Leadership Team


Executive Director: Joe Patrissi

Joe Patrissi has been the Executive Director of NEKCA since 2010. Prior to this role, Joe worked in Vermont state government for over 35 years in a variety of roles including Commissioner of Corrections and Deputy Commissioner of Economic Services. He is a graduate of Lyndon State College.

802-334-7316 – Newport
802-748-6040 – St. Johnsbury

Program Director: Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin is a Program Director for the Parent Child Center, Youth Services, and Outreach Department and has worked for NEKCA for over 15 years. She currently sits on the board for Voices for Vermont Children Board and on the conference planning committee for the New England Community Action Agencies.


Program Director: Stephanie Bowen

Stephanie has been with NEKCA since 1996. She is Director of Community & Justice Programs and Community Based Corrections Programs. Stephanie holds degrees in Human Services and in Criminal Justice from CCV, a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Johnson State College and a Masters degree in Psychology from Springfield College of Human Services.


Program Director: Linda Michniewicz

Linda Michniewicz is the Program Director for the NEKCA Head Start and Early Head Start program. She graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a Masters Degree in Education. Linda is the Chairperson for the Orleans Northern Essex BBF Council and steering committee member, Vermont Head Start Assoc. Member and Head Start Association representative to the VT Early Childhood Alliance, and is on the NEKLS Board of Directors. Linda has worked in Community Action since 1978.

802-525-3362 ext. 205

Program Director: Jan Rossier

Jan has worked for NEKCA since 1996 and is Director of our Lincoln Center Programs. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Lyndon State College and a Master of Science in Organization, Management and Leadership from Springfield College. A single mom of 3 sons, Jan is now the proud grandmother of 4 granddaughters.


Program Director: Amy Robinson

Amy has worked for NEKCA since 2004 and is currently the Director for the Micro Business Development Program (MBDP).

802-748-6048 – St. Johnsbury
802-487-9240 – Newport

Director of Finance: John Killion

John is a Certified Public Accountant and has been associated with NEKCA since 1981 in capacities including the agency auditor, consultant and now on staff.


Assistant Director of Finance: Lynda Davidson

Lynda Davidson Assistant Director of Finance, has devoted her entire career to community action agencies. Lynda has worked in community action for 50+ years.  Most recently her services have been in fiscal operations.


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.