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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 MetcalfCindy 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 seven years of experience working in the Vermont State House on a wide range of issues including health care reform, consumer protection, and environmental regulation. 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 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.

Testimonials

Citizens Awareness Network’s work with Action Circles was essential for us to move forward with a clear vision and effective goals. With Action Circles’ help we transformed our approach to organizing and created the necessary paradigm shift to accomplish our goals and protect our community. – Deb Katz, Executive Director, Citizens Awareness Network

The Action Circles grassroots organizing training guided me through purposeful principles, goals, and ideas for action that are totally relevant for my organization’s advocacy campaign. The framework of the training is inclusive and intentional—all are welcome and all learn what kinds of power we have and how we can share it with others. I left the training energized and ready to hit the ground running on how to build our movement! – Cassie Willner, Communications and Operations Coordinator, VT Afterschool, Inc.

Common Good Vermont – Vermont’s nonprofit capacity support organization – was at a crossroads a few years ago. The Action Circles team came in and trained us in their model, which helped us to focus on what was important and think more strategically to better meet our mission, which is to help Vermont’s nonprofits be more effective and make our state a better place to live. Amy and her staff are fantastic. – Kathleen Swanson, Development Director, Common Good VT

A few years ago I took the Action Circles Organizing workshop. Since that time, I continue to use what I learned to increase and deepen meaningful participation by our members. One of the most important skills I learned was the value of reaching out to people on the periphery of my organization and looking for opportunities to engage them in a more meaningful way. As I still use the tools I learned from the 6 hour workshop, I can only imagine how valuable a 3 day, small group immersion with Amy and her professional, accommodating staff will be. – Elizabeth Jesdale, UE Northeast Region Secretary/Treasurer, UE National General Executive Boardmember