Creative Discourse collaborates with an accomplished group of colleagues. Working together, we provide innovative and effective project teams for a range of projects.
Susan Clark is a writer and educator focusing on community sustainability and engagement. She is coauthor of “Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home” (Chelsea Green, 2012, with Woden Teachout); and coauthor of “All Those In Favor,” a book about Vermont town meetings (RavenMark, 2005 & 2015, with Frank Bryan). Susan's work has included serving as communication director of a statewide environmental organization for 8 years, coordinating a rural grants program for 4 years, and directing a community activists’ network for the northeastern U.S. and Canada. She has taught community development at the college level for ten years, and frequently leads trainings with local leaders and community groups on how to build inclusive, deliberative, empowered public participation. An award-winning radio commentator, Clark’s democratic activism has earned her broad recognition, including the Vermont Secretary of State’s Enduring Democracy Award. She is town meeting moderator in Middlesex, Vermont.
Kayhl Cooper makes movies. From concerts to weddings to dog parks, to local and national campaigns about important public issues, great stories are everywhere, and he's been recording them. He uses photo, video, design, and motion graphics to help people tell their stories.
Hal Colston, founding director of the Good News Garage and NeighborKeepers, is a social entrepreneur with a vision for creating an inclusive, diverse community. Hal has a passion for diversity work and created the Office of Diversity for Vermont’s largest mental health agency, HowardCenter. He has helped design and facilitated diversity and inclusion trainings for Vermont organizations large and small. Hal believes that achieving cultural intelligence is a life-long and worthy learning process.
Rebecca is the founder of Seed the Way Consulting, LLC, providing training and professional development for equity literacy and anti-bias education. Seed the Way serves K-12 school districts throughout Vermont and New York. A fourteen year veteran teacher, instructional coach, and leader for equity in the in Vermont's public schools, Rebecca was named the 2015 Vermont State Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). She recently received the Vermont NEA 2018 Human and Civil Rights Award. Rebecca is currently facilitating Vermont NEA's Racial Justice Task Force, working with educators, students, state legislators, and VTNEA staff to create a racial justice toolkit to address racism in Vermont’s schools. Rebecca is a full time faculty member in the Education Department at Saint Michael’s College teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in social justice, curriculum, and the arts, and serves as the M.Ed. Curriculum & Arts Concentration Coordinator
Kesha Ram served four terms in the Vermont House of Representatives on behalf of Burlington, including as Vice Chair of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee and a member of the House Ways & Means Committee. In 2016, she became the first woman of color to receive double digits in a statewide race in her unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor. In 2018, she graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a Master in Public Administration. She has worked for the City of Burlington as the Civic Engagement Specialist and for Steps to End Domestic Violence as the Legal Advocacy Director. She also serves as Chair of the Attorney General's Immigration Task Force and on the boards of the Main Street Alliance of Vermont, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, and the Vermont Natural Resources Council.
Liz Subin recently served as one of the Project Coordinators for the Heart and Soul of Essex, a two-year community engagement initiative funded but the Orton Family Foundation. She now serves on the board of Heart & Soul and continues to work on projects that promote the core values of the community. She is one of the founding directors of the Pennywise Foundation which seeks to generate and harness support for effective, innovative, and collaborative nonprofit organizations around the world that leverage relatively small donations to create significant and sustainable pathways to positive change. Liz works as a facilitator and graphic recorder throughout her community. She was recently elected to the new unified school board serving the communities of Essex Town, Essex Junction and Westford.