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Meet Our Team

Howard Goodrow, Executive Director

Howard Goodrow is the 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 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. Howard and his wife, Katie have relocated from Connecticut to Milton, VT, and they 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.

Jordan Cotto, Program Manager

Jordan joined the Vermont Chapter in October 2021, bringing a strong passion for recruiting, training, and education. Jordan is thrilled to be a member of the Vermont Chapter in the fight to cure Alzheimer's, a cause very near and dear to her heart.

In 2005 Jordan moved to Seattle, WA and worked for PROVAIL in Supported Employment as an Employment Consultant and later Program Manager, supporting individuals with developmental disabilities with employment and retention. Jordan started a mentorship program that worked to connect new employees with tenured employees in cohorts.

Jordan was also involved in several collaboration opportunities on a county and state level to support businesses with hiring diverse staff utilizing the supported employment model. In 2016 Jordan, her husband Matt, and son Vincent, moved back to Vermont to live closer to family. Jordan worked at Howard Center as a Program Manager and Team Lead, supporting individuals with dual diagnoses mental health and developmental disability with accessing resources for housing, community support, medical needs, clinical, and transportation needs.

Jordan started Lunch Buddies, which worked to connect employees and increase connectivity. Jordan co-facilitated a committee that started a new onboarding and training program for case managers.

Jordan was born and raised in Fairfax, Vermont and resides in South Burlington. She enjoys spending time with her boys, Quinn and Vincent, and her husband, Matt, and spending time with friends, and with a very large family in Vermont and Massachusetts. Jordan enjoys walking and yoga, writing, hikes, and loves the beach.

Jenna Smith, Development Manager

Jenna joined the Vermont Chapter in May of 2018, with a background in management, marketing and communications. 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 manages two of the four Walks to End Alzheimer's in Vermont; the Champlain Valley Walk in Shelburne and the Northeast Kingdom Walk in St. Johnsbury. Jenna also manages the Camel 's Hump Challenge, Vermont's premier backcountry event, a rigorous wilderness ski touring experience where spirited backcountry Nordic skiers traverse around the perimeter of Camel 's Hump - the third highest peak (4083') in Vermont 's Green Mountains.

Jenna lives in Winooski; she enjoys working in her garden, hiking and snowboarding.

Meg Polyte, Public Policy Director

Meg joins our Vermont team with deep knowledge of Vermont non-profits, community organizations and politics. Most recently serving as the Chief of Staff for the Lt. Governor, Meg is well versed in policy and practice in Montpelier and beyond. She loves meeting new people, helping individuals share their stories, and advocating for those who we too often marginalize or forget.

Meg grew up in Vermont and has a deep love for the people, community spirit, and natural beauty of the state. After living and working in the former Soviet Union and then Russia for 5 years, Meg returned to Vermont where she attended St. Michael's College in Colchester and earned a BS in International Leadership and Management. She later returned to St. Michael's and completed her Masters in Education.

Meg lives in Burlington with her two almost grown kids, two cats and her dad. She loves gardening, knitting, cooking, yoga and appreciating the beauty of Lake Champlain and the green mountains.

Kirk Rankin, Administrative Associate

kirk-rankin.jpgKirk Rankin has recently joined the Vermont Chapter as the Administrative Associate with a background in communications, and community outreach. Upon graduating from the University of Vermont in 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Community & International Development, Kirk brings a can-do attitude and fresh face to the numerous services the Vermont Chapter provides. Kirk interned as a student with Chapter Policy Director, Meg Polyte in Spring 2022 around various State and Federal Advocacy Efforts.

Outside of the office, Kirk enjoys plein air painting and collaging in his free time. Also an avid bike rider, there's a good chance you've seen him riding on the Burlington Bike Path. Kirk was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and has lived in Vermont for over five years.

Lindsey Lefevre-Jones, Program Intern

Lindsey-Lefevre-Jones.pngLindsey joined the Vermont team in Spring 2022 as a Program Intern. They primarily work with Program Manager Jordan Cotto to create and deliver education programs. They are also a student at the University of Vermont studying Public Health Science and Sociology. Lindsey lives in Burlington and enjoys cooking and hanging out with their pet bunny named Bagel.