Sam Drazin, Executive Director
Changing Perspectives founder Sam Drazin is a certified elementary educator and former elementary school teacher. Sam was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a rare congenital disorder resulting in both facial anomaly and hearing loss. As a child, Sam underwent seven surgeries 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 educators around the country.
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Annie DiVello, New England Liaison
Annie DiVello 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 in Bedford, New Hampshire, along with her esteemed business partner, Cass Chapman. As our New England Liaison, Annie does school outreach in southern New Hampshire and nearby communities. 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.
Annie can be reached at email@example.com
Molly Ritvo, Communications Specialist
Molly Ritvo is thrilled to be part of the Changing Perspectives team as communications specialist. Born and raised in the sweet town of Montpelier, Molly 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, Vermont, area. Joining the Changing Perspectives team allows Molly to combine her interests in communication, storytelling, and increasing empathy. Molly is also a freelance writer and enjoys being outside, practicing yoga, baking gluten free desserts and spending time with family and friends.
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Holly Lane, Program Coordinator
Whether it was good timing or just plain luck, Holly Lane was astounded when she came across the Changing Perspectives 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.
Holly can be reached at email@example.com
Aurina Hartz, Director of Curriculum Development
Aurina Hartz has a Masters degree in Education and has been dedicated to restorative practices working in classrooms and collaborating with educators for the past 10 years. Developing curriculum for Changing Perspectives has been an exciting challenge as she directly connects the organization’s mission to national standards. With the growing emphasis on social emotional learning in mainstream education, Changing Perspectives is right in line with supporting educators to address empathy and awareness. Aurina loves children and helping others, so she is excited to officially be a part of the Changing Perspectives team!
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