Board of Directors

Steve Crofter

steve-300Steve Crofter was raised in Troy, NY, and Washington, DC. , and attended an alternative school promoting the Quaker principles of peace, goodwill and social justice. He has worked at many trades – carpenter, bus driver, public school teacher – and founded and ran Crofter Moving and Storage in Brattleboro, VT. After living for three years in Mexico, he and his life partner Laurel Green moved to Rockingham, VT, where they now own and operate Singing River Farm. Steve’s interest in cross-cultural relations began as a child when his professor-father hosted international students for Sunday dinner.

John Bohannon


John served as an officer in the Army for 20 years, then taught at a private boarding high school in southern Vermont for 25 years.  Now “retired,” he chairs one organizational board and serves on others.  He also serves as a hospice volunteer in the Bellows Falls, VT, area.  For relaxation he teaches and practices tai chi.

Jim Gay

James Gay joins CASP with 37 years of experience in IT management, software development and project management. James recently retired after a distinguished 23 year career with Fidelity Investments departing from the position of Director of Workplace Services and Software Development. He holds a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in Business Administration from Northeastern University. His past and current volunteer activities include working with the Vermont Foodbank, Meals on Wheels, Feeding the Thousands, the Windham County United Way, and as a foster care provider with the Vermont Department of Children and Families.

Susie Peters

susie-300Teacher, craftsperson, wife, mother and grandmother, Susie Peters was born in Grand Rapids, MI, but has lived and worked in Saxtons River for the past 48 years. She’s served for many years on the boards of a local social service agency and an arts organization, and she has co-created and volunteered with various peace, justice and environmental groups. Susie has performed with various choir groups and she and her husband maintain a large organic vegetable garden.

Dorothy Leech

dorothyBorn in San Jose, CA, and with a background that includes such diverse pursuits as a licensed movie projectionist and illustrator for books and articles by the New York Times and Daily News, Random House, Scholastic, and Dell Publications, Dorothy settled into a seventeen-year career teaching 8th grade English. After two years working as a one-on-one instructor for students with dyslexia at the Stern Center, she is now a learning coach for high school students and post-graduates at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire.  

Dempster Leech

dempster-300A Chicago native, Dempster trained as an artist and worked as a professional actor for a dozen years, touring and playing in Equity regional theater. After meeting his wife and co-board member Dorothy, he decided to give up show business and settle into the life of a licensed New York private investigator. Four years ago, he and Dorothy moved full-time to Rockingham, VT, to be with children and grandchildren.

Miguel Orantes

Miguel Orantes joined the Bellows Falls community by way of Nicaragua and then the San Francisco Bay area, where he studied Classics at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a corporate health and welfare insurance professional experienced in client relations, contracts, and consulting. In addition to English, Miguel speaks Spanish and French fluently, and he has been involved in Bellows Falls town affairs.