The Board:
Our board of directors consists of a diverse and motivated group of women committed to the success and vibrancy of girls in our community. Their wide range of expertise is instrumental in achieving the overall goals of GEMS.

Kristin Chandler


Kristin is an attorney who works as the Coordinator of Team Two, a training program for law enforcement and mental health crisis workers that fosters collaboration in responding to mental health crises. Kristin is also an adjunct professor at Norwich University where she teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence. She coaches the J.V. girls basketball team at Randolph Union High School. Kristin is a Randolph resident. She resides with her two children.

Emily LeVan


Originally from Oklahoma City, OK, Emily graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in Spanish and Environmental Studies and from the University of Cincinnati with a MS in Nursing.  She works locally as a Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Department at Central Vermont Medical Center.  A former national and international competitive marathon runner, she continues to enjoy running and other outdoor athletic pursuits.  As a parent of a past GEMS participant, she is committed to the mission and vision of the organization and to helping offer girls opportunities to achieve their potential. She lives with her husband, 17-year-old daughter, Border Collie, and two draft horses.  

Kara Merrill


Kara is in her 10th year as a school counselor at Randolph Union High School. She has been involved with GEMS since its infancy. Kara is a firm believer in the power of summer programming from her years as both a camper and counselor at Lotus Lake Summer Camp in Williamstown, VT. Kara loves the Randolph community and her work at the high school. She is one of the first people to get to know students as 7th graders and remains in touch right up until she helps them work on their post-secondary planning, RU has been an amazing place for Kara to begin her school counseling practice, and GEMS is a way to be involved in the greater community. Kara lives with her husband and two small children in Warren, VT. Kara and her family spend lots of time skiing, hiking, swimming and just enjoying the outdoors.

Rebecca McMeekin


Rebecca retired in 2014 after serving as Chandler Center for the Arts’ Executive Director for sixteen years. She continues to volunteer for Chandler as the overall coordinator of the New World Festival. Becky was instrumental in the inauguration of Randolph’s PoemTown celebration in 2013, and she continues to serve in a volunteer capacity as a project organizer. In addition to serving on the GEMS board, she is a member of the Vermont Arts Council Board of Trustees and is on the board of the Central VT Chamber Music Festival. Becky lives in Braintree with her husband Charlie; they have three grown children.

Katie Jickling

Katie founded GEMS in 2012 and has served on the board since 2017. She has worked as a journalist at half a dozen Vermont news organizations, and is currentlypursuing a Master's in Theology at KU Leuven in Belgium. 

Marya Merriam

Marya started as a co-director of GEMS and a counselor in 2014. She graduated from Randolph Union and Columbia University and now works at Strafford Creamery.