Meet the Team

Meet the team at Maggie’s Brightside

Colleen Boyd, Chair

Colleen is a social worker, an adjunct professor, and a noodle dancer. Throughout her career, Colleen has been involved in various initiatives focused on women and children’s health and resiliency.  With a focus on rural communities, Colleen has worked in nonprofit development, community organizing, and crisis services, primarily within the realm of violence and abuse. Colleen’s beautiful stepmother, Judi, died of metastatic breast cancer at a very young age, so when her lifelong friend Maggie was diagnosed with the same illness, a new fire was ignited to support those diagnosed with cancer. In her free time, Colleen can be found listening to music, dancing in random places, or wandering around with no real destination. She loves bad jokes and laughter, and good talks about culture and politics.

Cassie Gillespie, Vice Chair

Cassie Gillespie, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Originally from Long Island, New York, she moved to Burlington, in 1999 to attend the University of Vermont. While studying abroad she found her calling in social work. After college she spent a few years living in the mountain west; exploring, skiing and gaining experience in social work. Cassie returned to Vermont to get her MSW from UVM in 2008 and has never left. She met Maggie Van Duyn, working as a Child Protection Social Worker with Vermont’s Department for Children and Families (DCF). She now works at the Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership as a coach and a trainer. She lives in with her husband, two young daughters and Sally, the Border Collie. She enjoys skiing, gardening and reading.

Cynthia Feltch, Secretary

Cynthia Feltch came to Vermont 11 years ago from her beloved New Hampshire. She’s employed at Dealer.com where she works on automotive websites. Previously, she worked in the Tourism industry for many years. Most notably as the Recreation Groups and International Sales Manager for Bretton Woods Ski Resort and the Mount Washington Hotel.

Cindy attended undergraduate at Suffolk University in Boston, MA where she received a BS in Business Administration and received a graduate certificate in Federal Contacting and Sub-Contracting from American Graduate University in Santa Monica, CA.

In her free time, she skis, golfs, rides a bicycle, as well as, hikes and kayaks with her feisty pup named Sadie. She’s passionate about social justice for all and women’s causes including safe spaces for women and women’s health issues.

Lela McCaffrey, Treasurer

Lela McCaffrey is a CPA based in Montpelier, Vermont, who works with individuals, small businesses, and nonprofits. She is still surprised to find herself in this role, as she was a Philosophy major when she graduated from St. Michael’s College, and started her career working in outdoor education.  After several years of moving every season for a new job, she took a job at an outdoor education nonprofit as an Office Assistant where she obtained knowledge of their accounting system. Despite the steep learning curve, she found she had a love and a talent for accounting, and subsequently went back to school to get her license.  She met Maggie through Girls on the Run, when Maggie was coaching while simultaneously getting chemo, and had to know more about who this badass woman was!  As she learned more about Maggie’s Brightside, she committed herself to making sure that the financial part of the vision would be supported.
 
 
Lela lives in the woods with her husband, daughters, and active goldendoodle. She is a leader for her Daughter’s Girl Scout Troop, loves running and creating things with yarns.

Katie Webster, Board Member

Katie Webster, is a professional recipe developer, former food stylist and food blogger specializing in healthy locally sourced cuisine. She is a culinary school graduate, studied art and photography at Skidmore College and is a contributing editor at EatingWell Magazine. She is the author and photographer of the cookbook Maple, 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes Featuring Pure Maple Syrup, Quirk Books, 2015. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two sassy daughters. In her free time she attempts to maintain an ambitiously large garden and teaches fitness classes.

Mary-Ellen Rafuse, Fundraising Coordinator

Mary-Ellen Rafuse is a Social Worker for the State of Vermont. Originally from Connecticut she moved to Vermont in 2000 to attend college and despite leaving briefly for graduate school the more relaxed pace of life in Vermont called her back. She met Maggie working as a Child Protection Social Worker with Vermont’s Department for Children and Families (DCF). Mary-Ellen’s passion for fundraising was sparked in 2014 when she started training with Team in Training in her dad’s memory to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This passion has continued, as has her commitment to show support for people diagnosed with cancer. She lives with her husband and two young children and enjoys running, reading and adventures with friends.

Sarah Sophia Lidz, Supporter

Sarah Sophia Lidz is dedicated to continuing her sister Maggie’ s mission to help cancer patients move through chemo treatment with a little more comfort and ease. She is honored to be working alongside the passionate and driven members of Maggie’s Brightside Board and humbled to have the opportunity to continue this beautiful legacy. Sarah has worked on theatrical costume designs for dozens of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions (mostly musicals) and has spent the past 10 years working in Design and Production for various fashion shows. She lives in Harlem with her 4 year old son, Spider-Man and her husband, a Rock.

Brooke Cote, Volunteer Coordinator

Brooke Cote is employed at UVM and has a home-based business.  Originally from Connecticut, she moved to the Burlington area in 2004.  She is a breast cancer survivor and was looking for a way to give back to others in a similar situation.  She met Maggie Van Duyn when she volunteered in 2017 for Maggie’s Brightside.  She lives with her husband and two young children.  She enjoys skiing, snowmobiling, reading and yoga.