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Matthew Moriarty


Assistant Professor of Archaeology

Matthew Moriarty serves as an assistant professor of archaeology in the Anthropology, Archaeology, and Geography B.S. Program, the coordinator for the new 3D Technology Certificate Program, and director of the Castleton Innovation Lab.

As an archaeologist, Dr. Moriarty has long-term interests in long-distance trade, political economy, and historical ecology. He has participated in archaeological investigations in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Ireland, and various parts of the United States. His investigations in Guatemala at the ancient Maya site of Trinidad de Nosotros highlighted the complexities of Classic Maya trade and the role of the ancient Maya ballgame in daily life. From 2016 to 2019, he directed investigations in Vermont at the Galick Site, a Precontact Native American and Euro-American site at the southern end of Lake Champlain. More recently, he is co-directing archaeological investigations at Granger House, an early 19th-century home on the Castleton campus that will soon become the Granger-Moulton Museum and Learning Laboratory.

Professor Moriarty is also heavily involved in the application of 3D imaging technologies to archaeological heritage. He and his students partner with a wide range of museums and other organizations around the state to create high-resolution 3D models of artifacts and other cultural patrimony for public outreach and digital curation. A sampling of their work can be found on the Vermont State University Digital Archaeology Project’s page on Sketchfab:

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Allie Breyer


Allie Breyer (she/her) is a dedicated part-time faculty member at Castleton Communications Department. With over eight years of experience in private, government, and nonprofit sectors, Allie is a seasoned communications professional currently based in Seattle.

As a Senior Communications Consultant at PRR, Allie focuses on transportation and construction communications, community engagement, and partnership building for the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT). Her role showcases a commitment to effective communication in complex environments, ensuring information resonates with diverse audiences.

Previously, as the Communications Director for the Vermont Health Department’s Division of Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Injury Prevention, Allie specialized in crisis communications and creating clear, concise, and plain language materials to assist Vermonters in preparing for emergencies and keeping themselves and their families safe from injuries.

Allie taught the Media, Society, and Communication course at Castleton University in Spring 2023. Her teaching style emphasizes inquiry-based learning, encouraging students to participate actively in their education. Assignments are to simulate real-world professional work, providing students with practical experiences that mirror the challenges of the communication field. She looks forward to teaching this course again and inspiring the next generation of communications professionals.

Allie holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Oregon, focusing on Community and Regional Planning. In her downtime, she can be found immersed in a book, painting with watercolors, or walking and biking Seattle’s vibrant streets.

Class of 2023

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Judy Schmidt


Adjunct Clinical Instructor

  • Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene from Erie Community College, NY (May, 1992).
  • Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Vermont Technical College, VT (May 14,2023).
  • Started at VTC August 2020 as an adjunct clinical instructor in the Dental Hygiene Department.
  • VDHA Executive Board Treasurer
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Laura Roald


Part-time Faculty

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Theresa DeRagon


Saxophone/Clarinet adjunct

Tracy (Theresa)DeRagon is a music educator with over 30 years of NYS Public School teaching experience. During those 30 years, she has taught woodwinds, music theory, International Baccalaureate Music, Music Fundamentals and has conducted Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, as well as numerous elementary and middle school level ensembles. She has hosted over a dozen student teachers from colleges and universities throughout NYS. Tracy has an active private music studio, teaching Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet, with students achieving Area All State and All State levels. She retired from Ballston Spa CSD in 2019, where she finished her career as Music Department chair. Under her direction, the BSCSD Music Department was named a “”Best Community For Music Education.””

An active performer throughout her teaching career, Tracy founded and conducts the Ballston Spa Community Band and Jazz Band. She currently plays lead Tenor Sax in the Swing Docs Big Band and is a regular performer with the Capital Region Wind Ensemble on saxophone and clarinet. Tracy has performed as the woodwind player in the pit orchestra for numerous shows and continues to play in community and school productions throughout upstate NY.

Tracy is a firm believer that music education is for everyone, and our lives are enriched when we create music with others.

Bachelor of Music Education: Ithaca College, Saxophone major studied with Dr. Steven Mauk
Master of Music Saxophone Performance: Arizona State University, studied with Dr. Joseph Wytko

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Angela Brande

Part Time Professor

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Glendon Ingalls


Instructor of Trumpet, String Bass, Electric Bass

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William R. DeForest


Associate Professor

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Sean Doll



Professor Doll has professional experience with Eastern Mountain Sports, Recreation Equipment Incorporated, Xanterra Travel Collection in Yellowstone National Park, B-Bar Guest Ranch and Nordic Center, Lee County Parks and Recreation in North Carolina, and Omni Mount Washington Resort and Bretton Woods Ski Area (OMWR/BW). Most recently, with OMWR/BW he was heavily involved with marketing and public relations and oversaw sales, event management, adventure activities, guest relations, the Bretton Woods Nordic Center, and general mountain resort management. While serving as president of the Twin Mountain/Bretton Woods Chamber of Commerce, Professor Doll also served on other various boards and committees throughout northern New Hampshire and Vermont.

