2016 Unplugged Leaders


devon cohen

This is Devon’s third year as an Unplugged group leader.  She loves living in Vermont and tries to spend as much time outside as possible to enjoy all of its offerings!  She is an avid snowboarder, runner and hiker.  As a new puppy parent, she also like to spend some time on local trails and at swimming holes trying to encourage her dog to try new things.  She loves the mission of Unplugged and is so happy to be a part of this program. 


maggie smith

This is Maggie's first year as an Unplugged leader. She's excited to share her passion for the outdoors, arts and crafts, yoga, and connecting with each other while disconnected from technology. Whether hiking, skiing, or biking on the trail, capturing and appreciating the details of the world around her, or knitting a warm, cozy hat for a friend, Maggie brings a positive energy to all that she does. She studied geography and Spanish at Middlebury College, made maps for National Geographic magazine for five years, and now does freelance work in between teaching local yoga classes and getting involved in various passion projects like Unplugged. 


Marissa Yakaitis

Marissa is 24 years old, born and raised in Peru, Vermont. She attended Flood Brook, Burr & Burton Academy and Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colorado. She moved back to Vermont in 2013 and works for her family's business.In her free time she enjoys; hiking with her dog, Lucy, backcountry skiing, gardening and experimenting in the kitchen. She had a really great time helping out last year and is looking forward to leading the 7/8 Girls again! 


Jacque Verdon

Jacque is a 23 year old first-year Unplugged leader. She moved here from Fallbrook, CA back in January. While growing up in California, she was a girl scout until she was a senior in high school, and always had a love for the outdoors. She enjoys hiking, camping, fishing and exploring everything that Vermont has to offer. She loves the Unplugged mission, and hopes that the 5/6 grade girls teach her as much as she hopes to teach them.


Dennis Gallagher

Dennis is in his first year with the boys Unplugged program and is looking forward to the many adventures planned in the months ahead. Dennis works at The Mountain School in Winhall where he is part of the support staff in the Special Ed department, and he is also a snowboard instructor at Stratton Mountain. Dennis also loves playing hockey, surfing, and spending time with his family.