Rachel became the Executive Director of the Peace & Justice Center in 2013. She is raising two children with her partner Jules on their mini-urban homestead in Burlington. She is committed to the causes of economic, racial, and environmental justice; has tremendous organizational and fundraising skills; is a proven leader in the community; and is well-established in Burlington. She has worked for positive change as an advocate for women and economic justice through both Vermont Works for Women and as a founding member of Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom. She recently served as a Burlington City Councilor representing the Old North End and is a dancer/performer hoping to get moving again soon.
Wendy Coe went to the founding meeting of the Peace & Justice Center in 1979 as a representative of the First UU Society of Burlington. She was brought up UU and has been a member of FUUSB for 40 years. She became passionate about social justice issues in the 70s. She has been president of the Burlington Area Community Garden Advisory Board and Center City Little League. She is the mother of two boys. She is the Ward 2 Elections Clerk and the Treasurer of the Burlington City Progressive Party.
In October 2012 Kyle was hired to join The Peace & Justice Center’s vibrant staff. Her background is in peace work through education, direct action and the arts. Her experience in program development and management has involved bringing together artists, activists and community partners for successful public programs. Over the years she has helped organize workshops, lectures, protests, classes, sit-ins, meetings and performances to nurture a culture of peace through education.
Amy joined the Peace & Justice Store team in March 2015. Dedicated to helping and encouraging others, she has been involved in many different church ministries that enrich and build strong community. Her love of promoting fair trade and social justice is fueled by the desire to help people in practical ways. Some of her other passions include reaching out to people through art and music. She is married and is the mother of a goofy Doberman. She is excited to be part of the family at PJC for years to come!
Kristen was incredibly excited to join the wonderful Peace & Justice Center staff in February 2015 after working with the Center for two years first as a Fair Trade intern, and store volunteer. Kristen is exited to start working with PJC’s group of incredibly dedicated volunteers as well as recruit more talented volunteers into the community. Kristen currently serves on one of Burlington’s Restorative Justice Panels and finds this alternative to the traditional punitive justice system an extremely rewarding and a positive influence in the community. She’s also a certified Zumba instructor and loves seeing her passion for dance bring joy and well-being to her students!
Spring 2016 Peace & Justice Center Interns
Mae DesTroismaisons will be graduating from the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School this May with a major in Natural Resource Planning and a minor in Philosophy. After touching upon the importance of fair trade in some of her classes, namely Creating Sustainable Communities, Ecological Economics, World Food Population & Development, and Unlearning Consumerism, she is really looking forward to diving deeper into the subject as this spring’s Fair Trade Intern. She is working with Amy primarily on the application process so that the Peace & Justice Store can become a Fair Trade Federation member. She is excited to be doing something to help address some of the social, economic, and environmental costs of so-called “free” trade.