Holly Wilkinson, Executive Director

Holly brings a background in small business and non-profit organizations, including the Women's Small Business Program and the UVM Career Center.  Her professional experience has focused on community development, entrepreneurship, youth leadership, workforce & career/life development and expressive arts. She is a Courage & Renewal and SoulCollage facilitator and has a Bachelor’s in Area & International Studies and a Master’s in Education from UVM.  In her free time, Holly writes poetry, works with imagery, and spends as much time as possible outdoors to keep life in perspective. Contact Holly at holly@wholeheartinc.org.


Tara is a community organizer with a passion for building trust in relationships and organizations. She is a graduate of Haverford College and an alumnae of the Vermont Leadership Institute. She is co-founder of WholeHeart, Inc. and a Courage & Renewal Facilitator.  Tara's expertise includes working with young leaders and activists, school communities, teams and philanthropists to create new approaches to solving complex problems.  Contact Tara at tara@wholeheartinc.org.


trish alley, co-founder

Trish holds an MBA in Organizational Development and Behavior. Her career has spanned the corporate world, teaching at the collegiate level, owning several small businesses, and founding  three social profits. Trish's real title at Wholeheart, Inc.  is Spark of Divine Mischief. She provides vision and perspective to keep the heart-fires lit.  Contact Trish at trish@wholeheartinc.org.

Carol Egan, facilitator

Carol lives in the Northwest corner of Vermont, on the Champlain Islands.  She became a Courage & Renewal facilitator in 2007. This work has been shaped by 25 years in education serving isolated, underserved and marginalized children and families in Vermont. Carol is drawn to lessons from nature, silence and the gifts of listening and speaking. She works to bring wholeness and integrity to education and to the relationships that are formed in the school community.

david leo-nyquist, Facilitator

David Leo-Nyquist is a former high school teacher, teacher-educator, and VISTA program director. He’s currently involved in a variety of whole-school reform efforts as a School Coach with a focus on teacher collaboration and teacher leadership. David has a Ph.D in Secondary Education from the University of North Dakota. He is faculty at Champlain College in Vermont, where he teaches in the Division of Education and Human Studies.  David has been co-facilitating the Vermont Courage Cohort since it's roots in 2001. His current projects include Healing the Heart of Democracy Circles and initiating men's retreats.

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Marybeth Christie Redmond
Communications Consultant

Marybeth utilizes communications skills - developed over 25 years - to tell compassionate stories that give voice to people without one and to facilitate social change. Her "vehicles" for advocacy have morphed through the years: from reporting about social issues on the evening news - to advocating for the economic empowerment of women and girls in Vermont.  She co-founded a program for Vermont’s incarcerated women called writing inside VT. A book of the women’s poetry and prose entitled – Hear Me, See Me – was published in 2013. Marybeth has a master’s degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor's from the University of Notre Dame.

Emerson, Ambassador of Unconditional Love

Emerson plays a key role at WholeHeart. His joyful presence serves as the beacon for a world in which unconditional love is the norm. Having recently overcome a cancerous tumor, Emerson is more eager than ever to share his vision for a happier, freer world filled with peace, love, good bones, and long walks. Howl at Emy anytime.