Larry Bayle: CPO / Executive Director / Part of Executive Team Larry has been the Executive Director for two other Boys & Girls Clubs in New England and has an extensive history with non-profits in Vermont. He is the president of the Vermont Boys & Girls Club Alliance that serves over 14,000 youth across the state with six organizations and 21 sites. He also sits on the Rutland Rotary South Board of Directors as well as the Rutland Region Workforce Investment Board. He is well known in Vermont tennis circles having been a state and regionally ranked player as well as a college coach. Larry holds a BA in Individual and Family Studies from Penn State University. He Lives in Pittsford, VT.
Bob Ramunto: Director of Operations / Part of Executive Team Bob joined us in April 2015 as our Director of Operations; he is responsible for Finance, Administration and Human Resources. He has lived in Vermont for almost 20 years and hails from Long Island. He comes to us with an extensive background in a number of management and supervisory positions including; President & COO of the Rutland Fire Clay Company, Vice President Industrial Sales of the Schaefer Brush Mfg. Co. of Waukesha, WI, Vice President Operations, Communication Associates Inc. of Huntington, NY, Director of Operations, Climatronics Corp, Bohemia, NY and as a Management and Systems Consultant for Gull Resource Management Systems, Smithtown, NY. He has also held a number of leadership positions in various churches and non-profit organizations both here and on Long Island and is currently an Elder at the Brick Church in Clarendon, VT. He is an active outdoorsman and enjoys, biking, hiking, skiing and golf. He is a former US Paratrooper and a Vietnam Combat Veteran.
Courtney Santor: M.R & Hickory Unit Director / Club Director / Part of Executive Team
Courtney Santor is the Unit Director and Jr Club Director for Our Merchants Row and Hickory St. Unit. Currently, she holds an associate's
degree in human service's management, and a bachelor's degree in human services with a concentration in family and children services.
She loves working with children and enjoys outdoor activities in the summer, especially hiking, swimming, field games, etc. Courtney is a
hard worker and is extremely dedicated to making the Boys and Girls Club of Rutland County a safe and positive place for the children in our
community. Courtney believes her purpose in life is to promote and support positive change, and to help Children / Families find hope. She
says, "Children are our future, So we must encourage and motivate them to be the best version of themselves."
Freddie Cannon: Co Barstow Unit Director / Part of Executive Team
Prior to his time here at the Boys and Girls Club he served our country as a combat veteran of the United States Army.
He also is our only current staff member that is a Boys & Girls Club of Kingston New York Alumnus. His upbringing and
life experiences have given him a fearless heart and a desire to give back to those around him that are less fortunate.
In addition to his current position, Freddie and his wife live in Rutland and work through Arus as a Home Provider for a mentally
Nate Bouffard: Co Barstow Unit Director / Part of Executive Team
Nate currently studies at Castleton University double majoring in Social work and Sociology. Originally from Springfield, Virgina, he moved
to Vermont in 2001 and has loved the outdoors and friendly atmosphere ever since.
Liz Caldwell: M.R Program Coordinator / M.R Kitchen Coordinator
Liz is originally from California, but has lived in Vermont most of her life. She is pursuing her Undergraduate Degree in Child and Family Services,
with plans to earn her Master's degree in Social Work. Liz's hobbies include snowboarding, jewelry making, baking and farming.
Erika Gauthier: M.R Program Coordinator / M.R Kitchen Coordinator
My name is Erika and I am originally from a small town in Central, VT. I am a recent graduate from Castleton University with
a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. My love for the Boys & Girls Club originated in Sante Fe, NM while studying abroad.
In return it has given me an awesome volunteer experience and now an even better job! Some of my hobbies include being outdoors,
nail painting and playing softball.
Erin Flanders: M.R Jr Club Coordinator Erin is a hard working mother of two. She has been doing volunteer work with children since 2006 and started working as a volunteer with us May 2014. Erin also volunteers with her daughters Girls Scout Troop in Brandon, Vermont. She completed her high school education in Rutland Vermont at the age of 21. She enjoys working with children, spending time with family, computers, hiking, swimming, arts and crafts, and just having fun while getting her work done.
