Denise Smith is a collective impact leader who has dedicated her life to improving the lives of people and the environment. Denise works at the intersection of education, economic stability, environmental stewardship ethos, and community health. Throughout her career she has enjoyed cross sectoral approaches to building collective community solutions. In her current role as the RiseVT Program Manager at Northwestern Medical Center, she is focused on inspiring and fostering initiatives that lead to sustainable health outcomes for the communities of Franklin and Grand Isle counties of Vermont. In the past, Denise has worked for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Economic Development for the State of Vermont, the Franklin-Grand Isle United Way, the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain, and as a small business owner, operating the St. Albans Bikram Yoga Studio. She is currently a Board Member of the newly formed Maple Run Unified School District. Denise Smith grew up in the Eastern Townships of Canada, the Alps of France, and landed on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont when she started 7th grade. Denise attended Rice Memorial High School and then went on to receive a dual undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in History and Canadian Studies. After graduation, Denise joined the Peace Corps and served in the country of Mali in West Africa. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s Program at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School attaining a Masters of Science in Leadership for Sustainability. Denise and her husband Tim have made their home in St. Albans for 16 years, with their three children, Mackenzie, Duffy, and Nellie and their dog Iris.