Board of Directors
Green Mountain Self-Advocates has a board of directors that meets monthly. The Board of Directors is made up of representatives from each of the local self-advocacy groups as well as two community members from outside the self-advocacy groups.
Randy Lizotte works as a peer advocate for a provider of developmental services. A lot of self-advocates come to him with their issues and things they need to figure out. He understands both sides—the self-advocacy side and the services side which makes him a good GMSA president because we have to work with agencies and allies.
Randy has worked as a consultant and trainer traveling across the country providing technical assistance and training to state self-advocacy organizations. Randy was one of the key organizers of the Celebrating Sexuality conference held in Vermont in May 2007. He is a peer sexuality educator who co-facilitates a men’s group and a teacher of a variety of sexuality and self-advocacy workshops. Randy was elected by his peers due to his unwavering commitment to speaking the truth to power. Randy lives with his wife in St. Albans, VT.
Danielle Viau is a self-advocate leader who is described by her peers as a bright spot in all she does! She is a kind and thoughtful leader in the Burlington Self-Advocacy Club. Danielle volunteers at the UVM Medical Center and at her church. She leads by example and is gentle and patient when trying to assist a peer with a task or explain how to do something.
Danielle is someone who always goes the extra mile and is growing every year as a leader – on the GMSA Board and at the VT Leadership Series. Danielle is able to see the light side of life, even when times can be difficult.
Nicole Villemaire was born and raised in Vermont. Nicole always wanted to go to the University of Vermont, but there wasn’t a program that was available to her. Until Think College gave her an opportunity to make her dream come true. In Nicole’s eyes, this was her chance at going to a big University.
In addition to working three jobs, Nicole is very active in the Vermont advocacy community. She serves on the Autism Task Force and the Advisory Council for the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion at UVM. Nicole has been very active in Special Olympics since high school. She competes in a sport every year.
Chad is confident and at ease, whether addressing state officials or playing video games and board games like MTG or Yu-Gi-Oh. He has been living on his own in the St. Johnsbury area since the age of 18.
Chad got involved in self-advocacy in 2013. GMSA is grateful to have him as our treasurer. He does an excellent job understanding and explaining financial information to fellow board members.
GMSA 2023 Schedule of Statewide
Due to COVID-19, our meetings are from 10:00 to 12:00 am, They are currently held on Zoom.us (meeting ID: 905 238 684). All meetings are open.
* Quarterly Board Meetings - Officers and Board Members are required to attend. Alternates and other members and allies are welcome.
Meeting Minutes and Agendas
View past Board Agendas and Minutes.