Meet Our Team
Howard Goodrow, Executive Director
Howard Goodrow has recently been named the new Executive Director for the Vermont Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Howard has over 20 years of non-profit experience, focusing primarily in the fund development space. Howard started his career with the American Cancer Society working out of Rutland, VT and later moved to the Burlington as the State Vice President for Development. He was later promoted to oversee all transactional income throughout New England, including all Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events. This move forced a personal move to Connecticut. Howard then moved on to a national role with the Cancer Society working with Division I college basketball coaches within the Coaches vs Cancer platform. His final stop with the Cancer Society was back in the New England Division as a Senior Director of Corporate Relations. After his time with the Cancer Society, Howard took on the role as Chief Development Officer for the Greater Hartford (CT) YMCA.
Having spent time in leadership roles at the local, regional, and national levels, Howard has been very engaged in setting the direction, not only within development, but also from a human resource, mission, board of directors, and strategic planning standpoint for both organizations he has been a part of.
Howard grew up in Woodstock, VT with his parents and four siblings and has lived in multiple towns from Brattleboro to Colchester. Although currently residing in Connecticut, Howard and his wife, Katie are very much looking forward to relocating back to the Burlington area. Howard and Katie have two sons, Cole (20) and Aidan (18). Howard is a graduate of the College of Saint Joseph in Rutland, with a Masters in Business Administration from Plymouth State University.
Emily Vivyan, Director of Programs
Emily joined the Vermont Chapter in April of 2019, bringing a strong passion for non-profit work, as well as a deep desire to serve families and individuals facing an Alzheimer's diagnosis. After working in the fundraising field, Emily went back to school to obtain her Master's in Social Work at the State University of New York at Albany. As a social worker, Emily has worked with many individuals from varying backgrounds. Through her work managing an adult day service program in the Capital Region of New York, Emily was truly inspired with the caregivers she supported, particularly those with loved ones diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Emily also served as the Supervisor of Case Management at Community Health Centers of Burlington prior to joining the Alzheimer's Association, further enhancing a desire to create positive change.
A native of Central New York, in her free time, Emily enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and friends, as well as her cat, Araby.
Jenna Smith, Development Manager
Jenna received her Bachelor of Science in visual communication from Ohio University. She previously managed two locally owned boutiques in downtown Burlington. Jenna has over five years of marketing and community communications experience. She is passionate about helping others and is dedicated to any way that she may assist in furthering the mission of the Alzheimer's Association.
Jenna lives in Winooski; she enjoys working in her garden, hiking and snowboarding.
Leah Mines, Administrative and Communications Associate
Leah joined the Vermont Chapter team in October 2019 and brings over a decade of customer service experience, a passion for event planning, and a devotion to serving and connecting with families and individuals in the community.
A native of Maryland, Leah grew up in the DC/Metropolitan area before graduating from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. After receiving a certificate in Event Management from Montgomery College in Rockville, MD, she relocated to Vermont and considers the Green Mountain state her “forever home”.
Leah was the Conference Services Supervisor at the Woodstock Inn & Resort and managed room setups for events from conception to clean-up, which included banquets, weddings, and corporate meetings. Leah also is a big animal lover and owned and operated Addison Pet Care, LLC., which offered pet sitting and care services for families in and beyond Addison County.
In her spare time, Leah enjoys cooking, couch time with Netflix, live music, spending time with family and friends, and hanging out with her dog, Walter, and her guinea pig, Chief Wiggums.
Nick Merritt, Development Manager
Nick joined the Association in February 2020. He was most recently employed as a Sales Manager in the hospitality industry and prior to that, held many different sales positions across several verticals. Nick has held volunteer roles with other voluntary health organizations and brings that experience and passion to the Alzheimer’s Association. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nonprofit Management from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska. He will be overseeing the Chapter’s development efforts in the southern half of the state - managing both the Southwestern Vermont Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Rutland, and the Upper Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Nick also manages The Longest Day statewide.
Nick was born and raised in Rutland, and currently lives in Fair Haven in western Rutland County with his wife, Laura, and their many pets. In his spare time, Nick enjoys traveling and catching a show on Broadway whenever he can.