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LONDONDERRY — Samantha Pearce has joined The Collaborative, the regional substance misuse prevention organization, as their community health epidemiologist. Pearce, as epidemiologist, will oversee designing, collecting and analyzing statistical data to measure collective impact locally and regionally.

Pearce recently graduated from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, with a Master’s of Public Health.

The Collaborative is a nonprofit organization serving Bennington County, Southern Windsor and Rutland Counties and Western Windham County, supporting healthy communities and preventing substance misuse. The newly created epidemiologist position is a key component to SAMHSA’s Partnerships for Success federal grant recently awarded to The Collaborative.

“We are most pleased Samantha will be bringing her knowledge and expertise to the position, The Collaborative and the community,” said Victoria Silsby, a prevention specialist and the grant’s project director at The Collaborative.

“Samantha’s experience and educational background will complement the local, regional, and statewide work and will be an excellent fit to the team. She will play an integral role in positively impacting the prevention of substance misuse and building a healthier community to live, work and attend school in.”

Pearce returned to Vermont in July 2020 after completing her one year AmeriCorps VISTA service in Montana at Chinook Horses. Educated locally at Currier Memorial, Manchester Elementary Middle School and Burr and Burton Academy, Pearce earned an undergraduate degree in Public Health from Rivier University in Nashua, N.H.

Pearce comes to The Collaborative with experience in planning health programs and evaluations, developing audience-appropriate communications, and community outreach coordination. These three skill sets, combined with her passion for giving back to her home community while using her technical expertise, will be invaluable to supporting and accomplishing The Collaborative’s work ahead.

“While serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA, I was instrumental in developing partnerships and programming for substance misuse prevention and treatment,” Pearce said. “My time in Montana illustrated the positive impact that nonprofits, such as The Collaborative, have on individual lives and the community as a whole. I am delighted to have this opportunity to support my community and to be instrumental in implementing change in my home state of Vermont.”

Community partners, participants in The Collaborative’s programming and events are invited to send their messages of congratulations and welcome to the new lead epidemiologist by visiting The Collaborative’s website or emailing


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