RiseVT Has gone Statewide!

Meet the team



RiseVT Executive Director

Marissa Parisi is the executive director of RiseVT working to expand the RiseVT model to all communities in the state of Vermont.  Marissa was formerly the executive director of Hunger Free Vermont from January 2009-December 2017.  She is a nationally known expert on food security and federal nutrition policy.  Before joining Hunger Free Vermont she worked at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England for eight years in various roles including strategic planning, community organizing, voter mobilization and education, and major gifts. Read More  

Office: 802-847-9616


Emmy Wollenburg

Emmy Wollenburg

RiseVT Program Manager

Emmy Wollenburg serves as the statewide Program Manager for RiseVT. Emmy is a native Vermonter, having grown up in Chittenden County. She recently returned to Vermont after spending a decade working in public health at the Wisconsin Division of Public Health and the University of Wisconsin. Her experience includes public health program planning, management, and evaluation. She most recently led communications and outreach for several environmental public health programs, including a focus on healthy community design.  Read More   

Office: 802-847-1252


Elisabeth Fontaine, M.D.

Elisabeth Fontaine, M.D.

Medical Director of Lifestyle Medicine and RiseVt.

Dr. Fontaine is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist, specializing in the prevention and non-surgical treatment of chronic conditions, including diabetes, elevated cholesterol and obesity in female patients of all ages.

Prior to becoming the Medical Director of Lifestyle Medicine at Northwestern Medical Center, Elisabeth became a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine to assist her patients in achieving their health and wellness goals.   Read More  

Office: 802-524-2229


About Us 

RiseVT is a community-wide initiative to embrace healthy lifestyles. The aim is to motivate, inspire and work with individuals, families, businesses, schools, and municipalities to help them make small changes in their lives that will have a big impact on their health. RiseVT was recently formalized into a new state-level organization to turn
the experience and success in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties into a program and toolset available to other communities in Vermont. The governing board of the RiseVT organization consists of leaders and stakeholders from leading organizations in healthcare, business, schools, and government with interests in successful efforts toward a healthier population.