Staff of The Vermont Folklife Center
Ned Castle, Development Coordinator and Programming Associate
Ned Castle coordinates VFC's development efforts and is deeply inovolved in our research and public programming. His photographic work focuses on documentary and ethnographic subject matter and includes In Their Own Words, a collection of stories from refugees resettled in Vermont Indigenous Expressions, comprising portraits of Native Peoples from the Lake Champlain Basin, and most recently the HIGHLOW Project, which is now touring the state. Ned attended photography school in Florence, Italy and New York City, and is a graduate of Williams College, where he majored in Biology and Psychology.
Bob Hooker, Administrative Associate
Andy Kolovos, Co-Director and Archivist
Andy Kolovos is the VFC's Co-Director and Archivist. He earned a BA in Literature from Bennington College, and holds a Ph.D. in Folklore and Ethnomusicology and an MLS, both from Indiana University. He has worked as an Instructor for the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, a researcher and archivist for Traditional Arts Indiana, a fieldworker for the Polis Center at IUPUI, project assistant for the Folklore volume of the MLA International Bibliography, and the librarian and archivist of the American Society for Psychical Research. His research interests include audio field recording, audio preservation and theory and practice in folklore and folklife archives. He maintains the Vermont Folklife Center's Audio Field Recording Equipment Guide.
Deborah Laframboise, Finance Director
Scott Miller, Education Project Coordinator and Digital Media Instructor
Scott Miller is a documentary photographer and filmmaker originally from Vermont and Kenya. He has extensive international field experience, having completed photographic and ethnographic projects in Kerala (India), southern Spain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Queens, NY. Scott also worked on the Global Video Letters project in the South Bronx, NYC, teaching young people to make and share visual stories about their lives. He also completed a participatory documentary film entitled Our Global Campus working with adults with developmental disabilities in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Scott holds an MA from The New School (NYC) in International Affairs and Ethnographic Studies, and a BA from Boston University in Philosophy.
Gregory L. Sharrow, Co-Director and Director of Education
Greg Sharrow serves as the VFC's Co-Director and Director of Education. Sharrow brings to the Center a history of academic excellence and years of teaching experience. He holds a BA from Oberlin College, a MEd from UVM and has his PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. Sharrow taught at the Braintree School in the Orange Southwest Supervisory Union (Vermont) for several years and was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year for that district in 1983. He was also appointed as the Mellon Graduate Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania for the 1987-88 Academic Year. His current research interests include the interplay of folklife and personal identity and the role that culture plays in our construction of self.
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