Staff

STAFF

James Haslam

JAMES HASLAM
Executive Director

James co-founded Rights & Democracy after serving as the Executive Director at the Vermont Workers’ Center for over 15 years. He has extensive experience in running grassroots legislative advocacy campaigns, labor and community organizing. He can be reached at james@radvt.org

Jaime Contois

JAIME CONTOIS
Director of Strategic Development

Jaime worked as a community organizer in NH and VT for over ten years, leading campaigns for living wages, healthcare reform, affordable housing, labor and LGBTQ rights, and addressing systemic racism. She has worked in NH as Director for Working Families Win, MoveOn.org, and led a campaign that defeated the radical right in the State House. Jaime helped found the Monadnock Live Free and Equal Coalition for LGBTQ rights, the Monadnock International Film Festival, and the Monadnock Food Co-op. You can reach her at jaime@radnh.org.

Isaac Grimm

ISAAC GRIMM
Organizing Director

Since it’s inception, Isaac has helped build RAD as canvass director, lead organizer, and political engagement director in Vermont, knocking doors around the state, building organizing teams, and then coordinating lobbying, coalition building and statewide electoral campaigns. Previously, he worked as co-canvass director with the Working Families Party and organizer for SEIU helping thousands of adjunct faculty form a union. A University of Vermont (UVM) grad and former Vermont Workers’ Center intern, he also worked as a high school social studies teacher in Cali, Colombia for 5 years. He can be reached at isaac@radnh.org

Molly Grover

MOLLY GROVER
Digital Communications Coordinator

Molly has been a New Hampshire resident since 2016. When Bernie Sanders announced his presidential candidacy, she got involved as a leader in the online grassroots group Women for Bernie Sanders. Later, she wrote articles and produced graphics for online activism platforms such as the Trump Resistance Movement, The Talk on Main St, Act.tv, and Democrats.com. She is looking forward to making a difference in the Granite State. Contact: molly@radnh.org

KATE LOGAN
Director of Programming and Policy

Kate is a feminist social and political theory scholar, specializing in family policy, participatory democracy, and human rights, as well as a having a background in labor and community organizing and nonprofit management. Working for Rights & Democracy gives her the opportunity to put all of these passions and skills to use in helping to build a more just and sustainable future. You can reach her at kate@radvt.org.

Kevin Pentz

KEVIN PENTZ
Lead Organizer

Kevin Pentz and his family have lived in Kentucky for the last 20 years. He has worked as an organizer for Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, first as a chapter organizer for several counties in eastern Kentucky and more recently as an issue organizer focused on resource extraction issues related primarily to coal mining. Before that he worked briefly as an organizer for Montana People’s Action in Bozeman MT. Kevin and his wife, Amy, have a two year old son, Eli. They are all looking forward to exploring the New Hampshire woods. Kevin’s family has owned a camp on Norton Pond in the northeast corner of Vermont since the early 60’s. kevin@radnh.org.

Heather Stockwell

HEATHER STOCKWELL
Grassroots Organizer

Heather has been a resident of New Hampshire for almost 50 years. She attended college in Boston and New York, only to return to New Hampshire after her studies. She currently lives in her hometown where she started her own family in the house she grew up in. She is one of the founding members of the Monadnock Progressive Alliance, a local chapter of Rights & Democracy NH. She aspires to apply what she’s learned over the last two years by using these experiences across the Granite State. Contact: heather@radnh.org

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SHAY TOTTEN
Communications Director

Shay grew up in the Northeast Kingdom and as a writer and publisher has worked to give voice to people organizing on a variety of issues, from labor, LGBTQ and disability rights to the environmental justice and anti-war movements, and more. A graduate of Bennington College, he has served on the boards of the Vermont Press Association, the Peace & Justice Center, the Keep BT Local Coop, Burlington Friends of Education, and was a founding board member of RAD. You can reach him at shay@radvt.org.

HilaryViens

HILARY VIENS
Operations Director

Hilary is a clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience working with non-profits. Before devoting her time to RAD, Hilary served as Director of Programs and Assistant Director with several non-profits on the East Coast. Hilary provides national consulting services on capacity building related to infrastructure development as well as HIV prevention, and is an experienced federal grants reviewer. You can reach her at hilary@radvt.org.