Olivia Pintair took on the role of Executive Director of ROC in August of 2019, spearheading the changes that the organization has been undergoing since that time. Olivia is the founder of Running for Refuge, now a sub-section of ROC, and a student at Middlebury College.
Olivia has experience as a student leader, organizer, and journalist, as well as in marketing and video production. She has worked as a marketing intern at Resonance Global LLC, an impact-investing organization that focuses on connecting public and private sector entities to support sustainability and promote global good, and has served as a legislative intern for Senator Bernie Sanders. Olivia also has experience working and learning with kids in outdoor spaces at Kroka Expeditions and at Bread and Butter Farm. She is also the author of When All That’s Left is Light, a collection of poetry.
Olivia’s commitment to supporting migrants grew in part from her childhood, where she often listened to her grandparents stories about their escapes from Hungary as refugees in the 1950s. Olivia is committed to being an aware, responsible, and hopeful activist who is open to critique and growth. She strives to use her power to help move the world towards justice, equity, and respect, and at the heart of her work, holds the sentiment of a quote by American author and visionary, Toni Morrison; “The function of freedom is to free someone else.”
School Program Director
Lili Platt is the Director of School Programs at ROC. She recruits, coordinates, and facilitates communications and operations with ROC chapters in high schools and colleges throughout Vermont.
As a student at Harwood Union High School in central Vermont, Lili launched her chapter of a Refugee Relief Club in 2016. It quickly became a substantial and active presence in refugee support efforts throughout the state. Reports about fundraising drives and refugee tutoring programs organized by the club have been featured in local newspapers and radio. In 2017, the Harwood Refugee Relief Club merged with ROC as a chapter of the organization.
Lili loves to teach and is highly skilled in the Harkness method of teaching and discussion, which is it to learn through student driven-dialogue. She has delivered presentations about the Harkness method at a broad range of teacher's conferences and workshops, and trained hundreds on how to employ Harkness in the classroom and elsewhere. Lili has taught two year-long civics and history classes offered to students in the Washington County School District for full high school credit.
In her role as a senior member of the Vermont Youth Lobby, Lili has combined policy and activism to lead efforts to combat climate change. In 2018, she worked on the successful Kari Dolan for Vermont Statehouse campaign.
Ghana Program Director
Kofi Nyalimba has worked as the Ghana In-Country director for ROC. Kofi holds MA degree Governance and Sustainable Development from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and MSc. Public Health Promotion from Leeds Beckett United, UK. He also attained a BSc. Integrated Development Studies and HND Graphics Communication from Evangelical Presbyterian University and Takoradi Polytechnic, respectively.
Kofi has rich experience in community development, health promotion, youth empowerment, advocacy, grassroots participatory initiatives and social enterprise. Kofi has a passion for developing and implementing health, education, social and development programs. He has over 12 years working experience in reproductive health, feminine hygiene, HIV, TB, malaria and youth empowerment programs. Kofi also works with Persons Living with HIV and Orphans and Vulnerable Children, a program that provides training, counseling, psychosocial support, stigma reduction, and connects this population with various support systems.
Student Education & restorative justice Advisor
Beckett Pintair works to advise ROC from a student-leader perspective on the intersections of Restorative Justice and migrant justice. Beckett comes to ROC with extensive experience in student leadership, having served on the student council of Champlain Valley High School for four years, currently serving as the elected Student Body President. Beckett is a board member of the Williston Vermont Restorative Justice Board, where he works to help persecutors take responsibility for their actions, focusing on the needs of the victims, offenders, and the involved community to work towards justice instead of punishment.