The Winston Prouty Center announces three new members to their Board of Trustees

The Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development announces three new members to their Board of Trustees: Kristan Outwater, Tom Franks and Carla Lineback.

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Kristan Outwater, MD has been a pediatrician for 39 years and is currently practicing at Brattleboro Primary Care Pediatrics. In her career she has worked closely with statewide efforts to promote wholistic and cross-agency supports for children and youth including the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program and Communities in Schools. Kristan shared that she is enthusiastic about “promoting the importance early development to child’s wellbeing and physical/mental health into adult years.” Her decades of work in the field will be extremely valuable to the organization.

Tom Franks is an energy sector researcher and consultant who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Prouty Center. He has served in multiple roles in local government, was previously the Executive Director for Building a Better Brattleboro and worked as an Energy Efficient Specialist for the State of Vermont. His professional and volunteer experiences align with the organization’s mission of building community and providing comprehensive services. “I am inspired by the enthusiasm, commitment and positivity of the staff,” he noted.

Carla Lineback is the Director of Alumni & External Engagement at World Learning. Her career has encompassed various educational settings with children of all ages, both locally and abroad. Carla has served as the past-president of the Brattleboro Rotary Club and the first president of Groundworks Collaborative, created when Morningside Shelter and the Drop-In Center merged. Carla wholeheartedly agrees with the adage that ‘children are our future’ and having grown up here, is committed to this community. “I love the values that I see in the work that Winston Prouty does, and I am excited to be a part of its future,” she shared.

“I am very pleased to welcome Carla, Tom and Kristan to our Board of Trustees,” said Chloe Learey, Executive Director. “Their experiences and expertise from various sectors greatly enhance the capacity of our Board and we are fortunate to have them join us in our work to help children and families thrive within our community.”

Founded in 1969, the Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development provides inclusive education and family support to promote the success of children and families. Learn more at