Stephanie Thompson is a life-long Springfield and Vermont resident. She has served as the Chair of the Town Progressive Party since 2011. Additionally Stephanie has served on the Springfield Selectboard since 2010, and acted as Vice Chair since 2013. She ran a non-profit social service agency until she recently took a position with the Town of Londonderry as Town Administrator and as Executive Director of the Springfield Prevention Coalition. She is currently completing her thesis for her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Norwich University. Highly active in her community, Stephanie seeks to do more work at the State level, with the Progressive party, and with her bringing a voice to areas of particular interest including low-income population, the opiate epidemic, affordable education for college students, green energy, increased business base, and generally working with others to improve and maintain the quality of life we are so fortunate to have in Vermont. When not working or engaged in the community, Stephanie resides with her husband, Kyle and their two dogs. Family and friends are high ranking in her personal/work life balance.
Mari graduated with a BS in Resource Management, Economics and Policy from the University of Michigan. She worked with her husband on their organic vegetable farm in Greensboro until becoming a full-time nurse in 1988, when she graduated magna cum laude from the Vermont College of Nursing. Mari has been a union activist since VFNHP won their election in 2002. Now representing 2000 healthcare professionals at FAHC, Mari has worked hard with her union colleagues to improve patient care and working conditions at Vermont’s largest hospital. Mari was appointed by Governor Shumlin to the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Future of Nursing and to the the Advisory Council to the Green Mountain Care Board. She is also Owner and Consultant of Vermont Vascular Access, LLC. Mari lives completely off the grid in a home she built with her husband in Lincoln.
Corey was raised in the Smuggler’s Notch region of Vermont where she developed a deep appreciation and love for the Green Mountains, and a passion for helping her community. Corey graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Johnson State College in 2003, and worked in various occupations before becoming a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist in 2010. In 2012, as an extension of her role as clinical sleep educator & patient advocate, she began her career as a labor organizer with The American Federation of Teachers-VT, working for the rights of child care providers and health care professionals statewide. From health care to union organizing, Corey found she connected with her community through various campaigns and volunteering opportunities, including working with The Vermont Workers Center, Healthcare Is A Human Right campaign, and learning from incredible affiliated organizations in labor and social justice movements. For nearly a year, Corey worked for an environmentally focused B-Corp and was honored to not only help a number of Vermonters access renewable energy for their homes, but participate in the Climate Change March in September 2014. Since becoming an At Large member of the Coordinating Committee of the Vermont Progressive Party in 2013, Corey has brought her compassion, enthusiasm, and dedication to social justice and environmental activism to the political spectrum and is honored to work for her community, state, and country. Corey still lives near Smuggler’s Notch in Fletcher, VT and has rededicated her energy and focus to ‘helping grow’ Vermont’s kids at a local preschool and becoming more involved with local and community issues.
Carl has worked for the Department of Corrections for more than 13 years serving as a facility superintendent and Probation & Parole district manager. He was chairman for the Orleans Northern Essex Community Partnership, a shelter director, a National Guardsman, and is currently the owner of a small business. In 2014 Carl ran for state representative in Orleans 2, and may run again in the future. He is currently a member of the VPP’s Elections Committee.
Adam is a class-conscious young Vermonter who grew up in Essex Center. He is a first-generation college graduate, receiving a BA in Social Sciences and Global Studies from Lyndon State College in 2012. Adam has been actively involved in many campaigns for social and economic justice, including increasing State support for public colleges and advocating for single-payer healthcare. Adam became heavily involved in the Progressive Party during the 2011 legislative session as Rep. Chris Pearson’s intern and also worked on Doug Hoffer’s successful campaign for State Auditor. Adam served as the Essex Town Chair and has been a member of the State Committee since 2011. Adam works for the VSEA as a Strategic Analyst, lobbying on behalf of Vermont State Employees, bargaining contracts and providing campaign research.
Michael Kane was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and remained in Ohio until 2012. Mike graduated from the University of Dayton in 2000 with a degree in both Secondary Education, and History with a minor in Political Science. Mike earned his Masters in Education for Counseling from John Carroll University in 2009. He spent 12 years in education, serving as both a high school Social Studies teacher, and a guidance counselor. While in Ohio, Mike served as a building representative for local teacher unions and helped gather signatures to fight the Anti-Collective Barganing legislation in 2010. Repeated budget cuts in Ohio led Mike and his wife Jessica to Vermont to find employment in 2012. Mike has been active in the Progressive Party as part of the State Committee from Franklin County since 2013. Mike and Jessica recently moved to Vergennes, and Mike is now part of the Addison County Committee. In 2015 Mike joined the Communications Committee, and is currently working on revitalizing that group. Though he is now a New Englander, Mike remains an ardent supporter of all Cleveland Sports teams, even if they continue to disappoint. In his spare time, Mike enjoys photography, gaming, cooking, and going on adventures with Jessica and their wonderful dog Lizzie.