Meet Our Team
Grace Gilbert-Davis, Executive Director
Grace began her career in healthcare administration as a PT unit secretary on pediatrics, advancing over the past 30 years to her current role as the Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association: Vermont Chapter. For nearly 20 years, Grace held increasingly responsible positions at the University of Vermont Medical Center, garnering experience and skills that she later used as a member of the management team at Community Health Centers of Burlington. Before joining the Alzheimer’s Association, Grace served as the CEO for Battenkill Valley Health Center. She has volunteered on numerous nonprofit boards including the New England Federal Credit Union, Champlain Valley AHEC and most recently Bi-State Primary Care Association. Grace earned a BS in Business Administration from Trinity College and a MS in Administration/Organizational Behavior from St. Michael’s College. She has two children: Calvin, a FP nurse practitioner and Sarah who works in healthcare finance. In her down time, Grace enjoys interior and landscape design, reading and spending time with family, friends and her beloved dogs, Hannah and Emily. She resides in Shelburne Village and Arlington, Vermont.
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 late 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, 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 Addison County and beyond.
In her spare time, Leah enjoys cooking, couch time with Netflix, live music, spending time with family and friends, and hanging out with 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.