Meet the Voices

Voices is made up of ladies who are all members of the Koasek Traditional Band of the Abenaki Nation, a Vermont State recognized Abenaki tribe.

Let me introduce you to the ladies!


Rebecca and her 3 oldest boys

Rebecca is the director of Voices, she is the person you will be in touch with to have Voices come and perform at an event. Rebecca an associate member of the Koasek Traditional Band of the Abenaki Nation. Rebecca lives in Piermont, NH with her 3 youngest children, who also love to sing the Abenaki songs! Rebecca’s oldest boys are out on their own; one is a volunteer firefighter and the other is in the Army. Rebecca is a full time college student at Southern New Hampshire University, she has 13 months before finishing her degree. When she can squeeze in the time Rebecca enjoys reading, crafting and kayaking.



Amy is one of the singers of the Voices of the Koas. She graduated from the University of Maine with a BFA focusing in painting and sculpture. She works with her family selling Amish built structures. Whenever she has a free moment she paints, you can see some of her work on facebook. She loves to travel, work in the garden, spend time with family, and hike.



Deb is one of the singers for the Voices of the Koas. Deb has painting company, a small farm, and does stained glass.  She is a Wellness Advocate for doTerra Essential oils, and rescues animals. Deb also does charity and fundraising work in her spare time.  She has 2 grown children.



Peggy is one of the drummers for Voices of the Koas.  She is an Elder of the Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation.  She serves on the Native American Commission, is a member on the Local town Planning Board, also Executive Director of the White Pine Association. and belongs to the Vermont Beef Association. She owns and operates a small farm, where one of her interests lies, the Sagakwa Garden, a seeds of renewal project funded by the White Pine Association, and directly associated with the Haven Project .  She enjoys a variety of animals and loves the earth.  She has been raising Golden Retrievers for over 20 years.



Colleen is a member of the Koasek Band of the Traditional Abenaki Nation, where she serves as the Chairperson of the Tribal Council,  and is the Seer and Spiritual advisor, to the tribe. Colleen is also one of the drummers of the Voices of the Koas.  Colleen worked many years in the garment industry business.  While working Colleen spent  going to school to complete her Paralegal Certificate and Accounting Classes. Colleen started her new career in several attorney offices doing bookkeeper, secretary, then later Paralegal/Legal Assistant and Accounting.  She then started working for a real estate agent as the comptroller and held this position for 12 years.  After retiring from office work Colleen decided just to  have fun so she went to work at a store for several years.  Colleen retired 4 years ago, and loving every minute of it. Colleen loves doing sewing, reading, hiking, gardening and spending sunny afternoons lazing around.  Colleen, lives in Woodsville, NH with her husband, Tom.


Cheryl O’Neil is one of the singers for the Voices of the Koas, and a citizen of the Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation.                                                                                                       Cheryl was born in Rutland, Vermont. She graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre Vermont in 1970. She attended Thompson School of Practical Nursing in Brattleboro, Vermont, graduated at the top of her class in 1972, and obtained the license of LPN.
For many years, Cheryl has worked for agencies performing Home Care work. Duties included Pediatric/Adult High Tech, Charge Duty Nursing, and Hospice care; and recently, she successfully completed the Internship in Medical Coding course. Currently, she is a Caregiver with Home Instead Senior Care in South Burlington, Vermont, and provides quality support to Seniors in their homes. She is also very involved in her Vermont Native heritage. For example, she has given recent presentations on Aboriginal food sovereignty at conferences such as the 2014 Farm to Plate Conference in Killington, VT, and Indigenous crop species at the 2015 Barre (VT) Seed Exchange.
In her leisure time, Cheryl enjoys numerous crafts, especially those of her Wabanaki ancestors, spending time with family and friends, and outdoor activities that include hiking, boating, gardening, and reading and traveling. Cheryl lives in Essex Junction, Vermont.


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Rosanne is a newly retired Civil Engineer, who was employed by the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Center.  She is a Veteran, and Elder of the Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation.  Her interests are her Children, Grandchildren, crafts; including very precise beadwork and ribbon shirts, gardening and  she has a huge apple orchard, where they harvest apples and produce some of the finest cider in the country.



Profile coming soon



 Profile coming soon


One thought on “Meet the Voices

  1. Rebbecca
    I am a member of NHI-TNAC, we have a meeting coming up wed April 1st. Friday nite is our Mourners feast and camp set up. All other events take place on Sat and Sunday and gates open at 9 to the public. Either day is fine with us. Please let me know before wed which day you will be coming. All Voices and Drums are welcome.

    A post was made on Facebook asking your this group could attend one day. You are most welcome. I will inform the council wed nite.

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