Amy Shollenberger has more than 15 years of grassroots organizing, policy, and political issue campaign experience, including work as a press secretary for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and as a senior policy analyst for Public Citizen’s Critical Mass Energy and Environment Program. As Rural Vermont’s executive director, she worked to help members successfully lobby for several bills. In 2010, she was the campaign manager for a gubernatorial primary candidate in Vermont. She currently serves multiple clients through her Action Circles firm, offering help with political strategy, organizational capacity building, and meeting facilitation. Amy is a member of the Vermont Consultants Network. Learn more about Amy.
Cindy Willard Metcalf has twenty five years of experience in community organizing, project development, issue promotion and political campaigning. Her experience includes coordinating the complexities of large community events, managing successful election and re-election campaigns at the county and state-wide levels, administering the Lt. Governor’s office, chairing the Vermont Democratic Party, organizing and managing grassroots issue promotion and lobbying efforts, and administering and arranging projects for a nonprofit organization.
Falko Schilling, Esq. has worked in Vermont State House on a wide range of issues including health care reform, consumer protection, and environmental regulation since 2010. A native of Vermont, Falko received his law degree from Vermont Law School and is a licensed attorney. Before joining Action Circles, Falko spent five years leading winning legislative and grassroots campaigns as the Consumer and Environmental Advocate at Vermont Public Interest Research Group. Major victories included helping pass the nation’s first mandatory genetically engineered food labeling law, and allowing dental therapists to practice in Vermont.
Colin Gunn has focused his work on the development and administration of websites, constituent resource management software and systems, and office management systems for nonprofits and small businesses in Vermont. He provided the administrative base for Rural Vermont during the passage of multiple agriculture-related bills in the statehouse, ran the database for a gubernatorial primary campaign, and is one of the founders of a collectively-run bike shop in Montpelier. Colin volunteers time providing administrative support, meeting facilitation, and grassroots organizing for community issues. When he can, he helps out on his mother’s farm in West Berlin.