Hope Happens Here, Saint Michael's Chapter

What is Hope Happens Here?
A primarily student-athlete-run organization that aims to break the negative stigma associated with mental health issues. Through our collaboration with the Saint Michael's College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), we strive to spread awareness and "start the conversation" on mental health issues and create positive change when addressing these issues.

The Beginning
In 2015-16, men's ice hockey student-athletes Danny Divis '17 and Justin McKenzie '17 co-founded Hope Happens Here, touting it on their social media channels is a movement dedicated to "removing the stigma of mental health issues on college campuses." With modest goals at first, they hit the ground running and presented at nearby Enosburg Falls High School and with the University of Vermont SAAC. As the school year moved forward, they held mental health awareness events at home games for various Saint Michael's sports, produced T-shirts that are still worn by many members of the student body, and organized the Pie-A-Purple Knight fundraiser to promote their cause and raise funds for the organization.

Thanks to their work in developing Hope Happens Here, Divis and McKenzie became the first co-winners of the prestigious Hockey Humanitarian Award in 2017. The duo appeared live on ESPN during the 2017 NCAA Men's Frozen Four to discuss HHH, threw the first pitch prior to a Boston Red Sox game later that summer, and addressed collegiate athletic communications professionals during the 2018 Eastern Athletic Communications Association workshop in Burlington. This additional exposure led to the founding of more than two dozen college and high school chapters around the country. Saint Michael's College still claims the alpha chapter of what has become a national organization.

Social Media
Follow the SMC chapter of HHH on our website and Instagram and Twitter to see what we're up to!

Past Executive Boards: 2020-21

2021-22 SMC Hope Happens Here Executive Board 

Brandon Mitchell - Saint Michael's College

Brandon Mitchell, Senior, Tri-Chair

Majors: Business Administration and Accounting
Sport: Men's Ice Hockey

Jillian Perry, Senior, Tri-Chair

Major: Business Administration
Sport: Women's Lacrosse

Max Rossignol, Senior, Tri-Chair

Majors: Business Administration and Economics
Sport: Men's Soccer


Kelsey Bush, Senior, Social Media Coordinator

Major: Business Administration
Sport: Women's Lacrosse

Aidan Keefer, Senior, Socia Media Coordinator

Majors: Criminology and Political Science
Sport: Men's Basketball

Maci Leali, Junior, Social Media Coordinator

Major: Business Administration
Field Hockey

Jason Boucher, Junior, Event Coordinator

Major: Biology
Sport: Men's Tennis

Maggie Taylor, Senior, Event Coordinator

Major: Economics
Sport: Women's Soccer

Kyle Hirshom, Senior, Finance & Merchandise Coordinator

Majors: Health Science and Business Administration
Sport: Men's Lacrosse

Colin O'Connor - Saint Michael's College

Colin O'Connor, Senior, Finance & Merchandise Coordinator

Major: Economics
Sport: Men's Ice Hockey

Emma MacDonough, Senior, High School Coordinator

Major: Psychology
Sport: Women's Basketball

Shannon Murray, Senior, High School Coordinator

Major: Biochemistry
Sport: Women's Lacrosse

Izzy Ruprecht, Junior, High School Coordinator

Majors: Business Administration and Psychology
Sport: Women's Soccer