Anais Mitchell ’04, who was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2020, is one of the leading artistic voices of her generation. An acclaimed playwright, composer, and musician, Mitchell grew up in Addison County, graduated from Mount Abraham Union High School, attended the Middlebury Arabic School in 2003, and graduated from Middlebury College with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 2004. Mitchell is the creative force behind Hadestown, the Tony Award-winning musical that reimagines the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The musical debuted in Barre, Vermont, in 2006 before it toured across New England, then gained international recognition following its premiere in London, Alberta, and New York City. In 2019, Hadestown won eight Tony Awards and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and Mitchell won the Tony Award for Best Original Score. She has released seven albums since 2002, and she recently published her first book, Working on a Song.
Curtiss Reed Jr. is a civil rights leader in Vermont and a champion of equity and inclusion who has dedicated his career to service, advocacy, and fighting for the rights of all Vermonters. Reed joined the Peace Corps and moved to Tunisia in 1983, and later worked in cooperative business development in Niger, Guinea Bissau, Burundi, and Mali. Since 2001, he has served as the executive director of Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, a resource that provides Vermont organizations in every sector—from businesses and government to education—with assistance regarding issues of inclusion, diversity, and equity. Reed is also the president of CRJ Consulting Group, L3C, former chair of the Vermont Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and a consultant to the Vermont State Police, Vermont Public Radio, and a brewery, the Alchemist. He leads numerous statewide programs, including I Am a Vermonter, Think Tank for Vermont Leaders of Color, Vermont African American Heritage Trail, and Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future Initiative.
John B. Derick is a trailblazer, literally and figuratively, in the Middlebury community. For more than 30 years, Derick served as the Trails Around Middlebury (TAM) coordinator and a volunteer with the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT). Following his retirement from the Shoreham Telephone Company, he worked daily to improve the TAM. For decades, Derick built trails, performed maintenance, directed volunteers, and led an immeasurable number of projects. He was instrumental in the development of the Vermont section of the 4,600-mile North Country National Scenic Trail, which stretches across eight states. Inspiring the next generation of trail leaders, Derick has worked with countless volunteers and interns from Middlebury College. In 2015, MALT established the John B. Derick TAM Endowment Fund to carry his legacy into the future. Today, Derick serves on MALT’s trails committee to ensure the continued preservation of the TAM and remains a dedicated leader of environmental conservation in Vermont.
Dr. Mark Levine is a revered public health advocate and healthcare leader in Vermont. In 2017, Governor Phil Scott appointed Dr. Levine as the Commissioner of Health. As the head of the Department of Health, his work focuses on increasing healthcare access and promoting a culture of health in Vermont. Dr. Levine leads statewide efforts in combating COVID-19, and he has received national recognition for his leadership during the pandemic. Before joining the Department of Health, Dr. Levine worked as an internal medicine physician. He taught at Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, where he served as the associate dean for Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Levine earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Rochester. He was an internal medicine resident at the University of Vermont before completing his fellowship at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Levine’s leadership has been instrumental in ensuring the health and safety of all Vermonters.