Aylie Baker

B.A. History, Middlebury College

Thomas J. Watson Fellow - Travelled to islands exploring the use of storytelling as a community-bulding tool

Vermont Folklife Center Fellow - Helped coordinate statewide Irene Storytelling Project


Samuel Burriss

Samuel Burriss

Sam Burriss is a Film Studies graduate of Champlain College. He is curently a filmmaker and photographer who's inspired by simple stories and minimalist aesthetics. 

Michelle Lotker

B.S. Biology, Duke University

Certificate in Documentary Studies, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

Michelle loves nature, people, science, growing food and especially discovering, weaving and sharing stories around those topics. She's always looking forward to the next adventure, whether it's in her own back yard or on the Open Road!

Mary Simons

Founder and Director of Conversations From the Open Road

Mary taught in both independent and public, middle and high school, and in Connecticut and Vermont. She started this program in 2011 in order to knit her passions together - traveling, listening and learning from and with young adults, working creatively and collaboratively, and cultivating experiences in which to challenge and expand ourselves.


Mallory Falk

BA English & Creative Writing, Middlebury College

Certificate in Radio Storytelling and Production, Transom Story Workshop

Currently working with Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools - using mixed media as a tool for empowering youth voice.