Kerry Secrest was appointed Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania to the State of Vermont in April, 2014. As Honorary Consul, she is responsible for deepening the bilateral cooperation of the United States and Lithuania in the areas of economic, cultural, educational and scientific affairs.
Kerry is the founder of her company, Watershed Coaching, LLC, and is faculty at Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies program in Brattleboro, Vermont. She is a leadership coach and consultant for individuals and organizations, who focuses on executive coaching, women’s leadership, team coaching, and leadership training. She has worked extensively with leaders of a wide variety of international, national, and local companies and organizations to significantly increase their performance, goal-attainment and personal fulfillment.
She is President of the Board of the New England Center for Circus Arts, an internationally recognized circus school in Brattleboro. A member of the Vermont Leadership Institute, Class of 2012, Kerry is also an active member of the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce. As founder of the Women’s Leadership Circles of Vermont program, she has worked with women leaders throughout the state. In 2014, she was named by the governor to the Vermont Commission on Women.
Kerry’s ties with Lithuania are strong. She is a fourth-generation Lithuanian-American who first learned about Lithuania as a camper at Camp Neringa in Marlboro, Vermont, which was founded in the 1960s to preserve the Lithuanian heritage and culture through the period of Soviet occupation that started after World War II.
Her first trip to Lithuania was during college, when she traveled there briefly on an international student exchange. After graduating from Villanova University in 1991, she lived for two years in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, learning Lithuanian and teaching English at Vilnius University and the Lithuanian Teachers Institute.
Upon her return to the United States, as part of the first diplomatic corps after Soviet Occupation, Kerry joined the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington, D.C. as the Advisor for Educational and Cultural Affairs in 1993. When she left four years later to obtain a graduate degree at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont, the President of Lithuania granted her citizenship in appreciation of her contributions to the country. She also spent a year as the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Program Coordinator for the Baltic States cultural program. After working with the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. for three years, she moved with her family in 2003 to Vermont, where she is raising her two daughters bilingually. Kerry returns to Lithuania regularly for both work and vacation, and lectures at the Baltic Management Institute, a premier executive education institution.
Kerry has a masters degree in International & Intercultural Relations with a focus on human resource development from the SIT Graduate Institute and received her undergraduate degree from Villanova University. She is certified as an Integral Coach through New Ventures West and in mediation through the Center for Dispute Settlement in Washington, DC.