Helen Vinton

SMFS Board Secretary

Sr. Helen is a rural specialist with 40 years’ experience in rural organizing. She manages $2 million in program-related investments from religious congregations. She is a member of the Sisters of Providence, founding member of the 13-state Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG), former President of Rural Advancement Foundation, U.S.A., served as the national editor for Rural Catholic Life magazine and was the first woman named to the State Pesticide Commission in Louisiana.

She received the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from the Diocese of Lafayette in 2015 and is featured in Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement by Peggy Frankland (2013).

Portfolio of Service: Expertise on environmental issues, fisher families and reports on conditions of fisheries and agriculture issues; maintains corporate relationships with Congregations of Women Religious, equity issues, Corporate Responsibility, Investment advisor, Nominations Committee service.