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Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc.

SMHA Staff
Sister Helen Vinton
Sr. EO / Life Quality Initiatives Senior Advisor

Sr. Vinton is a rural specialist with more than 30 years’ experience working in rural organizing. She currently serves as SMHA assistant director and director of Rural Life Quality for which she manages $2 million in program-related investments from religious congregations.

Vinton is a member of the Sisters of Providence, is a founding member of the 13-state Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, president of the Rural Advancement Foundation – U.S.A., has served as the national editor for Rural Catholic Life magazine and is the first woman named to the State Pesticide Commission in the state of Louisiana. She holds a master’s degree in biology with continued education in environmental studies.