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Board of Directors

Beatrice Blake

Beatrice lived for 13 years in Costa Rica. She wrote and updated her guidebook, The New Key to Costa Rica, for 32 years. The book’s green rating system inspired the Costa Rican government to be the first in the world to rate lodgings on their commitment to conservation, local economy and local culture. She collaborated with ACTUAR, the Costa Rican Association for Rural Tourism, for 15 years, helping visitors include community-based destinations in their vacations.
She is a Certified Focusing Trainer with The International Focusing Institute, teaching online classes in Focusing and Thinking at the Edge in English and Spanish. She and her colleagues in El Salvador have developed a combination of Focusing and Nonviolent Communication (see focusing-el-salvador.org).
She has been part of the hosting team for several CASP guests.

Susan Brace

Susan Brace had a long career in nonprofit financial management in Boston. She was the director of finance for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp. and consulted with several other housing and economic development organizations. She taught managerial accounting and financial management as an adjunct instructor at the School of Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University for 15 years, after earning her master’s degree in CED from that program.
Susan and her wife moved to Rockingham in 2009 where they run a small farm. Susan worked for Southeastern Vermont Community Action for 8 years, first as an energy auditor, then as coordinator of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for Windham and Windsor counties. She sings in several local choirs and plays ukulele. Susan and her wife hosted CASP’s first asylum guest in 2017 and have been involved as volunteers since CASP’s inception.

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.

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. Several years ago, he and Dorothy moved full-time to Rockingham, VT, to be with children and grandchildren.

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.

Francie Marbury

Francie Marbury’s professional life was committed to public school education, culminating in a 15-year tenure as principal of the Marlboro School. During retirement she has explored a wide variety of interests, including volunteering at the school several days a week. She also serves on the board of the Marlboro Alliance, an umbrella organization for community service groups, and on the board of the Hogback Mountain Conservation Association.  She is a member of Putney Friends Meeting; through the Quaker belief that there is that of God in everyone, she has become interested in working with individuals and families who are seeking asylum.

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.