Meet Our Staff

  • Francis Sharpstene, Program Director

    Photo of FrancisFrancis has been working with the VHCB AmeriCorps Program in 2007, first as the Program Assistant, then moving into the Director role in 2012. His AmeriCorps experience began in 2004 when he served as an AmeriCorps *NCCC Member in the Southwest region, and continued in 2005 when he served as a Team Leader.  Over his two years of service, he worked on a variety of projects including trail maintenance in Big Bend National Park, teaching adaptive sports with the Sports Center for the Disabled, and monitoring endangered Kemp Ridley Sea Turtles on Padre Island.  Serving in AmeriCorps was a transformative time for Francis, and he’s happy to be in a role in which he can now help others have a similar life changing experience.

    Francis hails from the Adirondacks of Upstate New York which inspired a love of the outdoors. In his late teenage years, he began spending his summers working in Acadia National Park. He would pass through Vermont when traveling between Maine and his home state, which is when he first fell in love with the Green Mountain State. Now settled into Vermont, he spends his free time cooking, gardening, volunteering, and traveling.

    Ashley Swasey, Program Coordinator

    Ashley with Snowy OwlAshley joined the VHCB AmeriCorps program as a member back in 2013 and served two years as an Environment Educator with the Vermont Institute of Natural Science.  She then went on to serve a third year as the Team Leader.  After three years of service, Ashley had caught the AmeriCorps bug and worked for two years helping manage two other AmeriCorps programs here in Vermont and finally found her way back to VHCB in the summer of 2018 as the Program Coordinator.  Service has become a huge part of her life and loves being able to support all of the amazing things members are doing throughout the great state of Vermont.

    Ashley is originally from the seacoast of New Hampshire and has made her way to Vermont via the White Mountains, Rhode Island, Peru, and California where she taught environmental education.  She is happy to now call Vermont home and can often be found rambling in Hubbard Park.  She also enjoys hiking, yoga, binge watching a good show and cooking.