Windsor County Partners announces new executive director

Robert Coates is the new executive director of Windsor County Partners. Photo provided.

WINDSOR COUNTY, Vt. – The Board of Directors of Windsor County Partners is pleased to announce the hiring of Robert “Bob” Coates as the new executive director. Bob brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit leadership and experience-based youth programs. His professional life has included leading educational programming, development, and curricula for Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and the Student Conservation Association. He is a school board member, scout leader, volunteer firefighter, and former Peace Corps volunteer. Bob earned a master’s degree in public administration at Harvard and a bachelor’s degree in political science at UNH.

Bob enjoys hiking, biking, orienteering, kayaking, and fly-fishing. He, his wife Philippa Richards, and their three children live in S. Pomfret, Vt.

Windsor County Partners has been matching caring adults with children ages 7 though 18 throughout the county for over 44 years, resulting in over 1,400 matches. Most of these relationships last for several years. Children who have mentors have better school attendance, grow in self-confidence, develop a greater sense of self-worth, have improved peer and adult relationships, and are less likely to engage in high-risk behaviors. Mentoring changes lives and helps build healthy communities.

We welcome Bob to the organization and are excited by his vision for advancing the important role of youth mentoring in Windsor County communities.

For further information, contact Windsor County Partners at 802-674-5101 or

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