Staff

Meet the Management Team

The staff smile up at the camera, each one holding an ice cream cone or frozen treat, in this selfie-style portrait. From Left: Katie Miller, Peggy Rainville, Heidi Swevens, Rachel Paskavitz, Scott Robbins, and Emily Schulze.
The staff smile up at the camera, each one holding an ice cream cone or frozen treat, in this selfie-style portrait. From Left: Katie Miller, Peggy Rainville, Heidi Swevens, Rachel Paskavitz, Scott Robbins, and Emily Schulze.

Quick Contact Staff

For more information about individual staff members, read on below.

Katie Miller

Executive Director

After more than a decade of working for arts and youth empowerment organizations across the east coast, Katie Miller joined the staff of Inclusive Arts Vermont in May of 2016 as Development & Communications Director. She enjoys bringing together her background as an artist and skills in nonprofit management to serve the community. As the parent of a young child with a disability and an artist herself, she feels a strong personal connection to our mission.

Katie brings enthusiasm and humor to her work as well as extensive experience in program development, communications, and fundraising. She completed her graduate research on how to make the arts more accessible to rural communities. She has a BFA in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, an MA in Arts Administration from Savannah College of Art & Design, and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from Marlboro College. She is also a trained Results Based Accountability trainer.

In her free time Katie enjoys working on home renovations, photography, hand-lettering, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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Katie Miller looks at the camera from behind clear-rimmed glasses, standing in front of a blurry background of green trees. She has short hair, and wears a denim jacket over a black t-shirt.
Katie Miller looks at the camera from behind clear-rimmed glasses, standing in front of a blurry background of green trees. She has short hair, and wears a denim jacket over a black t-shirt.

Peggy Rainville

Director of Children’s Programming

Peggy Rainville holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and has over 20 years of experience leading children and adults on creative adventures. She is inspired by nature, little children, animals, and love.

In 2000 Peggy began her time at the organization as a teaching artist and in 2009 became the full-time Director of Children’s Programming. In this role, Peggy leads Start With The Arts and the other children’s programming. She is continuously updating the programs to keep them relevant to the current needs in Vermont and keeps herself inspired by continuing to work in Start With The Arts as a teaching artist.

Additionally, Peggy completes and processes payroll for Inclusive Arts Vermont, balancing out her right brain tendencies!

Peggy is committed to the mission of Inclusive Arts Vermont and to encouraging joy, creative self-expression, and professionalism. She carries this to her work outside of Inclusive Arts Vermont, as a visual artist and Creativity Encourager in her art studio. In addition to creating her intuitive paintings, she encourages others to connect to, or reconnect with, the power of their creativity, and to find the magic that it holds.

Peggy enjoys spending time with her family, in nature, riding and caring for her horses, and all things creative.

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Peggy Rainville smiles at the camera on a sunny day in front of a background of blurry green trees and. She wears a black sweater and bright purple scarf and wears long, rectangular, dangling earrings.
Peggy Rainville smiles at the camera on a sunny day in front of a background of blurry green trees. She wears a black sweater and bright purple scarf and wears long, rectangular, dangling earrings.

Heidi Swevens

Director of Community Partnerships

Heidi Swevens enjoys people, stories, and connections. Her first summer job was at a childcare center where she engaged with toddlers and infants. After experiencing changes in her vision a couple years later, she returned to school and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Vermont (UVM) in 2001. Since that time she has worked in and served a variety of organizations whose missions relate to people with disabilities, older adults and families and communities. One volunteer role led to a synchronous opportunity to show her photography in a solo exhibit she titled “Do You See What I See?” which was part of UVM’s Disability Awareness Month’s events in 2006.

Heidi was first introduced to VSA Vermont when one of her photographs was accepted in the 2011 Engage Exhibition, a juried show featuring artists with disabilities. After that initial experience, she was eager to get involved with the organization including the first BOOM VT drum festival. When a staff position became available, she was grateful to contribute to the mission in a more formal way.

Heidi currently manages a variety of programs including Adult Arts Education, K-12 arts integration residences, inclusive programming with partners in the community, and professional development. She has facilitated groups and trainings throughout her career and particularly values presentations about disability awareness and inclusion. As part of Inclusive Arts Vermont’s professional development team, Heidi engages with learners of all ages and appreciates developing curriculum that get at the heart of understanding and increasing inclusion through the arts.

Heidi enjoys nature, trees, rivers, hiking, snow shoeing, zip lining, writing, and much, much more. She also enjoys taking photographs of both the adventures and the simple details that remind her that beauty is everywhere.

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Heidi Swevens smiles at the camera warmly, her blue eyes emphasized by her sky-blue sweater. She has short brown hair, and wears a silver necklace in the shape of a spiral.
Heidi Swevens smiles at the camera warmly, her blue eyes emphasized by her sky-blue sweater. She has short brown hair, and wears a silver necklace in the shape of a spiral.

Scott Robbins

Director of Development & Communications

Scott joined the staff of Inclusive Arts Vermont in the fall of 2019, bringing over a decade of experience in development for non-profits across Vermont and New England. He became familiar with the work of Inclusive Arts Vermont, partnering with its staff while serving at another arts organization to make its performances more accessible to their audiences, particularly those with non-visible disabilities.

Prior to his career in fundraising, Scott earned an MA in Sustainable Development from the School for International Training and has held several positions in organizations working abroad in countries such as Nepal, Brazil, South Africa, and Burkina Faso.

Seeing himself as more of a craftsman than an artist, Scott has delved into an array of creative pursuits including knitting, origami, woodworking, and baking. He also enjoys cooking (and eating!) a diverse array of international cuisines.

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In a black and white photograph, Scott is seated in slight profile although his eyes and smile are directed to the camera. His hair and beard are closely trimmed. He wears dark metal framed glasses, small hoop earrings, and a dark button down shirt that is open at the collar.
In a black and white photograph, Scott is seated in slight profile although his eyes and smile are directed to the camera. His hair and beard are closely trimmed. He wears dark metal framed glasses, small hoop earrings, and a dark button down shirt that is open at the collar.

Alexandra Turner

Inclusive Arts Specialist

Alexandra Turner is a teaching artist, professional development instructor, and Inclusive Arts Specialist. Alexandra works with all ages in a variety of settings including public and private schools, preschools, galleries and community programs. In addition to residencies and workshops for students and community members, Alexandra works with statewide organizations to develop and lead professional development workshops for teachers, Teaching Artists, after-school and early-childhood professionals. Alexandra joined the staff of Inclusive Arts Vermont in 2018 after three years of working as an independent contractor for Start With the Arts, Adults Arts, Arts to Smarts, and professional development programs. She brings over ten years of experience in teaching artistry. Alexandra holds a BA in Studio Arts and an M.Ed. in Arts in Education. Alexandra is an multidisciplinary artist working mainly in kiln-formed glass and digital photography.

Through her art and teaching, Alexandra investigates light, nature, and narrative and enjoys helping others to notice the beauty in the world around them and the joy in experiencing art.

When not making art or leading arts experiences, Alexandra can be found hiking, swimming or paddling with her family and dog.  

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Alexandra Turner smiles widely at the camera, with long, brown hair draped over her shoulders. She wears a cobalt blue dress, green sweater, and purple scarf with white polka dots.
Alexandra Turner smiles widely at the camera, with long, brown hair draped over her shoulders. She wears a cobalt blue dress, green sweater, and purple scarf with white polka dots.