I moved to Middlebury from Boston in 1992 with my husband, our two children, aged 3 and 6, and two dogs. Everyone had a new job or a new school to attend so it was a big change for all of us. I had worked for many years at Bank of Boston and went to work for its subsidiary, Bank of Vermont. My husband Ted was an elementary school teacher in Shelburne. Our kids went to Mary Hogan and Quarry Hill.
In the 26 years we've lived in Middlebury, I have been very active in public and nonprofit service. Locally, I have chaired the Mary Hogan school board, chaired the United Way board, was on the first Middlebury Conservation Committee, and was Treasurer of the Middlebury Natural Foods Coop board. I was also Interim Executive Director of the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) and the Addison County Solid Waste Management District.
For the past 9 years through December 2017, I was the Executive Director of the Addison County Economic Development Corporation. It was a joy to help small businesses grow, succeed, and thrive. Our local businesses are working hard to be successful and do well by their employees.
At the state level, I was Chair of both the Vermont Land Trust and Smart Growth Vermont boards. I was appointed for 5 years to the Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) and was a board member of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center. I remain on the board of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and serve as its Secretary/Treasurer.
In the legislature, I serve on the House Corrections and Institutions Committee and am also the Clerk of the committee. In addition, I was appointed by the Speaker to serve on the Government Accountability Committee - a joint committee which has focused on how using Results-Based Accountability (RBA) can demonstrate to Vermonters how the State is using taxpayer dollars, and what Vermonters are getting in return. The Committee recommends mechanisms for State government to be more forward-thinking, strategic, and responsive to the long-term needs of Vermonters.
I am also a member of the Vermont Climate Solutions Caucus and the House Rural Economic Development Working Group. This year, I was nominated by the Speaker and subsequently accepted to the Emerging Leaders Program of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation.
In our spare time, Ted and I like to canoe, bike, and hike. We also like to travel and to visit our children. Both of our children are married and we have one adorable grandson who is almost two.