Our Team

Sam Drazin, Executive Director

Sam Drazin is a certified elementary educator and former elementary school teacher. Currently he is the founder and Executive Director of Changing Perspectives. Sam was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome – a rare congenital disorder resulting in both facial anomaly and hearing loss. Sam underwent seven surgeries as a child while attending his local public school. Sam’s experiences, both as a student with a disability and as a teacher working in an inclusive classroom, made him recognize the importance of improving awareness and understanding of disabilities. Sam continues to be amazed by the positive impact that disability awareness initiatives are having on students and teachers around the country.

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Sam can be reached at sam@cpne.org

Annie DiVello, New England Liaison

Annie is a licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She has worked with children all across the country including West Virginia, Georgia, and South Central Los Angeles. Her particular area of clinical interest is Selective Mutism. Annie co-owns New England Pediatric Services along with esteemed business partner, Cass Chapman. Annie has recently stepped into the role of the New England Liaison for Changing Perspectives. She is honored to be a part of this tremendous initiative because alongside the children she serves, Annie has seen first hand the benefits of disability awareness, understanding, empathy, and compassion.

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Annie can be reached at annie@cpne.org

Molly Ritvo, Social Media Specialist

Molly Ritvo is thrilled to join the Changing Perspectives team as a social media specialist. Molly was born & raised in the sweet town of Montpelier & now resides in Burlington. She graduated with a BA from Tufts University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. Molly has worked as a communications specialist in a variety of different organizations in the Burlington, VT area. Joining the Changing Perspectives team allows Molly to combine her interests in communication, storytelling, and increasing empathy. Molly is also a freelance writer, health coach, and enjoys being outside, practicing yoga, spending time with dogs, baking gluten free desserts and spending time with family & friends.

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Molly can be reached at molly@cpne.org

Holly Lane, Program Coordinator

Whether it was good timing or just plain luck, Holly Lane was astounded when she came across Changing Perspective’s job posting for a program coordinator. Here was an opportunity to put to use more than two decades of experience in nonprofits, development, and education and apply it to an incredible mission. Professionally and personally, Holly has seen the impacts a program like Changing Perspectives can have for students, teachers and families, and she is excited to work with the team on organizational capacity building, grant writing, and school outreach. She lives in East Montpelier with her husband, four children, and an assortment of pets.

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Holly can be reached at holly@cpne.org

Board of Directors

Chris Ward, Board President

Claudia Gibson, Secretary

Maureen Ripple, Treasurer

Aretha Cohen

Jill Lloyd

Glennis Gold

Patrica Lanter Dufty

Monica McEnerny

Torrelee Fisher-Sass

Advisory Committee

Monique Priestly

Sara Wilmot