Meet The Team

Taylor Welch, Hub Director

Taylor joined the Hub team April of 2019. After growing up in the Lakes Region in New Hampshire Taylor moved to Vermont when she began attending the University of Vermont in 2012. As the Director Taylor draws on her experience working with youth in a clinical setting to make informed decisions to around creating an environment that is inviting, nurturing, and engaging for the youth that use the space. Taylor is excited to work with the teens and community to actualize the hopes and dreams that everyone has for the Hub.

Zac Farnham-Haskell, Hub Coordinator

Zac joined the Hub team in April of 2023.  Zac grew up in Essex Junction, VT, and after going to college in upstateNY for a while, returned home to finish college at UVM.  Throughout high school and college, Zac participated in soccer, track and field, and DJ’d in a comedy hip hop band.  Zac has worked in education as a teacher, administrator, and behavior specialist; but he is excited to start his new career with the Hub and Bristol Recreation. 


Jackie Steponaitis, Program Assistant 

Hi, Everyone! My name is Jackie. My preferred pronouns are she/her. I’m a born and raised Vermonter who grew up in Addison County. I have been working with children and teenagers for about seven years. My passion is teaching English as a second language. I have spent time abroad in Japan, Czech Republic, and Italy! I currently teach 10 students from Japan, China, and Italy online. My hobbies include anime, learning foreign languages, and cooking international meals. I look forward to meeting you at The Hub!



Ray Beaver, Hub Co-Founder, Volunteer

Ray became coordinator of The Hub in 1997 while working for the University Of Vermont’s Expanding the Caring Community Program. This Program was a collaboration of the University Of Vermont Extension Service and the Bristol Recreation Department. There were at one time seven such efforts in Vermont; The Hub is the only one still in existence. Ray has worked for over 35 years with youth in Addison County and the Burlington area. The Hub was his idea to allow youth a place of their own to hang out and develop the relationships with peers that support their development into healthy, caring adults who have an interest in their community.