ORE Board of Directors
Edisa G. Revilla Muller, Chair of the Board - Edisa was born and grew up in Panama. She moved with her family to Vermont in 2012, drawn by the quality and style of life. She joined the time bank soon after as it seemed like a clear complement to that community lifestyle. Her last job outside the home was as Director of Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at Copa Airlines. Currently she is a stay at home mom of two wonderful children, a job which is greatly complimented by time banking through ORE. Edisa joined the ORE board in January 2015 because she become a big believer in timebanking & its potential impact in people’s lives and their well-being. (Board membership term was renewed in 2018)
Amanda Garces , Treasurer of the Board - arrived in Montpelier, VT from Tucson, AZ in July of 2016. She is currently a stay at home mother of two and is the process of getting to know her community. Amanda started working in immigrant rights organizing in New Jersey, where she lived for more than a decade after immigrating from Colombia, and where she worked organizing day laborers to fight anti-immigrant initiatives and wage theft. For the past four years Amanda worked as a consultant with various Non-Profit Organizations in a variety of roles which include setting up administrative systems such as bookkeeping, strategic planning, and human resources.
Prior to becoming a mother and consultant, Amanda worked as the campaign director for Enlace’s Prison Divestment Campaign and spent six years with the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California (IDEPSCA). At IDEPSCA, Amanda was an organizer before becoming the Administrative Controller. She also co-founded the Mobile Voices Project, or VozMob, a digital storytelling platform by and for immigrant and low-wage workers to create and disseminate stories about their lives and communities directly from cell phones. Mobile Voices was recipient of the 2011 World Summit Award in the category M-Inclusion and Empowerment. (The World Summit Award is the global flagship initiative on e- and m- content of the United Nations and its Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN GAID), held in Collaboration with UNESCO and UNIDO.) Amanda joined the ORE Board in January 2017. (Board membership term was renewed in 2019)
Secretary of the Board – (to be decided)
Joan Black, Board Member- Joan has been a resident of Vermont since 1988 and a resident of Montpelier for the past 20 years. Her experience and strengths have been in organizing events for The March of Dimes, Wood Art Gallery at the College, Community Supper for students from the U.A.E. at Norwich University, Board member and organizer of Lost Nation Theater’s supper parties.
Joan has had very interesting and diverse experiences, she was a tour guide at the state house for 13 years and for 20 years she coordinated the Take Out meals for the community thanksgiving dinner. Joan was a member of the first PEACE CORPS group assigned to Kenya, East Africa in 1963.
Joan has been a dedicated ORE member for more than 8 years, helping organize numerous activtities inclusing member meetings and ORE’s High Teas. (Term began in 2018)
Debbie Archer, Board member - Debbie moved to Montpelier with her partner in 2014. She was drawn to the small town lifestyle and had declared in her childhood journal that she would live on a farm in VT with a bunch of cats. While there is not yet a farm, she continues to be drawn to the landscape and gets to explore it in her work in environmental education. Debbie joined ORE after learning that timebanking was a way to slow climate change and is excited to keep participating because of the overwhelming potential the community has to help one another and make this community more equitable. (Term began in 2018)
Barbara Garton, Board member - Originally from England, Barbara moved to Vermont in 2012 to be near her daughter and grandson. She previously lived in Ottawa, Canada, and Connecticut, where she worked for the University of Connecticut as a student recruiter for a small graduate program. She is now retired. She originally joined ORE in 2016 (?). She joined the board in 2019 as she believes in the concept of people helping each other through time-banking and social interaction.
Do you want to support the ORE Timebank? We welcome interested members who want to support the timebank by serving on the ORE Board of Directors. For more information see: Prospective Board Member Information.
For further information see: Onion River Exchange – Organizational Documents (including the ORE by-laws, Board job descriptions, etc.)
Onion River Exchange – Financial Reports (including the annual IRS Form 990)
Board Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month, in the evening, usually 5:30 to 7:30 pm. All ORE Time bank members are welcome to attend the monthly board meetings. If you would like to attend (click here) to send us a message.