Leadership Team

Senior Management

Executive Director: Jenna O’Farrell

Jenna O’Farrell took over as executive director of NEKCA in July of 2018.  Prior to this role, Jenna was co-principal of the St. Johnsbury School.  She has over twenty-five years of experience that includes early education, school administration, non-profit management, and leadership posts.

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Deputy Director:  Joy Ely

Joy Ely is the Deputy Director of Northeast Kingdom Community Action Parent Child Center Programs and the Outreach Programs in St. Johnsbury and Newport.  Joy joined the team in January of 2019.  She has over 25 years of leadership experience ranging from alternative schools, residential programs, private schools, and helping to develop alternative classrooms.  Joy’s passion is being able advocate and support families in the Northeast Kingdom.

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Development Director: August Kvam

August, who joined NEKCA at the start of 2021 as Development Director, resides in Reno NV and will eventually make her way to VT.  She’s worked as a Non-Profit and Grants Management Consultant.  August has her Master of Social Work degree from The University of Nevada.


Director of Finance (CFO):  Linda Lotti

Linda joined the NEKCA Team in 2020 as the Finance Director (CFO).


Human Resources Administrator: Amy Burbo

Amy joined NEKCA in this role in August 2011. With over 17 years of administrative experience, Amy is dedicated to working collaboratively to build a culture of community that will further recognize, support and inspire staff.


Program Director: Nancy Powers