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Holly Wilkinson, Executive Director & Facilitator

Holly brings a background in small business and non-profit organizations, including the Women's Small Business Program and the UVM Career Center. Her professional experience has focused on community development, entrepreneurship, youth leadership, workforce & career/life development and expressive arts. She is a Courage & Renewal and SoulCollage facilitator and has a Bachelor’s in Area & International Studies and a Master’s in Education from UVM.  In her free time, Holly writes poetry, works with imagery, and spends as much time as possible outdoors to keep life in perspective. 
Contact Holly at holly@wholeheartinc.org


Nathaniel Millarhouse, operations Director

Nate lives near the shore of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont, between the Green and Adirondack Mountains. Nate’s wide-ranging professional experience includes business and nonprofit operations, project management, communications, community building, customer service, program development and fundraising. Nate earned his BA from Hamilton College and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Leadership for Sustainability at UVM. Nate is grateful and excited to be serving as a member of the WholeHeart team, where he gets to spend each day pursuing his lifelong commitment to deepening connections between people and place and creating the conditions for wellbeing. In his free time Nate enjoys connecting and learning with friends, family and the Outside World. Contact Nate at nate@wholeheartinc.org.

Facilitator Team

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Ally has been a school counselor in southern Vermont for the past 12 years. She has been an affiliate of the School Reform Initiative since its inception and has facilitated small groups at their annual meeting for the past 10 years. She feels passionate about helping students find their voice and stand up for the things they care about. As a member of the Vermont Courage and Renewal Cohort, she has learned the power of generous listening and asking open and honest questions to create communities of belonging. She is currently attempting to raise 2 healthy teenage boys with her husband, Allan, and is so grateful for the daily lessons of patience and humor they bring.


Carol Egan

Carol lives in the Northwest corner of Vermont, on the Champlain Islands.  She became a Courage & Renewal facilitator in 2007. This work has been shaped by 25 years in education serving isolated, underserved and marginalized children and families in Vermont. Carol is drawn to lessons from nature, silence and the gifts of listening and speaking. She works to bring wholeness and integrity to education and to the relationships that are formed in the school community.


Jen Peterson

Jen has been studying and practicing yoga and meditation for 12 years. 

Both her personal practice and teaching are grounded in awakening to the mind, body, spirit connection.  She is passionate about the restorative and healing power of embodiment that yoga offers and loves sharing that with others. 



Tara is a community organizer with a passion for building trust in relationships and organizations. She is a graduate of Haverford College and an alumnae of the Vermont Leadership Institute. She is co-founder of WholeHeart, Inc. and a Courage & Renewal Facilitator.  Tara's expertise includes working with young leaders and activists, school communities, teams and philanthropists to create new approaches to solving complex problems.  She lives in Greensboro, Vermont, with a seven-year old teacher and  spiritual guru named Nadia, who also happens to be her daughter.