Board of Directors



Alyssa is a licensed clinical social worker and long-time mental health and social justice activist in New England. As a New Hampshire native and a Vermont resident, Alyssa has roots in both states. She brings a wealth of experience with and knowledge of the culture and climate of both Vermont and New Hampshire.



Jo has been a RAD Member for 5 years, has served on numerous boards and committees, and is Trustee and Development Committee Chair for the Vermont Arts Council. Jo helped organize March for Our Lives, the Let Equality Bloom Festival, and the VT Women’s March 2019 and 2020. She was an At-Large Delegate, DNC for Bernie Sanders 2016, a dedicated Bernie volunteer, a 2020 Alumni of Emerge Vermont, and a 2020 VT State Rep candidate.



Steffen holds a BS in Political Science (Pre-Law) from Southern IL University Edwardsville, an MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation from the School of International Training, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University New England. Steffen works as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Conflict Resolution specialist, professional mediator, diversity consultant, TESOL educator, conference trainer, and a commentator for Vermont Public Radio (VPR). He is passionate about increasing awareness concerning disability rights and providing mental health services to communities of color and other marginalized individuals. In 2019, he was selected as State Delegate for the state of Vermont and awarded Vermont Business Magazines 40 under 40 ‘Rising Star’ Award. Most recently, the bulk of his activism work is through the NAACP, where he currently serves as President and Founder of the Windham County Vermont Branch of the NAACP.



Dana Hackett joins the board with a wealth of experience as a longtime New Hampshire resident, low income single working parent, and fierce advocate for intersectional justice. In the summer of 2020, Dana was one of the five activists arrested at the New Hampshire State House in protest of the passage of the divisive state budget. She looks forward to stepping into this new role within Rights & Democracy to help further the mission for collective liberation, justice, and equity for all.



Tom Haley was born and raised in Bennington, Vermont, and is one of the first members of the Bennington RAD chapter. Tom currently sits on the Bennington Select Board, and is a former chair of Bennington Town Democrats and Bennington County Democrats.



Jeetan works as an Employment & Training Counselor with the Association of Africans living in Vermont (AALV, Inc). Before this, Jeetan managed and owned Nepali Kitchen of Essex Junction. Jeetan has also worked with the UN Sustainable Development Goals project, Spectrum Youth & Family Services, the Burlington Community & Economic Development Office, and served as Commissioner of Burlington’s Parks & Recreation Department.


Co-Chair, VT

Jubilee has been a RAD member leader in Vermont for several years. She has used her lived experience to fight to #RaisetheWage and enact Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance for all working Vermonters. She serves on RAD’s Vermont Leadership Committee and Movement Politics Committee, as well as her County organizing team. As a service coordinator for housing insecure folks at the John Graham Shelter, she is committed to creating a fair and just society where all can thrive.

Eric Rasmussen



Eric is an engineer who has been working in the non-profit world for over two decades to empower young people through STEM programs. He has seen the challenges that a growing organization can face, and he wishes to share his experience to help RAD continue to grow and fulfill its critical mission. He is a firm believer in the mission and values of RAD, and has already been volunteering with RAD since 2017 and serving on the board since 2018.



Barbara grew up on a small dairy farm in rural Michigan, had a long Telecommunications career, and now owns a small berry farm, Solar Haven Farm LLC. Since moving to Vermont in 2008, Barbara has been active on many fronts, where those most impacted are often unable to fight back, including litigating on behalf of a syrup producer, exposing Vermont Gas’ deceptive marketing, advocating for healthcare reform, and fighting to keep rural schools opened.