Professor Doll currently serves on the Board of Directors for the New England Ski Museum and he is a member of the Connecticut River Joint Commission Riverbend Subcommittee. Additionally, he has volunteered as a lead fly fishing instructor for the Dr. Richard J. Schilling Fly Fishing Celebration, and annually volunteers for the Ragnar Reach the Beach Relay, the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon, and the Lyndon Outing Club, a small local ski area located across town from the Lyndon campus.

While Professor Doll’s main focus is on the ski industry through our Mountain Resort Management concentration, he also manages interns from both concentrations within the Adventure Education, Leadership and Tourism department (Mountain Resort Management and Adventure Education) and visits them wherever their internships might take them – from working at golf resorts in Florida to Heli-skiing operations in Alaska, from backcountry skiing in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming to hiking in the Grand Canyon in the middle of the summer, and so on. Professor Doll also leads a sophomore field practicum where he travels with students to our six partner resorts here in New England: Bretton Woods Mountain Resort, Burke Mountain, Cannon Mountain, Jay Peak Resort, Smugglers’ Notch Resort, and Stowe Mountain Resort.

Professor Doll strongly believes in making the effort to have personal, face-to-face interactions with the organizations that host our interns as a way to maintain relationships in the field for the benefit of future students and interns. He also believes getting out in the field helps keep the information he shares in his classes current. Back on campus, when Professor Doll is in the classroom, he likes to deliver course content by keeping things light, fun and entertaining.

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John Kidder


Professor and Chair

I joined the Vermont State University faculty in 2002 and immediately found it to be an exciting and rewarding place to teach. I currently serve as the chair of the Department of Engineering and teach courses in materials science, processing, and other engineering topics. At Vermont State I run the ski building lab and work with students in the manufacturing club fabricating skis and snowboards. Outside of work I enjoy sailing, skiing, and spending time with my family.

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Raymond Lambert


Adjunct Instructor

Adjunct Instructor for the Community College of Vermont and Johnson State College for over 40 years. Mento/Advisor for Adult External Degree Program of the Johnson State College Adult Degree Program for over 20 years. Adjunct Instructor for online courses the Vermont State College since the inception of the Program.

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Zoe Marr Hilliard


Part-time Dance Faculty

Zoë Marr Hilliard is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, visual artist, mother of three, and born-and-raised Vermonter. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Smith College in dance (technique and performance concentration) and studio art (sculpture concentration) and has been working in the arts ever since. Zoë has been teaching dance, choreographing, and performing professionally in Vermont since 2009. She has taught dance to students of all ages (2-70+) and abilities with varying backgrounds, from new and “non-” dancers to experienced and advanced. In addition to performing her own choreography at various venues around the state, Zoë has also danced professionally for Ballet Vermont, the Vermont Opera Project, Cradle to Grave Arts, and Vital Spark North. Zoë has taught dance at Vermont Center for Dance Education since 2011, is the dance teacher at Green Mountain Community School, and is the Vice President plus a teacher, choreographer, and dancer for the Marble Valley Dance Collective. She has also choreographed for Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theater, Marble Valley Players, and Castleton University Theater Arts Department. Zoë is so excited to share her passion for dance with the VTSU community!

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Ellen Moriarty


Part-Time Faculty/Outreach Coordinator

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Kelly Perline

Assistant to the Dean, School of Nursing and Health & Exercise Sciences

Kelly Perline, (She/Her) M.Ed., CAGS., CAIP-ED, EOLD
Reflective Partner / Therapeutic Educator / Grief & Death Doula
Tending to grief and joy while being stretched large by both is my natural home base. I enter spaces facing adversity and overwhelm to hold pain with love and unconditional compassionate regard within the framework of reflective partnership. My career has had a solid foundation in integrating alternative healing modalities, mental health, and education for over 30 years. Currently, I provide in-person and remote sessions with folks of all ages and provide courses, workshops, and retreats with groups, schools, community programs, and agencies. I focus on providing an empathic break from day-to-day stressors, infusing compassion, empathy, and supportive mindsets, tending to the heart and spirit while providing opportunities for healing expression.

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Harry Chaucer


Adjunct Professor

Dr. Chaucer has been an educator for over 50 years. He has taught each of the sciences at the secondary school level and has taught education at Castleton University for 22 years at the collegiate and graduate level. Harry has an Ed.D. in Education, a master’s degree in Botany, and holds a 50 Ton US Coast Guard Masters (Captains) License

Harry has been recognized as a White House Distinguished Teacher; as Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Biology Teachers, as well as by the American Association of University Women; as a Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia University; as an Apple Fellow; and as an NEA Dorros Peace Trophy recipient. He designed the Da Vinci Curriculum, which has been featured in Teacher Magazine, Business People Magazine, Charles Kuralt’s CBS News, and the text Classroom Crusaders. Dr. Chaucer writes not just from theory, but from having successfully designed and led a school that challenges many of the assumptions of conventional American high schools.

Harry currently teaches leadership courses at Vermont State University, sails traditional boats, consults with schools locally and internationally, and performs magic for children. He is married to the lovely Kathleen Ready. They have five children and seven grandchildren.

Harry founded the Gailer School and was instrumental in designing the Woodruff Institute, and the ACT II Post-baccalaureate Program. The leadership and post-bac. programs are thriving under different names after twenty years.

Harry’s consulting includes work in China, Ethiopia, and an in-depth study of Finnish education. He is currently on the Board of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and of the Kelem International School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.