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!

2020-21 SMC Hope Happens Here Executive Board 

Alex Mendez, Senior, Co-Chair

Majors: Political Science and Philosophy
Sport: Baseball

Erin Mikson, Senior, Co-Chair

Major: Media Studies, Journalism & Digital Arts
Sport: Women's Lacrosse

Brandon Mitchell - Saint Michael's College

Brandon Mitchell, Senior, Co-Chair

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


Nicole Anderson, Senior, Social Media Co-Coordinator

Majors: Business Administration and Sociology
Sport: Women's Basketball


Kelsey Bush, Junior, Social Media Co-Coordinator

Major: Business Administration
Sport: Women's Lacrosse

Hannah Wilmot, Senior, Social Media Co-Coordinator

Major: Media Studies, Journalism & Digital Arts
Field Hockey

Colin O'Connor - Saint Michael's College

Colin O'Connor, Junior, Finance & Merchandise Co-Coordinator

Major: Economics
Sport: Men's Ice Hockey

Jillian Perry, Junior, Finance & Merchandise Co-Coordinator

Major: Business Administration
Sport: Women's Lacrosse

Shelagh Fluharty, Senior, High School Co-Coordinator

Major: Neuroscience
Sport: Field Hockey

Emma MacDonough, Junior, High School Co-Coordinator

Major: Psychology
Sport: Women's Basketball

Max Rossignol, Junior, High School Co-Coordinator

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

Jason Boucher, Sophomore, Event Coordinator

Major: Undeclared
Sport: Men's Tennis

Maggie Taylor, Junior, Event Coordinator

Majors: Economics and Political Science
Sport: Women's Soccer