Robert Crego

Robert Crego   

Executive Director

Bob joined Southern VT AHEC as its Executive Director in November 2018.  He has worked in community development for nearly 30 years, largely working with nonprofits in the areas strategic and business planning, finance and asset management, program development and management, and grant writing.  Over the years, Bob has obtained over $30 million in public and private grant funding, primarily for affordable housing, education and health care-related projects. Bob received a Master of Arts in Teaching Social Studies from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, and a B.A. in History from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.  Robert can be reached at or 802-885-2126, ext. 104.

Karen Beardsley

Finance Manager
Karen has been with Southern VT AHEC since 1999 where she started as Administrative Assistant.  In addition to her duties as Finance Manager, Karen also administers the Primary Care Educational Loan Repayment Program.  Karen received her degree in psychology from the Community College of Vermont.  Karen can be reached at 802-885-2126 ext. 101, or

Nicole Williams

Administrative and Marketing Associate

Nicole recently joined the Southern VT AHEC team and looks forward to promoting and uplifting the organization’s mission. Earlier this year, Nicole received her BA from Clark University in Worcester, MA where she majored in English. During her studies, Nicole primarily focused on how identity politics are conveyed throughout various genres of literature. In her free time Nicole enjoys reading, hiking, swimming, and catching up on the latest films and TV shows. Nicole can be reached at 802-885-2126 x 102;

Eleanor Thomas

Health Careers Educator

Eleanor joined SVTAHEC in March.  In her role, she will primarily provide health careers exploration programming to high school students in southern Vermont.  Eleanor is a native Vermonter, born and raised in Brattleboro.  Eleanor received her Bachelor of Music Education from Keene State College and her MBA from Plymouth State College.  She has administrative and management experience in both higher education and healthcare, most recently as Director of Specialty Practices at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.  While at BMH, she oversaw the Community College of Vermont/BMH Medical Assistant Program, the clinical rotation of LPN students from Vermont Technical College, and was actively involved in the Employee Engagement program at the hospital.  Eleanor has also been involved in supporting youth in Future Business Leaders of America chapter in Brattleboro.  Eleanor may be reached at 802-885-2126, ext. 103, or

Susan White

Health Professions Resource Coordinator

Susan develops, coordinates and evaluates health care student projects; organizes continuing education programs for health care professionals; leads the annual survey of primary care practices in Addison, Bennington, Rutland, Windsor and Windham counties; and looks for opportunities to support rural primary care practices and practitioners, and students enrolled in health professions programs in Vermont.  She received her B.A. in Political Science from Macalester College and previously worked in membership and alumni development at nonprofits and educational organizations.  Susan can be reached at 802-885-2126 ext. 105, or

Marty Hammond   

Oral Health Project Coordinator

A former Executive Director of SVTAHEC, Marty returned to the agency in 2019 in a new, part-time position as Oral Health Project Coordinator.  In her new role, Marty will support community-based oral health initiatives throughout the southern Vermont catchment area.  Oral health is an important component of overall well-being.  To date, marty and SVTAHEC have helped improve oral health access through supporting school-based preventive dental initiatives in the Springfield and Bennington areas, and a new dental clinic in Brattleboro.  Marty also participates in the Vermont Oral Health Coalition and is the Vermont Grassroots representative to the national Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN).  She earned a B.A. in History and an M.Ed in Educational Leadership from The University of Vermont.  Marty can be reached at 802-233-3840 or