Chol came to America in 2007 through the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program due to civil war in Sudan. Prior to coming to Vermont, he lived in a refugee camp in Kenya for 12 years. He was accepted at the University of Vermont in 2008 and graduated in 2011 with BA in Economics. He was a McNair Scholar and a recipient of the Merage Foundation Scholarship for the American Dream in honor of Vermont’s former governor Madeleine Kunin.
Prior to attending the University of Vermont, he attended a teachers training college in Kenya where he earned his International Primary Education Teacher Certificate and later rose to be a Deputy Headteacher at Bhar-el-Naam Primary in a refugee camp in Kenya. Recently, he earned a leadership certificate from the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission.
As an Executive Director, he is currently working on six major projects: Strategic partnership with other agencies, recruitment of mentors/volunteers, search for a community center, grant writing volunteers and targeted fundraising to secure funds for summer camps and college scholarships.
He is very active in the community and works with New American community members to identify their unique needs and raise funds to support summer camp scholarships, mentoring, and soccer programs. He also organizes community events to broaden families’ networks.He is passionate about community empowerment, technological outreach, fundraising, healthy communities, successful kids, nonprofit organizations and the power of volunteerism in achieving common purpose.
Chol has served on a number of boards and committees since he graduated from college. He was appointed in January, 2018 by Mayor Miro Weinberger to serve on the Community Development and Block Grant Advisory Board of Burlington and make funding recommendations to the city council. He was also a member of the Vermont State Health Assessment team, which developed the State Health Improvement Plan 2018-2023. He currently serves as a board member at Spectrum Youth and Family Services.
During his free time, he loves hiking in scenic locations, listening to music, photography (absolutely no selfies), traveling, reading (a lot), movies, and spending time with friends and family.