We have expanded our VVM team and are thrilled to welcome the following new staff members! Drumroll, please…
Kristin Leutz, Chief Operating Officer
Kristin has ties to VVM from its earliest days when she served as a volunteer mentor. She shares our passion for entrepreneurship and its potential to change our world. Kristin has spent her career building philanthropic resources and organizational capacity in a variety of roles, raising nearly $100 million for local and global philanthropic causes.
Most recently, Kristin was the Director of Development for RefugePoint, an innovative NGO working to help at-risk refugees by improving humanitarian systems. She also consulted with the global philanthropic membership organization Women Moving Millions, creating a strategic communications and growth plan to catalyze unprecedented resources for women and girls.
Before that, Kristin spent a decade as the Vice President for Philanthropic Services at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts where she led donor services, professional advisor engagement, fundraising, and communications.
She has her M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Springfield College and has her B.A. from Colgate University. She lives in Amherst with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of pets.
Stephannie Kirby, Mentorship and Collegiate Accelerator Program Manager
As a resident of Springfield, Massachusetts and an alum of our Collegiate Accelerator Program, Stephannie has an unique perspective on our work, its impact, and importance. She is passionate about working with VVM to transform Springfield and the region while helping entrepreneurs realize their potential and pursue their dreams.
Stephannie studied The Business of Entertainment at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, New York and has worked with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Sean “Jay-Z” Carter. Stephannie moved back to Massachusetts to serve in her community as an AmeriCorps member for over two years at United Way of Pioneer Valley. Previously she was the Director of Economic Empowerment at the Springfield YWCA.
In her free time, Stephannie enjoys coordinating events, traveling, and trying new things such as attending 10 day silent retreats.
Lea Douville, Startup Accelerator Program Manager
Lea is interested in the revitalization of post-industrial cities and excited about contributing to VVM’s central role supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in Springfield and the region. She brings over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including more than four years as Program Manager for Road Scholar, an educational travel organization. She looks forward to applying her talents in her work with VVM startups.
Lea is profoundly curious, is a huge fan of podcasts, and loves traveling as a way of understanding how the world works — so far she has logged over 20 countries from Argentina to Turkey.
She lives in Amherst, MA with her husband and their three children: two human, one feline.
Lea is a graduate of Smith College and the London School of Economics.