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  • Conor Casey // Executive Director

    Conor Owen Casey has over a decade of experience as a campaign manager, organizer, fundraiser and advocate.

    Growing up between Ireland and the United States he developed a deep appreciation for worker's rights and political activism at an early age. Conor received his B.A. in Media Arts at Emerson College in Boston and completed his M.A. in Communications at Dublin City University.

    After returning to the States, Conor worked in the press office of Senator Edward Kennedy prior to accepting a position with the Vermont State Employees' Association. As Political Director, Conor saw VSEA through some of its most difficult years during the recession and managed to pass some of the strongest whistleblower protection and anti-privatization laws in the country. 

    He has worked on countless campaigns on every level and most recently served as Political Coordinator for the Connecticut Education Association, the largest union in the state, representing over 43,000 classroom teachers. 

    He has twice been elected Vermont Justice of the Peace and has served on the executive and state committees of the Vermont Democratic Party.

    In 2013, Conor was honored by the Irish Echo as one of the top 100 Irish in the labor movement to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Dublin Lockouts. 

    Conor lives in Montpelier with his lovely wife, Pixy and ferocious greyhound, Liffey.

  • Nicole Bova // Finance Director

    Nicole moved to Vermont from the Boston area and joined the VDP in May 2014. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Government and International Relations in 2009 and a Master’s in Public Administration in 2010, both from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Nicole was a member of the women’s varsity basketball team at Clark University and she volunteered with Big Brother Big Sister of Central Massachusetts.  She is an active alumna and continues to serve on advisory committees at Clark.  While in Worcester, Nicole interned for Democratic Congressman Jim McGovern and City Councilor Joffrey Smith in 2008 and 2009 respectively.  During these internships, Nicole worked closely with constituents of these areas to resolve issues, chaired a nutritional clinic for teens of the city and was a pivotal member of a successful city council campaign.  Before coming to the VDP, Nicole worked at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital.  At Harvard Medical School, she was a member of the Annual Giving team with a focus of raising money for student scholarships.  During her time there, her team cultivated great relationships with the donors, surpassed the fundraising goals and managed many successful events. 

  • Christina Amestoy // Communications Director

    Christina, a native Vermonter, joined the VDP in November 2015. Her return to the Green Mountains comes after four years in Washington, D.C. where she worked in both political and private sector consulting. During her time in D.C., Christina conducted research for national renowned polling firm, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, helping deliver Democratic victories in New Hampshire, California, and Michigan during the 2012 election cycle. Following the election, Christina moved into corporate strategy where she worked as a language strategist for maslansky+partners, a consulting firm specializing in message development and communication strategy. During her time at m+p, she crafted national messaging campaigns for FedEx, Kaiser Permanente, and AARP. Christina transitioned back into the political scene for the 2015 cycle where she worked with a direct mail to help  develop winning strategies in Mississippi and Virginia for the 2015 election cycle.

    Christina is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a born Red Sox fan, and a bandwagon Nationals fan.

  • Rob Hipskind // Data Director

    Prior to joining the VDP in 2016, Rob organized with groups fighting for a range of issues including Housing Rights, Reproductive Justice, and the Fight for $15. After graduating from Kalamazoo College with a BA in Political Science and Philosophy with honors in 2011, his work in electoral politics began working on a statewide ballot initiative to protect collective bargaining rights for public sector workers.

    Since then he has worked on campaigns ranging from the county level to the federal to bring data-driven best practices to all levels of Democratic electoral politics.

  • Jim Dandeneau // House Campaign Director

    Jim joined the VDP as House Campaign Director in January 2017 after a stint as Political Director to the Vermont Coordinated Campaign, and Field Director for Sue Minter’s gubernatorial campaign. Jim graduated from St. John’s University with a B.A. in Government and Politics, and in 2016 was awarded a Master’s Degree in Labor Studies from the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at the City University of New York. He has nearly 15 years of political experience, working on campaigns in New York for offices from County Legislator to Congress, and between campaigns helped land large grants for the New York City Department of Education and to raise the profile of a large nonprofit after-school provider as Communications Director. He lives in Underhill with his wife and two dogs.