:

 

Lori Brown, Windsor County Regional Manager
802-281-4312; lbrown@vtadultlearning.org
Lori joined Vermont Adult Learning as Regional Manager in October of 2014.  She has a BS in Social Science Education from Plymouth University and a Masters in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College.  Since 1995, Lori has managed education programs and taught writing, critical thinking, and literature to learners ages 16 – 60.

 

 

Joshua Demers, Chittenden County Regional Manager
802-735-0676; jdemers@vtadultlearning.org
Josh has been with Vermont Adult Learning since December of 2013.  Before that, he worked for twelve years at Northlands Job Corps in several capacities, the latest being Academic Supervisor.  He has a Masters in Education from St. Michael’s College, with a concentration in Theater.

 

 

Michelle Folger, Rutland County Regional Manager
802-282-4310; mfolger@vtadultlearning.org
Michelle joined Vermont Adult Learning as a regional manager in September 2010. She has worked in VT public education as an elementary teacher and district administrator focusing on curriculum and staff development. Michelle has a BS in elementary education with a minor in psychology and an MA in Educational Leadership all from Castleton State College. Michelle holds licensure as an elementary teacher, principal and superintendent. In her spare time, she enjoys her extensive perennial gardens, being on a boat in the lake or relaxing at a warm sandy beach.

 

Cathryn Hayes, Windham County Regional Manager
802-275-4083; chayes@vtadultlearning.org
Cathryn has worked in Vermont Education as a classroom teacher, school counselor, and school administrator. Cathryn joined VAL in 2012 as Regional Manager in Brattleboro, and looks forward to contributing to VAL’s commitment to being the very best provider of Adult Education services. Cathryn holds a BA in Psychology from SUNY, a Masters of Education from St. Lawrence, as well as a CAS in Educational Leadership from UVM.

 

Eric Peterson, Franklin/Grand Isle Counties Regional Manager
802-752-4977; epeterson@vtadultlearning.org
Bio coming soon!

 

David Roberts, Addison County Regional Manager
802-735-0867; droberts@vtadultlearning.org
David brings 20 years of professional business and education experience in the banking, finance and technology sectors.  Throughout his career, he has built and managed many aspects of his clients’ operations and technology teams in addition to designing much of the necessary infrastructure.  In every position he has held, David has focused on the training and development of his staff and colleagues, a trajectory that eventually led to his becoming a senior facilitator at a top-tier international consulting firm in New York.  David holds a Master’s of Accounting Information Systems from Florida State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.  In his spare time, he enjoys raising ducks, gardening and construction projects.

 

 

Program Managers:

Polly Dietsch, Reach Up Program Manager
802-923-3960; pdietsch@vtadultlearning.org
Polly joined Vermont Adult Learning in November 2015 to manage the statewide contract to provide Employment Services to Reach Up participants.  Prior to joining VAL, she was employed by the Vermont Association of Business Industry and Rehabilitation as an Employment Consultant.  Polly retired from IBM in 2013 after a career in project, team and people management in Site Education, Manufacturing, Development and Supply Chain organizations.  She holds a B.A. in Business from Johnson State College, Vermont.

 

 

 

Ethan Maurer, High School Completion Program Manager
802-735-1481; emaurer@vtadultlearning.org
Growing up in NYC, I was fortunate to get a taste of Vermont early on in my life.  Both of my father’s siblings lived in the Upper Valley region and I often traveled north to spend time with my extended family.  I also attended a summer camp near the Rutland area both as a camper and a staff member.  I went to college in Massachusetts and obtained my Bachelor of Arts in American Studies with a minor in Education with my teaching license in Social Studies grades 7-12.  After I graduated college I had the opportunity to move to the Burlington area, and I have not looked back since.  For several years after moving to Vermont I worked in the public education system looking for my first teaching opportunity.  That came in the form of teaching Social Studies at the (now defunct) Pine Ridge School in Williston working with students who had a learning disability/difference.  There I was exposed to a completely different type of learner than I had experience with.  As I moved into the non-profit world I started to apply my teaching experience and education background through non-traditional learning opportunities which ultimately led me to Vermont Adult Learning.  After many years as a High School Completion Plan Manager in Chittenden County working with all the area High Schools, I now serve as the HSCP Program Manager for all VAL regions supporting staff in building an innovative educational opportunity for students accessing VAL services in need of a high school credential.  When I am not traveling across the state or working in the Central Office, I spend my time with my wife Beth, our daughter Hannah, and our dog Izzie.  During the winter you can often find me at Sugarbush chasing the snow that first brought me to the state and during the summer I enjoy chasing down fly balls during the softball season or accessing the variety of outdoor pursuits we are so lucky to enjoy here in Vermont.