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About Us

Who We Are

Mosaic Vermont, a 501c3 non profit agency, is Washington’s County’s sexual violence prevention and response agency and one of the state’s only service providers solely dedicated to ending sexual violence. We are a small team of dedicated staff and volunteers with an office and shelter located in the heart of Barre, Vermont.

Mosaic Vermont’s mission is to heal communities and end sexual violence. We envision a world with resilient communities, free of sexual/gender-based violence, where all people are supported in healing from harm.

Mosaic was founded in 1984 as the Sexual Assault Crisis Team of Washington County (SACT). SACT was the first organization in Vermont to have specialized sexual violence response services and shelter for people who were male and/or LGBTQ+, and received international recognition for work done to serve those traditionally left out of sexual and domestic violence response services.

In 2020, SACT became Mosaic Vermont, Inc., marking a powerful period of transition in our work. This new chapter begins a redoubling of our commitment to provide services that are approachable, intersectional, trauma informed, using best practice, preventative, and person-centered.

A mosaic is an art form created by taking small pieces of material, typically stones or tiles, and arranging them into patterns or images. In a mosaic, each piece of material may not be beautiful by itself, or even match the other materials, but when the piece finds its place in the mosaic, it becomes a critical and valuable part of something wonderful and whole. In renaming ourselves Mosaic Vermont, we are recognizing that all parts of ourselves and our community are beautiful, valuable, and important. Our work is the practice of recognizing the pieces of ourselves and others that have been harmed and finding a place where those pieces can make us shine.

Land Acknowledgment

Before It Was Called Vermont, This Land Was and Is Ndakinna. Acknowledging [the History of] the Land the Mosaic Vermont Occupies.

Ndakinna is Abenaki for “our land,” and at Mosaic, we recognize that the land we live and work on is the traditional homeland of the Abenaki peoples. We understand that the state of Vermont, and the United States as we know them, were founded in a more-than five hundred year process of violent colonization and land theft. As an organization committed to ending sexual violence and building safer communities, we believe it is crucial to acknowledge the history of the place we work and recognize that our long term work of ending sexual violence is inextricably connected to justice for Indiginous people. We know that acknowledging the history of genocide and land theft is not enough. Healing this foundational wound will be a long term, collective process that requires truth telling, reconciliation with the past, and the rematriation of land, wealth, and power to the indigenous communities it was stolen from. We aim to be humble, and continue to learn, as an organization and as individuals, how to support Abenaki tribal sovereignty and decolonization as elements of our work

Meet The Staff

Anne Ward, M.ED. (she/her or they/them)

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Executive Director

Anne Ward, M.Ed. is the Executive Director of Mosaic Vermont. She is committed to a lifestyle of least harm and most good, and believes in a community where all people are valued. Anne has worked with people who have experienced sexual harm for more than eight years and has trained and educated teachers, foster and adoptive parents, parents, grandparents, and caregivers, child care providers, medical and law enforcement professionals, and more, in sexual abuse prevention and healthy relationships.

With a Master’s of Education in Humane Education, Anne seeks to be a Solutionary: a person who is able to identify inhumane and unsustainable systems and then develop solutions that are healthy and just for people, animals, and the environment. Her early career included over fifteen years in animal welfare and sheltering, where she continued to learn about the complex challenges of violence, poverty, discrimination, and more.

anne@mosaic-vt.org

Cynthia Marsha (she/her)

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Child/Youth/Community Advocate

Born here in Barre VT, Cynthia believes that one should do something of value with their life, and that doing so brings joy. At the age of 14 she started on a mission, which continues to unfold over 40 years later. In 1990, she completed Johnson State College’s Adult Non-Degree Program and has since achieved a number of certifications, licenses, and college credits.

Cynthia has over 30 years of varied experience, including business management, healthcare services, domestic violence advocacy, certified medication technician, residential care facility management, and as a direct service provider for children with disabilities, adults, and seniors. Cynthia has worked in schools, care facilities, and in private homes.

cynthia@mosaic-vt.org

Mary Mackie (she/her)

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Community Advocate

Mary has a degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia where she concentrated on Criminal Justice and Gender Studies. Her specialty lies in exploring the history and role that sexual harm plays in society to better understand how these systemic structures of inequality and harm can be broken. She comes to Mosaic as a Community Advocate working with the intersections of sexual violence and homelessness. She hopes to empower those impacted in the community to find again their freedom of choice and autonomy in their own bodies. After work you can find Mary baking something new every day and eating Adin’s innovative cheese creations

mary@mosaic-vt.org

Adin Buchanan (they/them)

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Community Advocate

Adin Buchanan was born and raised in occupied Abenaki land / central Vermont, just over the hill from Mosaic’s offices. With five years of varied experience in education for social change and a degree from Hampshire College in Education and Sociology, they find joy and purpose in creating spaces for community learning and transformation. As a Community Advocate at Mosaic, they especially enjoy supporting young people to create healthy and empowered relationships that dismantle the interpersonal fabric of sexual violence and oppression. Outside of work, you can probably find them training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or finding innovative ways to incorporate cheese into their diet.

adin@mosaic-vt.org

Jan Lloyd (they/them or she/her)

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Director of Outreach

Jan has been teaching sex education to youth and adults in schools, colleges, and community for 6 years. They are committed to helping make deeper connections within the community that help us build how we teach consent-based and prevention education. In their role with Mosaic, Jan seeks to network with other local organizations to build a more comprehensive holistic approach to sex education, healthy relationships, and prevention education. In her spare time, Jan enjoys hiking, going on motorcycle rides, and being crafty with leather, paper, or fabric.

jan@mosaic-vt.org

Lescha Carpenter (she/her)

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Shelter Coordinator

Lescha is a lifelong learner on the path of balancing radical tolerance with the quest for inclusive social justice. She has interest and acquired skill in spelling bees, criminal justice reform, civil litigation, disability rights, international conflict management, sculpture in the round, culinary performance art, and survival gardening. Through Mosaic and its partners, she has advocated for an end to systemic violence and exploitation against all genders since 2004.

lescha@mosaic-vt.org

Helpline Team

Advocates

The Mosaic helpline is staffed by a variety of part time staff and volunteers. Call (802) 479-5577 to speak with one of our advocates!

Board of Directors

  • Chair: Jamie Moorby
  • Vice Chair: Sarah Cannon
  • Secretary: Kelli Gile
  • Treasurer: Dillon Burns
  • Johanna de Graffenreid
  • Deborah Sanguinetti

Volunteering

Volunteering with Mosaic can take a variety of forms! Some volunteer opportunities include significant training while others help us manage the day-to-day operations of our office and shelter.

Volunteer Training

Mosaic hosts training for advocates twice annually! Please contact info@mosaic-vt.org to learn more about volunteering, or visit our sign-up page to share your interests in volunteering.

Our Strategic Plan

Mosaic Vermont will be thrilled to share our July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2025 Strategic Plan! This plan aims to guide our work in becoming a more proactive, collaborative, engaged, and sustainable organization.

The goals in this plan will allow Mosaic Vermont to further its mission by supporting the healing of each person and community that has been impacted by sexual violence, proactively engaging in culture-changing work, keeping itself a healthy and sustainable organization, and integrating both presence and programming throughout all of Washington County.

Coming soon! Our 2020-2025 strategic plan!

Contact Us

We are located in Barre and our office hours for phone calls and scheduled appointments are Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm.

If you have questions about us, are interested in our services, or want to schedule a meeting, give us a call at 802-476-1388.

To speak with an advocate any time, call our 24-hour helpline at 802-479-5577.