Ruben GarzaRuben believes that a healthy community is one that delivers on its promise to support, enrich, and provide opportunity to the lives of all its members, regardless of race, gender identity or sexual orientation. He believes that active participation is required by all community members to uphold and protect its shared values. Ruben strives to lead by example; he employs his use of free time volunteering and engaging the community as a board member and supporting local arts and artists. Ruben moved to Brattleboro, Vermont from Laredo, Texas in 2015. Ruben’s favorite Vermont past times are swimming in the Summer, generally being terrified of winter driving, and leaf peeping in the Autumn. You may catch Ruben walking around the downtown area shopping, playing basketball in the Parks and Rec league, and attending theatre performances throughout the year.
John HattonJohn has been in sales and customer service for his entire working career. He has been a licensed Realtor since 2003, has his Broker’s license, and is the Sales Manager at Berkley & Veller. John and his family have been in the Brattleboro area since 1991. John is known for providing superlative and personal customer service. He was voted the Southern Vermont Board of Realtors (SVBR) “Realtor of the Year” for 2011. He was the President of the Southern Vermont Board of Realtors 2020-22. John has been the state representative to the Vermont Realtors Board of Directors, and was the Chairperson of the Governance Committee. John teaches the Realtor portion of the First-time Homebuyer classes for the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust. He was on the Brattleboro Food Coop’s (BFC) Board of Directors for 8 years, acting as Board President for 7 of those years, and is now on the BFC Board again, along with the Board of Directors of the Rich Earth Institute (and CASP!). John lives with his wife Kate Bullock on a small farm in Westminster, loves to garden and road bike. Their kids, Tyler and Guthrie, are now adults and out in the world!
Francie’s professional life was committed to public school education, culminating in a 15-years as principal of the Marlboro School. Since retiring she has brought her passion for issues of equity and social justice and her Quaker belief of “that of God in everyone” to her work with CASP. She first connected as a volunteer providing transportation to Asylum Seekers, accompanying them to meetings where they need language support, giving driving lessons, and helping to find host homes, among other things. She is clear that it is an honor to accompany these brave people as they create new lives in southern Vermont. Francie has found her service on the board to be enriching and challenging. There’s so much to learn – not only about the ins and outs of the process of seeking asylum but also about herself.