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Mari Zagarins

VNRC Hires New Membership, Outreach Coordinator

The Vermont Natural Resources Council is pleased to announce that Mari Zagarins of Montpelier has joined the staff as Membership and Outreach Coordinator.

Zagarins comes to VNRC from the Green Mountain Club, where she was the Director of Membership and Volunteer Services. At GMC, she was instrumental in significantly increasing the Club’s membership to over 10,000: the largest number of members in the club’s history.

“We are lucky to have Mari on board,” said Brian Shupe, VNRC’s executive director. “She has a great combination of experience, communications skills and creative energy that will serve VNRC well as we work to both increase the total number of VNRC members as well as strengthen our relationships with them.”

Zagarins (pronounced ZAgarins) has an M.A. in education from the University of Massachusetts and a B.A. in mathematics from Mt. Holyoke College. She has worked for the Pacific Crest Trail Association, the Montana Conservation Corps, and was a mathematics teacher at Keene High School in New Hampshire.

“I’m excited about joining the team and working with VNRC’s loyal and committed members, who are our close and critical partners in so much of what we do,” said Zagarins.

In her spare time, Zagarins enjoys running and biking. She also writes a column for the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus called “Found Downtown” in which she explores Central Vermont’s independent businesses.

Zaragins, who began work March 11, fills a vacancy created by the departure of Nina Otter, who has decided to pursue new career opportunities.