Louis Ross: M.R Teen Center Coordinator
Originally from New York, Louis moved to Rutland at the start of his teenage years. With a degree in Human Services, Louis is
passionate about working with teens. Louis feels that because of our natural instincts to be judge metal and critical of others
that often we forget what it was like to be a teen ourselves and in this we forget to be empathetic to them and the obstacles they face.
Ruth Reich: M.R Teen Center Coordinator Hi! I joined the family at Rutland Boys and Girls Club in September 2016 as a co-director of the Teen Center. I was raised in Massachusetts and have been in Vermont since 1996. My focus and passion in life is the involvement of horses in the lives of humans as healers and teachers; offering us the necessity to live in the moment, be congruent with ourselves, learn endless life lessons such as observation, communication, empathy, patience, trust, love, focus, joy, creativity, the ability to center and ground. It is these essential life lessons that I offer to the Teens who choose to spend time with us in the Teen Center. I strongly feel that we need to “teach to the individual”. As such, my involvement with youth, whether in the school system (where I was a substitute teacher for 15 years for all ages and all subjects), at my Farm, Jovita Farm in Poultney, or at the Boys and Girls Club Teen Center, offers individuals the chance to be their true self; with no judgement. I hope I can help offer youth a safe, warm, loving “place to be”, while also holding the youth accountable for their actions and instilling a strong sense of self- worth, self- respect and the knowledge that to be unique is a wonderful thing!
John Pedone: Barstow Program Coordinator John was born and raised in Worcester, MA. He worked in management for 25 years at Digital Equipment Corps. In the mid 70’s he was transferred to Bedford NH where he became active in the community as President of the Bedford Soccer League, President of the West High School Music Booster Club, President of the Bedford Little League & a member of the Parks & Recreation Board of Directors. After moving to Vermont in 1996 John became involved as Commissioner of Soccer for Rutland City, President of the Greater Rutland Youth Soccer League and for 6 years ran the soccer program for the Rutland Recreation Dept. For several years, John and his wife, Dolores, owned & operated TOSS (The Other Sports Store) in Rutland specializing in soccer, lacrosse, field hockey & officials’ sports gear. John is currently a Certified USSF, FIFA & VSOA soccer referee, which he has enjoyed for many years. John & Dolores have been blessed with 5 children, 10 grandchildren & 4 fur babies (cats).
Miranda Brazier: Barstow Program Coordinator Miranda originally from New Hampshire moved to Vermont in 2012. she has a certificate in early childhood education and is currently finishing up her education at College of saint Joseph. She is a double major in child and family services and alcohol and substance abuse.
Andy Churchill: Barstow Program Coordinator
Andy proudly hails from the Green Mountains of Central Vermont. He aspires to be a better; friend, brother, artist, singer/song writer, & environmentalist. He enjoys Music, Art, Bicycling, Camping, The Sun, The Moon & time with friends & family.
Liz Bates: Hickory Unit Program Director
Elizabeth is originally from the Susquehanna Valley in Pennsylvania. She has a master's degree in psychology from Norwich; and has worked as a business consultant for over 20 years. Liz is also a writer who regularly
contributes stories to a number of publications. In addition she creates one of a kind custom art for customers. Finally, She is fulfilling a lifelong dream of working with children at the community level.
Chris Gatti-Palance: Hickory Program Coordinator
Chris is originally from CT. She has a CDA credential in Early Ed, has worked 10 years in Litchfield County Headstart program as Head Teacher. She owned her own childcare business, Christine's Preschool / Childcare. After moving to VT in 2007, she was a Pre-K Teaching assistant, she began another school/community garden with a team of community members in Clarenden VT. Former Director of W.E.S., began school / garden with community members in Wallingford, VT. Developed garden programs, and classes for children in After-school programs.
I believe all children should have opportunities to develop and reach their full potential, and that we as mentors , have the responsibility to help them become strong, caring, active members of their community. I enjoy gardening, reading, cooking, and my family.